Power System Engineer - The ESO


Warwick, GB, CV34 6DA Wokingham, GB, RG41 5BN

Division:  Network Operability
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  41899
Department:  ESO
Job Function:  Engineering

About The Role



Permanent – Hybrid Working - Warwick – Level 7 and 8 Roles

This is the time for action – we need to move at pace and reform our energy system – to deliver energy security, to tackle climate change and to protect our people. 

The Engineering Compliance Team plays a key role in the ESO’s Network Operability department, responsible for ensuring that new and existing generators, wishing to connect to the Electricity Transmission system, meet the requirements of the grid code and associated connection agreements. 
As a Senior Engineer you will provide expert guidance to generating companies in all areas of Engineering Compliance and will review and assess performance and test data submissions throughout all phases of new infrastructure projects, to ensure that grid code compliance requirements are met.
As an Advanced Specialist, you will be responsible for ensuring that the ESO, and the Engineering Compliance team specifically, are effectively represented (internally and externally) in the development of applicable industry codes and legislation. You will act as the focal point for the team in all related matters. 


This role is based at our Warwick office which has free onsite parking, and we continue to offer hybrid working from office and home. 
Leveraging this hybrid working, this team current work typically 1 day per week in the office, which is dependent on personal and business needs. 


We are open to full time and part time applicants, as well as flexible working arrangements. 

About You



What we do isn’t just important – it’s essential. That’s why we value experts in their field. In this case, we’re looking for someone who has: 


•    A working knowledge of the Grid Code. 
•    An appreciation of the Compliance Process and broader ESO codes
•    A working knowledge of existing and emerging generator and transmission system technologies and components, including their practical application to meet grid code obligations for frequency, voltage / reactive power support etc.
•    An understanding of the principles of power system planning and operation
•    Excellent presentation, report writing and communication skills
•    Power system analysis experience 
•    Familiarity with DIgSILENT PowerFactory / PSCAD would also be advantageous.



What You'll Do



For our Senior Role (Level 7)


•    You’ll liaise with our key customers - generator owners and manufacturers throughout the compliance process, providing expert guidance on all aspects of grid code compliance
•    Assessing technical data submissions, plant simulation studies and the results from plant commissioning activities, you’ll ensure complete compliance. 
•    Naturally curious, you’ll investigate significant faults and events leading to loss of supply 
•    Developing and validating network models, you’ll compare the results of commissioning tests with the associated control system models. 
•    You’ll occasionally visit sites to witness compliance testing activities
•    Additionally you will support the ongoing development and maintenance of compliance guidance documents and internal procedures


For our Advanced Specialist Role (Level 8)

Additional to activities listed above, acting as our Advanced Specialist you will anticipate and initiate changes required to codes and legislation to cater for new generator technologies and transmission system developments
Using your leadership capabilities the successful applicant will lead the development of codes and legislation on behalf of the Engineering Compliance Team, representing the ESO (internally and externally) in all aspects of compliance for new and existing generation technologies
Using your knowledge our new colleague will make authoritative recommendations on Compliance issues, to and on behalf of the Network Operability Team(s)  
You’ll also ensure relevant information is disseminated and embedded into the Team’s practises and procedures, including the provision of training and guidance to other staff members.

What You'll Get



A competitive starting salary between £50,000 - £70,000 dependent on capability and appointed level


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.


About Us



As Great Britain’s electricity system operator (ESO), we sit at the heart of the electricity system, using our outstanding engineering and commercial expertise to balance electricity supply and demand. Ultimately, we keep the electricity flowing directly to where it’s needed, second by second. 


Becoming the Energy Future System Operator 


As you may have seen the Government and Ofgem have asked the ESO to take on new roles and responsibilities to help deliver net-zero. 

Becoming the Energy Future System Operator is a critical step to help deliver a reliable and clean energy transition for all. The ESO, including all of its existing roles, will be at the heart of the new Future System Operator, taking on additional roles with a whole energy system mindset to drive progress towards net zero while maintaining energy security and minimising costs for consumers. 

The new organisation will be set up as a public corporation with operational independence from government – bringing parties together to support optimised decision making and action. As now, it will be licenced and regulated by Ofgem but funded by consumers through price control agreements. It is anticipated that the new organisation will be up and running by or in 2024.

More Information



This role closes on Sunday April 2nd at 23:59, however we encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible and not wait until the published closing date as this can vary. Interviews will be held early April via MS Teams. 

At National Grid ESO, we work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office. 
We're committed to building a workforce that represents the communities we serve, and a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.