Innovation Engineer

National Grid Electricity Distribution
Bristol or Castle Donington
£63,508 *
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

Job Details

About Us

We’re National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), the owner and operator behind the electricity distribution systems for the Midlands, the South West of England and South Wales. Serving communities of more than 8 million people, our expert teams deliver heat, light and power for homes and businesses, working outdoors with underground cables, overhead lines and substations that operate between 230 and 132,000 volts.

6,700 colleagues share our vision to be at the heart of a clean, fair, affordable energy future. If this appeals to you too, you could soon work in a supportive, rewarding and friendly environment that empowers everyone to succeed. We live by our values of doing the right thing, finding a better way and using our drive to make things happen every day. That’s why we’ll help you build a worthwhile career to be proud of – whatever your role and passion. Together we can bring energy to life using your enthusiasm and the latest technology.

Net-zero targets are transforming the way we work and increasing the scope of the positive impact we can make. Right now, we’re looking for an Innovation Engineer.

Job Introduction

An opportunity is available for an Innovation Engineer based at either Bristol or Castle Donington.

The Innovation Team is responsible for creating and delivering a wide range of Innovation projects which aim to transform the way we operate and manage our network. Through these projects, we are building the knowledge, skills, technologies and commercial processes NGED needs in order to drive Net Zero.

Rewarding success and development is important to us and as part of this role you’ll receive annual salary increases.

* Please note that if you do not hold all the necessary experience to undertake the role in full, you may initially be appointed on a lower salary, until training is 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.

Main Responsibilities

  • Leading the application for funding from Ofgem innovation incentive schemes and other sources.
  •  Innovation project management in accordance with Ofgem governance and NGED policies
  • Assisting colleagues in various internal NGED teams to develop, trial, disseminate and adopt relevant solutions.
  • Developing new policy relating to low carbon networks ("smart grids") and their interaction with smart meters and future energy markets.
  • Representing NGED at national level in ENA, Ofgem and Government department meetings.
  • Developing and reviewing WPD policies relating to innovation to maintain legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Detailed reporting of innovation projects and proposals in accordance with Regulatory requirements. This includes compliance with Regulatory Guidance, preparation of detailed project plans and cost benefit analyses, progress and cost control monitoring and regulatory reporting.

The Ideal Candidate

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals that are passionate about new technologies and delivering the UK’s Net Zero ambitions. The role requires a highly motivated individual that strives for excellence in every output they produce. It is essential to be able to organise, plan and prioritise work while working under pressure in order to ensure that every task is delivered on time. It is required to have good knowledge of the UK Electricity transmission and distribution assets, procedures and drivers relating to safety, performance, cost and relevant legislation.

A Higher National Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject is required; however, a Degree in a relevant subject is preferred. Appropriate training and support will be given in order for the successful candidate to realise their full potential within the role. 

Evidence of your qualifications will be required prior to appointment.

The successful candidate must be mobile throughout the company’s four licence areas.

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. Protective clothing and Safety Equipment will be provided where required and we offer free parking at all main sites. In addition, you will be able to access support via our Employee Assistance Programme, including musculoskeletal and physiotherapy services.

Recruitment correspondence is usually sent by email, so please do check your email account including spam/junk folders regularly after the closing date.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early should sufficient numbers of suitable applications be received. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.


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.

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