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Substation Electrical Design Engineer

England, London
£44264 - £63643 per annum + Car allowance
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Electrical, Project Engineering
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About the Role

Base Location: Any depot in the South of England including: Reading, West London, Slough, Oxford, Swindon, Melksham, Poole, New Forest, Yeovil, Portsmouth, Aldershot, Petersfield

Salary: £44,264 - £63,643, depending on skills & experience + car / cash allowance + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

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

We are looking for a Substation Electrical Design Engineer to join our team!

As a Substation Design Engineer within the CMI Works Delivery team, you will be responsible for the design of a number of Capital Asset replacement projects in our substations at 11-132kV.

You will manage the initial high level scope up to 132kV system design, outage planning, CDM, safety, and risk management, financial analysis and forecasting during the design phase of projects and assist with the construction and closure phases of projects.

This is an exciting opportunity as you will be at the forefront of enabling SSE to meet its Net Zero ambitions.

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

- Manage each project's financial forecasting during the design phase, safety management, programming and scheduling, with monthly reporting.

- Comply with SSEN Governance for all design elements whilst assisting with construction, quality assurance, public relations tender management, and ensure compliance to current CDM Regulations.

- Review of, and approving incoming designs from consultants and 3rd parties, ensuring fully workable designs are produced for construction.

- Produce designs for temporary works as required.

- Work with multiple project stakeholders to develop detailed designs including protection engineers, RTS engineers, SAP's, civils, supply chain and delivery PM's.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we're looking for you to have:

- Experience in the design and specification of substation asset replacement schemes up to 132kV, as a designer or recently developed within an operational role.

- An HNC or Degree level qualification in an engineering or relevant subject with knowledge of the Electricity Distribution Network or experience from working in an ICP, IDNO, or other supplier to the industry.

- Carry out detailed substation designs including drawings (SLD's/layout/elevations) and carry out own document management, with minimal supervision. Produce detailed material lists and specify and order materials and plant.

- Experience in applying the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 to technically complex projects.

- A working knowledge of contracting & procurement methods and the necessary input to these at the design stage, such as with NEC3 type contracts.

Regular travel is required and as a result we can only accept applications from candidates that hold a current driving licence.

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 teamwork 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 Kim on 01738 344051.

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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