System Planning Engineer

  • Job Reference: 525380
  • Date Posted: 12 January 2021
  • Employer: SSE PLC
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £41,307 to £61,175
  • Sector: Construction, Engineering, Trades & Services
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

Base Location: Reading

Salary: £41,307 - £61,175 depending on skills and experience

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time, 37 hours | Flexible Working options available

About the Department

SSEN owns two Distribution Network Operators (DNO): Southern Electric Power Distribution and Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution. SSEN is actively progressing the transition for each DNO to perform the role of Distribution System Operator (DSO). In the move to low carbon technology and maximum choice and flexibility for system users and customers, the success of this transition is critical to the future of the business.

Within DSO, we have several different departments which include System and Network Planning, Pricing and Forecasting, Operational Technology and our Control Rooms (North & South).

What is the Role?

System Planning is part of SSEN's Distribution System Operations (DSO) Directorate with overall responsibility for the planning and development of our distribution networks in the South of England. We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Connections System Planning Engineer to cater for the growth in large demand and renewable generation connections and manage our CAPEX investment programme to ensure that our electricity networks remain fully compliant with the technical and regulatory requirements of our license. You will also gain wide ranging knowledge and experience of the electricity industry by working with other industry bodies, such as the industry regulator OFGEM, the UK Transmission Operator National Grid, and Renewable Developers.

An opportunity has arisen for a Connections Network and System Planning Engineer to join our team based in Reading. In this role you'll be responsible for meeting our ongoing objectives to continuously improve the safety, security, reliability and capacity of our distribution networks identifying and specifying the works required to optimise the performance and condition of the existing assets and for producing documentation supporting our statutory license conditions. You will also analyse the capability of our networks to accommodate both demand and high-volume generation connections, specify innovative technical solutions, and work closely with the design and delivery teams to ensure the network is developed in the most economic, efficient and co-ordinated manner to meet customer requirements.

Our transition to DSO requires us to adopt new approaches to accommodating increased penetration of low carbon technology connections such as PV, wind, electric vehicles and heat pumps - through flexible operation of the network. An important part of the role will be to ensure that the learning from our on-going high-profile low carbon innovation projects are transferred and embedded into our day-to-day Planning function.

What do I need?

To succeed in this role, you should be qualified to a minimum HNC level in Electrical Engineering and have a detailed knowledge of power systems networks. You'll be commercially aware, have a passion for developing innovative solutions and experience using network modelling software would be advantageous. You'll also 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.

Our Benefits

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Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online however to discuss any adjustments you may require submitting your application please get in touch. We'll let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

The successful candidate will be subject to the Company's verification and vetting process. This includes a basic criminal records check.

About SSE

We all have different skills here at SSE and that's what makes us stand out. We all take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra 'if it's not safe, we don't do it'.

SSE is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.