Position: System Planning Engineer
Salary: GBP40201 - GBP53096 per annum
Ref: 522124_1570635157
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 09/10/2019
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Base Location: Reading or Slough

Salary: £40,201 - £53,096 depending on skills and experience

Working Pattern: Permanent | 37 hours | Full Time with Flexible working patterns available

About the Department

SSE Power Distribution, part of the SSE group, owns and operates two electricity distribution networks and one transmission network, comprising some 123,000 substations and 127,000km of overhead lines and underground cables, distributing electricity to 3.5 million homes and businesses in the North of Scotland and Southern England.

What is the Role

A new opportunity has arisen for a System (Network) Planning Engineer to join our System Planning Team based in, Reading or Slough office.

The System Planning team act as custodian of the 132kV, 33kV, 11kV and LV Primary and distribution network, providing the business with technical expertise in terms of carrying out all aspects of the technical assessment, planning and development of the distribution network. This is to ensure compliance with statutory, regulatory and licence requirements in the most economic, efficient and co-ordinated manner. The teams assess network performance and capacity, creates demand and forecasts, in order to make recommendations for improvements to meet the current and future requirements of SSEN and deliver regulatory outputs.

You'll hold a key role within the Electricity Networks business, ensuring security and quality of supply is maintained by prioritising that the load related system reinforcement scheme is coordinated. Network (11kV,6.6kV, LV) modelling and power system simulations will form part of your responsibilities as will monitoring the networks to identify performance improvements, security issues and ensuring we are operating compliantly within our License. You will also work alongside industry bodies, such as the industry regulator OFGEM, the UK Transmission Operator National Grid, and Renewable Developers.

What do I need?

To be successful in this role you'll hold a minimum of an HNC in Electrical Engineering, although a degree qualification is preferred. You will need to have experience of working on DNO/DSO Primary and/or Distribution networks. You'll be required to demonstrate an ability to work well with external customers and consultants, and with other internal departments within SSEN.

You'll also be able to show strong communication, leadership and organisational skills and have good judgement in decision making under pressure. As such you should possess good analytical skills, an ability to solve problems on a logical basis, and then communicate proposals and associated reasoning. It is essential that you have experience of using MS Office, while its desirable that you have previous experience in using SINCAL/PSSE and Enmac (Power On) or similar systems.

Our Benefits

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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.

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 its 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.