Senior DER Optimisation Engineer

Mount Waverley, VIC, AU, 3000

About us: 

We’re a team that cares about you and your community. United Energy (UE) is an essential service, supplying reliable, safe and affordable electricity across the east and south-east of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, vital for our customers and a clean energy future.

In designing and delivering these services, our people are united by a real sense of purpose to empower customer choices in ways that are important for our communities and the environment. Using advanced analytics, knowledge built through years of practical expertise, partnerships with leading researchers, and the courage to experiment, our people are proud to be disruptive influencers amongst the electricity industry.  

Increasingly, our networks are connecting new large-scale renewable energy generators and integrating technologies like solar, batteries and electric vehicles as customers change the way they generate, use, store and share power. This demand is transforming the electricity market faster than any change we’ve ever seen before.  As a result, our people are at the frontline in developing and implementing innovative technologies and solutions necessary for the future of our industry not only in Victoria but globally.

About the Role:

We’re seeking a skilled and motivated Senior or Principal DER Optimisation Engineer to join our team. Located across our CBD and Glen Waverley office, you will work for one of Australia’s leading distribution organisations, be part of a highly capable team, and be at the forefront of the industry’s transition.

Playing an integral role in this transition from traditional Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP) to a new Distribution System Operator (DSO), your role will be to lead the development of new DSO solutions that address this challenge and operationalise them in our businesses. 

United Energy is currently investing in innovative DSO systems to develop and embed these capabilities, and this role will help drive this, as well as monitoring and optimising DER, network control schemes and other technologies as we evolve our role as a DSO in ensuring network and system security are managed within operational limits
This will involve operationalising short-term forecasts, data analysis, modelling, problem solving, delivering economic low-voltage network interventions, providing support and direction to Network Control & Operation teams and working closely with internal and external stakeholders to resolve DSO system and customer DER issues. 
An exciting senior engineering opportunity that should not be missed! Please read on, reach out for more information, and apply using the below links.


Key duties and responsibilities: 

  • Test and onboard new customer technologies and DER connections for operation with DSO systems.
  • Establish the operational capability for scenario-based planning, curtailment estimation, short-term demand forecasting (1d-7d), day-to-day monitoring of DER, Dynamic Operating Envelopes (DOE’s), Flexibility services, network control schemes and others as our DSO role expands.  
  • Identify short-term network and system deficiencies. 
  • Optimise DER’s, DOE’s, flexibility services, network control schemes and initiate localised economic network intervention program of works to address short-term deficiencies. 
  • Identify opportunities for improvements related to DER performance or DSO systems and resolve them by working with internal teams.
  • Provide technical support and direction to Network Control & Operation teams including the delivery of system security preparedness activities. 
  • Provide technical expertise and mentoring to junior engineers, operational personnel, and other employees across the business. 
  • Representing the business on related technical matters relating to DSO systems and operations.
  • Plan for your development to achieve and maintain membership to National Engineers Register. 


To succeed in this role, you’ll have:

  • Degree Qualification in Electrical, Communication or Software Engineering
  • Proven ability to take an issue from detection through to resolution by applying engineering principles and technical standards to create better outcomes
  • Experience in the electricity distribution network, dealing with HV and LV matters.
  • Experience in Distribution Network Planning 
  • Excellent knowledge of DER technical standards (AS4777, Generation Connection Guidelines etc)
  • Sound knowledge of CSIP-AUS communication protocol
  • Strong understanding of distribution connection processes for generation and load
  • Strong data analytical skills through data manipulation and processing from databases and spreadsheets


Your career with us:

We have a diversity of teams across our business, all contributing to great customer and community outcomes. Our people are our most important asset, and we continually invest in nurturing their capability. 

We proudly strive to provide a safe, inclusive and sustainable environment where all our people feel respected, valued and supported to bring their whole selves to work and be the best they can be. 

With an embedded Inclusion & Diversity Strategy and initiatives like our Women in Power networking group, and Sparkle, our LGBTIQ+ allies pride network, we’re committed to equal opportunities for all employees.  

We are proud to be recognised as a WORK180 Endorsed Employer for all women. Click here to check out our benefits.

Our greatest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and the communities we operate within. This includes their physical safety – ensuring everyone gets home safely everyday – as well as their psychological safety, by ensuring everyone has the resources and support needed to achieve a work-life balance and be the best they can be.    


What’s next? 

Please submit your application via our careers website by 24th July 2024. For the full Position Description, reach out to Emma Jones from the Talent Team at

We encourage applications from all communities; people of all ages, nationalities, abilities and cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQI+ community and people living with disability. 

If you require adjustments as part of the recruitment process to accommodate your needs, please don’t hesitate to discuss these with us. 


Beon, CitiPower Powercor and United Energy recognise Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and acknowledge their ancient and continuing connection to Country.

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We work hard to ensure our organisation is inclusive and diverse. This means everyone can feel valued, trusted, authentic and safe at work.

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