Supervising Project Manager

Date: Jul 11, 2024

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96813

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 Oahu, Maui, or Hawaii Island. (Role: Professional Supervisor)



Supervises, plans, organizes, and directs the functions and activities of a project management section to ensure that all Energy Delivery capital project and/or program deadlines, budget planning & forecasting requirements, construction standards, governmental standards and service levels are met or exceeded upon closure of projects. Provides direction, technical knowledge, expertise, guidance, and support to Project Managers. Provides direct support to the Manager, Project Management on any departmental and/or Energy Delivery assignments and requirements. Serves as a mentor to Project Managers.



  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, supervises, and directs the functions and activities of the Project Managers to provide support to major Energy Delivery capital projects and/or programs. Provides technical knowledge, expertise, and guidance to the Project & Program Management Department.
  • Evaluates progress and performance of the Department and the results obtained, and implements actions necessary to achieve/maintain project and/or program scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Initiates, assigns, conducts, reviews, and approves project scope, schedule, budget, allocation of risks and contingencies for projects. Works with internal stakeholders to determine annual and multi-year targets and plans for program work. Assesses progress and performance of Project Managers and makes recommendations regarding performance actions necessary to accomplish project and/or program objectives.
  • Meets, discusses, coordinates, and negotiates with internal and external parties to maintain/expedite progress on projects and programs. Serves as a technical consultant to the Department, Division, Process Area and other management in the Company.
  • Manages and administers all personnel matters of the Department, including performance appraisals and interviews; recognition of employee achievements; and disciplinary actions. Ensures the safety and coordinates the training of all personnel under supervision. Supports the Manager, Project & Program Management in the development of systems, processes, procedures, and other activities as needed to facilitate the smooth and effective functioning of the Department.
  • Process Improvement – Develops and improves processes, procedures, information technology, decision support tools, and reporting systems to facilitate effective and efficient execution of job responsibilities.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • 4-year college degree required. Advanced college degree is preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of: project management, program management, standards development, engineering and construction practices associated with electric utility facilities and systems normally acquired through extensive professional project management 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, UI Planner, Power BI, SAP, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, MS Access, etc.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations and procedures specifically related to land development activities to enable electric utility operations.
  • Working knowledge of Company budgeting and forecasting system and procedures.

Advanced knowledge about:

  • Project management principles
  • Earned Value (EV) analysis
  • Engineering and construction practices
  • Facilities siting and permitting process
  • Land use and rights issues including associated regulatory, social, and public affairs processes (including neighborhood boards, community groups, government agencies, political leaders, media, etc.)
  • Electric transmission, substations, and distribution systems
  • Utility operations
  • Utility financial, budgeting, and accounting principles
  • Utility regulation
  • Utility information systems


Skills Requirements

  • Project Management: Must possess ability to manage multiple large extremely complex electric utility type of projects with minimal or no supervision or direction, within a very high-pressure environment. Expert ability to plan, organize, secure, and manage resources to achieve project objectives to budget, scope, and schedule. Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment, and to adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Communication: Expert written, oral, presentation, and listening communication skills.  Expert ability to articulate ideas and concepts clearly and concisely. Must be able to provide feedback and clear directions.
  • Presentation: Expert ability to prepare and deliver effective presentations to small and large groups.
  • Decision Making: Expert ability to select a course of action among several options. Must be able to delegate.
  • Interpersonal: Advanced ability to relate to and interact with other people to reach objectives. Strong interpersonal skills to direct, influence, motivate and persuade various groups or individuals. Appreciates the agendas and perspectives of others. Develops effective give-and-take relationships. Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team. Must be able to supervise others.
  • Professionalism: Advanced ability to handle difficult, confrontational, and/or sensitive issues while using tact, courtesy, and discretion, respect and fairness.
  • Team Leadership: Expert 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. Expert ability to identify individuals with skills to effectively function in a team environment and produce desired results. Expert ability to contribute and provide direction, support, and encouragement to collaboratively make decisions and achieve goals and objectives.
  • Conflict Resolution: Expert ability to use communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills to resolve conflicts between parties.
  • Negotiation: Advanced ability to listen and develop alternative solutions that will result in a variety of constituents reaching agreement on a course of action.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Expert ability to understand and accurately define problems, analyze and synthesize information, identify and evaluate solution options, and render sound decisions. Expert ability to conceptualize new ideas and deal effectively with incomplete, inconsistent, or conflicting information.
  • Analytical: Advanced ability to create and interpret trends, models, forecasts, and simulations. In- depth analytical, computational, organizational and time-management skills to handle various projects.
  • Computer: Advanced expertise with personal computers and related software applications such as project scheduling/management, spreadsheets, databases, word processing, etc.
  • Internal and External Relationship: Advanced ability to manage people at all levels within the company, including management and executive level. Advanced ability to develop/maintain strong positive relationships with leaders and members of the community and government.
  • Personal: Expert ability to plan, prioritize, schedule, and manage time and work to complete tasks and meet deadlines, while handling multiple assignments and remaining flexible in a demanding work environment to 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

  • Several (3-5) years of supervisory experience is desirable.
  • 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.
  • Several years (3-5) years of experience with the regulatory, social, public affairs (neighborhood boards, community groups, government agencies, political leaders, media, etc.) processes involved with land use issues.


Role: Professional Supervisor 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Location: Oahu, Maui or Hawai'i Island

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the Supervising Project Manager [Req ID 9123] position is $105,600.00 to $137,100.00. 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.” 

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