Engineer, Technology and Innovation

UK Power Networks Limited
London (Greater)
11 Sep 2018
18 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
We also provide the following additional benefits

Annual leave 25 daysPersonal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)Tenancy Loan Deposit schemeTax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchersSeason ticket loanOccupational Health supportSwitched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyresDiscounted access to sports and social clubsEmployee Assistance Programme.Job Purpose:

The UK Power Networks Services business develops, delivers and manages safe, sustainable and profitable high voltage electrical and multi-utility networks for owners of major infrastructure. UKPNS work with a range of high profile clients such as Heathrow Airport Limited, Stansted Airport Limited, GIP (London Gatwick Airport), High Speed 1, Network Rail, London Underground, Ministry of Defence, Docklands Light Railway, and Canary Wharf.

UK Power Networks Services has the ambition to be the leader in private power and energy infrastructure.

Working within our dedicated team of engineers and analysts, the Engineer, Technology and Innovation will help UK Power Networks Services grow, design and deliver innovative smart grids projects that are aimed at addressing the energy trilemma. The successful candidate will be involved with scoping, launching and delivering technology and innovation projects, and will be involved in the whole cycle of our offering, from financing through to operation and maintenance.

The Engineer, Technology and Innovation will bring an inquisitive, tenacious, data-driven and client-facing approach to our Assets and Technology team: analysing customer data, perform feasibility studies and business case assessments, identify value and work with colleagues in the business and suppliers to deliver significant improvement projects, which apply novel and innovative solutions.


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Principal Accountabilities:

Lead distributed energy resources market segment analysisEngage with existing clients to develop innovation strategies and implement new solutions e.g. power quality monitoring, distribution network automation, energy efficiency initiatives, renewable generationAnalyse data sets and lead feasibility studies and business case assessmentsDevelop models (e.g. excel-based) for assessing data and/or calculating technical or business case performanceLead requirements, scope, and analysis for low carbon innovation and technology projectsDevelop asset health indices for existing clients to maintain the asset heath profilesPresent and document compelling cases and pitch ideas to senior managementUnderstand and articulate technical and commercial challengesDevelop project concepts, including stakeholder, commercial and regulatory considerations, which clearly states problem, solution, timeframe, and resource requirementsLead technology and innovation project delivery from initiation through to closureDevelop and maintain multi-criteria technology assessmentsRepresent the department within external clients and conferencesKnowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:


Demonstrable understanding of power systems, electricity markets, the value of flexibility from different distributed energy resources, industrial and commercial applications and the benefits of using smart grid technologiesDemonstrable experience in energy storage and/or load management and network ancillary servicesKnowledge of energy storage market, energy storage technologies and applicationsDegree in engineering, mathematics, or other quantitative disciplineExperience working with unfamiliar data sets and performing intelligent data cleansingExperience in scripting, analysing, manipulating and visualising large data sets in Excel and/or other software packages such as R, SPSS and MATLABExperience or understanding in techno-economic assessmentsStrong report writing skills and ability to produce clear and logical written communicationAbility to work in a multi-tasking environmentHighly motivated to learn on the job, interface with clients, as well as undertake trainingConfidently build and maintain external and internal relationshipsWillingness to travel from time to timeExperience or ability to understand, identify and assess business models for distributed energy resourcesFlexible approach to work, and ability to prioritise and manage time effectively to meet deadlines and client needsWillingness to mentor junior engineers and analystsPay strong attention to detail and demonstrate accurate workPersonal drive for growth and development of low carbon solutionsHigh level of IT literacy and numeracy skillsStrong inter-personal / communication skills in order to present strategies, analysis and recommendationsTeam player and willingness to follow instructionsAbility to be adaptable and able to work both independently and as part of a teamHave a systematic logical approach to problem solvingDesirable

Experience with investment and business case assessmentNetwork planning/modelling experienceExperience in energy storage, electric vehicles infrastructure and microgridsPractical experience in delivering network and ancillary services from distributed energy resourcesElectricity and/or utility industry experienceUnderstanding and/or experience in using optimisation techniques and related softwareA proven record in delivering technical projects and demonstrable ability to transfer these skills to the electrical sectorTrack record in project managementLaboratory or industrial applied experienceCommercial and/or consulting experienceChartered engineer or committed to working towards chartershipPostgraduate degreePublications in international conferences and journalsExperience in stakeholder mapping and delivering market updates and opportunity reportsKey Competencies:

Ability to work under own initiativeComfortable working without a guide, developing new methods & models without a roadmapGoal-orientatedResponsible and proactiveInformation seekingInterpersonal skills, ability to work with teams across the business and clients with different backgroundsPersonal drive for innovation and continuous improvement opportunitiesSafety and environmental awarenessPlanning, organisation and time managementBusiness acumenInfluence and persuasionPlease Note: Internal candidates, who are still within a probationary period, must obtain the written approval of their manager, which must be submitted with their application.

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.

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