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Innovation Engineer

Scottish Power
Prenton, North Cheshire Trading Estate, Prenton Way, Birkenhead, Prenton CH43 3ET
£39,340 per annum
Closing date
27 Oct 2023

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Power, Renewables
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Help us create a better future, quicker

Reporting to the Future Networks Manager and Project Steering Board where applicable, as an Innovation Engineer (and Project Manager), you’ll provide a project management (including financial control), programme coordination and technical direction for the SP Energy Networks delivery team, liaising closely with internal stakeholders and external project partners.  

Principally focusing on delivery of the assigned projects which has various delivery programme (from the Ofgem approval), you’ll facilitate further proposals of subsequent R&D projects under the SIF, NIA and Innovation Rollout Mechanism (IRM) regulatory frameworks.

A feature of NIA and SIF project funding is the requirement for knowledge dissemination and external stakeholder engagement. To this end, you’ll provide support to the other team members as well as our Stakeholder Team. We respect and support career development, we also value teamwork and always put customers first. 

What you’ll be doing

Day to day, you’ll be mainly accountable for the fulfilment and outperformance of the innovation responsibilities for SPEN, as a regulated electricity licensee. You’ll play a key role in ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the Transmission/Distribution Project Delivery Team, with appropriate input from specialists drawn from internal stakeholders and external partners.  

You'll propose, plan, co-ordinate and lead innovation projects activity including a sustainable innovation pipeline; budgetary control, scheduling and logistical aspects.You'll also be accountable for the review and audit of all project deliverables within and beyond the Project directions, including specifications, commercial indications of engineering specifications, compliance with technical standards, data validation, modelling tools etc. with the input of technical specialists where appropriate. Your colleagues will look to you as the primary point of contact for all technical matters relating to the innovation projects for both internal & external queries/actions and you'll work with the project delivery team to capture new learnings from the project to maximise the value of innovation into Business as Usual (BaU) and share with the key stakeholders in an efficient and timely manner. You'll also be responsible for drafting, reviewing and contributing to reports and papers in line with the NIA/NIC Guidance, to facilitate effective knowledge sharing and inform the industrial standards.

What you’ll bring

We are open minded and will invite talented candidates from different disciplines, providing it is relevant to the low carbon transition. It will include all disciplines in electricity networks, whole energy systems, IT/ AI and communication systems. 

  • Degree in a relevant technical subject or equivalent experience
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills to deliver effective relationship building at all levels
  • Project management skills.
  • Strong presentational and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritise workloads and deliver to agreed timescales and quality standards.
  • Proven track record in liaising with industry bodies.


What’s in it for you

As well as a competitive salary which is reviewed annually, you can also enjoy a number of other benefits. With our pension scheme, we’ll double match your contribution up to a company contribution of 10%.   

At ScottishPower, we believe it’s the little things we do in life that make a big difference. From helping you look after your family’s wellbeing, save for your future and take personal steps for climate action – our benefits are designed to help you do just that -  so that you have everything you need to take care of your world – today and tomorrow. That’s why our benefits include: 

  • 36 days annual leave
  • Holiday purchase – perfect your work/life balance with extra annual leave
  • Share Incentive Plan and Sharesave Scheme
  • Payroll giving and charity matched funding 
  • Technology Vouchers – save more and spread the cost of your technology purposes
  • Count us in – pledge to reduce carbon emissions and help fight climate change
  • Electric Vehicle Schemes – to help you transition to green/clean driving
  • Cycle to Work scheme and public transport season ticket loans
  • Options to purchase dental insurance, private medical insurance, health cash plan and annual health assessments 
  • Life Assurance (4x salary)
  • Access to ‘nudge’ financial wellbeing support
  • Plus shopping, leisure, restaurant and gym discounts, and unique employee deals on travel insurance and more 


Why SP Energy Networks

SP Energy Networks is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the world’s largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy. We keep electricity flowing to homes and businesses through Central and Southern Scotland, North Wales and in the North West of England. We operate over 4000km of cables and lines that make-up the transmission network – connecting infrastructure like wind farms into the electricity system. It’s a role that puts us right at the heart of Scotland’s ambition to be Net Zero by 2044. And we’re taking it very seriously. We’re investing >£5.5 billion into our transmission network, directly supporting the rapid growth needed in renewable energy. With diverse opportunities across our businesses and a commitment to invest in our own internal talent, ScottishPower can offer people real career opportunities that meet personal and professional goals, in a global organisation. 

Inclusion, diversity, and a social purpose are at the heart of everything we do. Together with our values, they bring us together into a stronger, more sustainable business with direct links to the communities we serve. It takes all kinds of people to build a large-scale business like ours, so whatever your background, you’ll fit right in. 

We are committed to providing reasonable support or adjustments in our recruiting processes for candidates with disabilities, long term conditions, mental health conditions, or who are neurodivergent or require pregnancy-related support. If you need support, please reach out to

Closing date: 20 October 2023.

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Please note that any applicant who is not a citizen of the country of the vacancy will be subject to compliance with the applicable immigration requirements to legally work in that country.  If/when required, the Company will support the employee with the necessary Immigration requirements.


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