Manager – Primary Design (SA & VIC)

Date Job Posted: April 29, 2024
  • Location: Adelaide, South Australia
  • Type: Engaged
  • Job #179
  • Salary: $300,000

About the company
As part of the Quanta Services Group, a Fortune 300 Company, Consolidated Power Projects Australia (CPP) is an industry leader in utility and renewable high-voltage power solutions.  We specialise in the design, construction, commissioning and maintenance of high voltage infrastructure such as transmission substations, wind farms and battery storage systems.
With over 600 employees and offices in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, CPP are preferred partners with Australia’s major transmission network providers and we are rapidly growing to play a significant role in connecting Australia’s energy future. 
About the role
The Manager – Primary Design (SA/VIC) is responsible for the primary design of high voltage substations and associated infrastructure. The incumbent is responsible for a team of design drafters, engineers and consultants working within the context of the Engineering Division. Primary Design is one component of project work within the company and the Manager – Primary Design (SA/VIC) participates as a member of larger project team(s).
This position is a senior role within CPP. The incumbent will work with the Engineering Manager (SA/VIC) and other senior managers to ensure a solid business, a safe workplace, a positive working environment, and a high level of staff morale. You will manage significant internal and external relationships including

  • Engineering Manager (SA/VIC)
  • Senior Management
  • Secondary Design Team
  • Project Teams
  • Clients and potential clients
  • Suppliers

Key responsibilities
Develop business opportunities.

  • Active participation in the tendering process, providing conceptual layouts and infrastructure requirements.

Deliver high quality designs that satisfy the customer.

  • Develop strong relationships with the customers and an in-depth understanding of the customer’s requirements.
  • Create conceptual designs for projects, including layout and infrastructure, keeping the customer appropriately informed of design choices.
  • Plan, execute and monitor projects and initiatives to complete design work on time and within budget, liaising with the Secondary Design Team and the Project Teams to coordinate and manage project deadlines.
  • Proactively ensure the processes and procedures for Primary Design are constantly improved to eliminate rework and shorten cycle time.
  • Manage the department budget and project budgets, reporting directly to the Engineering Manager (SA/VIC) on project progress and budget status.

Actively ensure the WHSE System is implemented and maintained, ensuring compliance with legislative requirements and established performance standards.

  • Actively create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment by working safely, adhering to instructions and using equipment in accordance with safe operating procedures.
  • Initiate and participate in worksite inspections, accident reporting and investigations, developing safe work procedures and providing appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision.
  • Address any unsafe working practices or hazardous working conditions.

Maintain a high level of Customer Satisfaction

  • Provide for customers a ‘First Point of Call’ level of support for Primary Design.
  • Collect and aggregate Customer Feedback and identify opportunities for stronger relationships, added value to the customer and process improvements.

Manage staff professionally and according to the values of the Company.

  • Build a high performance culture in your Team.
  • Ensure a high level of engagement and job satisfaction in your team.
  • Grow your team by providing continual learning opportunities through coaching and mentoring, experiential opportunities and formal courses/ conferences.
  • Actively participate in the Performance Management Process which includes a regular review of your own performance and the performance of each individual in your team, against responsibilities and objectives.
  • Familiarise yourself with the principles of Equity and Diversity and ensure the policy is supported and implemented.

Learn and Grow.

  • Continually develop yourself in the three areas of Technical Ability, Management Ability and Self Awareness, to continue to meet the needs of the Company.

Role model professional behaviour.

  • Model professional conduct according to the values of the Company at all times.
  • Exhibit a high level of self management.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Tertiary Qualifications in Electrical Engineering, Power Engineering or equivalent.
  • Chartered / Professional Engineer

Specialist Knowledge, Capability and Experience Requirements

  • Turnkey project expertise in high voltage substation and infrastructure design, codes of practice and associated civil, structural and primary electrical works
  • Industry Standard practices for construction of high voltage substations
  • ISO900/ QA processes and procedures, and AS standards
  • Project Management
  • Evidence of high level ability in the preparation of Engineering Drawings
  • At least 7-10 years’ experience in substation design, including evidence of large substation projects and the ability to lead designs.
  • Strong (at least 3 years) management experience including management of teams.
  • Personal qualities include a logical, practical approach and an attention to detail.


  • A logical and practical approach to work
  • High levels of attention to detail
  • Outcome and customer focussed
  • Ability to liaise with client engineers, suppliers and subcontractors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Experience working within an Australian utility and with renewable grid connection
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