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Project Engineer - Substation - Central England

National Grid

National Grid

luton, uk
Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2024

Project Engineer - Substation - Central England



Division: CEN Projects
Job Type:
Requisition Number: 52255
Department: Electricity Transmission - Operations
Job Function: Capital Project Delivery

About the Role

As a Project Engineer – Substation, you will be required to live within a 1 hour commute of our Sundon site in Bedfordshire as you will join our CEN zone team covering circa 60 sites across the East & West Midlands, East Anglia and Outer London where you will be assigned multiple projects spanning the zone. You’ll have the flexibility to work from home or your local site (Sundon) for up to 2 days per week dependent on the needs of the business and the requirement to be onsite for a minimum of 3 days per week. The Project Engineer – Substation will successfully facilitate delivery of Asset Operations schemes to time, cost and specification in accordance with the Network Development Process and the business’ regulatory and stakeholder commitments. Responsible for ensuring health, safety and environmental issues are managed throughout the process, driving accurate up-front design information, providing onsite support during delivery and completion of closure activities across allocated schemes.

Key Responsibilities:

• Undertake scheme design activities including inspections/site reports and chairing design reviews
• Ensure lessons learnt are captured and shared into development
• Establish most efficient contracting strategy for schemes
• Ensure production of competent site/works information
• Ensure completed tendering process and support tender evaluation
• Collaborate with Operations Managers/Project Leads ensuring clear forecasts of work
• Support the build of tactical plans with Network Outcomes
• Act as a ‘single point of contact’ for self-delivered schemes
• Act as NEC Project Manager including one delivery schemes where NG are CDM Principal Contractor
• Act as Client's Delegated Representative and Principal Designer or arrange for provision under CDM
• Perform CDM-coordinator role or arrange provision
• Commissioning Panel Chair and work towards next level of authorisation
• Manage/co-ordinate contractors/project teams to deliver projects to time, cost and regulatory targets
• Provide scheme information to delivery teams including design, equipment and cost/budget
• Monitor contractor site activities ensuring compliance with SHES, H&S, Environmental and CDM
• Ensure contractor investigations are submitted on time and in line with policy
• Own incidents ensuring contractors correctly report incidents and near misses
• Maintain high levels of quality and safety across all projects
• Manage the contractor commissioning and performance testing process on site
• Create and drive business improvements initiatives maximising efficiencies
• Lead design changes and apply policy to variation on design and scope changes
• Drive investment re-sanction submitting project scope and financial variation
• Support project closure activities including ownership and tracking of snagging requirements
• Ensure the provision of accurate “as built” documentation after delivery
• Support co-ordination of projects on the same site as other delivery vehicles

About You

Are you an improvement focused professional with excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as strong problem solving, influencing and negotiating skills? If so, our Project Engineer – Substation vacancy may be for you:


• A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK
• Engineering level 4 qualification or an equivalent recognised apprenticeship
• Extensive project engineering/management experience
• Experience of working on power systems within the electricity industry
• Experience of business processes and governance
• Contract management experience
• Experience of working to CDM regulations
• Experience of working with cross functional teams


• NEBOSH General Certificate or equivalent
• Experience of the Electricity Transmission System
• Experience of substation work and/or on HV cable systems
• Experience of budget management

What You'll Get

• Competitive salary between £49,000 – £62,000 per annum dependent on capability
• £4,500 market supplement per annum
• Paid Overtime
• Company car with fuel from home to work
• Performance based bonus
• 37 Hours per week Monday to Friday
• Enhanced 26 days annual leave plus 8 statutory days and option to buy/sell days
• Generous contributory pension scheme - we will double-match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%
• Professional membership subscriptions, course fees, books, exam fees and time off for study leave financial support
• Flexible benefits including a share incentive plan, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few
• Family care benefits including a back-up care service for when your usual care arrangements fall through
• Health, fitness and wellbeing support apps

At National Grid we work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. We aim to empower everyone to take control and influence their career and will provide the right support along the way so you can succeed.

About Us

National Grid touches the lives of almost everyone in the UK, with an energy network that stretches across the Atlantic. We’re an international team, and our work underpins the lives of millions of people. Feet forwards, head up, and eyes bright, we’re working hard to create value for people today – and shape the future of energy tomorrow.

In the UK, we don’t generate or sell energy – we join the dots to get energy from A to B. From making a cup of tea in the morning, to keeping the lights on in hospitals, our electricity network puts power in the hands of people. Without it, the world as we know it would grind to a halt.

The world of energy is changing beyond recognition. Working at National Grid, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in the UK – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.

Our values and principles

At National Grid, through listening to what our customers need, every day we do the right thing and find a better way.

As a National Grid employee, you’ll treat our customers as a priority, taking time to listen and work with them to help give them the best experience we possibly can. You’ll need to be proactive and flexible in your approach and continually look for ways to exceed their expectations – sometimes in unexpected and helpful ways. You’ll provide accessible information when our customers need it and make things simple by using your expertise to guide them. Above all, you’ll follow through on your promises to deliver value, drive efficiency and give them a great customer experience.

We offer inclusion and diversity training for everyone here at National Grid, with a view to building an inclusive working environment and developing all our employees. Training opportunities range from unconscious bias and reverse mentoring to targeted training initiatives which are tailored to support our diverse and innovative work force.

DEI Statement

At National Grid, 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.

Our goal is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, the innovation from diverse teams & perspectives and business need. We are committed to building a workforce so we can represent the communities we serve and have a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.