Smart Energy Engineer- Riyadh (12 month Fixed Term Contract) (3259)

Smart Energy Engineer- Riyadh (12 month Fixed Term Contract)

BuroHappold is seeking an experienced consultant to take on a client side role within a programme management function on a large zero carbon regional development in Saudi Arabia. The project will help deliver on the Kingdom’s 2030 goals, delivering low carbon industry and lifestyle in a new regional development zone. A key part of this ambition is to deliver an integrated smart grid approach, linking large scale renewable generation via HVDC transmission links to industry and mixed use developments. These in turn will benefit from integrated energy generation, storage, low emission vehicles and smart energy services.

The role will report directly to the digital services director but will be directly working with the BuroHappold energy team.


Type of contract
Area of Expertise
Middle East, India and Asia
Office / Project Location
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Essentials Skills Required:

You must be able to demonstrate:

  • At least seven years’ experience in the energy or utilities sectors.
  • Strong technical skills including a track record of delivered projects.
  • Ability to manage working on multiple projects including project and programme management skills, ideally with experience of working as a consultant.
  • Strong understanding of smart utility systems particularly electricity generation, transmission distribution and storage.
  • Strong understanding of new opportunities arising from the digitisation, decentralisation and decarbonisation of the energy and utilities sector and the application of new technology
  • Ability to lead feasibility work from objective setting, options development through to high level design and techno-economic modelling.
  • Understanding of commercial structures and how these influence design and delivery of energy infrastructure
  • Understanding of designing energy systems with a focus on electrical systems
  • Experience of preparing briefing documentation including specification of front end engineering and design studies
  • Experience of preparing procurement documentation including technical specifications and developing technical questions and evaluation criteria for energy system procurement
  • Knowledge and understanding of customer care, metering and billing services
  • Understanding of the market and supply chain for energy infrastructure including power/smart grid, in the middle east
  • Understanding of operations, maintenance and management processes for energy projects.
  • Ability to undertake technical and project risk assessments and mitigation approaches at project and programme level.
  • Understanding of social value and how it is measured in relation to projects in the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors.
  • Strong client and stakeholder level presentation and communications skills.
  • Experience of working within interdisciplinary teams including on client side engagements.
    • IT/Digital management consulting background with proven experience building digital platforms
    • Worked closely with construction engineering teams and digital infrastructure teams to develop a coordinated strategy
    • Experience in digital infrastructure within the construction sector using public/private cloud, SD-WAN, NFV, IoT, Digital Ecosystems, across vendors such as Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud
    • Familiarity with any smart city projects
    • Experience in producing actionable strategies for developing smart energy solutions strategies and associated digital platforms 
      • Experience of procurement and delivery of digital services and systems for end clients
      • Experience with running client interviews, workshops

The individual will come from a background of developing extensive smart energy solutions background in a smart city project with a high degree of technical knowledge in either a delivery (solution architect) or business development role, ideally working for a power systems vendor or systems integrator, but will need to posses a solid background in power systems engineering.



Smart Grid high level systems reference architecture

  • Develop an overall smart grid high level reference architecture and development plan which will describe the overall architecture to two levels and will also be applicable to the overall client development, in order to enable the client to procure the smart energy infrastructure via an RFx process.

Functional specifications for each interface

  • Develop a set of smart grid functional specifications for each interface that has been identified in the smart grid architecture (up to level 2) that will be in the form of a deliverable that can be utilised by the client to determine digital requirements to meet energy system requirements. For each interface point identified in the high level smart grid architecture a set of functional requirements will be developed which will describe the information transfer required (e.g. cost, real power, reactive power, voltage etc), the communications options and the service that is to be supported.

Digital twin architecture and requirements

  • Develop a digital twin (energy) architecture design and set of requirements that can be issued to the supply chain which describes the clients requirements for a digital twin to meet the needs of asset management, fault condition assessment and training requirements whilst future proofing the scheme.
    • Definition of the term digital twin is required along with a set of requirements that will then determine how the digital twin will be developed for the client.
    • Value augmentation of a digital twin such as providing an accurate digital asset base of all energy assets as built including digital visualisation; associated technical information tagged to individual assets including drawings and manuals and parts details (which could be linked to an enterprise system for procurement); a condition assessment and monitoring system where real data is utilised in the digital environment; a training system to train engineers and a ‘sand box’ platform for entrepreneurs to simulate new services and solutions based on the actual client asset base.  The scope of work will include clearly defining the functional requirements of the digital twin, the systems architecture and a set of Employer’s Requirements which can be issued to the supply chain

Selected Energy & Smart Grid Technology Partner(s)

  • Selection of energy and smart grid technology partner. The smart grid consultant will be required to liaise directly with suppliers to generate a short list of smart grid energy and technology partners using global best practices, which include customer base, industry leadership, market share, innovation, financial viability, potential PPP options, proven local presence.
  • Stakeholder management – The smart grid consultant will be required to liaise and coordinate with various departments/groups within the clients broader teams to provide a set of requirements that align with the scope.

Location & Duration:

This is a 12 month fixed contract position which will require physical presence with our client in Riyadh, KSA. Occasional international travel will be required, as there is an expectation to visit client vendors and suppliers. 



  • Bachelor’s degree is essential, either in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Communication Systems or a related engineering discipline
  • Attended smart city training or had involvement with a smart city forum
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent skills in using MS Powerpoint, Word & Excel

Certification from courses related to smart grid technology, power grids, renewable energy sources


BuroHappold is proud to be a practice of a diverse range of professionals that reflects the countries in which we operate.  In order to truly benefit from this diversity we must create an environment in which employees feel they can be themselves. BuroHappold actively promotes inclusivity across the practice to enable every individual to reach their full potential, feeling included is good for all of us. This begins with a fair and inclusive recruitment process which focuses on your skills, competencies and experiences in relation to the role. We understand that through collaboration, diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative and elegant solutions.