We’re National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), the owner and operator behind the electricity distribution systems for the Midlands, the Southwest 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.
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 11kV Strategic Planners to join us.
An opportunity is available for 11kV Strategic Planners within the Secondary System Planning Team. The base location will be confirmed with the successful candidate.
Reporting to the Secondary System Planning Manager within the Distribution System Operator, you will be working within a small and newly formed team of 11kV and LV Planners to identify the areas of secondary network investment across the entire region.
The Secondary System Planning Team are responsible for the comprehensive analysis of NGED’s HV and LV Distribution Systems, identifying and assisting in the prioritisation of areas of secondary investment, and determining the optimal solution to network constraints for various forecast scenarios, taking into consideration work planned by parallel teams, such as Network Services and Major Projects.
The team will work closely with the Secondary Network Design Team, who are responsible for the subsequent stage of project delivery, and localised Network Services teams, to help maximise efficiency and accomplish common objectives.
As part of our hybrid working approach and in line with our policy, this role allows you to apply for a mix of office and home working. Hybrid working can only be considered once your initial training is complete and subject to business need.
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.
*Please note the successful applicant will be appointed to a salary based upon their existing knowledge, understanding, qualifications and experience, taking into consideration the training and development required to fulfil the role.
- System planning to include widescale analysis of the secondary network (HV & LV) for incremental load growth across existing consumers, new strategic developments and adjacent EHV reconfiguration
- Planning of HV network reinforcement schemes, taking into consideration asset replacement and accepted new connection schemes
- Electrical analysis of the system, including voltage, load flow and fault level analysis
- Meeting tight deadlines for identification of network constraints and associated investment strategy
- Technical support and coordination with the Secondary Network Design Team and Network Services Planners across the business
- Take into consideration the impact of projects on customers, the public and the environment
- Co-ordination with the wider DSO directorate on EHV schemes and HV backfeeds for demand security
- Annual collation of anticipated future load connection data and customer behaviour data to support preparation of Network Development Plans, Long Term Development Statements & Load Forecasts
- Liaison with the Flexibility Team to evaluate the use of flexibility services to defer, or in lieu of, traditional reinforcement
The Ideal Candidate
You should have an analytical mind, with a methodical approach to problem solving and have the ability to present information in a clear and reasoned way.
Experience of network modelling and analysis and the use of EMU/Smallworld GIS, Connect/LV, ConnectGrid, WinDebut, PSS SINCAL or other equivalent design tools is essential.
The successful candidate will be required to hold a Level 3 City & Guilds 2339 and if not already attained will be required to undertake an HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
You will be logical and numerate as well as having excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
Applicants may not necessarily possess all the skills required to carry out the role at present but should have the confidence and ability to reach the necessary standards with training.
You will need to be mobile throughout the area and a flexible attitude is essential as you may be asked to undertake other duties to assist the team in meeting its objectives.
Joining the UK’s leading electricity distribution business means plenty of career opportunities and well-deserved recognition. We reward hard work and encourage ambition. So, as well as a competitive salary, you’ll have 26 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays. You can use our competitive contributory pension scheme (we double match your contributions up to a maximum of 10%), and you could even benefit from our annual Share Save plan. We supply your protective clothing and safety equipment, and there’s free parking at all our main sites. Our Employee Assistance Programme is there to take care of you and includes musculoskeletal and physiotherapy services if you need them.
About The Company
As an equal opportunities employer who is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we celebrate individual difference and are actively bringing in more employees from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture. We anonymise all jobs in our recruitment system, so we can eliminate unconscious bias and be a workplace that reflects the community we serve. Hiring managers only have access to necessary information after shortlisting has taken place and before interview so they can prepare.
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