Design Engineer

  • Job Reference: R337
  • Date Posted: 26 March 2024
  • Employer: Northern Powergrid
  • Location: Shiremoor
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £51,376 to £70,257
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Design Engineer

Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Castleford, Stockton & York

Directorate: Engineering

Job Ref No: R337


A successful Net Zero needs Northern Powergrid

A successful Northern Powergrid needs talented engineers


Do you want to help power your career and be part of an evolving energy industry?


An opportunity at the heart of decarbonisation has arisen for an enthusiastic Design Engineer to join our team.

The energy industry is enabling decarbonisation with both considered investment in traditional networks and smart technology to increase their potential.

Northern Powergrid, as the company responsible for powering the homes of 8 million customers across 3.9 million and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is at the forefront of this, delivering a power network that meets the region’s needs now and in the future.

Our vision is to be the best energy company in serving our customers whilst delivering a sustainable energy solution. We are looking for someone who is passionate about communicating and sharing our story on our plans to invest in a sustainable network, support net zero and create a greener energy future. You will develop ways of enabling decarbonisation and enhanced resilience for our region.


Along with a competitive salary of between £51,376 - £70,257 we also offer great benefits such as;

  • Enrolment into our pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Personal transport provision
  • Technical incentive scheme
  • Agile working

We are excited to hear from candidates with a passion for our company, the energy industry and a desire to succeed. Apply now and we’ll be in touch.


Key Responsibilities


The successful candidate will be accountable for:

  • Undertaking power system studies to identify constraints
  • Creative system design and modelling of potential solutions to those constraints
  • Documenting those constraints and design solutions
  • Working as part of a team with customers and external & internal stakeholders to mitigate network constraints and develop solutions related to power requirements


Key Competencies

  • A detailed understanding of the EHV, HV and/or LV electricity distribution networks
  • Deliver quality outputs to required deadlines
  • An understanding of operation the electricity distribution assets
  • Communication – able to communicate in an effective and persuasive manner
  • Customer Service – able to deliver effective customer service both internally and externally
  • Team working – able to work with others in a flexible manner
  • IT Skills – able to use a variety of analytical software and engineering packages to produce electrical designs and update databases
  • Understand and work within the regulated industry


Qualifications and Attributes

  • Essential Qualifications and Experience
  • HNC in Electrical Power Engineering
  • Knowledge of distribution networks for load and generation connections
  • Full UK driving licence

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in Electrical Power Engineering
  • Knowledge of appropriate design policies and codes of practice
  • A working knowledge of a Distribution Network Operators design processes
  • Knowledge of appropriate design codes of practice.
  • Power system analysis using IPSA/DINIS/ETAP/PowerFactory

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Posted: 21/03/2024

Closing date for applications: 22/03/2024


In order to comply with our electricity distribution licence, we have to ensure our colleagues are fit and proper to visit and enter our customers’ premises. Consequently, as this role may involve visiting and entering our customers’ premises, please be aware that the successful candidate will be subject to a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Please confirm in your application if you are content for this check to be completed.


Applicants are considered on the basis of their suitability for the post irrespective of sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment,