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OT Telecoms Design Engineer

Glasgow, Scotland / Reading, Berkshire, England / Perth & Kinross, Perth, Scotland
£55573 - £63643 per annum
Closing date
20 May 2024

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This role is within our Networks Distribution IT team supporting our Digital Strategy and Vision to be a progressive network owner, using digital to enhance social and economic value, deliver a leading experience for our customers and to enable the energy system to support net zero carbon emissions.

Join us on our journey to net zero and help us power change.

Base Location: Perth, Glasgow or Reading

Salary: £55,573 - £63,643 + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing, and family.

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

Distribution has an ambitious and balanced plan to power communities to net zero, and to support the delivery of this we are looking to recruit an Operational Technology (OT) Telecoms Design Engineer focused on IP & Data networking technologies to support our expanding OT Telecoms Design team.

About the Role

The Operational Technology (OT) team within Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, design, build and support the industrial control, communication and monitoring systems that are used to operate and manage the primary assets within the electricity network.

This specific role focuses on the design of our operational IP data network along with inputting into the strategy & long term target architecture to ensure all our sites are fully connected, secure and operational.

You will provide project support via a technical assurance function along with delivering your own data network projects that enhance the capabilities of the data network that directly support SSEN's critical national infrastructure.

Key responsibilities for the role will include:

- Creation of and input to technical strategy, longer term target architectures and ensuring SSEN have documented standards for all the data network.

- Owning a significant portfolio of services of data network technologies where you will become the subject matter expert along with creating target architectures.

- Developing and producing plans and designs for future projects and initiatives across the business, acting as a subject matter expert for any enquiries received regarding our data network.

- Continually keep an eye on the telecommunications and industrial controls market, ensuring we are utilising the tools available to us and exploring new and innovative ways to improve our networks.

- Contributing and supporting our Technology training plans to support our goal of continual improvement although training within our team is something we all contribute towards.

What do I need?

- A keen understanding and strong commitment to learn about almost all aspects of telecommunications infrastructure around data networking.

- Excellent knowledge and/or hands on experience in the design & operation of communications networks, ideally within a regulated or OT environment such as ours. Key technologies would include MPLS, OSPF, IS-IS, BGP and a deep understanding of building scalable & secure networks using the above technologies.

- Experience of migrating networks from older technologies to newer IP-based technologies would be a distinct advantage as would a low level understanding of practically enhancing the cyber security of network infrastructure.

- Strong experience in data networking over multiple vendors & platforms with a track record of learning new technologies and producing target architectures - an ability to train others in data network is desirable.

- Strong verbal and written communication skills to liaise with stakeholders at all levels and be able to convey complex messages in an easy to understand manner as well as excellent problem solving skills and organisation skills with a keen eye for detail.

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 Laura on 01738 341814.

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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