UK Power Networks

Innovation Graduate Engineer

Applications closed 10/05/2024 .
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£35,000 - £40,000

Reference Number - 78433

This Innovation Graduate Engineer will report to the Innovation Project Lead and will work within the Customer Services and VICE directorate based in our London office. You will be a Fixed Term Contract (24 months) employee.

You will attract a salary of £39,732.00 and a bonus of 7.5%. This role can also offer blended working after probationary period (6 months) - 3 days in the office and 2 remote

Close Date: Friday 10th May 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 south east 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, including our capital, London

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.

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 industry leading innovation projects. Our innovation projects cover multiple topics including the use artificial intelligence on distribution networks, robotics and automation, smart grid and smart assets, and the decarbonisation of the electricity network.

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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help deliver innovation projects including report writing, calculations, drawings and data analysis;
  • Coordinate project meetings and produce meeting minutes;
  • Help produce cost benefits analysis for innovation projects;
  • Produce presentations and other media (i.e. videos) for project learning dissemination;
  • Help draft legal contracts in collaboration with UK Power Networkers procurement and legal team;
  • Engage with other important UK Power Networks departments (such as Asset Management, Network Operations, IS and Regulation) to help deliver assigned innovation projects;
  • Represent UK Power Networks innovation team at national and international conferences, events and working groups;

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:

  • Driven individuals who are eager to learn and are good at forming relationships
  • A flexible approach to changes and challenges
  • We look for people who are driven by results, as well as the ability to engage with partners and finding creative ways to exceed their expectations.
  • The ability to apply initiative
  • The ability to communicate with impact, with a creative and thoughtful approach.
  • Analytical and data minded individuals with some experience in data tools.

Key areas of interest:

  • Electrical engineering and distribution networks
  • Data and digitisation
  • Net Zero and whole system thinking
  • Customer service and customer vulnerability

Occasional business travel will be required across the UK.

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.

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