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OT Standards Engineer (Protection & Control)

Reading, Berkshire, England
£62324 - £71370 per annum + Car Allowance
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £20.5 billion in low carbon projects to 2027, we have significant growth plans and are well on our way to achieving our ambition to build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

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

Base Location: Flexible UK, however we will need your base 'home' location to be one of our SSEN offices or depots around the UK which includes, but is not limited to: Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Reading, Oxford, Swindon, Portsmouth or Poole.

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

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time or Part Time (Ideally 30 hours minimum) | Flexible First options available

We have an opportunity for 2 x OT Standards Engineer (Protection & Control) to join our Distribution OT team. As an OT Standards Engineer (Protection & Control) you'll be the source for engineering policy, standardised equipment and configurations for the protection and automation of our distribution network.

You'll be responsible for the development, reviewing and maintaining our standards, specification and technical assurance for all protection and automation equipment whilst ensuring compliance with company policy, licence conditions, national and international standards across distribution from LV to 132kV.

Working as part of the Operational Technology Standards Team, with other engineers looking at SCADA and Automation systems you'll help to deliver a coherent, digitised, control system for our substations as we work to deliver Net Zero.

Key responsibilities for this role will include:

- Create specifications for protection and automation solutions, and maintain a list of approved equipment & designs for the same.

- Be flexible to work on, and learn, wider Operational Technology systems including RTUs, SCADA, PLCs and communications systems.

- Manage OT-related investment projects to develop new & innovative solutions, and manage/upgrade existing OT equipment in line with asset management plans.

- Develop automation, protection, real-time systems and telecommunications into a cohesive Operational Technology solution.

- Provide support to the wider business to achieve the DSO transition through the effective use of Operational Technology.

What do I need?

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

- Deep knowledge of the operation of electricity distribution networks, and a good understanding of statutory, regulatory & licence requirements, industry codes, networks and engineering standards.

- Extensive experience of designing and/or commissioning protection and automation systems on power distribution networks, familiarity with typical UK distribution network operator practice is preferable.

- Be able to develop and implement engineering strategy and be motivated and driven to succeed.

- Have an understanding of the governance applied to safety critical engineering processes and a thorough understanding of Risk Assessment and mitigations applied to the same.

- Be an excellent team player, and be comfortable engaging and influencing stakeholders across the business and externally - often communicating complex technical issues to a non-technical audience.

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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