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Strategic Planner - Secondary System Planning

National Grid Electricity Distribution
United Kingdom
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Electrical, Electronics, Systems
Power, Renewables
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About Us

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 Strategic Planners to join us.

Job Introduction

We currently have opportunities for Strategic Planners within the Secondary System Planning Team, base location will be confirmed with successful candidate(s).

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 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 applicants 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.

Main Responsibilities

  • System planning to include widescale analysis of the LV network for incremental load growth across existing consumers, new strategic developments and adjacent HV reconfiguration
  • Planning of complex LV network reinforcement schemes and simple HV 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
  • Supporting 11kV Strategic Planners with 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

Ideally the successful candidate will have experience of:

  • The planning of load related investment projects in accordance with Engineering Directives
  • Experience of network modelling and analysis and the use of EMU/Smallworld GIS, Connect/LV, ConnectGrid, Windebut, or other equivalent design tools is essential
  • A working understanding and experience of HV system design would be advantageous


Consideration will be given to an applicant on a designate basis, who does not possess all the skills required to undertake the role at present but have the confidence and ability to reach the necessary standards with appropriate training.

The successful candidate will be required to hold a Level 2 City & Guilds 2339 (or equivalent qualification deemed to be at the same level) and if not already attained will be required to undertake Level 3.

You will be logical and numerate as well as having excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.

We will consider applicants who do not currently hold all the necessary skills to carry out the role, but have the confidence and ability to reach the required standard with training.

A flexible attitude is essential as you may be asked to undertake other duties to assist the team in meeting its objectives. In addition, you will need to be mobile throughout the area.

Your Benefits

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.

Additional Application Information 

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

To enhance your candidate experience, we recommend using Google Chrome to complete your online application. Should you have any questions regarding this or require additional support to complete your online application, please email

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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