National 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.
An exciting opportunity is available within the Electrical Design Engineer team, based at our offices in Castle Donington.
The Engineering Design (ED) Team prepares electrical, protection/control, mechanical and civil designs for schemes to construct, extend or modify electricity substations energised at up to 132kV.
The team assists network design colleagues with the assessment of substation options and develops selected schemes from a broad engineering brief into a fully specified build package. The team also has responsibility for the preparation, issue and archival of protection relay configurations and settings at up to 132kV
The broader ED Team comprises 75 design staff, primarily based at offices in Tipton, Pegasus, Bristol and Cardiff. It handles in excess of 500 active design commissions at any time ranging in capital value from £50k to £10m.
*Please note the successful candidate may be offered the position at a lower salary initially, if training/courses are required to be able to undertake the duties of the role in full.
If you are offered a position, you will be required to complete and provide a satisfactory basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.
We are seeking to recruit a strong team player to join us in the role of Protection Settings Engineer.
It is imperative that the candidate is able to hit the ground running in the following areas:
- Experienced in the calculation, issue and recording of protection settings, and voltage control settings for applications from 11kV to 132kV
- Experienced in the configuration of programmable scheme logic for protection relays
- Specialist response to incidences of potential mal-operation of protection systems
Candidates will need to demonstrate an aptitude and experience in protection settings and configuration activities, together with experience in numeric/modern protection device application, programming, configuration, and settings.
Longer term, the candidate would be encouraged & supported to develop the following complementary skills:
- Design and specification of substation plant and protection systems, for applications up to 132kV
- Acting as lead designer for substation design outputs up to 132kV
- Provision of specialist substation engineering advice to project stakeholders.
The Ideal Candidate
You will be expected to gain proficiency in the use of IPSA, PSSE, Aspen, and AutoCAD, if not already held.
You should be qualified to higher national certificate level or above, in an appropriate engineering discipline.
Good communication skills and the ability to manage multiple diverse projects simultaneously are also essential.
Applicants should hold a full UK driving license.
About The Company
If 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.