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Energy Balancing Power System Engineers - ESO

National Grid

National Grid

Wokingham, UK
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

About the role

Ever wondered what happens in Great Britain’s Electricity National Control Centre (ENCC)? What sort of decisions are made every day and how the Control Centre is evolving to enable a low carbon future?

Now is your chance. We have a number of exciting opportunities for Energy Balancing Power System Engineers to play a vital role in balancing generation against demand second by second, ensuring the GB frequency remains stable.

You’ll review Balancing Mechanism data, bid and offer prices, and make decisions within the technical parameters, to issue instructions to market participants.

Every day, ESO experts at the Electricity National Control Centre (ENCC) are responsible for the real-time operation of Great Britain's power system. We provide signals to the market to ensure there is always enough energy to meet the country’s demand and operate a safe, secure electricity system at the lowest cost to consumers.

In this role, you'll join a dedicated and experienced team based in Wokingham who work onsite covering a shift pattern 24/7, 365 days a year.

About you

What we do isn’t just important – it’s essential. That’s why we look to recruit experts in their field. In this case, we’re looking for someone who has:

  • Decision making experience with the capability to work within tight timescales and ability to make accurate assessments of multiple interdependent activities whilst maintaining high performance.
  • Excellent communication skills being capable of listening and assimilating information across a wide spectrum of sources and to concisely relay to relevant stakeholders.
  • A logical and methodical approach to problem solving.
  • The ability to deliver in a fast paced, high pressure work environment as part of a real-time team.
  • A passion for high performance and innovation in the energy Industry.


  • A recognised qualification in Power Systems, STEM subject or equivalent experience.

What you'll do

  • Issue energy balancing instructions to participants to achieve secure and economic operation.
  • Initiate real-time frequency corrective actions as necessary.
  • Manage energy balancing risks and issues.
  • Liaise with market participants, stakeholders and other external customers.
  • Work as part of the energy team to achieve secure and economic balancing.

What you'll get

A competitive salary between £50000 - 70000– dependent on experience and capability. Plus a 26% shift allowance.

As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus based on company performance, 26 days annual leave as standard and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%.

You will also have access to a comprehensive benefits package tailored to support your well-being and professional success. From a competitive salary to flexible work arrangements, we promote your work-life balance. Enjoy fit for purpose wellbeing and lifestyle offerings, ongoing skill development aligned to our Purpose and Values, and be part of a supportive community that values your individuality and where you can belong.

About us

Becoming the National Energy System Operator

In Summer of 2024, the ESO will transition to becoming the National Energy System Operator, or NESO for short. Previously denoted as the Future System Operator (or FSO), the new National Energy System Operator will be the independent body responsible for planning Great Britain’s electricity and gas networks and operating the electricity system.

The ESO, including all of its existing roles, will be at the heart of the new National Energy System Operator. As NESO, we will build on our existing roles, capabilities, and ways of working significantly to create an organisation the energy system and its users’ need. Our new capabilities will enable us to look across vectors, including electricity, natural gas and hydrogen, and crucially consider the trade-offs between them.

The organisation will be set up as a public corporation with its own Board of independent directors, with complete operational independence from government, the regulator and any and all commercial interest. As the ESO are today, NESO will be licenced and regulated by Ofgem through price control agreements and obligated to identify optimal solutions to system operations and planning in the most sustainable, affordable and secure way for all.

The time to deliver is now. As part of our team, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in Great Britain – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.

More information

This role closes on 21st July at 23:59, however we encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible and not wait until the published closing date as we are reviewing applications daily and arranging interviews straight after that.

Please note that due to remote location, it is desirable for applicants to have some form of your own transport.

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.

We're committed to building a workforce that represents the communities we serve, and a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.