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Position Network Data and CIM Engineer
Reporting to Head of Asset Information
Function Enterprise Data Management – Asset Management
Location Flexible (Bury St. Edmunds, Colchester, Crawley or Bengeworth Rd)
Reference Number 56130
Employment Period Permanent
Contract Type Collective
CiP Level / Bonus 3%
Starting Salary £56,358 – Plus benefits and bonus
Closing Date 12/02/2021


All applications will be reviewed after the closing date


We also offer :

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 plans to develop a comprehensive unified network information model with the aim of reducing data complexity, establishing clear and consistent semantic modelling across the enterprise. To support the development of this model we are seeking an experienced and capable Network Data and CIM Engineer. This is a newly established role tasked with enhancing data interoperability across our system landscape, supporting our Data Management team to apply good data practices to our network data and developing models suitable for widespread external consumption. The role holder will be responsible for engaging key internal and external stakeholders to understand their requirements, and ensure that the Information Model is fit for purpose.

The widespread use of IEC 61968/61970 is still in its relative infancy but uptake is expected to develop rapidly through various working groups and industry direction from key stakeholders including Electricity Network Association, Ofgem and BEIS. The role holder will be required to support engagement within these groups to help drive the direction that UK Power Networks, and the wider sector, takes to develop accessible and interoperable Information Models.

Initial focus will be in developing our strategy in this respect and driving efficiency and accuracy in our current processes, practices and systems. Long-term the Unified Network Information Model is expected to be a foundational enabling element to many of the digital capabilities that plan to develop. The role holder should therefore be adaptable to change, and excited by the impact that their work will have on UK Power Networks progress in the DSO, digital and open data arenas.


The role holder will be instrumental in helping the organisation to move from a siloed, system-centric approach to one of maintaining a unified information model. This transition will require a shift in organisational culture as well as the integration methods currently in use.

To meet these challenges the role holder must be passionate about data, have a proven level of technical knowledge, and the ability to influence at all levels, working to ensure that network asset data is managed appropriately in all areas of the business, wherever it is used or processed. They must be a champion for change, demonstrating the value of a centralised model and support the implementation of this change effectively.




  • No line management or budgetary accountabilities.

Principal Accountabilities


  • UK Power Networks Information Model – Collaborate with key stakeholders to align the network data in use across key business systems. The role holder will have responsibility for ensuring that the Information Model remains up to date, supporting key aspects of the Enterprise Data Management function in data governance and data governance activities when considering network asset data across the organisation.
  • Identify business needs – Identify where network asset data can be rationalised, used more effectively and consistently, develop data provision to meet ever-increasing stakeholder requirements.
  • Create and maintain data models – Working closely with the Data Engineering team to create optimal conceptual, logical and physical data models, mapping data across a number of key enterprise systems.
  • Development of a Network Model Management platform – Support the development of a key central platform to host and manage UK Power Network’s unified network information model. Drive integration of key systems with the NMM, supporting and enhancing data stewardship and governance of applicable data.
  • Development of data standards – Support the development of suitable documentation to catalogue and standardise business approaches to network data migration.
  • Support system integration – Support the development an API catalogue to support the integration of key business systems with the Information Model.
  • Working group representation – When required, represent UK Power Networks’ interests at various industry working groups.
  • Future DSO/Digital capabilities – The role holder is expected to represent the Unified Network Information Model in all relevant engagements to discuss and develop the required capabilities to support our operation in a digital, DSO environment.


Nature & Scope


The Network Data and CIM Engineer reports to the Network Data and CIM Manager within the Asset Management directorate.

The successful candidate will be a key member of a multi-disciplinary team, collaborating with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders on all matters related to our Information Model.  The primary objective of the role is to deliver clear semantic modelling across the organisation, driving interoperability and efficient of systems and processes and helping to cement UK Power Networks’ position as the leading UK DNO with respect to safety, customer service and efficiency.

The post holder will be required to build strong relationships with senior stakeholders throughout the business, a number of key external stakeholders, strategic suppliers and contractors. The role therefore requires effective interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly and confidently at all levels of the organisation.

It is our ambition to be regarded as an industry leader in the area of CIM.  Above all, the role holder must have the capability to lead with the vision and motivation I order to deliver against this objective.


Qualifications & Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering or a related subject (or equivalent project-related experience).
  • Experience of data modelling using Unified Modelling Language (UML) and other modelling languages.
  • Extensive experience of using modelling tools, including Sparx Enterprise Architect.
  • Experience of development of a Common Information Model in accordance with relevant IEC standards. An appreciation of the fit within the IEC TC57 reference architecture.
  • An understanding of typical industry network management systems and modelling tools – particularly DigSilent Powerfactory, Ambertree DPlan and GE PowerOn.
  • An appreciation of key stakeholders within the DNO organisation, and their reliance on a consistent Information Model.
  • Business acumen, and the ability to communicate to executives, business domain stakeholders and technical staff alike.
  • Experience within the Utilities and Electricity Distribution industries would be beneficial.
  • Demonstrated influence, communication, presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Experience with innovation and ideation methods.
  • Business domain, data/content and process understanding (which are more important than technical skills).
  • Data modelling and information classification expertise at the enterprise level.
  • Understanding of common information architecture frameworks and information models.
  • Understanding of meta-models, taxonomies and ontologies, as well as of the challenges of applying structured techniques (data modelling) to less-structured sources.
  • Familiarity with data science concepts, as well as MDM, business intelligence, and data warehouse design and implementation techniques.
  • Experience with distributed management and analytics in cloud and hybrid environments. Also an understanding of a variety of data access and analytics approaches.
  • Knowledge of problem analysis, structured analysis and design, and programming techniques.
  • Ability to assess rapidly changing technologies and apply them to business needs.
  • Strong communication and persuasion skills.
  • Ability to analyse project, program and portfolio needs, as well as determine the resources needed to achieve objectives and overcome cross-functional barriers.


Key Behaviours & Competencies


  • Demonstrate the ability to work well with others and exhibit leadership.
  • Have a track record of remaining unbiased toward specific technologies or vendors.
  • Be an excellent communicator and collaborator, engaging with multiple technical and business stakeholders and leaders.
  • Be able to translate the information architecture contribution to business outcomes into simple briefings for use by various data-and-analytics-related roles.
  • Organisationally savvy, with a good understanding of the enterprises political climate and how to navigate, influence and persuade.
  • Ability to communicate, influence and persuade peers and leadership.
  • Ability to understand the long-term (“big picture”) and short-term perspectives of situations.
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies.
  • Display intellectual curiosity and integrity.



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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