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Operations and Planning Engineer

Perth, Perth & Kinross, Scotland
£62324 - £71370 per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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About the role

Base Location: Perth

Salary: £62,324 - £71,370 + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

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

SSE Networks Transmission (SSENT) is enjoying a period of rapid growth in response to the significant development in renewable generation across the north of Scotland, and progression towards the UK climate change targets.

To meet this expansion, we have exciting opportunities for Transmission Operations and Planning Engineers at the Transmission Control Centre in Perth. The team is responsible for ensuring all short-term and long-term programmes of planned operational and outage works have been efficiently coordinated with all key internal and external stakeholders, whilst maintaining acceptable levels of network security, and supporting NGESO in reducing operational constraint costs. Outage Plans are approved by the GB Electricity System Operator (NGESO), ready for the Control Room to manage the real-time operations.

The roles support delivery of key strategic reinforcement projects and connections, including new HVDC systems, FACTS devices, and large offshore windfarm connections.

We have opportunities for roles in two distinctive planning periods. Firstly, as a Current-Year Planning Engineer, covering the current working year from day-ahead to year-end, working in close collaboration with the Control Room Engineers. And secondly, as a Future-Years Planning Engineer, from 1 to 10 years ahead, working with stakeholders across the wider Business to coordinate and prepare all future years operational and outage programmes.

The key responsibilities for both roles include the following:

- Plan outage programmes for delivery of transmission projects, network maintenance, and telecoms works, to ensure transmission system operations are safe, reliable and secure.

- Review project stage-by-stage single line diagrams and site layout diagrams to assess network outages required during project execution.

- Support development and review of the Businesss future years outage plans, ensuring alignment and agreement with NGESO and the other GB Transmission Owners.

- Conduct network studies using PSS®E software, in current year and future years timescales, to inform upcoming outage programmes, address technical queries, and ensure compliance with technical and security standards.

- Provide operational planning support, including analysis of network disturbance and fault events, and issue of operational guidelines on new network technologies.

- Appointment to either a Current-Year Planning Engineer role, or a Future-Years Planning Engineer role, will be open to an applicants particular area of interest, and subject to their background and experiences.

- The roles seek experienced Operations or Planning Engineers, however there may be opportunities to build experience in the role and to follow a development / training programme to progress to the job grading.

What do I need?

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

- Degree level qualification in electrical engineering, although qualifications to HNC level in electrical engineering (minimum) with the relevant background will be considered.

- Sound knowledge and understanding of electrical power systems and the related network design standards, although there will be opportunities to develop your technical skills within the team.

- Technical knowledge and communication skills to engage with project managers, engineers, stakeholders, and the National Grid Electricity System Operator to optimise the outage programmes and find solutions during changing conditions.

- Enthusiasm and ability to integrate with key stakeholders, the skills to interact with the Delivery Teams, and the confidence to make key decisions.

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 Iona on 01738 344049.

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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