Senior Grid Engineer

South Yarra, AU

Company Description

The successful applicant will be able to join the Octopus Investments Australia team on their mission to accelerate Australia's transition to a future powered by renewable energy.

About Octopus

Octopus Group is one of the largest owners of renewable energy projects in Australia and Europe. It owns some 260 assets, on behalf of wholesale and institutional investors. Domestically, Octopus Australia is responsible for managing over $1 billion of assets for local and international investors.

Globally Octopus is on a mission to invest in the people, ideas and industries that will change the world. We have 2,500 employees and $25bn under management across investments, energy, ventures and real estate. From a standing start in 2010 Octopus grew its energy investment business rapidly to become Europe’s largest non-utility renewable energy investor and now has the equivalent of greater than $11bn energy assets under management. We also have one of the fastest growing energy retail businesses globally with almost 5 million customers.

Octopus Investments Australia

Established in 2018, Octopus Australia is a dynamic multifaceted team of over 50 highly skilled people which spans the expertise required to realise and operate a renewable energy and storage portfolio.

With an existing multi-GW portfolio of operating and development assets, we are continuing to grow to create a long-term business that can deliver a firmed energy product to meet the evolving needs of Australia’s energy future.

Job Description

About the Role

About the role

Octopus is looking for a Senior Electrical Engineer to join the Grid team who will be responsible for leading grid related activities and providing technical support to the broader business through the project lifecycle including:

  • Technologies: Wind, standalone utility scale batteries and solar hybrid.
  • M&A:  Provide strategic network-related insight on new investment opportunities and manage related due diligence activities.
  • Development:
    • Support team during the early-development phase of projects, mainly in preliminary design of solar, wind and hybrid facilities
    • Engage in commercial and technical grid aspects of EPC, eBoP, and O&M tenders including the selection of key inverter and PPC equipment
  • Connection Process: Lead the connection process including managing the TNSP, AEMO and technical consultants
  • Construction: Support including R1, Registration, and R2 compliance
  • Operation: Support team in ongoing compliance of operational assetts.

The role is based in Melbourne or Sydney – with site visits required periodically to our projects throughout various stages. Our current portfolio consists of a mixture of greenfield through to late-stage assets.

Just as important as what you achieve in this role, is how you perform the role. We’ll need you to be an engaged team member, who can provide technical leadership to investment and development leads. You need to be a self-starter with high energy levels, tenacity, initiative, and a willingness to commit whatever it takes to deliver the required results.


  • Experience. We are looking for a candidate with a minimum of 5 years industry experience with 2 years of experience in a similar role. This experience must be related to working on grid-scale renewable energy projects in Australia, with emphasis placed on grid connection experience within the NEM
  • Eligibility to work in Australia – visa sponsorship is not offered
  • Qualifications. Candidates must have a tertiary qualification in electrical engineering or a related discipline
  • Contract and project management skills. The candidate must be highly organised, confident in managing contracts and able to handle relationships with external consultants effectively, sometimes in challenging circumstances
  • Candidates must demonstrate a commercial mindset, and in particular be able to consider technical challenges in a broader commercial and investment context
  • An understanding of core legal concepts, particularly those relating to contracts for the construction and management of renewable energy projects
  • Expertise in Health, Safety and Environmental practices, legislations, and requirements.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • To facilitate the travel to site, a valid driver’s licence is necessary

Additional Information

What we offer

  • 💰 A competitive salary package including bonus and medical insurance       benefits
  • ✈️ Extra Annual Leave entitlement
  • 🏡 Flexible working 
  • Ongoing learning and career development opportunities

Octopus has built an exciting and inclusive high-performance culture where employees feel empowered. We also understand the value of diversity, and we are dedicated to creating an inclusive workplace environment. We would welcome people of all backgrounds to apply. 

Octopus culture:

At Octopus we don’t just focus on what we do but also how we do it. Everyone to shares our values of being straightforward, helpful, and bold. Our culture is critical to our success and is built around three principles that underpin how we pursue our goals:

  • Be Bold – We like people who make decisions quickly and are OK changing their mind if it turns out there’s a better way of doing things.
  • Be Helpful – We like People who behave like it always day one and who remember without our customers there is no business.
  • Be Straightforward – We like people who have opinions and express them in a way that’s respectful and easy to understand.

Our Values 
At our core, we believe that how a company behaves is just as important as what it does. That’s why we chose to become an accredited B Corp (the equivalent of a Fairtrade coffee stamp but for companies) and to change our Articles of Association so that the interests all our stakeholders – employees, customers, communities, environment and shareholders – are considered in every decision we make.   

We’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive employee experience for all. We promote equal opportunities for growth and development regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or socio-economic background. We believe strongly that teams are at their best when every member of the team feels safe to bring their whole self to work.