Senior Design Engineer
Ref: SCOT-EN681

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 Engineer (Design) sits within the district distribution business area and reports directly to the Head of Planning and Design.

Responsible for the planning and design of the district distribution network (designing and developing deliverable projects up to 33kV), ensuring system stewardship, network security and integrity at all times, the Senior Engineer (Design) will undertake system analysis to determine load/generation connections, network alterations, reinforcement requirements and to derive solutions in line with Asset Management policies and customer requirements.

  • Responsible for the regulatory aspects of managing connection requests and providing quotations by ensuring that processes and reporting arrangements are in place to meet the regulatory and licence requirements.
  • Agree scope, volumes and unit costs to exploit best value from the regulatory contract. 
  • Integrate asset stewardship values through sound engineering principles, coordinated planning, design and ownership to improve integrity, safety and longevity of the electrical network whilst providing minimum scheme costs for customer connections.
  • Responsible for managing 3rd party “Point Of Connection” and design approvals activities within the SPM (Manweb) and SPD (Distribution) licence areas.
  • To drive continual performance improvement through analysis of design team outputs, delivery and customer feedback.
  • Consider the application of innovative solutions to all designs whether this be technological, procedural or commercial.
  • To produce designs in accordance with unit or authorised prime costs to enable efficient delivery of outputs.
  • Develop and maintain robust stakeholder and customer relationships on behalf of ScottishPower to facilitate delivery of customer and stakeholder strategic objectives.
  • Promotes an exemplary safety culture and ensures that all safety legislation is implemented and delivered through all activities and incorporated into project designs.
  • To develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours amongst the team through the mentoring and training of less experienced team members, graduates and trainees.


  • Expert knowledge of design standards up to 33kV.
  • Expert knowledge of the regulatory environment including relevant output and incentive mechanisms.
  • Expert skills with network analysis modelling tools (e.g. IPSA, Windebut).
  • General commercial awareness with the ability to balance customer service, efficient network design 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 ScottishPower is operating.
  • Technical and operational experience in a relevant engineering leading role within a utility environment.
  • Ability to devise solutions to complex problems/challenges.
  • An Engineering/Professional qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Proven experience in a Network design role.
  • Relevant network construction and operational experience.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Availability to travel as required across a nationally based organisation.

This Opportunity will Offer:
  • Salary £41,121 - £51,401
  • 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, North Cheshire Trading Estate, Prenton Way, Birkenhead, Prenton CH43 3ET.
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Selection Method: Competency Based Interview
  • Competencies: Developing Others, Customer Focus, Communicating & Influencing, Achieving Results & Continuous Improvement, Initiative.

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 27th March 2018

“happy to talk flexible working”

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