About National Grid Electricity System Operator
As the Electricity System Operator (ESO) for Great Britain we are in a privileged position. We sit at the heart of the energy system, using our outstanding engineering and commercial expertise to balance electricity supply and demand second by second. Ultimately, we keep the lights on and the electricity flowing directly to where it’s needed.
We also play an instrumental part in transforming the energy system so that it can meet the government’s net zero carbon emissions target by 2050. We are constantly thinking about the future of energy and constantly working to operate a greener and cleaner system.
Not only are we working on exciting and world-leading thinking and activities, the ESO is also an exciting place to work. Our business plan sets out what we will do in our next regulatory period (from April 2021 onward) to meet the challenges of the future and deliver cleaner and affordable energy – and in this plan, we share how we are transforming the way we work using technology and innovation to do things differently.
Climate change is the challenge of a generation, and the time to act is now. Join us and you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in Great Britain – you will be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.
About the Role
Restoration Engineer – ESO – Warwick or Wokingham with flexible home working
We have a great opportunity in our Warwick or Wokingham offices for an Electricity System Restoration Engineer to join the Electricity System Operator (ESO) National Control – Operational Readiness Team. This operational research focused role is a highly visible position that will allow you to work across the whole business & directly contribute to the resilience of our Electricity System.
As a Restoration Engineer (formerly known as a Blackstart Engineer) you will be providing assurance of the ESO’s Electricity System Restoration (ESR) capability and creating the strategic direction for system restoration following a partial or total National Power Outage (NPO). You will also be liaising with multiple parties across the industry to develop and validate restoration strategies and plans to be enacted at times of extreme system distress.
If you are excited about change and comfortable with shaping and delivering fast-paced projects, if you care about making our customers and stakeholders’ experience of working with the ESO a great experience, and if you believe that good communication, collaboration and inquisitiveness drive better results, then please reach out! We would love to hear from you
Ensure that the GB Transmission System infrastructure and procedures are adequate and sufficiently resilient to support the re-starting of the GB transmission system in the event of a major failure.
Liaise with all Transmission Owners to provide assurance for substation operation.
Plan, organise, witness and report upon emergency exercises that test the resilience of our people, processes, infrastructure and third-party providers.
Ensure that the ESO Electricity National Control Centre (ENCC) and Incident Centres have appropriate operational advice, tools and facilities to carry out a re-start.
Manage and witness the testing of providers with whom the ESO have ESR contracts.
Develop long term contracting strategy for the provision of ESR services, including advising on the commercial aspects of the contractual requirements.
Contribute to the implementation of the Electricity System Restoration Standard.
Contribute to the development and rollout of the future Restoration decision making support tool.
Represent the ESO at external groups such as Electricity Task Group and Forums and be an ambassador for the ESO and National Grid.
Electrical Engineer or a degree in a STEM subject or Relevant operational experience.
Experience of working in a team to develop and deliver concise, high quality advice and strategic plans.
Thorough understanding of power system behaviours in normal and stressed scenarios.
Thorough understanding of power station design and operations.
Strong verbal and written communication skills – ability to write concise technical reports for a range of internal and external audiences.
Awareness of Control Room operations and procedures during system events beneficial.
Strong Stakeholder engagement skills
Power Systems or Electrical Engineer qualification highly desirable or equivalent knowledge and experience
What You'll Get
A competitive salary between £49,000 – £62,000 – dependent on capability
As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus based on personal and company performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few.
As part of our hybrid working approach, this role offers a mix of office working in Warwick or Wokingham and home working. Presently the team works 0-1 day per week in the office.
For more information on this role, please contact Sade.Adenola@nationalgrideso.com
Advert Close Date
This advert closes on 7th November at 11:59PM
Interviews are planned for week commencing November 22nd.
We encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid’s recruitment periods can and may vary. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.
If you are excited about change and comfortable with shaping and delivering fast-paced projects, if you care about making our customers and stakeholders’ experience of working with the ESO a great experience, and if you believe that good communication, collaboration and inquisitiveness drive better results, then please reach out! We would love to hear from you.