Engineer (Access Planning)

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time, TemporaryContract

Salary Negotiable

Updated 2 weeks ago

Reference 1365698

 Job Description

Working with large, complex power company, working with new generators determining the impact of connection and loads.

There is an opportunity within our Access Planning team based in Belfast. The Access Planning team is responsible for determining suitable and cost effective connection methods for all new connections as well as analysing the transmission impact of distribution connected generators and loads.

The role requires a high degree of proficiency in carrying out technical analysis of the power system using standard available products and in-house analysis tools as well as strong organisational skills.

In order to perform well within these roles candidates must possess a high degree of competency in the following areas; written and verbal communications, working with people, analysing and problem solving, organising work and achieving objectives.

Role Description:
Working with team and line manager to manage a range of technical and commercial projects designed to achieve regulated targets, meet stakeholder needs and/or satisfy company requirements. Carry out technical analysis to a high degree of accuracy. The types of technical analysis undertaken in Access Planning include:

  • Steady state load flow, voltage and short circuit analysis;
  • Power quality/harmonics analysis; and
  • Transient and dynamic voltage and frequency stability.

Other duties:

  • Utilising existing tools and work with teams to improve our use of these tools. The range of tools used includes PSS/E, Power Factory and Plexos.
  • Managing and co-ordinating the timely delivery of pre-energisation activities for new connections. This includes liaising with connecting customers, NIE Networks and other departments to ensure pre-energisation requirements are met.
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of changes to the Grid Code to facilitate new technologies and industry advancements, and implementation of the European Network Codes.
  • Liaising with the industry as required to understand stakeholder needs, and to guide, persuade and influence others through developed skills of communication and diplomacy.
  • Preparing written and verbal reports for internal and external audiences.
  • Working collaboratively with other teams to deliver on the Groups strategy.
  • Staying up-to-date with national and international developments in your area.
  • Focusing on seeking ways to continuously improve the way we work to make it more efficient and effective as well as transparent and easy to understand for non-technical audiences.
  • Managing own performance through skills development, delivering on targets, seeking opportunities to learn and showing technical and personal leadership and mastery in own field.
  • Performing all work to a high standard with a focus on on-time delivery.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • An electrical engineering degree or equivalent with a minimum of 4 years experience.
  • Experience carrying out power system analysis and proficient in the use power flow analysis tools.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with customers and stakeholders.
  • Experience using analysis coupled with professional judgement to make decisions which drive investments.
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Experience conceiving and introducing innovative ideas, solutions or new ways of doing things.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work effectively as part of a team and on own initiative.
  • Commercial awareness with the ability to make decisions and recommendations in all aspects of a projects implementation.
  • Desirable:
  • Strong understanding of the industry, environment and context. In particular knowledge of policy, market design and regulation driving the evolution of the industry.
  • Appreciation of technology evolution which could bring transformational disruption to the industry.
  • Experience of working within a similar environment.