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Position Technical Sourcing & Standards Engineer
Reporting to Technical Sourcing & Standards Manager
Function Asset Management
Location Crawley, Bury St Edmunds, London (Flexible)
Reference Number 56686
Employment Period Permanent
Contract Type Collective
CiP Level / Bonus 3%
Starting Salary   £56,358 – Plus benefits and bonus
Closing Date 06/04/2021


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:

The Technical Sourcing & Standards Team is an integral part of the Asset Management Directorate, reporting to the Director of Asset Management. There is an opportunity in the team for an experienced engineer to be involved in the development of plant, equipment, cable, protection and network design strategy and technical standards together with the identification and introduction of new and innovative systems across the UK Power Networks distribution network at all voltage levels.


Nature and Scope:

  • Technical Sourcing and Standards Engineers are responsible for the introduction of new and innovative technology for distribution assets and for failure investigations to identify continuous improvement opportunities or follow up actions, and for liaison and support to procurement and operational units for assets.
  • They also contribute to our knowledge of assets, providing regulatory and other returns and management reports, and will understand and interpret statistical information.
  • The post requires the individual to support the development of design standards to provide in house and external resources with a comprehensive suite of standards.
  • The post holder will need to build strong relationships with other stakeholders in Asset Management and UK Power Networks. The role therefore requires strong interpersonal skills; an ability to organise and manage meetings, communicate clearly and confidently at all levels of the organisation. The post holder will from time to time be required to meet major customers or their professional representatives on matters relating to design standards.
  • There will also be a requirement to undertake post fault analysis and to initiate corrective actions, which will require a confident approach when interfacing with other directorates within parts of the business.
  • The post holder is required to undertake site visits as part of this role and this will include entry to operational substations where compliance with safety rules and procedures is mandatory.  Training will be provided as necessary.
  • The post holder may also be required to visit manufacturers and suppliers to assess their ability to supply equipment compliant with the Company’s requirements.


Principal Accountabilities:

  • In conjunction with Capital Programme and Procurement, and other business units as necessary, carry out the specification, sourcing, and approval of new plant and equipment for use on the distribution network ensuring the optimum solutions are utilised, through liaison with manufacturers and operational units within UK Power Networks.
  • Identify and develop innovative solutions that reduce the whole life costs for equipment with the emphasis on minimum or zero maintenance whilst ensuring they continue to meet the company’s safety objectives.
  • Assist the Company’s Innovation teams to specify and evaluate equipment to be installed onto the Networks.
  • Review and develop the strategic network design and connection standards necessary to ensure technical compliance with regulatory requirements and a harmonised UK Power Networks approach, while taking into account future requirements and ensuring a safe and reliable network. Produce new standards where the need is identified.
  • Liaise with key suppliers on the development of new products, the correct supply of current products and the escalation/resolution of faults on existing plant and equipment.
  • Formulate the requirements for assessment of manufacturers and equipment new to the Company and arrange for appropriate testing.
  • Ensure that appropriate training materials are available for new equipment and where existing equipment is in service and insufficient documentation exists.
  • In a timely manner, carry out failure investigation, including root cause analysis and the production of reports identifying causes and making recommendations to the resolution of a range of issues. This may include visits to operational substations where compliance with safety rules and procedures is mandatory, and visits to manufacturer’s works.
  • Produce technical reports for presentation to the business at all levels.
  • Support and mentoring other members of the team to enhance their technical knowledge and understanding.
  • Assist other asset engineers and designers within Asset Management with their management of asset types linked to this role.
  • Collaborate with other departments in the implementation of projects where technical expertise is requested.
  • Contributing and taking on roles within the various internal and external forums e.g. Standards Review Forum or Protection Forum.
  • Represent UK Power Networks and contribute to the relevant ENA working groups.
  • Contribute to the development and review of price control period submissions to Ofgem for relevant asset categories.
  • Comply with the requirements of the designer as determined by the CDM Regulations.
  • Ensure the delivery of the departmental HSS Action Plan in support of our Incident and Injury Free culture and our Safe and Responsible Company ambition.
  • Support the senior engineers and cover during periods of absence.


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • A strong electrical engineering background and a good technical understanding of the principles of distribution engineering design and operation up to and including 132kV gained from academic study and or relevant work experience. The successful applicant must be degree qualified or equivalent, and be working towards Chartered Status.
  • A working knowledge of UK Power Networks network design and connections standards, ideally from experience working in a planning, design or operational role.
  • A basic knowledge of distribution equipment, overhead lines, underground cables, protection and earthing, and a willingness to increase understanding in these highly technical areas.
  • Implementation of projects to time scales following a clearly defined life cycle
  • Competence in resolving a significant range of technical power engineering issues and in providing technical advice.
  • Awareness of current and technological developments in distribution plant and equipment.
  • Excellent understanding of physical asset management best practice and regulatory requirements.
  • Articulate and numerate and able to interpret statistical information, understanding trends and able to match these to quantified asset risks.
  • Ability to work with external engineering organisations and customers/stakeholders representing UK Power Networks to best effect.
  • A good understanding of the Completion-in-Connections arena and the impact of UK Power Networks technical documentation.
  • Ability to work unsupervised, set and comply with own targets, and identify and implement innovative cost saving solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and be competent in written and oral communications.
  • A high standard of technical writing and be able to produce clear, concise and understandable specifications, standards and reports.
  • Good team working skills – able to generate consensus within teams and avoid conflict. Also able to allocate tasks to other team members and provide support through to successful task completion.
  • A good level of business, environmental, safety, financial, and regulatory awareness; a general appreciation of financial reporting systems.
  • Knowledge of the ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 procedures relevant to the team’s activities.
  • Knowledge of industry, national and international standards relevant to the specifying plant and equipment, and distribution network planning and design.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft desktop applications, in particular: Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Understanding of UK Power Networks business needs and Company objectives.
  • A good safety culture and sound understanding of Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations and their application in this role.


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 are responsible for ensuring 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 are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

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