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Technical Distribution Design Supervisor Job

Location(s): WI - La Crosse


Are you ready to take your leadership potential to the next level with a growing Fortune 500 company?  Xcel Energy is at the leading edge of an industry that is changing quickly. We’re seeking dynamic, proven leaders to help guide us into this exciting energy future. If you’re looking to lead at a company that is committed to excellence, safety and environmental stewardship, with plenty of room to grow, consider a position at Xcel Energy.



Xcel Energy is looking for a Technical Distribution Design Supervisor to join the Xcel Energy team at the La Crosse Service Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  This position will also support the Sparta Service Center in Sparta, Wisconsin

The company reserves the right to close this posting at any time. 


Position Summary
Supervise Distribution Design staff and ensure innovative and cost-effective designs that are compliant with corporate standards and policies. Responsible for balancing customer needs while maintaining Xcel Energy standards and administrative guidelines. Ensure consistent and effective use of Design resources, tools and processes. Provide resident technical matter expertise, and real-time technical support services to planning, Right Of Way, construction and operations for electric and gas distribution facilities. Anticipates and positions project teams to meet near-term and future needs. Support attainment of corporate and business unit goals and objectives.

Essential Responsibilities
a) Supervise Distribution Design personnel. Prioritize and assign work, assemble teams utilizing internal and/or external resources. Monitor and document results in order to ensure successful completion of projects, which includes monitoring Key Performance Indicators of cost, timeliness, etc. Assist in individual and team goal setting and monitoring as they relate to department goals and measures. Attract, recruit and retain a motivated and engaged workforce. Establish and communicate clear performance expectations so that employees know how their work contributes to the achievement of department, business unit and corporate objectives. 30
b) Provides support and direction regarding technical information, preliminary designs, indicative costs and schedules to internal and external customers to support planning, budgeting, siting, permitting, maintenance activities, easement encroachment and relocation solutions and system restoration.
c) Performs Design functions related to distribution projects varying in length and complexity. Prepares and checks preliminary and final distribution project designs, bills of material, cost estimates and material specifications relative to construction and improvements of distribution facilities.  
d) Review, monitor and approve distribution projects for compliance with national and state codes/tariffs and internal design standards and policies. Develop and recommend processes to ensure compliance with all requirements. Participates in corporate standards for design, policies and construction materials.
e) Demonstrates technical expertise by keeping current and informed about technical developments and industry practices. Provides mentoring and training to new hires and existing Design personnel using the established skill based programs and other training resources.
f) Assist Construction and Maintenance, Distribution Operations and Area Engineering with solutions to special projects or problems. Supports Engineering and Design to ensure customer and Company needs are met as related to Xcel Energy construction and maintenance activities.
g) Lead Distribution Design as point of contact for internal and external customers. Fill in for Manager as necessary and complete other duties as assigned.
h) Share responsibility for after hours “On-Call” duty for Xcel Energy Delivery. Assist in storm restoration efforts by troubleshooting and prioritizing outages, mobilizing design resources into the field for crew assistance and visual inspections and ensure public safety. 5


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from ABET accredited program combined with a minimum of 3 years engineering work experience within delivery construction, design, scheduling, maintenance or operations area or related field preferred.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent. Two year technical degree and minimum of 6 years work experience in delivery construction, design, scheduling, maintenance, operations, or related field or a combination of education, training, and work experience providing equivalent knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage work activities to meet customer requirements.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong team building and leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Project management or lead work experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to use a wide range of computer software products and design tools (e.g., Excel, Access, Work Management, Scheduling tool, PassPort, etc.).
  • Travel will be required.


Selection criteria may include testing and/or assessment.


This position requires a behavioral assessment prior to being considered for an interview.




As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  WI - La Crosse || WI - La Crosse || United States (US) || Operations || 714SD:Dsgn South/Central WI || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

Requisition Number: 10566

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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