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Senior Protection and Control Engineer

Hampshire, England, Portsmouth
£62324 - £71370 per annum + Car Allowance
Closing date
20 Feb 2024

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Protection and Control Engineer

Location: Reading, Portsmouth, Melksham

Salary: £62,324 - £71,370 depending on skills and experience + car/cash allowance

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

At Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), our skilled teams operate and maintain our electricity distribution and transmission networks, carrying electricity to over 3.7 million homes across the north of the Central Belt of Scotland and Central Southern England. Our customers are served by over 4,000 employees based in major offices and depots across the regions we operate in including Reading, Portsmouth, Perth and Inverness. Our mission is to power our community, and wed like you to join our journey.

Operations are responsible for keeping the lights on; we are at the front line on the Network. If we find a fault, it is our responsibility to respond to the fault, and dispatch our skilled teams to fix it as quickly as possible. We work in all hours, and through all weathers, ensuring our customers are never without power. The group delivers a wide range of construction projects within the UK. The team specialises in the design and construction of electrical projects on its distribution networks ranging from 6.6kV to 132kV.

Role & responsibilities will include:

As a Senior Protection and Control Engineer you will be involved in the design of protection and control schemes at voltages from 6.6kV to 132kV across the Southern Distribution Network. You'll develop a project design from an initial high level scope, through to detailed scheme drawings and relay settings. This includes plant specifications, tendering and tender evaluation.

To ensure you get the most from your role, and our customers receive the highest standard of service, we ask that you have the following to join us;

- A minimum HNC in Electrical Engineering (Degree would be preferred) and previous experience working in power system protection covering design, commissioning and fault investigation.

- Previous experience of working on Distribution Networks as a Protection & Control Design Engineer. This should include experience at 6.6kV to 132kV.

- Knowledge and experience of protection relays and relay panels, CT & VT sizing calculations, protection relay setting calculations and the producing of detailed and accurate drawings including main connection and protection diagrams. Complete detail design including but not limited to AC and DC Schematic Diagrams etc.

- An interest in long term development in order to identify and implement innovative and effective business improvements along with an ability to support and guide other members of team.

- Review Protection & Control Designs developed by third parties on the 6.6kV to 132kV Network to be installed for SSEN.

What do I need?

Whilst the above skills and experience are important, we also have several personal competencies that we look for in our future employees;

- High regard for safety, embedding yourself in our safety culture and adhering to guidelines in everything you do is a key priority.

- Outstanding customer relationship skills, and a commitment to providing a high level service at all times.

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; comfortable liaising with stakeholders at all levels, both internal and external.

- Excellent organisational skills with an ability to work to deadlines, and sound knowledge of IT, namely Microsoft packages including Word, Excel and Outlook; a flair for picking up new IT systems is a great advantage.

- Integrate as one of a larger protection team interacting with design / delivery colleagues in Strategic Investment, and staff in Regions.

- Enthusiasm and drive with a flexible approach to work and an ability to adapt to changing business and project priorities.

- Regular travel will be required for the positions, and as a result we can only accept applications from candidates that hold a current driving license.

About our Business

SSEN Distribution powers 3.9 million homes and businesses in communities across central southern England and the north of Scotland. Our team of more than 4,200 highly skilled people keep customers connected to a safe and reliable supply of electricity whilst developing the flexible networks that are vital for the future. We power communities to thrive today and create a net zero tomorrow. Why not join us and help power change, we're looking for great people who love working with others to achieve great results. You'll be empowered to make the right decisions for our customers and have the space to take accountability for the work you do. Youll be working as part of a bigger team, enabling net zero, so team work will be essential. As a part of our business, you become part of something bigger - an established company with a reputation for looking after our people, offering secure and rewarding roles where safety is our number one priority.

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 Robert on 01738 341105.

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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