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Position Innovation Analyst
Reporting to Innovation Lead
Function Strategy Regulation and Support Services
Location London, Newington House
Reference Number 56405
Employment Period Permanent
Contract Type Personal Contract
CiP Level / Bonus 5%
Starting Salary £35,651 – Plus bonus and benefits
Closing Date 24/02/2021


All applications will be reviewed after the closing date


We also offer :

Annual leave 25 days

Personal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)

Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme

Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme

Season ticket loan

Occupational Health support

Switched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.

Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres

Discounted access to sports and social clubs

Employee Assistance Programme.


Job Purpose:

UK Power Networks is proud to be the most reliable, most innovative and lowest price electricity distribution group. Our role as a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) is central to the Net Zero transition and we are leading the way in understanding what this means and preparing our networks for te change. In the last five years, our innovation portfolio of over £44m has successfully delivered £232m benefits to customers and has focused on preparing us for the future.


In an increasing digital world, data analysis becomes increasingly important. The Innovation Analyst will bring an inquisitive, tenacious, data-driven approach to Innovation. Asking questions of innovation, information, data and people to deliver insights; analysing disparate data to identify ways to improve our performance, service and engagement; assessing improvement projects which apply radical and innovative solutions; and presenting this to all levels inside and outside our business to drive action.


The Innovation Analyst will work within our dedicated, international and diverse 24-person Innovation team and with people across UK Power Networks to improve our reliability and service, reduce costs and drive forward the Net Zero transition. We want this to happen in an inclusive way, putting our customers first and leaving no-one behind. The successful candidate will be involved in scoping, launching and running innovation projects; supporting other team members with data analysis tasks; preparing and delivering insight reports; and monitoring the benefits of innovation.



Principal Accountabilities:



  • Challenge conventional thinking and ways of working, drawing upon pan industry insights to provide best practice examples
  • Assess new ideas from suppliers and from within the business



  • Use technical skills to process and analyse large amount of data with a desire to learn new packages and technologies
  • Assess and applyies methodologies and analyses to provide action oriented insights to support the organisation in driving business performance
  • Applying aspects of behavioural economics, cognitive science, game theory and statistics to the manipulation and analysis of large, seemingly disparate datasets
  • Calculate and size the trials and data sets required to prove or disprove a hypothesis



Effecting change

  • Use data-driven approaches to identify areas for internal improvement within the department and the wider business
  • Develop models (e.g. excel-based) for assessing data and/or calculating technical or business case performance
  • Develop project concepts, including stakeholder, commercial and regulatory considerations, which clearly states problem, solution, timeframe, and resource requirements.
  • Manage project portfolio of c.£500k per annum, supporting the delivery of our Innovation Strategy



  • Work alongside key stakeholders in the business to quickly build rapport and understand their biggest challenges.
  • Understand and articulate these challenges (technical or otherwise) within the business and the opportunities for improvement
  • Produce data stories and visualisations to explain insights to stakeholders
  • Present and document compelling business cases and pitch ideas to senior management
  • Develop and present roadmaps for specific technologies
  • Represent UK Power Networks within external working groups supporting workshop sessions



Skills, Qualifications and Experience:



  • Degree in engineering, mathematics, or other quantitative discipline
  • Statistics knowledge such as hypothesis testing, confidence Intervals and A/B tests
  • Comfortable presenting without the use of technical jargon, but with the help of prototypes, demonstrations and examples – developing recommendations and presenting them to all levels (exec to craftsperson)
  • Able to perform under pressure, delivering high quality work to tight timescales
  • Demonstrable experience in a numeric, analytical project in the electrical industry or other technical area, showing critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Experience in analysing large data sets in Excel and using macros, basic programming and/or software packages such as R, SPSS and MATLAB.
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to work with teams across the business
  • Ability to work in a multi-tasking environment; planning and managing time under own initiative
  • Aware of UK Power Networks’ values and general business / operating model
  • Awareness of safety and environmental issues and influences
  • Passion to achieve and exceed



  • Familiarity with cost-benefit analysis, including consideration of wider benefits such as societal or environmental or safety as well as financial
  • Competent in at least one general-purpose programming language, e.g. C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, Python, Ruby, Visual Basic
  • Top class programming skills – ideally experience using Python, Java, Scala and/or R
  • Experience in designing and querying SQL databases
  • Experience in utilising visualisation / descriptive analytics tools such as PowerBI, Qlikview or Tableau
  • Experience working with big data / distributed technologies – e.g. Hadoop / Spark / SQL / MongoDB
  • Experience in performing geospatial analysis and using appropriate tools
  • Understanding and/or experience of supervised, unsupervised, reinforcement learning – including machine learning algorithms, such as Neural networks, Random Forrest, Support vector machines, K-means etc.
  • Electricity and/or utility industry experience
  • A proven record in delivering technical projects and demonstrable ability to transfer these skills to the electrical sector
  • Track record in project management
  • Commercial experience



Nature and Scope:


In an increasing digital world, data analysis becomes increasingly important. Identifying opportunities for improvement across the company will come from looking at current and historical data related for example to costs, performance, reliability, and customer feedback, amongst others.


The Innovation Analyst will seek out what questions can be asked or our data, analyse information, identify what answers our data provide, and present results to senior management and make a strong case for new initiatives. Similarly, the Innovation Analyst will validate or assess proposals for suppliers or within the business.


The Innovation Analyst will be inquisitive, tenacious, and will challenge underlying assumptions / context around the data they utilise. They will always ask questions and will want to understand everything about everything.


The Innovation Analyst will be able to design experiments and analytical models which test hypotheses and evaluate confidence and amount of data required to support a hypothesis.  They will be keen to supply and compare data with other utilities and overseas parties.


You will understand and put into practice robust version control and thoroughly document your methods, assumptions, and overall outputs.


You will scope and develop project concepts with external suppliers, seek buy-in and resource commitments from internal and external stakeholders, and run projects. You will also oversee and track projects run by other individuals in the business.


Innovation analysts will need to demonstrate the ability to recognise and tackle non-technical issues impacting the acceptance of new technology whether in the call centre, in the field, in the office or on the network and work closely with colleagues in the business to better understand real-world practice.  The Innovation analyst will maintain a network of subject matter experts to support their work.


The innovation analyst requires project management skills appropriate to managing small sub-contracted studies through to significant trials on the distribution network. The work is flexible and can accommodate individuals who are seeking to make technical project management their career, as well as those for whom becoming a recognised subject matter expert is their goal.


Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees will ensure they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees will understand those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

Employees need to be aware that for some craft and operational roles that work at height, or use fall arrest devices, there is an upper weight limit of 116Kg due to maximum safe working load of the safety equipment that is used.

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We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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