2018 Engineering Graduate Programme - Electrical Design Engineer

In 2018 we are recruiting Graduate Quantity Surveyor’s for two exciting business areas in UK Power Networks - UK Power Networks Services and Capital Programme and Procurement. Please be aware of this when making an application for this role as you will need to make a separate application for each of the business areas if you wish to apply to both.

UK Power Networks Services

Our Networks Branch is the largest electricity distribution network owner in the UK, covering the whole of London, the East and South East of England, serving over a quarter of the UK's population.

The UK Power Networks Services directorate forms an unregulated part of the Networks business and focuses on designing, building, operating and maintaining safe, sustainable private electrical and multi-utility networks for owners of major infrastructure. Our most significant projects are linked to the Rail, Defence and Airport sectors making us one of the largest private networks operators in the UK. To support the development of the directorate and the growth of the business the Services Sector is looking to develop its contracts capability and controls. 

Capital Programme and Procurement

Capital Programme’s primary purpose is to deliver major capital projects on behalf of Asset Management defined by an agreed NAMP. This includes project and programme management, design, procurement, construction and commissioning services.

Procurement maximises value for UK Power Networks through the sourcing of all materials, services and works delivering Customers’ requirements in line with the business objectives. Competitive advantage is achieved through collaboration with the business to understand the current and future requirements, sourcing strategically to determine the most cost effective solution whilst managing risks associated with the supply of demand.

Principal accountabilities:

Typical accountabilities for the Design Engineer will include:

  • Responsible for ensuring that design solutions are robust to meet client specifications and enable accurate tender submissions to be developed
  • Assess cost/benefit trade-off of technical solution and support the technical decision making processes
  • Identify areas for technological advancement whilst maintaining excellent engineering standards

Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Achieved or on course to obtain a minimum of 2.2 degree classification in Electrical or Electrical Power Engineering or closely related discipline.
  • Working towards achieving Chartership or has ambitious to have achieve this in the future.
  • Reasonable knowledge of Power distribution, Electrification systems
  • Knowledge of SCADA, and Communication systems would be advantageous but not essential.
  • Basic knowledge of project management

The Graduate Programme:

Year 1:

The programme begins with an eight-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 in one of our three license areas covering London, the South East or the East of England. You will divide your time during this year between your home base and shorter rotational placements in other business areas.

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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