Distribution Outage Planning Engineer

  • Job Reference: 524623
  • Date Posted: 16 October 2020
  • Employer: SSE PLC
  • Website: https://sse.com/careers/
  • Location: Perth, Perth & Kinross
  • Salary: £41,307 to £54,556
  • Sector: Construction, Engineering, Trades & Services
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Duration: 9 Months

Job Description

Base Location: Flexible Scotland

Salary: £41,307 - £54,556 pro rata per annum

Working Pattern: 9 Month Fixed-Term Contract | Full Time, 37 hours | Flexible working patterns available

About the Department

SSEN operates two Distribution Network Operator (DNO) licenses; Southern Electric Power Distribution and Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution ensuring a safe and secure supply to over 3.8m customers. As a forward-looking company, the introduction of a Distribution System Operator (DSO) role into the industry is one which we wish to actively progress and prepare for. The transition to low carbon technology, penetration of electric vehicles and increasing system flexibility for users and customers among other similar areas, places a successful transition to include a DSO model as one of our priorities.

Within the DSO directorate, there are departments including System and Network Planning, Pricing and Forecasting, Operational Technology and our Distribution Control Centres (North & South)

What is the Role?

An opportunity has arisen for a Distribution Outage Planning Engineer to join the outage planning team within the North Distribution Control Centre. As part of the Distribution Outage Planning team you will coordinate and consider the needs of multiple stakeholders in order to deliver a workable annual outage programme while considering system security. You will be expected to ensure that the programme is realistic and achievable, while obtaining client approval, in order to rebuild the network, deliver the construction programme, and make sure security of supply is maintained. This will be a key role in ensuring the flexible response of our networks on a real time and future basis, working closely with our Control Engineers to offer guidance and assistance.

In this role you'll prepare, manage and take ownership of the SHEPD HV outage programme, understand and analyse the risk associated with specific outages and associated any interactions. Day to day responsibilities will include regular engagement with internal teams such as investment planning, active solutions and commercial as well as externally with Distributed Generators and the System Operator. Additionally, you will assist the system planners running operational studies on a real time and preparatory basis to ensure that the high levels of generation on the network in the North of Scotland can be effectively managed during outage conditions. This will align with our support of the Scottish Government's 2045 net zero emissions target and maximise the benefits from the growth in renewable generation connections in the North of Scotland.

What do I need?

To succeed in this role, you should be qualified to a minimum HNC level in Electrical Power Engineering or similar subject, have detailed knowledge of the operation and nature of a power distribution system and be commercially aware. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a passion for solving problems by developing cost efficient solutions and an ability to drive business strategies. You'll also need to be a confident communicator with the ability to produce reasoned justifications in structured written reports and be comfortable organising, planning and prioritising your workload to achieve demanding targets and deadlines.

The successful candidate may be subject to the Company's verification and vetting process if their vetting level changes. This includes a basic criminal records check.

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Next Steps

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About SSE

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