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System Development Engineer

Perth, Scotland, Perth & Kinross
£49559 - £56757 per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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About the Role

Job Title: System Development Engineer

Location: Office Based (Perth)

Salary: £49,559 - £56,757 depending on skills and experience + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time |

At Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), our skilled teams operate and maintain our electricity distribution and transmission networks, carrying electricity to over 3.9 million homes across the North of Scotland and Central Southern England.

Our Distribution Control Centre is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of supplies to all our customers, every hour of every day, while maintaining, upgrading, and reinforcing our existing network. We are actively involved in all aspects of any work carried out on our system, from external engagement and planning prior, to the reporting afterwards.

The Role

Were looking for a System Development Engineer to join our team in the Distribution Control Centre. The System Development team lead the technical and operational development of our control system to improve the way we work.

This is an opportunity to be heavily involved in our pathway towards DSO and enabling SSE to meet its Net Zero ambitions.

Your key responsibilities will include:

- Identify and implement solutions to drive our operations forward, working within our SCADA system, front & back-end architecture of our control system, operational communications pathways, and much more, working closely with a wide number of teams across our distribution business.

- Ownership of reporting from our control system, primarily via SQL Server Reporting Services, dataflows, APIs and other methods, as well as some end user publishing.

- Lead the Control Centre on exciting Operational Technology projects through ED2 and beyond which will transform the way we operate our network.

- Be the technical expert in the operation of our control automation, investigate failures & deliver enhancements to how systems operate.

- Support colleagues as a Subject Matter Expert in how our control system operates, being the main conduit between Operational Technology support teams and our front-line staff, investigating and rectifying system configuration issues and faults.

- Keep up to date with emerging technologies and industry trends involving Operational Communications and SCADA systems and make recommendations for their adoption.

What do I need?

The ideal candidate will already be working within a technical role in a similar industry, and we would love you to have:

- A minimum of HNC qualification or equivalent in a relevant Computing or Engineering subject.

- Significant technical experience of system configuration, ideally within Oracle SCADA systems in a secure environment, though other relevant experience will be considered.

- Experience of SQL, OBIEE or similar coding for report production, as well as end-user data visualisation software such as PowerBi. Knowledge of SSRS and Linux directories would be beneficial.

- An appreciation of the electricity industry within the UK and the role Distribution performs within that. Any knowledge of operations within electricity networks would be helpful, although there will be opportunities to develop this within the team.

- A strong motivation for enacting change, a track record of delivery while maintaining the highest standards of safety.

- As part of the Control Centre team, you will also be expected to assist during severe weather or large-scale events, which may require a level of response above normal business commitments.

- Candidates for this role will be required to obtain vetting to SC level through UK Government. The criteria normally includes 5 years UK residency, further information can be found here: United Kingdom Security Vetting: Applicant - GOV.UK (

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?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave 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 encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made 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 flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Louise on 01738 351698.

Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist 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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