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Principal Engineer Building Services

Glasgow, Scotland
£55200 - £91300 per annum + Car Allowance, Performance Related Bonus
Closing date
25 Jul 2024

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About the role

Base Location: Flexible UK | We're proud to offer a Flexible First approach to work, and this role is no exception. We will, however need your base "office" location to be one of our SSEN offices or depots around Scotland. Office Locations: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth

Salary: £55,200 to £91,300 + performance-related bonus + car /car allowance + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

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

The Policy and Standards Team are part of the Asset Management and Operations Directorate and are the Design and Technical Engineering Governance function for the Transmission Business. Their purpose is to ensure that suitable policy and standards are in place for all Transmission projects and business areas and they also ensure that the design of the network and the equipment used ensures we operate safely, reliably and in compliance with the relevant legislation.

As the Principal Engineer - Building Services, you will;

- Write, maintain and own technical specifications required for substation Mechanical and Electrical services and Auxiliary Systems and their interfaces to plant and equipment used on the Transmission network (e.g. LVAC/LVDC systems, Standby Generators, Automatic Voltage Regulators, EV, Smart Monitoring, Building Services such as Fire Protection, Building Lightning Protection, Building and substation lighting, Substation Security, Air Conditioning, Ventilation Systems etc.) and review existing specifications and update them based on lessons learnt from projects and to include development of technology.

- Represent Transmission at industry body events such as ENA or CIGRE working groups and attend conferences, participate in supplier meetings, TO forums, etc. and lead on introduction of new technology.

- As part of the Technical Authority review perform approval of apparatus/equipment, Inspection Test Plan, Inspection Test Record, witness tests to ensure that all technology and apparatus/equipment selected is adequately tested, proven and validated and write Technical Authority reports.

- Provide technical guidance and advice to Project Engineering for scope of works, specification and supplier selection, Asset Management for equipment replacement and to Operations regarding equipment capability and lead on substation innovation.

- Provide Subject Matter Expert input to design reviews carried out by the Design Authority.

What do I need?

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

- A degree in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering or another relevant engineering discipline and Chartered Engineer status with a relevant institution or working towards chartered status.

- Demonstrable experience on an expert level in the design, specification, construction, operation and maintenance of Mechanical and Electrical Services and Auxiliary Systems in a data centre, substation or industrial background.

- The ability to technically assess issues and/or problems and critically assess a range of technical solutions and a detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of National and International Standards including National Grid, Energy Network Association, British and European specification/standards.

- Experience in the management of various stakeholders, e.g. engineering, asset management, contractors, etc.

- Experience in manufacturing or testing and commissioning of transmission voltage substation Mechanical and Electrical Services and Auxiliary Systems in substations would also be advantageous.

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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