Design Engineer

UK Power Networks Ltd
11 Feb 2018
15 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Design Engineer

We also provide the following additional benefits:

- Annual leave 25 days
- Personal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 3%, 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 6%, 8% or 10%)
- Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme
- Sick leave goes up with length of service.
- Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers
- 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.

Job Purpose:

The purpose of this role is:

- To develop HV and LV designs/estimates up to 33kV for the replacement of the existing distribution network and for the expansion of the distribution network for strategic projects
- To take a leading technical role interfacing with Gatwick Airport as the client on projects.

The Designer must have a sound background in HV/LV distribution. They must also be able to demonstrate an ability to analyse complex situations and produce designs, estimates and contingency plans to meet business objectives.

The individual will need to be self-motivated and able to work independently, a good communicator with flexibility and an adaptable approach to problem solving is essential. This must include the development of a strong working relationship with the client

Principle Accountabilities:


- Liaison – Regular liaison and cooperation with the Operational Teams, Design Manager; Asset Manager and Compliance Engineers, Gatwick Airport to ensure comprehensive understanding of current and future design/developments.

Undertake additional activities commensurate with their job level and competency

- The use and application of Design Standards.
- The Design of Network changes for Airport projects and may be required to work in other locations.
- Apply correct design policy.
- Provide competitive estimates for all works
- Design to exceed Customer expectations.
- Produce work packs for the Operational team describing all facets of project installation.
- Produce work packs for the Operational team satisfying all safety requirements.
- Manage and apply the legal process.
- Interpret and analyse management information and highlight matters requiring the attention of the company’s senior management.
- Compliance with the client’s and UK Powers Network Services Environmental policies during design


Health and safety

Support the Stay Safe programme for UK Power Networks Services. Fulfil legal HSE requirements as detailed under Health & Safety Responsibilities below.

Will also be expected to understand and be able to operate within CDM standards.



Attend regular meetings with Gatwick Airport which include:

- progress meetings
- performance (programme) meetings if requested
- other client organised meetings


- The Designer is accountable to the operational teams for delivery of project work packs.
- Attend regular meetings.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

1. Qualified electrical engineer (HV and LV) (Like)
2. Amtech protection design tool (Like)
3. IEE Wiring Regulations (Must)
4. CDM qualified / trained (Like)
5. ISOH / NEBOSH (Like)
6. Risk management trained (Like)
7. Full UK driving license (Must)

Site Specific Requirements

- Security ID Pass eligibility. Requirement to provide 5 year work record, references and satisfactory Disclosure Scotland checks
- Complete and pass site specific driving test.
- Any other future requirements that the client may impose with respect to working at a site.

Performance measures:

Stakeholder (internal / external) satisfaction scores
Time (percentage delivered on-time)
Quality (product pass percentage)
Monthly performance reporting (on time)
Monthly communication to stakeholders (on time)

- Note – The above performance measures are typical for this role, specific targets (and possibly additional performance measures) commensurate with this role will be defined each year via IPR

Desired behaviours
- Experience of HV/ LV designing up to 33kV .
- Must have a sound background in Electrical distribution.
- Visible demonstration of commitment to ‘Stay Safe’ and knowledge of CDM standards
- Can articulate how this is physically demonstrated.
- Able to effectively communicate positive and negative news at all levels of the business
- Can articulate when praise and bad news is given and how effective.
- Maintains a clear understanding of which elements of the design are critical to its success
- Undertake design reviews, approvals and technical audits of schemes designs.
- Liaise with operational teams to ensure designs are fit for purpose and deliverable on site.
- Act as the technical point of reference for the resolution of technical issues relating to the design and construction of schemes undertaken by the operational team.
- Maintaining an awareness of current industry best practices and be proactive in seeking improved and innovative project solutions.
- Possess an understanding of both construction and future operational requirements of the design proposals to enable project, construction and handover risks to be identified.
- Demonstrate excellent communication and influencing skills, be able to prioritise workload and be able to work to tight deadlines with minimum supervision.
- Understands the importance of proactively managing change within the design brief
- Processes are in place to monitor, report and manage change effectively
- Influence – is able to influence stakeholder in a proactive and effective manner.
- Motivation – self discipline to deliver work packs in a timely manner.
- Have a broad understanding of site operations and the client’s requirements.
- Able to make decision and clearly communicate actions to management.
- Recognised for being able to make clear decisions, quickly and effectively
- Proactively maintains their own competencies and keeping up to date with wider business changes
- Demonstrates at IPR a proactive approach to continual personal development
- Understands importance of working closely with the Operational Teams, Design Manager; Asset Manager and Compliance Engineers and client
- Can demonstrate an understanding of the challenges and issues they face in their respective roles and can demonstrate what practical support has been given

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