Senior Engineers – OPI

Location UK / Other

Job Type Permanent full-time, TemporaryContract

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 4 days ago

Reference 1381455

 Job Description

Applications are invited for the above permanent opportunities in the Operations, Planning and Innovation Function based in Dublin or Belfast.

Applications are invited for the above permanent opportunities in the Operations, Planning and Innovation Function based in Dublin or Belfast.


EirGrid Group is responsible for the safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity – now and in the future. We have a pivotal role in the economies of Ireland and Northern Ireland, supporting competition in energy, promoting economic growth, facilitating renewable energy and providing essential services.
The Group develops, manages and operates the electricity transmission grid through EirGrid in Ireland and SONI (System Operator Northern Ireland) in Northern Ireland. The transmission grid brings power from where it is generated to where it is needed to supply industries and businesses that use large amounts of electricity. The grid also powers the distribution network, which supplies electricity for everyday use in homes and businesses across the Island.
We operate the SEM (Single Electricity Market) which is the wholesale electricity market on the Island of Ireland and we own and operate the East West Interconnector, a high voltage link between Ireland and Great Britain. We see ourselves at the forefront of innovations in the industry, transitioning towards a low-carbon, technology enabled smart future

Operations, Planning and Innovation (OPI)

The Operations, Planning and Innovation function comprises highly skilled professionals with backgrounds in engineering and business/commerce.

The core responsibility of OPI is to manage the operation of the power system ensuring that the lights stay on in a secure, reliable, sustainable and economic way. OPI is also responsible for the long term sustainable development of the transmission system in order to meet the future needs of all users of electricity on the island of Ireland. Creating a culture of continuous improvement that drives technical and process innovation is central to delivering on these roles.

OPI is leading the delivery of a number of exciting projects aimed at transforming the operation of the power system. These include the EU funded Sysflex project and the DS3 programme. OPI is also transforming the real time operation of the power system to support a new wholesale integrated single electricity market on the island of Ireland which will go into operation during 2018.

OPI delivers services for all electricity users on the island of Ireland. It seeks to meet the needs of large energy producers and consumers connected directly to the transmission system and all users connected to the transmission system via the distribution system.

New Opportunities for Senior Engineers

We have a number of roles based in Dublin or Belfast for Senior Engineers. These exciting opportunities span a range of areas including power system planning, power system operation and power system innovation. All roles require a high degree of proficiency in carrying out technical analysis of the power system using standard available products and in-house analysis tools.

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.

Generic Role Description:

  • Deliver on 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 type of technical analysis undertaken in OPI includes; steady state load flow, voltage and short circuit analysis transient and dynamic voltage and frequency stability electromagnetic transients and power system economic analysis (dispatch, losses and lifetime cost analysis).
  • Note not all roles involve all of these types of studies
  • Utilise existing tools and work with teams to improve our use of these tools. The range of tools used includes PSS/E, Power Factory, Plexos, Alternative Transient Program (ATP), Powertech DSA (TSAT and VSAT).
  • Liaise with the business as required to understand stakeholder needs; guide, persuade and influence others through developed skills of communication and diplomacy.
  • Prepare written and verbal reports for internal and external audiences
  • Work collaboratively with other teams to deliver on EirGrid’s role and strategy
  • Stay up to date with national and international developments in your area
  • Focus 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
  • Manage own performance through skills development, delivering on targets, seeking opportunities to learn and showing technical and personal leadership and mastery in own field
  • Perform all work to a high standard with a focus on on-time delivery

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Essential:
  • Engineering degree or equivalent with a minimum of 4 years experience
  • Proven 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 and a proven ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, while also being able to define and guide his/her own work under minimal supervision
  • Experience leading or supervising junior team members
  • Commercial awareness with the ability to make decisions and recommendations in all aspects of a projects implementation.

  • 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
  • Experience introducing new concepts, processes and ways of doing things
  • Experience delivering change in an organisation
  • Experience working with external customers
  • Experience working with MS SharePoint and standard MS Office tools

    Closing date for applications: 9th January 2019