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RTSD Design and Delivery Engineer

Highlands, Scotland, Inverness
£55573 - £63643 per annum + Car & Operational Response Allowance
Closing date
19 Jun 2023

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Job Title: RTSD Design Engineer

SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low-carbon world. Following our commitment to investing £12.5 billion in low-carbon projects over the next five years, we have significant growth plans. We are well on our way to achieving our ambition to build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

We seek an experienced and driven Project Engineer to join our team to ensure the department's continued success.

Join us on our journey to net zero and help us power change.

Base Location: Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow or Perth

Salary: £55,573 - £63,643 dependant on experience + operational response allowance + company car / cash allowance + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

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

What is the Role?

Real-Time Systems Delivery (RTSD) Team is responsible for the project delivery, design, installation, testing and commissioning of Industrial Control Systems, Operational Communications and SCADA field systems that SSEN use to operate our primary and secondary assets across multiple locations across the Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) licensed area.

As Design Engineer in the team, you will play a pivotal role in taking business and customer requests for operational communication and SCADA systems and work closely with them to design and implement solutions that meet the purpose and vision set out in the overall ED2 project portfolio.

You will work closely as a key stakeholder with SSEN Project Managers, OT standards Engineers and other SSEN technical teams to ensure the successful delivery of projects on time, within budget, and to the required quality standards.

Your key responsibilities will be as follows.

- Design and develop Operational Communication and SCADA field systems to monitor and control SSEN's primary and secondary assets that meet the scope of work requested and in line with the business need.

- Conduct factory acceptance testing (FAT) and site acceptance testing (SAT) of the field systems you design for implementation.

- As a key stakeholder in ED2 projects, collaborate with cross-functional teams, including Suppliers, Contractors, Engineers, and Technicians, to ensure the delivery of the best solution to meet strategic needs and operational efficiency.

- Provide Subject Matter Expert (SME) technical support to the broader business and key stakeholders during the installation and operation of all field systems.

- Provide leadership and guidance to team members.

- Keep up to date with emerging technologies and industry trends involving Operational Communications and SCADA systems and make recommendations for their adoption where it fits business needs and customer requirements.

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

- Degree level (or equivalent experience) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering or another related discipline and relevant experience.

- Project Management qualifications such as APM PMQ or Prince 2 would be advantageous but optional.

- Strong knowledge of Industrial Control Systems, PLCs, and RTUs in the utility sector.

- Strong knowledge of communications protocols and operational communication methods in the utility sector.

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

- Ability to work in a team environment and collaborate with cross-functional teams.

- The role requires regular travel to substations, sites and other SSE offices, so a full driving license is essential.

We would love to hear from you if you are an experienced Design Engineer looking for a challenging and rewarding role in the Electrical utilities sector. The position is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic team, work on exciting projects, and significantly contribute to SSEN's Purpose and Vision.

About our Business

SSEN Distribution powers 3.8 million homes and businesses in communities across central southern England and the north of Scotland. Our team of more than 3,500 people keep customers connected to a safe and reliable supply of electricity whilst developing the flexible networks that are vital to achieving net zero. By enabling a smarter, more resilient electricity network we're ensuring our local communities continue to receive the power they need, both now and in the future. We are consistently investing and innovating to improve network resilience and future-proof power supplies for life's changing demands, from rolling out large scale EV charging schemes to supporting small community generation projects.

What's in it for you?

An excellent package with 34 days holiday entitlement, enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full 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 working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Louise on 01738 351698.

Before commencing employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records 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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