Position: Lead System Development Engineer
Salary: GBP46319 - GBP61175 per annum
Ref: 523877_1592496827
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 18/06/2020
Expiry Date: 16/07/2020
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Base: Perth

Salary: £46,319 - £61,175 (depending on skills and experience)

Permanent | Full Time 37 hours per week | Flexible Working options available

What is the Role?

Within the System Development team, you will take the lead for technical and operational development of our Distribution Management System and represent the Distribution Control Centre on a number of other projects. You will provide guidance to the other engineers in the team and to the wider business to ensure compliance with safety standards, Licenses and Operational Codes.

Currently, the main focus of the role is supporting the roll-out of network automation schemes as our field engineers install new plant. You will be responsible for the approval of automation schemes onto our DMS and ensuring the highest possible safety and effectiveness of existing schemes.

You will also be responsible for identifying and implementing enhancements to our DMS system to drive the business forward. This can take many forms, from adapting both the front and back end architecture, establishing new processes or functions, cleansing historic inconsistencies and much more. A passion for continuous improvement and a drive to deliver will be vital in order to succeed in the role.

The role will also encompass leading the North business with regards to Radio Teleswitching, DMS Reporting and System Upgrade Testing. There are a number of other new systems and upgrades both in progress and approaching, where you will be a key figure, focusing on maximising the benefits they can deliver for the DCC and the wider business.

What do I Need?

You should have a detailed knowledge of the workings of a SCADA system and have current relevant project management experience. A knowledge of database creation and SQL would be of benefit, as would any experience the appropriate processes and procedures for User Acceptance Testing. A high level of competency with Microsoft Office/365 is also required.

The ideal candidate will currently be working within a technical role in the electricity industry and hold a minimum HNC in Electrical Engineering or other relevant discipline. In addition you will have field experience to SAP level and have held a System Control Authorisation. You will be expected to interpret and explain complex documentation and codes to people of all abilities, and fully understand and apply the requirements of the Operational Safety Rules.

You'll be a great team worker and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills with a keen eye for detail. Having excellent organisational skills, with the ability to work accurately and independently is essential. You'll be motivated to learn in your role, and also develop and assist those around you to ensure all move forward as one. A track record for identifying and delivering improvements is critical, whilst maintaining the highest possible safety standards.

As part of the Control Centre team, you will also be expected to assist during severe weather or large scale events, which may require a level of response in excess of normal business commitments.

There is scope for this role to be offered as a development position for the right candidate who is progressing towards the above skill-set or has a desire to do so.

About the Department

Our Distribution Control Centre is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of supplies to all our customers, every hour of every day, while maintaining, upgrading and reinforcing our existing network. We are actively involved in all aspects of any work carried out on our system, from external engagement and planning prior, to the reporting afterwards.

We are currently transitioning towards operating as a Distribution System Operator as part of an industry wide change, which will present both challenges and opportunities as we begin to operate an active network and accessible market, supporting whole system optimisation.

Our priority and the priority of the wider business is safety, both for our internal staff, and for every one of our customers. We will play a major part in the business's SHE strategy to reduce our injury rate by 50% by 2020 so a passion for safety is vital to be an effective part of our team.

Our Benefits

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Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online however to discuss any adjustments you may require to submit your application please get in touch. We'll let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

Please be aware if you are successful, you'll be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining SSE.

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.