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Cyber Security / Digital Technology Engineer

Medway, Kent, England / England, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
£53100 - £79700 per annum + Performance related bonus
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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About our Business

SSE Thermal is on a mission to deliver the flexible energy needed today while powering the transition to net zero. Our 600+ employees play a crucial role in keeping the lights on across the UK and Ireland and we're rising to the low-carbon challenge with our teams at the cutting-edge of vital technologies. We're developing ground-breaking carbon capture and storage projects and progressing plans for what could be the world's first hydrogen-fired power station, as well as a major hydrogen storage facility and exploring other exciting options as we decarbonise. We've already achieved a lot - but we're just getting started. As part of SSE, which could invest in excess of £40bn across the next decade, we're at the forefront of the energy transition - so come join us as we continue to grow and power change.

To find out more, read this blog from Catherine Raw, our Managing Director, on our critical role in delivering net zero.

About the Role

Base Location: Keadby Power Station or Medway Power Station

Salary: £53,100 - £79,700 + performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

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

SSE Thermal are recruiting Cyber Security Engineers across 2 of our main sites at Medway and Keadby.

The Cyber Security Engineer role encompasses the delivery of a digital asset alongside the physical asset at each power station, supporting delivery of the business asset management objectives. With a particular emphasis on cyber security, you will help protect and develop our people, premises, and digital systems to support our NetZero ambitions as a Thermal business.

Reporting directly to the Engineering Manager, you will be the primary contact for Operational Technology (OT) Cyber Security and the site lead for digital projects/improvements, providing concise communication to all stakeholders and support delivery of value adding projects.

Key Responsibilities:

- In conjunction with the OT Security team within Thermal Engineering and Asset Management (TEAM), ensure Operational Technology assets compliance to the Network and Information Systems regulations.

- Application of the Thermal OT risk Management process to the assigned OT assets.

- Awareness of vulnerabilities on OT assets assigned and mitigation thereof (operating system, control system applications and down to controller (PLC) level).

- Maintenance of the OT asset register and updating of the security products associated with the OT assets on site.

- Establishment and implementation of Incident Response Plans on stations OT assets.

- Implementation of Disaster Recovery plans on station for the given OT assets with regular testing and exercising of those plans.

- Development of OT improvement and obsolescence management plan in conjunction with station control and instrumentation engineers and Thermal Engineering and Aset Management.

- Collaboration on site with all stakeholders to ensure the station and operations business can define and engage fully in the digital strategy of SSE Thermal.

- Working with stakeholders both on station and external for implementation of digital tools and techniques on site to deliver on SSE Thermal's digital vision.

What do I need?

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

- Relevant Degree (i.e. OT, IT or Computing, Process Controls) or equivalent experience.

- Experience of Cyber-Security/Digital Engineering in an Operational environment, preferably within the Energy industry.

- Understanding of the application of digital technology in a power station / engineering environment to enhance reliability and availability.

- Thorough understanding of the regulatory requirements for OT cyber security and ability to translate those requirements into physical deliverables on site.

- Experience of developing counter measures and contingency plans associated with significant delivery risk.

- Excellent communication skills and ability to identify and manage key stakeholders.

- Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) focused, you'll need to be curious, interested, and proactive.

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 Hannah on 01738 341147

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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