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Transmission Senior System Planning and Investment Engineer


Full Time

Competitive

Anywhere

Base Location: Perth or Glasgow

Salary: £38,600 – £69,600 depending on skills and experience + annual bonus

Working Pattern: Permanent | Flexible working patterns available

About the Department

The Transmission System Planning and Investment group is a critical function within the SHE Transmission business.  It has the specialist technical capability and experience to undertake the system studies and designs required to plan the current and future Transmission network, and ensures that safety, security of supply and performance of the network is maintained in accordance with required planning standards, Grid Code, SQSS and other licence obligations.

We have recently completed a number of high-profile projects that saw significant reinforcement of our transmission network in the north of Scotland. These include the completion of the first 400kV line in our area and the first GB embedded VSC HVDC link, wholly within our network. We continue to see growth in the onshore and offshore connection of low carbon and renewable generation on our network. This is presenting us with exciting challenges in how we integrate these new connections onto our network while ensuring that the technical performance of the system is maintained. The role of the Senior System Planning and Investment Engineer is an exciting opportunity for you to contribute to our strategic vision to facilitate the GB transition to a low carbon future.

What is the Role?

This role is within the System Performance team which is responsible for core model building and maintenance along with performing specialised technical studies. You’ll have technical/functional Lead responsibility but this role will not have any line management responsibilities.

You will:

  1. Carry out, review and direct, where appropriate, system studies, technical assessments, planning and development of the Transmission network.
  2. Lead, coordinate and govern specific technical or functional area across teams in Transmission System and Investment Planning, e.g. System Analysis and Design.
  3. Ensure compliance with statutory, regulatory and licence requirements in the most economic, efficient and co-ordinated manner.
  4. Assess network performance, and network capability, and identify options to maintain or enhance these.
  5. Make engineering recommendations for network improvements to meet the current and future requirements of SHE Transmission. 
  6. Coach and mentor junior staff members by providing training and regular review of work and deliverables.

What do I need?

You’ll have a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant Engineering discipline and ideally be a Chartered Engineer in a relevant institution. You’ll have demonstrable experience in Network Planning, ideally in the GB Electricity Transmission sector, with knowledge of relevant industry and technical standards, and how these evolve.  You should have good knowledge of the industry structure, including interfaces with the Regulator, System Operator, other Transmission Owners and Distribution Network Operators.  You’ll also have an understanding of the commercial mechanisms for investments, including statutory processes, and the Licence Obligations under which SHE Transmission operates.

As a senior power system expert, you will possess experience in any of these areas: harmonics, stability and EMT simulations related to new equipment designs such as cables, overhead-lines, shunt reactive compensation, FACTS devices and grid connection studies.  We are currently transitioning to DIgSILENT PowerFactory as our primary analysis tool and would be keen to hear from those with experience with managing large scale system models in this package.

You should possess good communication skills and feel comfortable communicating at all levels with the ability to present on a range of technical subjects with the ability to form structured arguments with reasoned justification to influence and guide others. You should possess the ability to write clear and well-structured technical reports and specifications, and provide focussed information for senior management.  This role requires that you are organised and methodical with the ability to prioritise your workload against demanding targets and deadlines.

Our Benefits

We’re committed to ensuring we offer our people a great place to work, with competitive salary, contributory pension plan and benefits package. 

Next Steps

For more information about this role, or to discuss any adjustments you require to submit your application please get in touch at sse.resourcing.team@sse.com.

To apply please visit www.sse.com/careers. Closing date for applications is 15th November.

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.

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