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Chief Network Engineer

Perth & Kinross, Perth, Scotland / Scotland, Glasgow / Scotland, Aberdeen
£121800 - £182600 per annum + + car + bonus + relocation if required
Closing date
14 Apr 2024

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About the Role

Base Location: Perth, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Inverness (relocation assistance available for candidates not currently living in Scotland)

Salary: £121,800 - £182,600 + car /car allowance + performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

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

About the Role

SSEN Transmissions Pathway to 2030 programme is one of the biggest investment programmes in the north of Scotland for almost a century. This £20bn programme will help unlock cleaner, more secure energy for generations to come.

As a result of our continued growth, we have a unique opportunity for a Chief Network Engineer who will be responsible for developing technical specifications and standards, assuring network design and quality and driving technical innovation. This is a key leadership role in ensuring the existing c£5b Transmission network can operate safely and reliably and ensuring that the annual £600m+ construction programme has the necessary technical support for design and construction purposes.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

* Technical and Design Authority for SSEN Transmission, ensuring all plant and equipment used on the transmission network is assessed as fit for purpose against relevant standards and providing independent verification that engineering designs produced by project teams comply with end-user expectations and specifications and meet statutory and regulatory requirements.

* Leading a team of specialized engineering staff to provide technical and design assurance to all Transmission functions and to create, monitor and amend the technical specifications for all plant, apparatus and equipment employed on the system. You'll also lead the National HVDC Centre at Cumbernauld, the UKs only national facility for HVDC simulation and development.

* Responsible for the oversight of technical quality across the asset lifecycle including factory and site acceptance and contractor technical quality performance during project delivery, commissioning, and operation. Ensuring technical quality by developing an internal technical quality and supply chain quality management system, introducing internal customer quality management systems.

* Facilitating strong engineering and technical communities across the business.

* Working with internal and external stakeholders to review, assess and approve innovative technologies for use on the network, ensuring that where technology changes are proposed that they are fully evaluated, and risks and opportunities understood.

* Deputising for the Director of Asset Management and Operations as and when required.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role you should:

* Be a Chartered Electrical Engineer and fellow of (or working towards) The IET or other institution.

* Have extensive experience in engineering roles related to power system networks and experience in large capital project planning and delivery.

* Be experienced in leading and developing large teams of engineering and technical staff.

* Demonstrate the ability to understand and challenge complex engineering concepts across a wide range of engineering disciplines.

* Have the ability to collaborate with key technical stakeholders including academia, OEMs and project partners and actively participate, challenge, and approve technical designs and proposals.

About our Business

SSEN Transmission owns and operates the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland, transporting energy from where it is generated to where it is needed, providing a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities it serves. Home to some of the UK's greatest resources of renewable energy, SSEN Transmission is playing a critical role in the transition to a low carbon future, developing, building, maintaining and operating a network for net zero.

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 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 process, please contact

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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