Lead Engineer (Engineering Design & Standards)
Ref: SCOT-EN456

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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 post of Lead Engineer is within the Circuits team, based within the Engineering Design and Standards Department.


As a Lead Engineer, your main focus will be to provide technical support and steer to Senior Management, peers and other operational units for your area of your specialism. The Lead Engineer will lead the development and implementation of equipment specifications and engineer system, Overhead lines (including plant/cables) and equipment to ensure legal and licence compliance.

Key accountabilities of the Lead Engineer will be to:
  • Perform all duties with a strong emphasis on health, safety, quality and environmental matters.
  • Support, develop and implement policies and strategies, in accordance with best practice to ensure effective management of the asset base consistent with legal & licence requirements.
  • Lead the development of engineering strategies, including equipment specifications, for overhead lines (including cable/plant) assessment and approvals and contract engineering with the full engagement and consultation of relevant stakeholders.
  • Maintain an awareness of advances in technology, equipment and best practice and drive implementation where appropriate within SP Energy Networks.
  • Provide technical advice on external and internal performance reporting in area of specialism.
  • Drive gains in efficiency and profitability through the application of appropriate new technology, equipment, materials and processes.
  • Author, prepare and deliver presentations and responses to requests for information from internal and external bodies.
  • Participate and lead, as required, in Iberdrola global working groups such as INS and best practice forums.
  • Actively engage with Transmission & Distribution Overhead lines (including cable/plant) and equipment suppliers through engineering specification development, tendering processes and the approval of system assets.
  • Lead communication with wider business stakeholders on the introduction of new Overhead lines, (including cable/plant) and processes.
  • Represent SP Energy Networks interests at external national and industry bodies such as the Energy Networks Association (ENA), National Grid, British Standards Institution (BSi), CIGRE and the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET).


  • Experience gained through an operational, technical or commercial Engineering role.
  • Network design philosophy & policy.
  • Transmission & Distribution Network operations and Safety Rules.
  • Transmission & Distribution Equipment standards and specifications.
  • Transmission & Distribution Failure Investigation and reporting.
  • Degree/HND/HNC (or equivalent) in an engineering discipline supported by experience in an operational, technical or commercial engineering role.
  • Knowledge of health & safety requirements and compliance.
  • Computer literacy - e.g. Microsoft Office suite, SAP.
  • Ability to travel to external locations, potentially abroad, to engage with key stakeholders and suppliers.
This opportunity will offer:
  • Salary £48,046 - £60,058
  • 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 HQ, 320 St Vincent Street, Glasgow. G2 5AD or Prenton Office, North Cheshire Trading Estate, Prenton Way, Birkenhead, Prenton CH43 3ET
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Selection Method: Competency Based Interview and Technical Questions
  • Competencies: Initiative, Innovation & Creativity, Teamwork, Communicating & Influencing, Flexibility & Globalisation.

CLOSING DATE: Friday 8th December 2017

“happy to talk flexible working”

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

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