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Position Network Development Engineer
Reporting to Lead Power Systems Development Engineer
Function Asset Management, Smart Grid Development team
Location London / Crawley / Bury St Edmunds
Reference Number 53291
Employment Period Permanent
Contract Type Collective
CiP Level / Bonus 3%
Starting Salary £56,358 – Plus benefits and bonus
Closing Date 04/02/2021


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


Development of our Long Term Development Statement (LTDS), the Planning Load Estimates (PLE), Load Indices (LI) and the Week 24/50 submissions as required. As part of the Network Development team you will engage with key stakeholders across the business and be responsible for ensuring timely and accurate submissions are made, in accordance with our licence conditions and business needs. You will also be required to support the delivery of new standards, policies and projects to facilitate the transition to DSO, including evolving and integrating associated business processes and ways or working. One area of focus will be in delivering and implementing our Losses Strategy.



Principal Accountabilities


  • Supporting the Head of Smart Grid Development in continuously developing and delivering the overall company strategy that will enable UK Power Networks to be proactive and forward looking in facilitating the low carbon transition, whilst ensuring ongoing compliance with our regulatory committments;
  • Supporting the Network Development & Operability Manager in defining and delivering the capabilities required for UK Power Networks to transition into a DSO, whilst ensuring ongoing compliance with our regulatory committments;
  • Ensuring that UKPN maintains compliance with its obligations under the Grid Code and its Distribution Licence;
  • Technical analysis and preparation of data and documentation for the Long Term Development Statement (LTDS), the Planning Load Estimates (PLE), Week 24/50 submissions and Losses regulatory reporting;
  • Engagement with the network modelling team to ensure the network model is prepared and available to meet the requisite submission timelines;
  • Carrying out engineering analysis based on data and power system studies to inform engineering policies and standards in the area of Distributed Energy Resources and their impact on the network;
  • Contribute to the development of UK Power Networks ED2 business plan and regulatory submission in areas such as Losses, Network Modelling and Forecasting
  • Contribute to relevant Ofgem and industry consultations; and
  • Analyse outputs from industry working groups and translate into action plans for internal implementation.



Skills, Qualifications and Experience


Essential skills, qualifications and experience


  • Degree or equivalent experience in engineering or other quantitative discipline
  • A good understanding of the principles of power systems engineering;
  • An in depth understanding of the topology and operational characteristics of distribution networks;
  • Detailed knowledge of power system modelling packages, ideally experience with PowerFactory together with experience in data cleaning and analysis;
  • Strong data and statistical analysis skills;
  • Experience of working within a project management methodology and in particular understanding risk management and project planning techniques;
  • Able to deliver outputs to a high standard within given time constraints;
  • Awareness of the Distribution/Grid Code and National Grid Connection and Use of System Code (CUSC);
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Knowledge of financial analysis techniques (Discount Cash Flow and Cost Benefit Analysis within the regulatory framework).



Beneficial skills, qualifications and experience


  • Chartered Engineer or working towards Chartership
  • Postgraduate degree (MSc, MPhil, PhD) in power systems engineering with focus on integration of Distributed Energy Resources;
  • We are interested in hearing from candidates that have practical or academic experience in generation or load forecasting techniques, knowledge of generation dispatch and optimal power flow methodologies and state estimation techniques;
  • Awareness of the smart solutions and new technologies that can be deployed on the distribution network in relation to current impacts that the connection of distributed energy has on UK Power Network’s distribution network;
  • A project management qualification such as APMP or Prince2;
  • Awareness of the requirements of Engineering Recommendations, in particular P2/6, G59, G99, G74, G75, G77, G83, G54, P28, P29;
  • An understanding of the connection charge policy and how it impacts on costs charged;
  • Understanding of physical asset management practices and regulatory requirements;
  • Understanding the impact of low carbon technologies (solar, wind, EVs, storage) are having on the distribution network;
  • Experience with scripting programming languages such as Python


The successful candidate should possess the following qualities:


  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to problem solve;
  • Willingness to learn and adjust in a complex and fast moving environment,
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal;
  • Good team working skills;
  • Good report writing skills – conveying complex issues simple on paper.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly and confidently at all levels of the organisation including presenting technical and financial arguments to internal and external audiences;
  • Be proactive and look for innovation and continuous improvement opportunities;
  • Safety and environmental awareness;
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work under own initiative.


Should you not currently possess the full range of essential skills, qualifications and competencies listed above, there may be an opportunity for further training to equip the successful candidate appropriately.  If the successful candidate does not possess all relevant competencies for the core grade, it will be appropriate to appoint at a lower grade until they have developed the required competencies.


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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