UK Power Networks

Graduate Major Connections Engineer

Applications closed 10/05/2024 .
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Graduate scheme

£35,000 - £40,000

This Graduate Major Connections Engineer will report to the Senior Project Manager and will work within the Network Operations Distribution Capital Delivery directorate based in our Maidstone, Borehamwood or Bury St Edmunds office. You will be a Fixed Term (24 months) employee.

You will attract a salary of £39,732.00 and a bonus of 3%. This role can also offer blended working after probationary period (6 months) - 3 days in the office and 2 remote

Close Date: 10/05/2024

We also provide the following additional benefits

  • Annual Leave
  • Personal Pension Plan – Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)
  • Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme
  • Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Occupational Health support
  • Switched On – scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.
  • Discounted access to sports and social clubs
  • Employee Assistance Programme.

Be part of something powerful.

We are the UK's biggest electricity distributor delivering power to 8.4 million homes and businesses across London, the east and southeast of England. We keep the lights on across 29,250 square kilometres, serving 19 million people from Cromer in the east to Brighton on the south coast.

In addition to keeping the lights on, safely and sustainably, we care for our customers in the most vulnerable circumstances across our communities.

If you want to play a part in powering the lives of over 8.4 million homes, this is the place to be. We are a big business with a big responsibility, but we feel like a close-knit team. Join us, and we'll give you every opportunity to fulfil your potential and have a successful career, where you'll help us shape the future of the energy and utility industry.

Working as part of the Connections directorate, Major Connections provide quotations for customers wishing to connect to the distribution network at HV or EHV level for loads / Generation projects above 5MVA. Typical projects include net zero generation and battery storage projects, large data centres, commercial and residential developments.

We take ownership of the customer relationship from job enquiry through to the supply being energised on the network, overviewing the works been delivered during the construction phase by other directorates within UK Power Networks.

The Job

We are offering an amazing opportunity for learning and development across multiple areas of our business to help you acquire the skills needed to excel in our industry.

As an engineering graduate you will work on a variety of projects and help deliver engineering solutions to customers who want to connect to the distribution network alongside experienced project managers within the Major Connections team

You'll embark on a 2-year programme, where you'll experience different areas of the business across several assignments. You'll learn from our experts, gain valuable experience, and have the support of your line manager, mentor and buddy throughout the programme.

We're passionate about your development and we offer graduates a tailored training plan based on your discipline to help develop your skills and behaviours.

The Programme

The 2-year structured graduate programme will offer you the opportunity of 9 months rotational placements, relevant to your role, helping you better understand the role of UK Power Networks and its directorates. The second year will see you placed in your first supported role. Working towards the roles and responsibilities outline below, you will start contributing to your team's success and meeting objectives. Throughout the programme you will develop the knowledge, competencies and leadership skills through embedded training sessions to help you excel at UK Power Networks, along with mentorship from a senior leader.


  • From an initial customer application and any subsequent clarifications you will work with teams collaboratively from across the wider business to develop a solution that exceeds the customer expectations.
  • Develop your skills to make presentations both internally to senior management to gain approval for the solutions and external customers to aid their understanding of the proposals.
  • Visit Customer and UK Power Networks sites with operational and construction colleagues to understand site conditions ensuring our plans reflect what needs to be delivered.
  • Ensure compliance with our statutory and regulatory duties as part of the quoting and delivery phases of the project. This ensures the network is operated safely and our customers receive a reliable supply of electricity.
  • Engage partners to ensure our plans meet their needs and that the needs of the network are met in the long term.
  • To learn the techniques leading toward the management of a portfolio of schemes at different stages of the project life cycle simultaneously.
  • Manage the financial control of the projects that you are responsible for during delivery and ensure any changes to the scope during delivery are captured and managed with the customer.

Personal Characteristics

  • Work as a Team Player in a dedicated team of project managers and support staff
  • Able to prioritise and manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Willing to challenge and be different rather than accepting the status quo

What you'll need

  • You will have achieved or be on target to achieve a minimum of an Honours bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering
  • And / or an MEng in an Engineering or STEM related subject.

We're also looking for:

  • Analytical and data minded individuals with some experience in assessing data or models.
  • Driven individuals who are eager to learn, willing to adapt and are good at forming relationships
  • The ability to understand complex concepts, apply new approaches and communicate them at multiple levels with impact.

Key areas of interest

Occasional business travel will be required across our region (East Anglia, London and the South East of England).

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 will ensure they 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 where there are legal requirements, employees will understand those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

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We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

More Details


£35,000 - £40,000


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