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Distribution - Connections Designer


Distribution - Connections Designer

  • 528263

Base Location: Reading, Slough or West London

Salary: £32,851 - £48,648 depending on experience, + car/car allowance + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time, 37 hours per week | Flexible working options available

What is the Role?

As a Connections Designer, your role is a pivotal one, helping to ensure Guaranteed Standards are met when providing quotations for new connections for customers. By providing customer with designs and quotations for both import and export connections to our network, you ensure we are delivering the highest level of service.

Your projects will be varied, and will involve large housing and industrial developments, with capacities in excess of 250kVA. The capacities you will design will predominantly be between 250kVA and 5MW, and will connect to the 11kV network. Projects may also include the connection of distributed generation equipment.

Due to the regulated nature of our business, all timescales set for our connections projects are heavily monitored, and therefore must be produced and issued to customers within the Guaranteed Standards timescales. In line with regulation, all our designs must be compliant with all appropriate rules and regulations in place, as well as meeting all engineering specifications and financial targets.

Your Skills and Experience

To ensure you get the most from your role, and our customers receive the highest standard of service, we ask that you have the following skills and experience:

- Excellent working knowledge of both low and high voltage distribution and Power Systems networks, with an ability to create designs which promote safety throughout. If you have a relevant electrical qualification that would be great, however equivalent work experience is also accepted.

- You'll be a strong communicator, with excellent organisation skills and a strength in developing and nourishing positive working relationships.

- You'll have the opportunity to visit your clients, therefore, a valid UK driving licence is also required.

- If you have experience within PROMIS, GIS and SIMS technology that's an added bonus, but if not, you should have a flair for picking up and working with new IT systems.

- Last but certainly not least, you'll have a special appreciation for safety, and ensuring our safety values are at the forefront of your working.

The successful applicant will Ideally have a relevant qualification in Power Distribution (HNC or above) and a good knowledge of the Electricity Distribution Network. Knowledge of SSE IT packages used to analyse the electrical network. General Computing skills. Good customer service and communication skills are essential.

About the Department

Our SSEN Distribution Commercial and Connections teams are the first point of contact for customers wishing to have a new electricity connection, increase the size of their existing connection, install generation, or move the equipment supplying their property. We're here to help whether our customers are building a single home, housing development, industrial development, generation development or independent distribution network. Our responsibility is to respond to challenging changes in our licence obligations, growing levels of competition and play a key role in progression to a low carbon future.

Life at SSE

If you're considering a career with us, you're probably wondering what's in it for you? From health and wellness to finances and family, we're proud of our benefits package which includes 34 days holiday (plus the option to buy additional days), enhanced maternity and paternity leave, discounted healthcare and a wide range of offers via our SSE Advantage scheme.

At SSE we're proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself. We 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. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application and assessment process, and upon joining SSE.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact / 01738 340 356.

Before commencing employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.


Closing date: Jun 27, 2021

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Our Benefits

  • Sharesave Scheme
  • 34 days of annual leave
  • Option to purchase up to 10 days holiday
  • Interest-free technology loans
  • 24/7 free and confidential employee counselling service
  • Private healthcare discounts
  • Subsidised gym memberships
  • 21 weeks full pay maternity leave
  • Cycle to Work scheme with generous £2500 limit
  • Interest-free salary advance to cover transport season tickets

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