Infrastructure Planning Engineer

UK Power Networks
Crawley, UK
21 Sep 2019
28 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Infrastructure Planning Engineer
Reporting to
Infrastructure Development Coordinator
Asset Management
Crawley, Energy House
Reference Number
Employment Period
Contract Type
CiP Level / Bonus
Starting Salary
£44,273 or £53,434 - Depending on experience
Should you not possess the required skills, and competencies listed above there may be an opportunity to appoint at a lower grade while these are developed.

Closing Date

All applications will be reviewed after the closing date

We also offer :
Annual leave 25 days
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.

Applications are invited for the position of Infrastructure Planning Engineer based at Energy House, in Crawley.

Job Purpose:
To develop the Southeastern Power Networks (SPN) EHV electricity networks in a coordinated and economic manner to satisfy the Distribution and Grid Code obligations and requirements. The work content can be varied and dynamic to meet the needs of both customers and stakeholders.
It is an ideal opportunity to develop engineering competencies leading to chartered status by joining a dynamic team that influences all parts of the business.
Principal Accountabilities:
The EHV network related projects in the SPN Licence area are devised to achieve technical and financial authorisation by our team. This involves cooperative working in a multi-discipline team environment with both internal and external stekeholders. Examples of the types of work fall into two main areas.

Tactical Planning element
  • Ensure timely and quality responses to Connections business by assessing generation and demand referrals to maximise network development synergies and ensure an efficient service to all customers;
  • Prepare project scoping documents such as asset replacement or reinforcement projects for approval as part of the Project Governance and Control process and to ensure alignment with business objectives;
  • Carry out high level network design including equipment rating specification, protection design philosophy and network modelling as part of project approval;
  • Optimise synergies between distribution and infrastructure solutions in the development of the network;
  • Liaison with relevant stakeholders at a project level including Delivery, Network Design and Network Operations.
  • Identify network requirements and opportunities to accommodate increasing levels of Distributed Generation;
  • Contribute to the creation of Generation Impact Network Studies for defined sectors of the network to track progress of DG connections, monitor the impact to the EHV and upstream network and investigate reinforcement requirements;

  • Strategic Planning element
  • Identify network requirements and opportunities including interactions such as those between asset replacement and reinforcement projects;
  • Contribute to the creation of Regional Development Plans for defined sectors of the network to maximize network development synergies;
  • Carry out a multitude of system studies and network analysis on the EHV network and assess the impact of external interventions such as modifications at transmission level.
  • Ensure the preparation and maintenance of Infrastructure Development Plans to provide clear forward visibility of the Major Projects pipeline for UK Power Networks in the SPN area;
  • Ensure that the EHV network remains compliant with the relevant license conditions and engineering recommendations;
  • Refine and monitor UK Power Networks development proposals for RIIO-ED1, including optimizing network interventions and identifying secondary outputs and benefits;
  • Liaison with relevant stakeholders at programme level including OFGEM, National Grid, Distribution Network Operators, local authorities and development agencies

    Examples of projects and work include:
  • Reinforcement or establishment of new Grid Supply Point with the transmission network, working in conjunction with National Grid;
  • Network reinforcement involving the replacement of under-rated equipment, circuits, network reconfiguration and innovative solutions;
  • Replacement of Grid and Primary substations assets such as transformers and switchgear;
  • Carry out feasibility studies/assessments for the connection of distributed generation such as wind farms, solar photovoltaic and energy storage;
  • Carry out assessment for high demand customer connections such as data centres, industrial or commercial developments;
  • Support to property and consents in terms of asset defence schemes and working to achieve the best solution;
  • Support the assessment of future reinforcement requirements against a changing UK demand landscape.

    Our principal internal interfaces include Network Operations, Capital Programme and Procurement, Strategy and Regulation, Connections and various teams in Asset Management.

    Our external interfaces include other Distribution Network Operators, National Grid, Network Rail, Local Authorities, OFGEM, DECC and customers.

    Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:
    The varied nature of the team activities benefits from drawing skills from different backgrounds. Training will be provided but, in addition to:
  • HNC or Degree in an electrical engineering related subject and ideally working towards qualifications leading to membership of an Engineering Institution;
  • A good understanding of the principles of Distribution Network Operator power engineering.

    The successful candidate should possess knowledge of the following topics:
  • Knowledge of design and operation of UK distribution systems at all voltage levels;
  • Understanding of the principles behind electrical equipment such as transformers, switchgear, cables and overhead lines;
  • A knowledge of power flow modelling techniques including an understanding of the importance of fault levels and voltage profile management;
  • Awareness of the Distribution/Grid Code and National Grid Connection and Use of System Code (CUSC);
  • An understanding of the requirements of Engineering Recommendations, in particular P2, G59, G74, G75, G77, G83, G5, P28, P29;
  • An understanding of the connection charge policy and how it impacts on costs charged.
  • Understanding of physical asset management practices and regulatory requirements;
  • Awareness of Connections activities and the impact that renewable generation is currently having on the UK landscape;

    The successful candidate should possess some of the following qualities:
  • The ability to problem solve;
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal;
  • Good team working skills;
  • Good report writing skills - conveying complex issues simple on paper.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly and confidently at all levels of the organisation;
  • Confidence to be able to represent the team and present technical and financial arguments to a both internal and external audiences (to be developed over time);
  • Be able to demonstrate a practical and results-orientated approach by virtue of actions undertaken, by means of leading others to action by planning, motivating, organising and controlling tasks and deliverables in a complex fast-moving environment of regulatory change;
  • Think and act ahead of time to take advantage of opportunities for innovation and improvement and to address problems;
  • Knowledge of basic financial analysis techniques (DCF);
  • Safety and environmental awareness;
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work under own initiative;

    Should you not possess the required skills, and competencies listed above there may be an opportunity to appoint at a lower grade while these are developed.

    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.

    If in doubt ask!

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