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HVDC Engineer- Offshore Wind


HVDC Engineer- Offshore Wind

  • 541741
  • Closing at: Aug 18 2022 at 14:00 BST

SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £12.5 billion in low carbon projects over the next 5 years, our SSE Renewables (SSER) business continues to be at the forefront of our growth plans, and our ambition to build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.  We are proud to be playing a critical role in the net zero transition, as we aim to more than treble the net capacity in operation to 13GW and grow renewable energy output five-fold to over 50TWh over the next 10 years.

About the Role

Base Location: Flexible Scotland, however our preference is that you will be based in one of our key sites, which includes but is not limited to:- Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen or Inverness.

Salary: Competitive depending on skills and experience + car/car allowance + performance-related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

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

What is the Role?

As an HVDC Electrical Engineer, you will be responsible leading and coordinating electrical engineering deliverables for development and construction of offshore wind generation projects within the SSE Renewables business. 

Some of your main responsibilities will include:

  • Front-end electrical engineering design works associated with HVDC technology and equipment for use in project consenting and financial modelling activities.
  • Development of electrical package contract documentation including management and preparation of HVDC specifications and key interface requirements. 
  • Writing, reviewing and updating technical specifications for HVDC work packages on offshore wind generation projects. 
  • Coordinating and managing project HVDC engineering works, ensuring correct technical specifications are prepared and applied to offshore wind generation projects.  
  • Review external contractors and consultants specifications, documentation and power system studies for the input to the procurement of long lead equipment to ensure SSE Renewables requirements are achieved.
  • Management of 3rd parties for the effective delivery of specific engineering and design works required within the HVDC work package, and for the quality management and verification of their work and outcomes.
  • Interpreting project objectives and requirements to develop the most appropriate techno-commercial design solution and technology choice.
  • Provide technical expertise into design proposals and solutions
  • Witnessing HVDC Equipment Factory Acceptance Testing.
  • Represent SSE Renewables at supplier and interface meetings.
  • Ensuring Health and Safety risks are identified and properly managed.
  • Produce high quality technical reports as well as reviewing and commenting on work produced by others internal and external to SSE Renewables.

What do I need?

To be successful in this role, we would love you to have:

We are looking for an experienced Electrical Engineer who specialises in HVDC technology. You will have significant knowledge of HVDC technology to provide expertise to the HVDC work packages for offshore wind generation projects. You will be a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Engineering Council or working towards this goal.

You will have strong technical knowledge and experience of renewable electricity generation including technical knowledge of offshore wind power systems and their operation. You may also be utilised across offshore wind generation electrical work packages as dictated by workload.

As an experienced HVDC engineer, you will have working knowledge of appropriate engineering legislation and industry good practice. You will have excellent report writing skills and an understanding of effective organisation capabilities to deliver quality work to the agreed timescales. You will have a strong understanding of commercial awareness in order to understand implications of engineering activities and decisions.

You will pride yourself on your excellent organisational skills and ability to deliver the highest quality of work within the necessary timescales. You will have strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at various managerial levels within the business where you will be part of a large electrical engineering team within the SSE Renewables Offshore business.

Although flexible on base location, you will be required to travel as and when is required by the work being undertaken, sometimes to remote locations. A full UK driving license is essential.

Having a background in Renewables isn’t necessary, as we welcome applications from those with transferable experience. It’s more important to us that you share our values, bring unique experience and are eager to learn.   

About our Business 

SSE Renewables is a leading developer and operator of renewable energy, with growth ambitions to treble our renewable energy output by 2030. We drive new growth by identifying, developing, building and operating high quality assets across the UK, Ireland and internationally. As our ambitions and projects grow, so do our teams, meaning we can offer a great selection of opportunities, training and development to support your career. 


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


EXTERNAL: 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. 





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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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