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Operational Planner - Overhead Lines - North England

National Grid

National Grid

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Leeds, UK
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

Operational Planner - Overhead Lines - North England


Leeds, GB, LS10 1RR GB

Division: OHL Planning and Performance
Job Type:
Requisition Number: 52336
Department: Electricity Transmission - Operations
Job Function: Work Scheduling and Dispatch

About the Role

As an Operational Planner – Overhead Lines, you will be required to live within a 45-minute commute of Penwortham (Lancashire), Staythorpe (Nottinghamshire), Skelton Grange (Yorkshire) and West Boldon (Tyne & Wear) as you will cover our North region supporting 4 overhead line teams spanning these areas. You’ll need to be flexible for quarterly national travel to attend wider team meetings and you will have the flexibility to work from home and/or at a local office whilst not site based dependent on the needs of the business. The Operational Planner – Overhead Lines will pro-actively support operational activities regarding project management, project scheduling, project estimating and project controls. You'll be accountable for optimisation, prioritisation, resourcing and scheduling of the operational plan in the current year ensuring zonal targets are fully met and current year planning conflicts are resolved within appropriate timescales. You'll also monitor progress against outcome targets within zone proactively resolving escalations.

Key Responsibilities:

• Manage a rolling plan for all operational, unlicensed and capital works within a specified Zone
• Prioritise all works to be delivered by ET Asset Operations
• Confirm and share with wider business the agreed operational plan
• Ensure timely safety risk assessments are initiated where maintenance has been deferred
• Assess/manage any constraints determining any mitigating actions to meet area targets/ deliverability
• Collaborate with delivery units to co-ordinate and manage conflict in the plan
• Determine work and outage adjustments to meet outcome targets
• Identify opportunities to flex work within the zone escalating any issues to the cross functional teams
• Identify the need for work to be re-planned and manage change requests to the plan efficiently
• Determine limiting factors ensuring re-planning activities are carried out in a timely manner
• Ensure planning decisions are documented and communicated to all relevant stakeholders
• Engage delivery units and Project/Development Engineers on scheme development/management
• Work with process owners to drive improvements in the core planning process
• Review and sign off demand at risk in a timely manner
• Ensure assets are compliant with statutory requirements, company policy obligations
• Ensure a robust audit trail is maintained, WSEs, Routines and maintenance
• Other duties as assigned to ensure operational compliance, safety and delivery within Overhead Lines

About You

Are you a flexible and adaptable professional who thrives in changing and challenging environments and has excellent communication skills? If so, our Operational Planner – Overhead Lines vacancy may be for you:


• A full driving licence that permits you to drive in the UK
• A relevant level 3 qualification or an equivalent recognised apprenticeship
• Significant experience gained from a Planner role within an operational environment where you have scheduled for multiple remote teams OR notable experience gained from an engineering role within National Grid where you have supported overhead lines
• Experience of supporting the development of resource plans
• Experience of working with planning systems and processes
• Experience of managing and prioritising conflicts in real time
• Experience of managing and explaining complex issues to resolution
• Competency with Microsoft applications including Word, Excel and Outlook


• An Engineering or Planning level 3 qualification or an equivalent recognised apprenticeship
• Experience of Asset Maintenance policy and application
• Experience of formulating robust work plans

What You'll Get

• Competitive salary between £39,500 – £44,000 per annum dependent on capability
• 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.


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