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Senior Supervisor, Electric Capital Projects


Buffalo, NY, US, 14214

Division:  Distribution Line Contracting
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  25017
Job Category: 
Job Function:  Capital Project Delivery

About us

National Grid is hiring a Senior Supervisor for our Construction and Project Management department in Buffalo, NY.

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

The Construction Senior Supervisor, under the general direction of the Manager or Lead Construction Supervisor, will be responsible for overseeing assigned work and coordinating the daily activities of assigned crews. The Senior Supervisor will assure a high standard of safety, security, environmental compliance, and uninterrupted service is delivered to customers in a timely and professional manner consistent with Company and regulatory requirements.

Key Accountabilities

Provide leadership, technical expertise, contract interpretation and direction to assigned Underground and Overhead distribution line construction contractor personnel to ensure a high standards of safety, security and environmental compliance are developed and consistently followed at our construction contract job sites. 
Work closely with Project Management & Contractor Construction department management, electric operations, engineering, contract personnel and others to develop a construction work plan that closely coincides with and facilitates timely effective completion of projects assigned in the construction contract work plans.
Take a proactive role interfacing with district customers, electric operations, engineering, design, and other interested groups to fully understand contract program needs and ensure that promised commitments are delivered on time and within budget.
Participate in construction conference calls and meetings to report on status of assigned construction projects and maintenance work. 
Ensure safe and reliable construction and maintenance of the distribution systems consistent with company goals, objectives and policies, in full compliance with existing and relevant emerging government codes and regulations.
Coordinate with internal department supervisors, field contract personnel, contractors and others to ensure that identified overhead and underground construction and maintenance work is scheduled in a timely manner.
Support  and complement  the external construction work to meet company construction standards and  practices. 
Document contract crew activities daily, prepare and present periodic oral and written update reports and verify the accuracy of contractor invoicing. Report on job progress utilizing a web-based reporting database.
When required, conduct Incident Analyses and prepare and present findings on the incident, casual factors and action plans. 
Assure that assigned field personnel are properly directed, trained and evaluated within Company guidelines and procedures to ensure National Grid standards, and environmental and safety regulations are consistently followed.
Assure that required equipment, materials and tools used by assigned personnel are available and stocked. 
Maintain a thorough understanding of department emergency response procedures to help arrange and provide contractor storm emergency resource support as needed.
Coordinate with internal and external resources for pre-bid and pre-construction meetings as required.
Work closely with department management and provide leadership to ensure that organizational goals are communicated to assigned field construction personnel and contractors.
Support management to sustain a contractor and  in- house labor  strategy with a continued focus on improving relationships, enhance operational flexibility, improve efficiencies and support business initiatives.


Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills.


Technical training in basic electricity, electricity theory and knowledge in applicable national standards is preferred.

 A minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible experience in the electric utility construction industry with a preferred knowledge in the operation and maintenance of Underground and Overhead Distribution facilities, knowledge of National Grid Construction Standards and work methods preferred.

At minimum, a 2-year degree or equivalent training in a related engineering discipline and/or significant relevant construction experience in all aspects of utility distribution line construction operations; Underground and Overhead lines experience preferred. 

 Knowledgeable in Federal, State, OSHA, local, Safety and Environmental rules and regulations. 

Ability to read job cards, prints, specifications, drawings, schematics, one-line diagrams, instructional information and contract documents to construct, maintain and troubleshoot overhead and underground lines and equipment.

Ability to qualify as an Authorized employee per company Clearance and Control Procedure is a requirement of this position.

Ability to understand electrical principles and the hazards associated with electrical distribution work.

Good mechanical aptitude.

Knowledge of construction industry maintenance/ construction practices, lock out tag out rules and safe work practices. 
Field experience with switching and tagging, and ability to qualify as an Authorized employee per company Clearance and Control Procedure.  

Hands-on experience with successful delivery of Underground and Overhead distribution construction projects. 

Able to travel throughout the service territory and willing to work extended hours when job requires and for system emergencies.

Valid driver’s license required.

More Information

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. Internal 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.

Nearest Major Market: Buffalo