HV Cable Design Engineer (Principal or Senior Level)

Join Niko Engineering Limited: Powering Excellence in New Zealand’s Electrical Industry

We take immense pride in delivering great quality specialist services to clients spanning power transmission, generation, and distribution. As a respected consultant we are privileged to be able to work with industry leading companies such as Transpower, Mercury, Genesis, Meridian, and Eastland Generation.

The role:

We are seeking a talented engineer to join Niko Engineering as an HV Cable Design Engineer. This is a technical role, where you will lead, execute and contribute to upgrades and new site developments for some of our largest clients across Transmission, generation and distribution.

Your primary focus will be the delivering HV cable projects (110kV and 220kV).  In addition to this you will have the opportunity to work on MV cable projects (33kV and 11kV) and other substation design projects. It’s your choice if you want to specialise or provide a wider range of technical skills.

Niko has the capacity to welcome a designer / technical expert at Senior or Principal level.

Key aspects of this role include:

  • Developing designs from option studies through to detailed designs, technical specifications, and reports for electrical upgrade and new build projects.
  • Design management – Communicating and coordinating project activities with others.
  • Developing relationships with our clients.
  • Preparation of proposals for design tenders.
  • Managing allocated time for tasks effectively.
  • Understanding and keeping abreast of International Standards, New Zealand and Australian Standards, and legislative requirements.
  • Carrying out quality assurance reviews of work by other Engineers.

The opportunity we offer: 

What sets Niko apart is our commitment to selecting clients and projects wisely, delivering high-quality work without compromising on unrealistic timeframes or workloads. We value expertise in engineering and prioritise timely project delivery to foster positive and productive client relationships.

Through our strong relationships and meticulous approach, we’ve earned great opportunities to use our skills and knowledge. We are trusted to provide advice and designs for our clients’ most important assets, including power cables at the highest system voltages in NZ.

Niko has a strong team of experienced power systems engineers. By joining Niko you will work in collaboration with some of the best in the industry, now just in cable design, but in protection, primary and secondary systems.

As the industry experiences significant growth driven by decarbonisation efforts and the need to maintain existing assets, you will have exciting engineering ahead of you.

Let’s consider flexibility:

At Niko, our distinctive company structure sets us apart. Our senior staff operate on a fixed salary or a flexible remuneration scheme, where compensation reflects both the work they contribute and the experience they bring.

You have the autonomy to determine your weekly workload, as long as you maintain client satisfaction and team harmony. Additionally, most of our technical staff hold ownership stakes in the company, with share allocation tied to individual contributions rather than length of service. This means that newcomers like you have the potential to swiftly become owners in a successful business.

This innovative approach has cultivated a team of seasoned specialists committed to excellence. We prioritise delivering quality, offering enriching opportunities, fostering professional growth, and ensuring a superior work-life balance for all our team members.

Join Us: Are You the Perfect Fit?

We’re on the lookout for an exceptional candidate who aligns with our vision and values. Our ideal candidate possesses the following qualities:

  • A passion for delivering excellent engineering, not just managing others to deliver.
  • A chartered Engineer or working towards accreditation.
  • Tertiary qualified in Electrical Engineering, but we would consider significant industry experience as an alternative.
  • Capable of both independent work and collaboration.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and computer skills.
  • Strong desire for continuous learning and development.

The preferred location is Hamilton. However, we are open to candidates who would work from our Christchurch or Auckland offices, or who wish to work remotely.

Visit www.niko.nz to discover more about Niko’s values and the impactful work we undertake.


  • Senior level: 8 years’ experience, specialising in cable engineering at 110kV and above.
  • Principal level: 15+ years’ experience, specialising in cable engineering at 110kV and above.

If you believe you embody these qualities and have the requisite experience, we encourage you to apply. Join our team and become part of a dynamic organisation dedicated to excellence in the electricity industry.

Niko Engineering Limited offer: 

  • Competitive salary and additional financial perks, including mobile phone accounts and complimentary medical insurance.
  • Future potential to transition to our chargeable hours’ salary scheme, rewarding high performance and productivity with increased earnings and enhanced flexibility.
  • Professional and technical development opportunities, with guidance from seasoned peers to support your career advancement.
  • Effective coaching programs aimed at passing on skills and knowledge to ensure the sustainability of our engineering consultancy
  • Opportunities to mentor less experienced engineers and/or 3D CAD designers.
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth, with the chance to take on increased responsibilities as you expand your skills and understanding of our company.
  • Strong encouragement and support for career advancement, including the development of new skills and acquisition of fresh knowledge and experiences. Participation in professional training and involvement in engineering bodies/organisations is highly encouraged and supported.

To Apply: 

If you’re a skilled engineer eager to make a meaningful impact in the electricity industry and embrace a challenging yet rewarding opportunity, we invite you to submit your application. Become part of Niko Engineering Limited’s journey towards excellence and growth.

To apply, please complete your application online via Seek. Note that only applications submitted through SEEK will be considered. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

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