Position: System Outage Planning Engineer
Salary: GBP41307 - GBP54556 per annum
Ref: 524314_1596122634
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 30/07/2020
Expiry Date: 27/08/2020
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Base Location: Scotland (Some Flexibility)

Salary: £41,307 - £54,556 (depending on skills and experience)

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible working options available

About the Department

SSEN operates two Distribution Network Operator (DNO) licenses; Southern Electric Power Distribution and Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution ensuring a safe and secure supply to over 3.8m customers. As a forward-looking company, the introduction of a Distribution System Operator (DSO) role into the industry is one which we wish to actively progress and prepare for. The transition to low carbon technology, penetration of electric vehicles and increasing system flexibility for users and customers among other similar areas, places a successful transition to include a DSO model as one of our priorities.

Within the DSO directorate, there are departments including System and Network Planning, Pricing and Forecasting, Operational Technology and our Distribution Control Centres (North & South).

What is the Role?

An opportunity has arisen for a Distribution Control Room System Planning Engineer to join the outage planning team within the North Distribution Control Centre. As a System Planning Engineer, you will carry out technical assessments of both 11kV and 33kV networks and make recommendations for generation export during network outages. This will be a key role in ensuring the flexible response of our networks on a real time and future basis, working closely with our Control Engineers to offer guidance and assistance.

The role will include running operational studies on a real time and preparatory basis to ensure that the high levels of generation on the network in the North of Scotland can be effectively managed to ensure maximum utilisation of the system. This will align with our intent to support the Scottish Government's 2045 net zero emissions target and maximise the benefits from the growth in renewable generation connections in the North of Scotland. At times this will be a high-pressure role due to the demands placed on our system by both the weather and the geographic nature of our connectivity.

In this role you'll manage, understand and analyse the generation export associated with specific outages and any associated interactions. You will be required to confirm network compliance with relative engineering standards, you'll promote the Distribution Network Access Policy, Distribution and Grid Code to ensure compliance with the license obligations.

You will also have the opportunity to be involved in the progression towards DSO, helping ensure that the Control Centre and wider business is suitably prepared for the transition as we approach one of the largest industry changes experienced in recent years.

What do I need?

To succeed in this role, you should be qualified to a minimum HNC level in Electrical Power Engineering or similar subject, have detailed knowledge of the operation and nature of a power distribution system and be commercially aware. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a passion for solving problems by developing cost efficient solutions and an ability to drive business strategies. You'll also need to be a confident communicator with the ability to produce reasoned justifications in structured written reports and be comfortable organising, planning and prioritising your workload to achieve demanding targets and deadlines. Experience using network modelling software packages such as PSS®E and/or PSS®Sincal would be preferred, though other experience with electrical analysis study models would be considered.

If you successfully secure a role with us, you'll be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining.

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

About SSE

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