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Operational Plannning Engineer

Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
£55573 - £63643 per annum
Closing date
4 Mar 2024

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Base Location: Portsmouth

Salary: £55,573 - £63,643 depending on skills and experience, and a range of other benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

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

We are looking for Operational Planning Engineers (Power Systems) to join our team!

Due to a substantial increase in Distribution Generation, along with new technologies such as Active Network Management schemes, the Distribution system is more active than ever; as such we are looking for Outage Planners (Power System Engineer), to be part of our Operational Planning team managing outages on our EHV network (132 kV and 33 kV).

This is a key role within the control room monitoring SSEN's southern network which has over 3.1 million customers and is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As this role is critical to the control function, whilst there is flexibility on working hours, you will be required in the control room for most of your core hours.

Roles and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

- You'll be responsible for power system analysis, mainly managing planned outages and faults on our network whilst ensuring our network is as secure as possible and minimising impact to customers.

- Work with Control Engineers, Protection Engineers, System Planners, Design Engineers, National Grid (NGESO and NGET), EHV customers, other DNOs, SSEN Management, Project Managers and Cartographers to name a few.

- Formulating and maintaining the network outage programme by liaising with staff internal and external to the company, to ensure that the construction and maintenance requirements of all parties are co-ordinated in the safest, most secure and cost-effective manner.

- Ensuring safety standards are adhered to and support with the upkeeping and development of processes and procedures in order to maintain our excellent safety record.

- Communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

What do I need?

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

- Previous engineering experience within a distribution network, ideally working with EHV networks.

- A degree in Electrical Engineering; relevant equivalent experience will also be considered.

- Experience performing power systems studies using PSS/E/PowerFactory or similar.

- A strategic mind-set with the ability to act quickly whilst maintaining a high degree of precision; in this fast-paced environment, a need for high accuracy is fundamental to our success.

- Knowledge of IT, namely Microsoft packages including Word, Excel and Outlook; a flair for picking up new IT systems is a great advantage.

Ideally, you'll be working towards Chartership, as you'll be central to the efficient running of our distribution network.

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. You'll 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?

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 Stacey on 01738342529

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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