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UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd

78061 – Senior Circuit Engineer

This Senior Circuit Engineer will report to the Design Lead and will work within Capital Programme and Procurement – Engineering Design based in our Bury St Edmunds office. You will be a Permanent employee.

You will attract a salary of 71,914 and a bonus of 3%. This role can also offer blended working after probationary period (6 months) – 3 days in the office and 2 remote

Close Date:. 10/01/2024

Job Purpose:

Production of circuit designs from a scope provided by Project Managers, Customers or the Design Lead and will include project costings to customer requirements for time, quality and budget. These schemes could be for APP and/or Connections (non-contestable and contestable) works, following UK Power Networks design standards.

Your will collaborate with the Project Manager, Electrical and Civil designers, PDC and Alliance members, ensuring compliance to design, CDM and standards for the regulated network solutions for all APP and customer schemes.

We ask that you can satisfy the following general requirements:

  • Producing Circuit Designs (below ground and in air) that can be constructed in compliance with standards and CDM requirements
  • Produce designs which conform to all relevant Codes of Practice and company and industry standards with Electrical engineering works
  • Oversee and contribute to the production of technical, commercial and contractual documents for procurement of engineering products
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, regulations and company procedures.
  • Compliance with design assurance and audit processes, both internally and for contestable designs.
  • Mentor Trainee/Graduate/Engineers to enhance their technical knowledge and experience.
  • Comply with the requirements of the designer as determined by the CDM Regulations
  • Fulfil the role of Principal Designer for allocated schemes.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Provide an excellent service to the customer.
  • Work as a Team Player in a dedicated team of Designers, Estimators and Planners.
  • Collaborate with the operational teams to provide a smooth process from initial enquiry through to final connection and business closure.
  • Comply with the requirements of the designer as determined by the CDM Regulations
  • Ensure design eliminates/reduces any hazards which may give rise to risks; and reduce risks from any remaining hazards (with CDM)
  • Ensure solutions provide information about aspects of the design of the network, its construction and maintenance as will adequately assist clients, the CDM team, other designers and contractors.
  • Collaborate with UKPN designers.


  • Civil/Circuit Engineering degree with relevant Cable/OHL and substation experience.
  • Chartered engineer or working towards achieving Chartership.
  • Circuit engineering background and experience in EHV circuit design and construction works, ideally within Utility sector.
  • Competence in resolving circuit network issues and ability to provide a sound understanding of company policies and their application to this role. Awareness of current and technological developments in circuit / civil engineering.
  • Work with external engineering organisations and customers/partners representing UKPN to best effect.
  • A good safety culture and sound understanding of Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations and their application in this role including IOSH trained.
  • Work unsupervised, set and comply with own targets, identify cost-saving solutions.
  • Good team working skills
  • A good level of business, environmental, safety, financial, and regulatory awareness.
  • A general appreciation of financial reporting systems.
  • Knowledge of the ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 procedures relevant to the team’s activities.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft desktop applications, in particular: Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint.
  • Manage (not line manage) and communicate with the CAD team to produce design drawings suitable for construction.
  • Experience undertaking cable sizing/rating calculations for 11kV up to 132kV networks, for both solidly and cross bonded circuits (including de-rating aspects and short circuit loadings).
  • Experience undertaking cable pulling calculations for 11kV up to 132kV networks, following company standards.
  • Experience designing joint/pulling bays from 11kV up to 132kV.
  • Experience designing pilot/fibre cable routes, including splice chambers.
  • Experience in terminations to indoor/outdoor switchgear/cable sealing ends.
  • Experience in route proving, to determine the most cost-effective and safest route install.
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD (also Bentley software would be beneficial).
  • Experience of directional drills and ability to advise/assure requirements accordingly.
  • Diligence when dealing with survey companies to obtain utility search information.
  • Knowledge of power engineering plant and equipment i.e. Transformers, Switchgear, cables, protection schemes.
  • Experience producing Bills of Materials, particularly cable drum lengths, in coordination with pulling calculations.
  • Collaborate with Wayleaves and Consents to determine most practical route.
  • Input into construction ideas and techniques, which feed into UK Power Networks Green Action Plan.
  • Capable to approve the designs.

Nature and Scope:

Largely desk-based, the post also requires visit to operational sites, construction sites, site meetings, manufactures meetings (at their premisses) and internal review meetings.

UK Power Networks is committed to a policy of equality in its employment practices and values a workforce that is representative of the customers we serve and the communities in which we work. We consider our people to be crucial to achieving success. We believe that it is important for our employees to strike a sensible balance between work and life outside work and will consider requests for working arrangements under the Work-Life Solutions process.

UK Power Networks is committed to securing the highest standards of health and safety at work and of care for the environment. You will have an appropriate level of understanding of the arrangements for health, safety and the environment that apply to this business and are required for this job.

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