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National Grid Lead Engineer - Systems Engineer in Northboro, Massachusetts

As part of National Grid’s continued commitment to safety, all new hires must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or medical reason can request a reasonable accommodation.

National Grid is hiring a Lead Engineer - Systems Enginering for our Grid of the Future Department. This role can be based in Waltham, Northboro, or Worcester, MA.

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

Working on the development and implementation of National Grid’s Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS), which is an exciting new way for National Grid to manage and support the integration for high volumes of renewable energy connected across the service territory. This role will be serving to support the development of that system and its implementation in Massachusetts. The successful candidate will develop the tool for control and monitoring of assets through the DERMS platform, aligning with the company’s Grid Modernization plan. Includes development of communication pathways, control schemes, and equipment to implement.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop system to monitor and control company and customer owned assets (such as solar PV facilities) through the DERMS platform, with the intent of system automation to adjust assets in response to changing system conditions.

  • Leverage previously established project work and research to scale DERMS capabilities.

  • Support integration of DERMS into the distribution Control Center equipment and processes for effective DER operation.

  • Align with developments with the DER markets and DERMS technology.

  • Develop prioritized plan for implementation of DERMS platform products in a logical and efficient manner.

  • Develop project schedule and collaborate with internal stakeholders and implementation teams

  • Maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders in order to share best practice and ensure efficient information sharing. In particular, working closely with DERMS Investigation Engineer who will be developing the technical implementation.

  • Keep up to date with market/regulatory developments within own discipline in order to ensure the optimization of best practice for National Grid.

  • Challenge existing ways of working and continuously seek ways to do things better in order to drive greater efficiencies within assigned area.

  • Implement procedural best practice in order to ensure all working practice (and where relevant, health and safety standards) are compliant with National Grid policies and regulatory requirements.

  • Maintain internal and external networks in order to penetrate, absorb, and apply best practices.

  • Test and challenge existing procedures and highlight areas for improvement in order to ensure they are robust.

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Demonstrates strong negotiating and influencing skills with the ability to make persuasive presentations to small and large audiences.


  • Bachelor's Degree required with minimum 6+ years' relevant and progressive experience

  • Technical and functional proficiency in SAP preferred

  • Strong project management, time management, and problem-solving skills

  • Effective collaboration and partnership capabilities

  • Background in utility service business activities and projects preferred

  • Electrical engineering background in utility industry preferred

  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record

  • Past experience with DERMS and/or utility scale controls/communications preferred

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$124,000 - $175,000 a year

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.  We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve.  National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.