Distribution Planning Technician 1
UK Power Networks
Stevenage, United Kingdom
18d ago

Position

Distribution Planning Technician

Reporting to

Distribution Planning Manager (EPN South)

Department

Distribution Capital Delivery, Network Operations

Salary Range

The role will be in accordance with Band F of the PMSNF, which currently attracts a salary between £37,109 and £42,777

Annual leave 25 days

Personal Pension Plan Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)

Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme

Tax efficient benefits : cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers

Occupational Health support

Switched On scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.

Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres

Discounted access to sports and social clubs

Employee Assistance Programme.

Applications are invited for the vacancy of Distribution Planning Technician within the Distribution Planning Team.

The Distribution Planning Team is part of the Network Operations Directorate under Distribution Capital Delivery. The team’s role is to manage the Low Voltage and High Voltage Distribution networks in UK Power Networks regulated EPN area up to and including 11kV.

Jo b Purpose :

The Planning Technician’s role is to assist the Planning Engineers to carry out network assessments and develop effective solutions to identify and resolve network issues.

This is a development role and it is intended that suitable Planning Technicians will progress to the role of Planning Engineer after obtaining suitable experience, training and qualifications.

The role requires access to substations to carry out surveys and the possible installations of monitoring equipment.

Principal Accountabilities :

  • Assist the team to carry out design work and cost LV & 11kV projects for asset replacement, non-rechargeable diversions and reinforcement.
  • Assist the team to analyse network issues and performance problems, and propose technically sound and cost-effective solutions.
  • Produce concise business cases in the correct format and present them for authorisation in a timely manner to deliver the Production Plan.
  • Assist the team to carry out network analysis and load flow studies and determine the appropriate point of connection and associated reinforcement requirements for new load enquiries.
  • Support the Asset Performance team with production of programmes of work (such as the switchgear replacement programme).
  • Build effective, professional relationships with colleagues, internal and external stakeholders, customers and their agents to gain the information required to complete a project work pack.
  • Produce designs, quotations and work packs to agreed licence conditions and guaranteed standard timescales for approval by mentor.
  • This will include network analysis, reinforcement design, NETMAP drawings, use of SAP, etc. All proposals to adhere to all relevant safety requirements, Design Policies and Standards and Codes of Practice.

  • Gain an understanding of Design Policies and Standards as well as relevant Codes of Practice.
  • Together with Network Operations colleagues, to ensure the delivery of projects to financial targets and support project closure through financial reconciliation.
  • Undertake site visits as necessary.
  • Commit to and undertake long-term training plan.
  • Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience :

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and an aptitude to learn and understand the operation of the electricity distribution network.
  • Already be in procession of City and Guilds 232 in Electrical Engineering or be prepared to undertake this qualification.
  • Understanding of Construction, Design and Maintenance (CDM) Regulations.
  • Proficient in basic PC skills and experience working with Microsoft Packages, SAP and NETMAP would be desirable.
  • Flexible, adaptable, highly motivated and ability to work on own initiative.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate a co-operative and team based approach so as to achieve overall business objectives.
  • Ability to demonstrate intelligent balanced judgements in all matters.
  • Good organisational skills including the ability to plan and manage time.
  • Ability to relate to people and work with stakeholders to resolve problems, as well as ensuring that unresolved problems are brought to the attention of management.
  • Ability to think and act ahead of time to take advantage of opportunities for innovation and improvement and to address problems.
  • Ability to work in a pressured environment as part of a highly focused team.
  • Pragmatic approach to problem solving.
  • Enthusiastic & strong customer focus, without losing sight of safety and security of supply objectives.
  • Possess a full, clean driving licence.
  • Health & Safety Responsibilities :

    Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.

    e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

    Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels.

    Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and ensuring the necessary controls are applied.

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