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System Planning & Design Engineer


System Planning & Design Engineer

  • 536637

Base Location: Slough

Salary: £46,319 - £61,175 depending on skills and experience + car/cash allowance + performance related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | with flexible working options available 

What is the Role? 

As part of the network team, you’ll actively support our system planning and design functions for the existing network and its development plans, and provide same services for new networks and assets as required.

Within this role, you’ll also contribute to the asset management and investment program to improve the heath index and network safety and deliver the growth strategy for the network.

You’ll ensure that electrical power distribution standards and specifications for EHV, HV and LV networks are adhered to, maintained and developed accordingly to ensure that the network remains fully complaint with the technical and regulatory requirements.

You’ll be responsible for the design and specification of new connection projects, diversions and network alternations, while you will engage actively with the project teams throughout the construction work and project delivery.

Within this role, you’ll also communicate with internal and external stakeholders including but not limited to customers, Distribution Network Operators, Generators, project teams, and support the corporate governance process.

What do I need? 

You’ll have proven thorough knowledge and understanding of electrical power industry regulatory standards for Distribution Network Operators (DNO) and the Distribution Code. A strong understanding of network and engineering policy documents, practice and standards and of other DNOs policy documents is required.

You’ll currently have experience of National and Company safety legislation and rules as well as a clear understanding of large connection projects life cycle and stakeholder management.

You’ll also have demonstrable knowledge of electrical power systems in planning, design, operation and development of the distribution system that includes the design of EHV, HV and LV networks and associated assets. You will have a solid background in assessing network performance and capabilities of 33kV and 11kV networks with a good understanding of LV networks; combined with design experience of 33/11 kV power systems in development, refurbishment and/or asset replacement projects.

You’ll have excellent skills in working with design specifications for electrical switchgear, transformers and substation drawings required for tendering purposes.

You’ll also have computer skills; modelling electrical networks using power systems analysis software, analysis and clear presentation of results, use of spreadsheets.

A qualification in Electrical engineering (Degree, HNC) or equivalent solid industry experience is required.

In addition, you’ll be a strong communicator, both verbally and written and be a skilled multi-tasker. With this, you will also bring excellent organisational and analytical skills with attention to detail and be able to assess diverse needs and prioritise proposals to achieve optimum investment in terms of overall business benefit.

About our Business 

SSE Enterprise Utilities is the Distributed Energy (DE) and Private Networks business of SSE plc. We finance, own, operate and maintain energy infrastructure for commercial, industrial and residential customers - providing them with a market leading project development service and certainty of operational performance and asset management.

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. 

Read more about our inclusion and diversity commitments here

Next Steps 

All applications should be submitted online, it doesn’t take long.

To discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require, please contact / 01738 342 298. 

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

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: Aug 10, 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

Explore our full list of benefits:

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