Sr. Project Manager - Statewide

Date: Jul 17, 2024

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96814

Company: hawaiianel

We recognize our competitive advantage -- our people. We believe in our people, who share our vision of meeting the needs of our employees, customers, and communities and who carry out the continued success of the company.


Our employees are committed to the company's foundational values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and community commitment. In turn, we invest in our employees, providing opportunities for challenge and advancement and offering a competitive compensation package.



The P PD PROJECT MANAGEMENT Department of the P OPERATIONS PLANNING & CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 1 Management vacancy available. This position may be filled on either Oahu, Maui or Hawai'i Island. (Role: Professional)



Plans, organizes, and manages scope, schedule and costs of major Energy Delivery capital projects and programs requiring complex regulatory approvals, land/Right-of-Way acquisition, public relations management, or cross-functional/multi-level (internal) management from conceptualization/inception through budgeting, design, approval, procurement, construction, placement in operation, and project closing.  Serves as a focal point for all project matters and is responsible for meeting all project-related objectives.



  • Plans, organizes, and manages all project and/or program tasks associated with scoping, budgeting, design, approval, procurement, construction, placement in operation, and closing of projects.  Provides project leadership and work direction and secures commitment from project team members in meeting project milestones. Ensures team members have all resources, information, and direction necessary to successfully perform their jobs. Evaluates progress and performance of project team members and implements personnel actions necessary to accomplish project objectives including recognition, redirection, recruitment, and replacement of team members.
  • Develops necessary strategies required to meet project and/or program goals.  Makes early identification of potential problem areas. Solves problems to ensure attainment of project and/or program goals. Redirects design, purchasing, permits/approvals or construction to prevent or minimize constraints or actions which may delay schedules or add costs to projects. Conducts inspections of construction sites as necessary.
  • Serves as the focal point for all project and/or program related matters.  Works with and through community groups, neighborhood boards, government agencies, the media, other utilities and private companies, the City Council, the State Legislature, and the PUC to disseminate information, address concerns, obtain permits and approvals, and resolve project-related problems. Prepares and provides testimonies and presentations at internal strategic meetings, public meetings and regulatory hearings as necessary.
  • Develops and maintains project and/or program schedules. Prepares and presents project and/or program progress and cost reports internally and externally as required.
  • Works with Regulatory Affairs, Management Accounting & Financial Services, Community Relations, Government Relations, Corporate Communications, Legal, Energy Delivery departments, and others in obtaining approvals. Obtains Company authorizations for expenditures for funds for engineering, materials, and construction. Reviews and approves procurement for project permitting, design, material and construction.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Extensive knowledge of project management principles, and engineering and construction practices in the transmission, distribution, substation, and/or generation fields, normally acquired through college-level training and/or equivalent experience.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from a nationally recognized organization such as the Project Management Institute (PMI), highly desirable.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Civil, Structural, Mechanical, or Electrical branch or certified as a Planner by a nationally recognized professional society such as the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and related software applications such as MS Project, Pillar, Ellipse, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Thorough knowledge of LEAN continuous improvement principles and best practices to achieve operational excellence.
  • Thorough knowledge of SafeStart principles and best practices to achieve a safe workplace environment.


Skills Requirements

  • Excellent written, oral and presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to direct, influence, motivate and persuade various groups or individuals.
  • Ability to handle difficult and/or sensitive issues while using tact, courtesy, and discretion.
  • Supervisory/leadership skills and abilities to work with a variety of individuals occasionally dealing with sensitive, difficult, or confrontational issues and the ability to handle such issues with professionalism by using tact, courtesy, respect, and discretion.
  • In-depth analytical, computational, organizational, and time-management skills to handle various projects.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to manage people at all levels within the company.
  • Ability to develop/maintain strong positive relationships with leaders and members of the community and government.
  • Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and adapt to rapidly changing priorities and strategic direction. Ability to conceptualize new ideas quickly.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver's license. Must meet the standards for required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy. 


Experience Requirements

  • Extensive (8+ years) experience as a project manager, construction manager, designer, or engineer, with large complex projects, preferably within the electric utility industry.
  • Several (3-5) years of project management experience for small to large engineering/construction projects.
  • Experience with the regulatory, social, public affairs (neighborhood boards, community groups, government agencies, political leaders, media, etc.) processes involved with land use issues.
  • Several (3-5) years of supervisory experience is desirable.


Role: Professional 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Location: Oahu, Maui or Hawai'i Island

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the Sr. Project Manager (Oahu) [Req ID 8917] position is $103,500.00 to $134,400.00. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications. 


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.

The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at

Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.

By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:

This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  

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Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii