Senior Project Engineer
Ref: SCOT-5070858500

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

Job description
SP Energy Networks is part of the ScottishPower Group of companies. We provide power on behalf of supply companies through a network of cables and power lines that we own and maintain.

We do it responsibly. We do it with respect for people and for the environment. We do it looking at the long term, not just today. We do it innovatively.

We're dedicated to delivering a safe and reliable electricity supply to all of our customers 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Through our transmission and distribution network we provide power to customers in Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire as well as Central and Southern Scotland.

The position of Senior Project Engineer sits within the SPEN business, reporting to the Head of Delivery.  Responsible for delivering the safe provision of one of the following specific activities with strict adherence to the appropriate safety, regulatory and license obligations for the electricity distribution network;
  • Asset and Investment projects
  • Customer Connection projects
  • Achieving ED1 Targets
  • Operational support
  • Deliver licence area / district business plan outputs in line with financial, regulatory and business plan objectives whilst optimising return through incentive mechanisms.
  • Through active customer and stakeholder engagement, support delivery of robust communication activities to facilitate the delivery of project plans and deliverables affecting local communities, customers and stakeholders.
  • Deliver robust project plans to facilitate business deliverables in line with district and licence plans which are devised to minimise outages to customers.
  • Ensure efficient and effective delivery of performance targets as appropriate, such as:
    • Customer Minutes Lost, Customer Interruptions
    • Broad Measure of Customer Satisfaction
    • Guaranteed Standards
    • Time to Connect
    • Other Incentive mechanisms (ICE)
  • To effectively deliver the relevant elements of the business plan, undertake some or all of the following activities as required:
    • contract management,
    • operational switching and safety document activities up to 33kV,
    • plant and protection commissioning
    • project management
  • To drive continual performance improvement through analysis of outputs and feedback from internal and external sources.
  • Integrate asset stewardship and ownership values through sound engineering principles and coordinated planning and delivery activities to improve integrity, safety and longevity of the electrical network.
  • Promotes an exemplary safety culture and ensures that all safety legislation is implemented and delivered through all activities.
  • To develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours amongst the team through the mentoring and training of less experienced team members, graduates and trainees.
  • Where appropriate:
    • Deliver maintenance and reliability, system performance and network security business plan outputs in line with financial unit cost drivers, regulatory and business plan objectives whilst optimising return through appropriate system performance and customer service incentive mechanisms.
    • Deliver connections business plan outputs in line with financial, regulatory and business plan objectives whilst optimising profitability and return through incentive mechanisms.
    • Deliver a portfolio of capital investment projects and associated regulatory outputs, integrating the priorities and requirements of customer service, capital delivery, incentive mechanisms
  • Lead the integration of Operational Excellence principles in all undertakings
  • Ensure the accurate and timely capture and recording of data within Corporate systems
  • Ensure customer records are accurately maintained within Corporate systems and that all customer interactions are recorded  
  • Responsibility for the quality and financial assurance of projects delivered by your team
  • Lead and influence your team members by example creating an atmosphere of continual improvement through an organised mentoring and support regime.


  • Project / programme management experience, with a strong performance ethos and a track record of driving and delivering projects and initiatives.
  • Expert knowledge of the regulatory environment including relevant output and incentive mechanisms.
  • General contract, commercial and regulatory awareness with the ability to balance effective and efficient customer service and project delivery, ensuring maximum return on investment.
  • Track record of effective stakeholder and customer service engagement and management.
  • Ability to communicate and present information effectively at all levels.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities using sound engineering and financial judgement to determine optimal solutions.
  • Awareness and understanding of key business drivers and the external commercial context in which SPEN is operating.
  • Ability to devise solutions to complex problems/challenges.
  • Technical and operational experience in a relevant engineering role within a utility environment.
  • Operational authorisation knowledge.
  • Expert knowledge of
    • Construction and maintenance standards in accordance with regulatory requirements
    • Engineering standards and specifications up to 33kV
    • Protection and plant commissioning up to 33kV


  • Engineering/Professional qualification or equivalent experience
  • Proven experience in the delivery of complex projects, including protection commissioning activities, as necessary
  • Relevant network construction and operational experience
  • Computer literacy

  • Salary £40,314 (minimum)
  • Pension plan
  • Share incentive plan
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave provisions
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Enhanced annual leave
  • Caring and development breaks
  • Training and development

  • Location: Various locations throughout the SP Energy Networks licence area (Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire)
  • No of Vacancies: 1
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Selection Method: e.g. Competency Based Interview
  • Competencies:  Achieving Results & Continuous Improvement, Customer Focus,  Communicating & Influencing, Initiative, Teamwork

CLOSING DATE: Friday 9th June 2017

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

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