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DSO System Planning Engineer

England, Reading, Berkshire / Perth & Kinross, Perth, Scotland / Glasgow, Scotland
£60203 - £69982 per annum
Closing date
16 Jun 2023

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Electrical, Project Engineering
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Base Location: Reading, Glasgow, Perth, Inverness or Aberdeen. Open to hybrid working split between home and office.

Salary: £60,203 - £69,982 + a range of benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

As we chart our course to a net-zero world, the way society uses energy is changing, new innovative solutions like renewable energy, electric vehicles, heat pumps, community energy and energy storage are being deployed at scale and this is altering the nature and volume of energy flowing through our electrical networks. This is dramatically changing the detail and complexity of the network planning and management we require, as a result we are responding to this by driving modernisation of our processes through innovation and digitalisation.

Our System Planning and Modelling teams are at the cutting edge of this as they build a new set of skills and capabilities to meet this challenge, working with new Digital network models and tools to identify and anticipate the constraints on the network they are utilising new innovative solutions such as digital twins, demand flexibility, monitoring and analytics to inform the investment programmes that will be needed.

This role will not only be leading on one of the key enablers of Net Zero but will also ensures that safety, security of supply and performance of the network is maintained in accordance with statutory, regulatory and licence requirements in the most economic, efficient and co-ordinated manner providing the safe, affordable, reliable energy that our customers need.

About the Role

Key Accountabilities:

- Customers and Stakeholders: Recommend improvements to reporting of Long term Development Statement, Network Development Plan and other key reports to improve the experience for stakeholders and customers. Propose changes in system policy through the relevant industry codes with relation to methodologies for forecasting and reporting.

- Forecasting Requirements and Network Constraints: Develop publicly available data, to develop forecasts aligned to licensed reporting requirements including but not limited to; LTDS (Long Term Development Statement), Load Index Reporting (LI) Week 24, EDCM & CDCM, ED2 Outputs submissions. Develop network constraint and opportunity information and share with appropriate stakeholders and publish. Produce the Network Development Plans and Load Forecasts in line with the yearly / bi-annual reporting cycles.

- System Performance: Ensure the SSE Distribution Network performs in compliance with Grid Code, and licence obligations, and carry out a wide range of simulations and studies including power flow analysis, fault level studies, voltage and thermal capability, transient stability, fast switching studies, harmonic and power quality analysis to ensure obligations are met.

- System Modelling and Data Management: Ensure that the SSE Distribution Network is modelled accurately along with the interfaces with our Transmission Operators and that the required data for detailed steady state and dynamic analysis of the distribution network is controlled. Follow recognised data management and cleansing processes into the production of reports and forecasting. Ensure that reports are produced to a high degree of accuracy. Ensure there is documentation of processes and methodologies for report production.

- Customer Connections: Analyse the capability of our networks to accommodate both demand and generation connections, specify innovative technical solutions, and work closely with the design and delivery teams to ensure the network is developed in the most economic, efficient and co-ordinated manner to meet customer requirements.

What do I need?

- Understanding of statutory, regulatory & license requirements, industry wide codes, network and engineering standards.

- Minimum HNC educational qualification in Electrical Engineering with relevant industry experience, or engineering degree working towards Chartered Engineer.

- Fundamental knowledge of the design, operation, protection and safety of electricity networks, and the interface with Transmission.

- Conversant in using Power System Analysis software e.g. PowerFactory, PSSE and willingness to learn new systems. Ability to use Python an advantage.

- Understand and implement robust data governance processes and ability to analyse large data sets to produce key reports.

What's in it for you?

View our benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any flexible working requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Stacey on 01738 342529.

Before commencing employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a criminality and credit check.


We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


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