Job Description


Job Title


Reports To

Powercare Area Manager


Network Operations – Powercare –SPN Region


Ashford Depot

Reference Number


Employment Period


Contract Type

Powercare Collective Agreement



Salary Range

£35,510 to 40,838 per annum(Depending on Experience)

Closing Date:

28th September 2021



All applications will be reviewed after the closing date.


We also provide the following additional benefits

  • Annual leave
  • Personal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)
  • Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme
  • Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Occupational Health support
  • Switched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.
  • Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres
  • Discounted access to sports and social clubs
  • Employee Assistance Programme.



UK Power Networks


UK Power Networks is the country’s biggest electricity distributor, making sure the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.

UK Power Networks continues to be listed in the Sunday Times’ Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For, as well as the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, and made industry history by becoming first company to win Utility of the Year two years running (2015 and 2016, also 2012). The company is accredited in the Investors in People Platinum and Nation Equality Standard.

The company invests more than £600 million in its electricity networks every year, offers extra help to vulnerable customers at times of need, and is undertaking trials to ensure that electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future. It also moves cables and connects new electricity supplies.


Job Purpose

The Agent will be responsible to the Senior Agent for the delivery of excavation and reinstatement activities associated with distribution faults, small service and small works, Unmetered Connections distribution capital programme work within the UK Power Networks SPN Distribution Licence areas.


Dimensions: Staff Circa: 1:15 Gangers/Labourers, Financial authority to approve corporate card expense claims and personal expenses & mileage in accordance with FAL limit.  Authorisation to sign and approve timesheets


Principal Accountabilities

  • Responsibility for all aspects of Safety, Health and Environment relevant to this role
  • Management and assurance of contractors including Networks term contractors and framework contractors
  • To carry out risk assessments and maintain safe working practices
  • Ensure quality of works meets with current policies and procedures
  • Ensure works are carried out to meet guaranteed service standards
  • Be able to operate hand held IT equipment to send and receive job instructions and record site information
  • Be able to effectively manage a team of ground works operatives
  • Be prepared to undertake other reasonable duties in line with the requirements of the Company
  • Act as an ambassador for UK Power Networks and deliver excellent customer service


Nature and Scope

The Groundworks Agent will ensure that key functions of overall project delivery are in place. These include scopes of work, procurement processes, resource planning (materials and people), transport, tools and plant, project delivery, reporting and review.


The Agent will report to the Senior Agent and will work within the London Region, although there may be some requirement to work across regions in order to obtain best practice. The Agent will have a high degree of autonomy but is required to support the overall team requirements and may therefore have priorities reassigned by the Senior Agent.


The Agent’s role is about achieving delivery of work in a safe, efficient and cost effective way. The role will require management of the project to ensure value for money and compliance with current legislation e.g. minimise defects, NRSWA fines and penalties.


The successful candidate will be required to travel anywhere within the SPN and LPN Footprint of UK Power Networks and be willing to participate in an out of hours standby rota.



Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • A Streetworks Supervisors qualification is essential.
  • The applicant must have experience in managing operational ground works teams, ideally, associated with electrical utilities.
  • A safety qualification such as IOSH Managing Safely will be required as will experience of working with the CDM regulations and ISO9001 quality processes.
  • Full UK Driving Licence
  • CSCS Supervisors card
  • Emergency First Aid


The following skills are not essential for the role but would be advantageous

  • Trench Support (deep excavation) certificate
  • A formal Project Management qualification will be advantageous
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Project, the Microsoft Office suite of applications (Excel, word and access) and project management techniques would be an advantage.


Personal Skills

  • Work efficiently and communicate effectively with other team members
  • Have the enthusiasm to learn and develop new skills and techniques
  • Demonstrate a strong safety culture
  • Be flexible in their approach to work



Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.


Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.