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Lead Design Engineer

Hampshire, Portsmouth, England
£45400 - £68200 per annum + Car allowance & Performance related bonus
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

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Base Location: Portsmouth, Southampton, West London or Dorset

Salary: £45,400 - £68,200 + car / car allowance + performance related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

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

What is the Role?

To help deliver our RIIO ED2 business plan of £4BN we are expanding our Large Capital Delivery teams across our SEPD Distribution licence areas with additional Lead Design Engineers. You will be responsible for the day to day management of our connections design team, who design connection projects from 11kV up to and including 132kV. This involves producing detailed design packs, checking and approving design deliverables to ensure the most appropriate and cost effective solutions are selected including:

- Being responsible for all statutory, regulatory, delivery and legal requirements and will ensure timely and appropriate project delivery, according to the customer connections portfolio.

- Delivering clear costs management and overall project management using our IT systems.

- Motivating and empowering all staff (and third-party contractors) to perform to their full potential, meeting performance targets within a positive but challenging environment.

- Supporting the development and delivery of our safety culture, ensuring that all SSEN colleagues and contractors understand and comply with company rules and procedures relating to safety, health and environment.

- Leading a project team for new Grid Supply Point (GSP) design portfolios.

What do I need?

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

- Experience in power system design and the CDM 2015 regulations.

- Proficient in technical design, customer communication, management of contractors, record keeping and overall project cost management.

- A good understanding of the connections business, as well as non-contestable and contestable design elements.

- Proven experience in collating tender documents and design folders and be able to complete engineering and design drawings.

- Well honed communication skills and a solid understanding of IT packages including Microsoft Access.

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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