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Avangrid Lead Engineer in BIRKENHEAD, United Kingdom

Lead Engineer




Facility: SPM-Prenton Offices


ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the world’s largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy. ScottishPower is the first integrated energy company in the UK to generate 100% green electricity. Our focus is on wind energy, smart grids and driving the change to a cleaner, electric future and we’re investing over £7m every working day to make this happen. We’re committed to speeding up the transition to cleaner electric transport, improving air quality and over time, driving down bills.


At SP Energy Networks our focus is on harnessing technology and innovation to create the networks of the future. Our team is building a dynamic network to meet the changing demands for electricity and increasingly low carbon technology – safely, securely and sustainably in the communities we serve.

At SP Energy Networks, we know people are central to building a better future, quicker and we are seeking new talent to join our team.


This role sits within Network Planning and Regulation Department of our Network Business.

The job holder will provide technical expertise and leadership in the design, management and delivery of key projects and schemes that enhance our networks ability to accommodate net zero aspirations and exceed our regulatory obligations.

The Lead Engineer will be responsible for the development of network designs, policies, standards, strategies etc. and representing SPEN at key forums.


  • Lead on the development of policies, standards, strategies and related specifications to meet the challenges associated with managing and preparing a network to meet net zero requirements. Incorporating industry best practice and the learning generated by innovation projects.

  • Develop close working relationships with internal and external partners to ensure that key projects and schemes are delivered efficiently, on-time and in line with the requirements of stakeholders.

  • Provides technical support and expertise to ensure the successful delivery / introduction of new solutions into the business, ensuring the needs of internal and external stakeholders are met and the resulting benefits can be tracked.

  • Effective Project Management / Hygiene activities to ensure relevant stakeholders are kept abreast of progress / issues.

  • Undertake robust network design to identify optimum solutions for the connection and management of Low Carbon Technology and other loads.

  • Identification of opportunities to maximise the benefits delivered to our customers, business and regulatory performance by emerging technology / solutions, including robust cost benefit analysis.

  • Dissemination of learning from projects, schemes, updated policies, processes to internal and external stakeholders, including key industry bodies and forums.

  • Contributes to wider business activities through provision of expertise.

Skills and Requirements

We are looking for candidates with experience ideally gained through operational, technical and commercial engineering roles within an Energy Network. To be successful in this role you will require / need to demonstrate:

  • A Degree in Engineering supported by post-training experience in an Electrical Engineering role.

  • An understanding of the issues impacting SPEN, particularly associated with the transition to Net Zero.

  • Knowledge and experience associated with network design philosophy and policies, asset management techniques and practices.

  • Knowledge of Energy Networks Health & Safety requirements and compliance.

  • Ability to develop and contribute to financial plans which are deliverable and maximise return.

  • Computer literacy – e.g. Microsoft Office suite, SAP

  • Ability to influence and collaborate with internal and external parties.

  • Analyse and evaluate a complex range of technical, regulatory, commercial and environmental factors in proposing innovative network developments that are efficient, co-ordinated and economic.

  • Ability to devise solutions to complex problems / challenges and applying innovative thinking where necessary.

  • Good communication skills with the ability to convey complex technical concepts to different audiences verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to coordinate and manage a portfolio of network initiatives being delivered by various business units.

What We Offer

This is a Permanent contract. Salary for this role will be from £48,500 per annum.

As part of our commitment to a supportive and inclusive place to work, we recognise that our employees have different personal circumstances and want a suitable work-life balance. We are working hard to support flexible and alternative ways of working where possible including: Flexible Working, Shared Parental Leave, Career Breaks, Wellbeing / Employee Assistance Programme. You will also have access to our flexible benefits programme where you can decide what is important for you.

‘Happy to talk flexible working’

Our Selection Process

  • Behavioural Based Interview

  • Behaviours of Individual Contributor: Develop self & others, Be a role model, Focus to achieve results


  • Location: Prenton Office

  • Closing date: 5th June 2020

Inclusion and diversity fosters innovation and creativity and brings us closer to the communities we serve. At ScottishPower, we want to attract and hire diverse talent whilst developing a workplace that is supportive and open to everyone.