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American Electric Power Distribution Planning Manager West (various locations considered) in New Albany, Ohio



Distribution Planning Manager West (various locations considered)

Job Description:


Responsible for the planning of the AEP distribution system for their assigned region. In coordination with the AEP operating companies and the various departments in the grid solutions and energy delivery organizations, prioritizes and manages the planning and development of reliability, capacity, renewal, modernization, and resiliency projects that achieve AEP’s strategic goals in alignment with each of AEP’s operating companies.


  1. Provide leadership and oversight of all distribution system planning activities and personnel.

  2. Work closely with the AEP operating companies, and the grid solutions and energy delivery organizations, to develop, review, prioritize, approve, and execute the distribution system capital improvement work plans.

  3. Coordinate with all relevant stakeholders on the development of a holistic 10-year "needs-based" strategic work plan for the distribution system.

  4. Provide input and align closely with corporate and operating company finance and budgeting leadership to ensure the optimal allocation of funding for distribution system improvements across the AEP system in order to meet corporate strategies.

  5. Align closely with the Transmission Planning and Asset Renewal department to ensure integrated T&D solutions are deployed across the footprint as needed.

  6. Actively contribute to the formulation and execution of departmental and organizational goals and strategy.

  7. Monitor the performance of the distribution system planning section against assigned goals and take the necessary leadership steps to achieve all goals and targets.

  8. Ensure the timely and accurate execution of studies and development of solutions to address the needs of customers proposing to connect to the distribution system.

  9. Ensure the timely and accurate development of plans and budgets (capital and O&M) for projects in operating companies so that there are adequate lead-times to meet design and construction requirements.

  10. Advocate and support through technical and financial analysis the deployment of new distribution system technologies; establish performance expectations for the distribution system and all new technology deployment.

  11. Own and improve as needed AEP’s distribution system planning standards and guidelines.

  12. Review and monitor proposed capital project costs and scopes of work to ensure optimal use of capital funds and align with relevant AEP strategies and standards.

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New Albany, OH

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Minimum Requirements:


Bachelor's degree in a relevant engineering or other discipline from an ABET accredited (or equivalent) university or college.

Minimum of eight (8) years related engineering experience is required, with three (3) years of management/supervisory experience preferred.

Required License(s)/Certification(s):

Professional Engineer (PE) designation preferred


  1. Demonstrated leadership ability to effectively organize, direct and coordinate the work of other personnel.

  2. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and present ideas clearly both orally and in writing, including making presentations and recommendations to senior management and external audiences.

  3. Demonstrated alignment and support of the company’s safety and health, culture, ethics, and customer-focus initiatives and practices.

  4. Demonstrated continuous improvement mindset with an ability to flex in a rapid-change environment.

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