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When you join Western Power Distribution you become part of our team of over 6,600 professional, clerical and support staff looking after our extensive electricity distribution network.  We serve over 7.8 million customers across the Midlands, South Wales and South West.

We cover highly populated urban centres such as Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff, beautiful remote locations including the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor and the Peak District and everything in between!

You will become integral to a company offering many benefits and a supportive working environment, 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 working environment which everyone can be proud of.

If this is your opportunity to join us, you’ll find we offer a supportive, rewarding and friendly working environment where you’ll be empowered to build a career. Along the way, you’ll be invested in, be enabled by the latest technology and find that we’re always interested in evolving our systems and processes so that we get even better, every day.

You will enjoy a package of benefits designed to reward your hard work and incentivise your ambition. Everyone here enjoys a competitive salary, generous annual leave allowance, company pension scheme, protective clothing where required, an Employee Assistance Programme and a managed back care programme.

Western Power Distribution is an equal opportunities employer, 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

We are seeking a strong team player and customer focussed engineer to join our Primary System Design team based at Castle Donington. The PSD team is responsible for the design of the 132kV, 66kV and 33kV distribution network system throughout Western Power Distribution, and for the provision of technical support to Network Services and for delivering excellent customer service to our customers.

* Dependent on experience, please note the successful candidate may initially be appointed to a lower salary until all relevant training is completed.

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

Main responsibilities

The PSD Engineers in the team are responsible for various aspects of system design including:

  • Assessment and design of new demand and generation connections.
  • Preparation of Connection Offers, budget estimates and feasibility studies.
  • Liaison with customers and management of customer connections.
  • Assessment of the EHV Network for compliance with our Distribution Licence for New Connection enquiries.
  • Design of network reinforcement schemes and production of capital sanctions.
  • Provision of support to Network Services on design issues such as generator connections, PQ issues, and major replacement schemes.
  • Liaison with other departments within WPD, such as Network Strategy, Projects, Engineering Design, Policy and Wayleaves.
  • Design and support of earthing systems and power quality.
  • Design and support for ANM implementation.

Ideal candidate

You should be self-motivated and demonstrate a clear knowledge of the principles and issues associated with EHV network design. The ability to present information in a clear and reasoned way, together with an open yet analytical approach to problem solving, and good computer skills are essential to the role.  A familiarity with network analysis tools would be an advantage.  An Electrical engineering degree or equivalent qualification is desirable.

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