Supervisor, Design - Planned Capital

Alectra Utilities - Barrie
Barrie, Ontario

Posted On: November 17, 2023
Last Day to Apply: December 01, 2023


Job Posting Number:



Supervisor, Design – Planned Capital


Barrie (Patterson) (Hybrid: Remote/In-office)

Reports to:

Manager, Design – Planned Capital

Business Unit:

Distribution Design


Planned Capital

Hours per Week:


Rate of Pay:

Commensurate with range and candidate’s experience

Number of Openings:





November 20, 2023


December 1, 2023

Alectra is committed to putting our people first in providing a positive employee experience and a safe work environment. Our Hybrid Workplace policy allows for an effective balance for employees with the opportunity to work in a hybrid environment; a combination of Remote / In-office work based on operational requirements.

Position Purpose:

The Supervisor, Design, oversees the Distribution Design group including the design of customer projects, capital renewal projects and relocations of distribution system plants. This position approves project designs to ensure technical competence and design compliance in accordance with policies and standards.


  • Plans, schedules, organizes, reports on status and supervises the implementation of electrical distribution system projects including, budget estimates, detailed estimates, complete designs, obtaining approvals, liaising with other internal departments, road authorities, municipalities, design and civil/HV contractors, regulatory agencies, and customers to provide project information in a timely manner
  • Coordinates and participates in site plan reviews to identify in advance any potential challenges or hydro servicing requirements for all types of proposed developments or re-developments
  • Assists division leads with the monitoring, assessment and management of distribution assets to maximize asset value and minimize the long term cost of ownership
  • Ensures designs are completed with adequate lead times and within capital budget and KPI requirements
  • Monitors project estimated vs. actual costs and reviews variance reports with team
  • Supervises the design of all capital projects including customer, controllable and non-controllable capital projects
  • Conducts the process review and continual improvement of the design/build cycle to align with industry best practices
  • Plans, organizes and supervises daily activities of operational unit
  • Provides coaching, development, performance management, technical guidance and advice
  • Provides input into department goals and objectives
  • Leads and/or participates in department projects and key initiatives to ensure quality and timely completion within budget
  • Researches, recommends and implements new or enhanced policies, procedures and processes to improve operational effectiveness
  • Ensures compliance to legislative, regulatory and Health & Safety policies, procedures and standards
  • Annual preparation of department’s 5 year capital budget, C55, business cases, etc.
  • Quarterly forecasting of current year capital budget. Review project statuses with Design Technologists and prepare reports for senior management.
  • Assist with responding to deficiencies identified by the Electrical Safety Authority and internal/external staff after the project has been released for construction. Assist in developing/prioritizing action plans with various stakeholders.change orders, proposes changes and improvements.
  • Provides advice to customers and consultants, monitors department work progress to ensure proper customer service levels are maintained and deals with escalations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Skills & Qualifications:


  • Engineering Technologist Diploma with C.E.T. designation and a registered member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with P. Eng. designation and a registered member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) in good standing would be an asset
  • Must hold and maintain a valid “G” driver’s license

Specialized knowledge

  • Certification and knowledge of the Utility Work Protection, Occupation Health and Safety Act and IHSA/EUSA regulations that apply to distribution system design and construction
  • Engineering knowledge of electrical theory, power system analysis and control
  • Working knowledge of technical specifications/standards including CSA, CEA, and ESA
  • Knowledge of Microstation or AutoCAD drafting, cable pulling calculations, circuit loading analysis, pole calculations/non-linear analysis, and GIS
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications
  • Fluency in Project Management disciplines to manage project scope, budget, and schedule


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in electrical distribution system design, construction methods and distribution system components and applications, including experience in managing budgets
  • Demonstrated experience in a supervisory or lead role, or successful completion of a recognized leadership or supervisory course
  • Experience in a unionized utility environment is an asset


  • Strong ability to lead change and engage, develop and motivate teams
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to provide practical and/or innovative solutions
  • Strong written and presentation skills, with the ability to convey information accurately and concisely
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and execute multiple projects and initiatives within established timelines

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered for this position and meet the qualifications, please submit your resume by visiting our Careers page at

Alectra is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a recruitment process that respects the dignity and independence of all candidates. Alectra will consult with all applicants who request accommodation during the recruitment process to ensure that the accommodation provided takes into account the applicant's individual accessibility needs, to the point of undue hardship.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career with Alectra. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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