2018 Graduate Engineering Programme - Smart Grid Technology Engineer

Job Purpose

The successful applicant will be part of the Smart Grid Department, which is responsible for developing and implementing the business strategies required for enabling a smarter, flexible, active distribution system.

The jobholder will be part of the team responsible for executing the development and rollout of the information communication technology necessary for integration of Distributed Energy Resources such as electric vehicles, renewable generation and battery storage. 

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Development of technical specification and work programmes for deployment of smart solutions such as Active Network Management (ANM) and Distributed Energy Resources Management Systems (DERMS)
  • Implementing and evaluating new processes, procedures and technical solutions for connection and management of Distributed Energy Resources such as electric vehicles and distributed generation
  • Lead the delivery of implementation of such solutions with responsibility for technical and project management
  • Supporting the Lead ICT Engineer in continuously developing and delivering the overall company strategy that will enable UK Power Networks to become proactive and forward looking in facilitating the low carbon transition.
  • Coordination with external suppliers and internal stakeholders to ensure the ICT solutions meet business requirements, relevant quality standards and stakeholder expectations
  • Facilitating training and knowledge dissemination of smart grid technologies and solutions to the business stakeholders.
  • Provide technical guidance to the smart grid design, delivery and operational support teams ensuring risks and issues are identified and addressed.
  • Responsible for leading investigation of issues and incidents during the delivery of smart grid projects, making recommendations to avoid reoccurrence and following through these recommendations to reduce network risk and improve customer service.

Nature and Scope 

The way electricity is consumed and generated is significantly changing. Government policy has led an unprecedented growth in renewable energy installations such as wind farms and solar panels over the last few years (over 3GW connected onto UKPN’s network in the last four years). Electricity storage technology is advancing and we expect it to play a major role in the years to come. Electric vehicles prices are reducing and supported by their environmental benefits have the potential to take over London’s streets. Smart meters are being rolled out and will be in every household in the UK by 2020. Our networks are already transforming into platforms that can allow the distributed energy resources such as renewable generation, electricity storage and electric vehicles to consume, export and trade electricity whilst maintaining affordable and reliable electricity supplies.

In this changing environment, the Smart Grid Development department has been created within the Asset Management function to accelerate the deployment of innovative technical and commercial solutions that can provide benefits both to customers by providing affordable access and the shareholder through enhancing customer / market reputation, exploring commercial opportunities and delivering the smart grid benefits. In addition, it will drive the development of the organisation capabilities that are required for transition to the role of Distribution System Operator.

The team will draw expertise from power systems engineers, information and communications engineers, commercial engineers and project managers who are tasked with producing and implementing strategies and solutions. Key focus will be delivering on time, to the agreed quality and affecting change whilst providing best-in-class service to internal and external customers. 

The job holder will take ownership of novel business functions created by smart grid deployments while facilitating a structured business-as-usual handover to the relevant business stakeholders. This will require the individual to actively work with cross-directorate team of engineers to create a standardised, common way of integrating and managing the ICT solutions required to enable the transition to a more active distribution network. This is a dynamic and challenging role within the business requiring the individual to gain understanding of wide range of technical solutions within Control systems, Operational Telecommunications, Information systems and Power Systems; enabling a whole system view of smart grid system. 

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

Training will be provided but, in addition to:

  • At least a 2:2 Degree in electrical, electronics, telecommunications or systems engineering or working towards qualifications leading to membership of an Engineering Institution. 
  • A good understanding of computer networks, TCP/IP data communications and telecommunications.
  • Understanding of key principles of data analytics, data architecture and data modelling.
  • Understanding of software programming, radio communications and SCADA systems

The successful candidate should possess the following qualities:

  • Safety and environmental awareness;
  • Self-motivation.
  • Ability to work efficiently with individuals from various disciplines while maintaining focus on the end objectives.
  • Ability to multi-task in an ever-changing environment and prioritise effectively;
  • Good negotiating, analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Willingness to learn and adjust in a complex and fast moving environment,
  • Good team working skills;
  • Good report writing skills - conveying complex issues simple on paper.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly and confidently at all levels of the organisation including presenting technical and financial arguments to internal and external audiences;
  • Be proactive and look for innovation and continuous improvement opportunities;

The Graduate Programme 

Year 1: The programme begins with an seven-week induction during which time you will gain an in depth insight into our business and will also receive training in additional areas such as finance, accounting and successful negotiation.

You will also attend some engineering specific courses to introduce you to the technical aspects of our industry.

Throughout your first year you will have a home base location which for this role will be our Newington House office which is near the Elephant and Castle rail station. You will divide your time during this year between your home base and shorter rotational placements in other business areas across the network.

Year 2: In your second year, you’ll then be placed into your first supported role in the business. During this time, you will receive all of the mentoring and support you need to ensure you succeed. You will gain valuable work experience – not to mention the opportunities you need to gain the professional qualifications to become a future leader in your field. What’s more, we’ll provide you with a Chartered Engineer mentor, as well as funding and enabling your membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

At the end of the two years, you will then have the choice to continue working in your home base location and business area or at another location. Our graduate career progression policy will ensure that you continue to be supported in your professional development.

Over the course of the programme, you’ll be reviewed on a quarterly basis to monitor your progress and development. You will also have access to exciting opportunities such as attending external industry conferences and site visits.

If you share our values, want to play a role influencing the energy industry’s future and want to join a critical sector at a critical time of change then we believe our unique combination of classroom training, hands‐on work and real life experience as well as competitive benefits will get your career with us off to a flying start!

Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

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