Senior Engineer (Network Planning & Regulation)
Ref: SCOT-EN565

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Job description
At ScottishPower we know that our people are our strongest asset, so we’re always looking for individuals whose energy, intelligence and passion can help us reach our goals.

At the heart of all business visions and activities are the people whose individual efforts and performance make it happen. We encourage our people to be proud of where they work, to share their ideas and to own their careers. We promote a safe working environment and push people to shape and progress their careers so that we grow our talent within the company.

We’re able to continue our recruitment drive because the demand for energy keeps growing. As well as this, our investment in our network and continual search for innovative ways to generate and distribute energy means we can offer a wide range of exciting careers in a stable industry.


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.


Situated within the Commercial and Innovation Team of Network Planning and Regulation, the Senior Engineer will lead development of future Distribution System Operator (DSO) roles and responsibilities for SP Energy Networks, engaging with stakeholders and industry to incorporate feedback into a range of commercial and innovation issues and challenges.

Driving the innovation strategy and support the delivery of innovation, the Senior Engineer will work with the SP Energy Networks future networks team to identify and develop innovation bids to the electricity and gas regulator Ofgem.

Being responsible for innovation governance structure, ensuring that innovation opportunities are identified, captured and ultimately developed towards Business as Usual adoption, the Senior Engineer will also develop responses to wide reaching industry consultations on cutting edge topics such as the Electric Vehicle (EV) rollout and future Flexible electricity networks. 

  • Support on policies and strategies, in accordance with best practice to ensure effective management of the asset base consistent with legal and licence requirements.
  • Assists design policy, information requirements and standards necessary to develop robust connection offers.
  • Contributes to the development of risk based methodology for identifying and prioritising investments for the lead asset area.
  • Assists the analyses for prioritised list of projects and develops project documentation at a level of detail sufficient to enable the Investment Planning and Design Teams to understand scope & requirements  
  • Updating investment and maintenance plans on an ongoing basis (e.g. annually in accordance with the internal business planning timetable) to reflect current business priorities
  • Supports the development of  asset management and Design policies and strategies, with the full engagement and consultation of relevant stakeholders
  • Maintains a commercial awareness of advances in SMART technology, equipment and best practice and implements where appropriate
  • Supports the evaluation of the asset risk implications of programme constraints and ensures that these are effectively managed and communicated to relevant stakeholders
  • Assist with the production of technical material on external and internal performance reporting in area of specialism.
  • Supports efficiency and profitability through the application of appropriate new SMART technology, equipment, materials and processes.
  • Supports the Author and prepare presentations and responses to requests for information from internal and external bodies.
  • Performs all duties with a strong emphasis on health, safety, quality and environmental matters.


  • Knowledge of innovative technologies and markets e.g. Storage, Electric Vehicles.
  • Knowledge of UK regulatory and reporting framework requirements.
  • Knowledge of regulatory and independent innovation funding mechanisms.
  • Utility legal & licence obligations and conditions. e.g. ESQCR guidance, Health & Safety at work act.
  • Working knowledge of electrical network design philosophy and policy.
  • Experience of transitioning innovative technical or commercial projects into Business as Usual (BaU) adoption.
  • Skilled at balancing technical requirements against commercial requirements e.g. finding lowest cost technical solution(s) within a commercial framework.
  • Knowledge of purchasing policy and legal obligations. e.g. bribery & corruption guidelines, fair and transparent competition.
  • Understanding of regulated price control and incentive mechanisms e.g. Electricity Distribution Price control RIIO ED1.
  • Awareness of working within the guidelines of a regulated company.
Skills should include:
  • Numerically articulate with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to devise solutions to complex problems and challenges.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to consult others within the business, resolve differences and present a common agreed perspective.
  • Effective prioritisation of work.
  • Experience ideally gained through operational, technical and commercial engineering roles
  • HND/HNC (or equivalent) supported with post-training experience in an engineering role within a utility business.
  • Evidence of continued professional improvement.
  • Knowledge of Energy Networks health & safety requirements and compliance.
  • Computer literacy - e.g. Microsoft Office suite, SAP. 

  • Salary £40,314 - £50,393
  • Pension plan
  • Share incentive plan
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave provisions
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Enhanced annual leave
  • Caring and development breaks
  • Training and development


  • Location: ScottishPower, 320 St Vincent Street, Glasgow. G2 5AD
  • No of Vacancies: 1
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Selection Method: Competency Based Interview
  • Competencies: Achieving Results & Continuous Improvement, Teamwork, Initiative, Innovation & Creativity, Communicating & Influencing
 CLOSING DATE: Friday 15th September 2017 

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

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