Senior Innovation Engineer
Ref: SCOT-EN875

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 Future Networks team is responsible for the delivery and implementation of new innovative technologies from project trials into Business As Usual activities that improve the way our network operates and brings benefits to our customers as well as reducing the overall cost of operating the network.

We have carried out extensive work to understand the impact of new forms of electricity generation and changes to the electricity demand usage on our networks and how we provide greater visibility and information to our network design and planning teams to inform and support business investment decisions. We work closely with stakeholders from across the business and licence areas to implement solutions that will continue to facilitate a safe, secure and reliable network as a greater penetration of low carbon technologies connect to our network.

We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation and realise the benefit of innovation on behalf of our customers. 

Some recent awards recognising our contribution to Innovation:

Winner Big Bang Award for Innovation - Utility Week Stars Awards 2016
Winner Best Innovation - Scottish Green Energy Awards 2016
Winner Judges Award - Scottish Green Energy Awards 2016
Winner Customer Care - Utility Week Awards 2016
Winner Best Innovation - Scottish Green Energy Awards 2015


The role of the Senior Innovation Engineer is to lead and facilitate flagship innovation project delivery, such as planning, specifying and installing new equipment trialled.  It is important for our team to support District staff in delivery of new technology and network solutions into Business As Usual day to day activity to enable SP Energy Networks to deliver a Low Carbon Network. 

You will be responsible for the delivery of cost effective network solutions balanced with commercial and regulatory awareness and will have the opportunity to challenge existing SP Energy Networks policies and industry standards in order to realise the benefits of applying new technology advancements in power engineering techniques and equipment as part of Business as Usual practices.

You will require the necessary skills to develop close relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and interface with business departments to ensure network security whilst focussed on delivering industry leading customer service.


  • Delivery and integration of innovative network equipment and technology with existing network infrastructure to meet customer expectations whilst delivering improved value to the business.
  • Ensure compliance with CDM Regulations and other relevant Health, Safety and Environmental Regulations.
  • Ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget.
  • Provide management reports on delivery against plans as required.
  • Focused on delivering excellent customer service to all aspects of day to day activity recognising both internal and external stakeholders and customer groups.
  • Examine trial and challenge application of new technology equipment and techniques being developed within the power networks industry both in the UK and worldwide for future use in SP Energy Networks.




  • Proven experience in a responsible position and knowledge of engineering works required for electrical networks.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to form effective working relationships with colleagues, departments, industry stakeholders and customers.
  • Network related data and associated IT systems.
  • Emerging new technology and its application.
  • Knowledge of the regulatory framework applicable to electricity networks.
  • Industry structure, including renewable generators, Distribution Network Owners and Electricity Transmission Licensees and System Operator.
  • Establish strong working relationships with peers.
  • Solve complex problems and develop practical solutions using a novel approach.
  • Develop initiatives which generate additional value to the business.
  • Communicate effectively to all levels within the business.
  • Health & Safety policies and procedures.
  • Statutory and licence obligations.



  • Degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant experience.
  • Experience in power system analysis and modelling tools.
  • Post training experience in a relevant engineering role including operation of power networks.
  • Good understanding of project management.
  • Senior Authorised Person (SAP) status at distribution voltages will be an advantage.




  • Salary £41,121 (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: SP Energy Networks, Ochil House, 10 Technology Avenue, Hamilton International Technology Park, Blantyre, Glasgow G72 0HT
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Selection Method: Competency Based Interview

 CLOSING DATE: Friday 23rd February 2018 

“happy to talk flexible workingâ€





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