Primary System Design Engineer

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Job Sector:
East Midlands
Castle Donington
£63,508 to £63,508 per annum
Salary Description:
National Grid
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An opportunity is available for a Primary System Design (PSD) Engineer in the East Midlands area, based at Castle Donington. The PSD team is responsible for the design of the 132kV, 66kV and 33kV distribution network system throughout National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), and for the provision of technical support to Network Services and other teams within NGED.

*Please note the successful candidate may initially be appointed at a lower salary until all relevant courses and training are complete.

If you are offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.

As part of our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, all applications are automatically anonymised by our recruitment system. This is with the aim of realising our ambition to have a workforce which is reflective of the community we serve and eliminating unconscious bias, allowing employees to be appointed based on their talent, skills and experiences regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.

Our hiring managers will have no access to your name, age, gender or other diversity information until after shortlisting has taken place. This detail will become visible before interview to allow managers to prepare.
About UsNational Grid Electricity Distribution is the new name for Western Power Distribution. This is a very exciting time to be part of the largest UK electricity transmission and distribution business. We’ve changed our name, but our people and focus on providing great service to customers remains unchanged. We connect 8 million customers across the Midlands, South West England and South Wales and serve a population of over 18 million people. We do this whilst maintaining safety, reliability and excellent customer service.

National Grid employs over 29,000 people worldwide. Our vision is to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future and we are doing this in a fast-moving industry with an increasing focus on tackling climate change, exploring new energy sources which are renewable, low carbon, and improve efficiency to meet demand.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Our desire is to bring in more employees from diverse backgrounds to build further on our inclusive culture. We value and celebrate individual difference and we believe that an inclusive culture will help the business grow as a positive, strong and innovative company.
Main ResponsibilitiesThe PSD Engineers in the team are responsible for various aspects of system design including:

Assessment and design of new demand and generation connections.
Preparation of connection offers, budget estimates and feasibility studies.
Liaison with customers and management of customer connections to ensure timely, safe and on budget delivery.
Assessment of the EHV Network for compliance with our Distribution Licence and associated Engineering Recommendations for new connection enquiries.
Design of network reinforcement schemes and production of capital sanctions.
Provision of support to Network Services on design issues such as generator connections, PQ issues, and major replacement schemes.
Liaison with other departments within NGED, such as Network Strategy, Major Projects, Engineering Design, Telecoms, Policy and Wayleaves.
Design and support of earthing systems and power quality.
Design and support the roll out and implementation of Active Network Management on NGED’s network.
Coordination and review of customer and independent connection provider designs and compliance assessments including G99
Collaboration with National Grid transmission owner and operator (NGET and NGESO) covering the development of new connections, grid supply points and third party work assessments.
Represent the Company on specialist groups or national working groups, as required.

The Ideal CandidateYou should be self-motivated and demonstrate a clear knowledge of the principles and issues associated with EHV network design. The ability to present information in a clear and reasoned way, together with an open yet analytical approach to problem solving, and good computer skills are essential to the role. A familiarity with network analysis tools such as PSSE or IPSA would be an advantage. An Electrical engineering degree or equivalent qualification is desirable.
About The CompanyIf this is your opportunity to join us, you’ll find we offer a supportive, rewarding and friendly working environment where you’ll be empowered to build a career. Along the way, you’ll be invested in, be enabled by the latest technology and find that we’re always interested in evolving our systems and processes so that we get even better, every day.

In return, you’ll enjoy a package of benefits designed to reward your hard work and incentivise your ambition. In addition to your competitive salary, we offer a competitive contributory pension scheme where the company will double match your pension contributions up to a maximum company contribution of 10%. You will also have access, subject to eligibility criteria, to join our annual Share Save plan.

You will receive a generous annual leave entitlement on joining, starting at 26 days rising to 28 days following 10 years’ service, plus 8 bank holidays. In addition, you will be able to access support via our Employee Assistance Programme, including musculoskeletal and physiotherapy services.

Additional Application Information

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Contact Details:
National Grid
Tel: 000 000 0000
Contact: Sophie Cook

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