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When you join WPD you become a part of our 6,500 plus strong team of professional, clerical and administrative staff looking after our extensive electricity distribution network, serving 7.8 million customers in the Midlands, South Wales and South West. We cover highly populated and beautiful remote areas such as:

  • Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham and Cardiff
  • The Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor and the Peak District

You will become integral to a company offering many benefits, which is committed to investing in the latest technologies and working methods to improve service to customers.  We know that our people are at the heart of this success and work hard to create a purposeful working environment which everyone can be a part of.

Just so you know our name is changing. From September 2022, Western Power Distribution will be known as National Grid. We’re changing our name, but our people and focus on providing great service to customers remains unchanged. We’re responsible for keeping the energy flowing to communities across our region for your home or business. As part of National Grid, we’re now the largest electricity transmission and distribution business in the UK at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future.

Western Power Distribution is an equal opportunities employer, and a Disability Level 1 Employer and a corporate signatory of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) programme. Our desire is to bring in more employees from diverse backgrounds to build further on our inclusive culture. We value and celebrate individual difference and we believe that an inclusive culture will help the business grow as a positive, strong and innovative company.

Job Introduction

An opportunity has arisen for an Operator (HGV) based in the Nottingham area.

As an Operator you will assist Craft teams with the construction, maintenance, replacement and repairs of assets up to and including 66kV. Duties may include carrying out routine inspection, maintenance and repairs of plant and test equipment, the commissioning of plant to be installed on the network, PAT testing, maintenance and repairs of tools and PPE, assisting with the maintenance of stores and with the inspection of substations as required. A large majority of the working week will be spent in and around the local depot.  All necessary training will be provided.

To apply, you will need to hold English & Maths GCSE (1-9/G-A*) or equivalent qualification deemed to be at the same level in these subjects, such as Functional Skills. Evidence of your qualifications will be required prior to appointment.

If you are offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.

As part of our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, all applications to Western Power Distribution jobs are automatically anonymised by our recruitment system. This is with the aim of realising our ambition to have a workforce which is reflective of the community we serve and eliminating unconscious bias, allowing employees to be appointed based on their talent, skills and experiences regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.

Our hiring managers will have no access to your name, age, gender or other diversity information until after shortlisting has taken place. This detail will become visible before interview to allow managers to prepare.

Main responsibilities

The working environment requires quick, decisive and responsible thinking and actions to meet the demands of the role. You will need to be flexible in your approach to assist the team in meeting it's objectives.

Ideal candidate

Ideally you will be licensed to drive a HGV up to category C and hold a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), you will be able to work under your own initiative, in a safety critical environment including preparing lift plans and operating a lorry mounted crane. Support will be provided to help achieve any missing requirements that the successful candidate will be expected to obtain.  A current forklift truck license would be an advantage as would IT skills including database and excel programs.

You will need to be mobile throughout the area and may be required to undertake out of hours standby duties as and when necessary, to meet business needs.

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