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Power Control Room Operator

Transport for London (TfL)
Palestra/Long Acre
£57,872 - £63,269
Closing date
14 Apr 2024

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Overview of role

  • To carry out operation and control of the LU electrical and air distribution systems to ensure the safe, reliable, and cost-effective delivery of electrical supplies to the Underground Network.
  • To provide operational support to LU’s third party contractors and stakeholders working on the power network.

Key Accountabilities

  • Carry out the switching of the LU electrical distribution system, to provide safe, reliable, and efficient electrical supplies to LU’s traction, signalling, escalator, compressed air and lighting networks.
  • Monitor work being undertaken on site and administer low voltage safety critical paperwork to staff working within Substations, Switch Houses and Transformer Rooms.
  • Provide an operational interface with LU Network Operations, to monitor and deal with faults, incidents and emergencies involving Power Supply assets on a 24-hour continuous basis.
  • Provide clear and detailed reports of events that occurred in your area of responsibility whilst on duty.
  • Provide a clear auditable record of faults, incidents and emergencies involving Power Supply assets, detailing immediate remedial action taken where applicable.
  • Support the planning of maintenance and installation work on the LU electrical distribution system, ensuring safe systems of work are employed when reviewing the relevant Method Statements when required to release plant for works within our Substations, Switch Houses, Transformer Rooms and Bulk Supply Points.
  • Provide information for fact finding inquiries and help prepare written reports on operational matters.
  • Carry out Operational Work Instructions.
  • Manage the safe and efficient switch off of traction supplies at the end of Traffic Hours. Participate in the formal training and coaching of new PCR recruits when required.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills when conveying Safety Critical Messages, which are a key requirement within the operational requirement.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

The post holder must possess a professional qualification in Electrical Engineering, to at least BTEC (ONC) level and, or, have significant experience in a comparable engineering environment.

The post holder must successfully complete the Control Room Operators training course and pass a practical test against the control room’s NVQ assessment criteria.

The post holder must obtain a Safety Critical License to operate LU's electrical control system.

Must have knowledge of:

  • Power distribution systems.
  • Distribution and Railway Traction Substation plant and equipment.
  • Power control systems.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We want to represent the city we serve, which will help us become a more innovative and efficient organisation. Our goal is to make our recruitment as inclusive as possible. We are a disability confident employer who guarantee an interview to any disabled candidate who meets all of the essential criteria. We also use anonymising software that removes identifying information from CVs and cover letters to make the process fair.

Application Process

Please apply using your CV and a maximum two-page covering letter.

Think carefully about the skills, knowledge and experience in the advert and detail this in your CV and Cover Letter. Word format preferred and do not include any photographs or images.

The closing date for applications is 14 April 2024 @ 23:59.

Please note we may close the advert early if we receive a high volume of applicants.


In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow.

Rewards vary according to the business area but mostly include:

  • Final salary pension scheme.
  • Free travel for you on the TfL network.
  • Reimbursement of 75% of the cost of a standard class Ticket for National Rail travel from home.
  • 30 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays.
  • Private healthcare discounted scheme (optional).
  • Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme. Retail, health, leisure and travel offers.
  • Discounted Eurostar travel.


We work to keep London moving and make transport accessible for all. We are the local government organisation responsible for most aspects of London's transport system.

Our role is to implement the Mayor's Transport Strategy. We also manage those services across the Capital for which the Mayor is responsible.

Virtually everyone who visits, lives or works in London will use one of our services and every one of those journeys matters to us....

We are here to keep London working and growing, and to make life in the Capital better.

Services include:
• London Buses
• London Underground
• Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
• London Overground
• London Tramlink (trams)
• London River Services
• Victoria Coach Station
• Barclays Cycle Hire
• Emirates Air Line

We also have other responsibilities including:

• Managing the Congestion Charge
• Maintaining 580km of main roads and all of the Capital’s traffic lights
• Regulating the taxis and private hire trade
• Making transport more accessible through coordinating schemes for people with impaired mobility and running Dial-a-Ride alongside the London boroughs Taxicard scheme
• Promoting a range of walking and cycling initiatives

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