Position: Flexible Solutions Planning Engineer
Salary: GBP46319 - GBP61175 per annum
Ref: 524395_1596017897
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 29/07/2020
Expiry Date: 26/08/2020
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Base Location: Reading

Salary: £46,319 - £61,175

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time, 37 hours | Flexible working patterns 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?

We have an excellent opportunity for a commercially aware individual to join our System Planning team within our Scottish and Southern Electricity Network (SSEN) business. In this role you'll be providing the business with technical expertise regarding all aspects of network flexibility and smart solutions, including their operations and the operational technology aspect, to ensure compliance with distribution network requirements. You'll be required to co-ordinate with Service Providers, perform risk analyses, and assess network performance with these flexible solutions and make recommendations for improvements to meet the current and future requirements of our network.

Your technical experience will be invaluable as you manage technical assessments, collection and interpretation of large volumes of complex network, service providers and costs data, and present this in an easily digestible format for internal and external stakeholders and regulators, including OFGEM.

For Connections & Diversion customer enquiries on reinforcement decisions, you'll provide technical expertise at meetings with large commercial and industrial clients and consultant to resolve complaints and drive improvements.

You'll also be required to confidently represent SSEN as a technical expert at UK-wide industry forums and working parties and contribute to the development of new/revised Engineering Recommendations and Engineering Technical Reports.

What do I need?

You will be degree qualified or have equivalent experience and essential to this role will be your technical understanding of distribution networks, and ability to carry out complex network assessment and can demonstrate the following skills:

- The ability of interpret large volumes of complex data and display in a digestible format to stakeholders.

- Ability to identify flexibility/smart solutions, assess risks and conduct high-level market tests.

- Experience of embedding and promoting a safety culture.

- Financial management and commercially astute.

- Excellent communication skills, and able to engage with a variety of stakeholders, both internal and external.

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 with We'll let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

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.