Infrastructure Planning Engineer
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Infrastructure Planning Engineer

Date: 20-Jul-2021

Location: Bury St Edmunds, Bury St Edmunds, GB


Infrastructure Planning Engineer

Reporting to

Strategic Planning Engineer


Asset Management


Bury St Edmunds or Stevenage

Reference Number


Employment Period


Contract Type


CiP Level / Bonus


Starting Salary  

£58,804 – Plus benefits and Bonus

Closing Date



All applications will be reviewed after the closing date



We also offer : 

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

Season ticket loan

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.



Job Purpose:

The Infrastructure Planning Team is part of Asset Management Directorate under Network Planning EPN. The team’s role is to develop the Extra High Voltage (EHV) and 132kV electricity network in UK Power Networks regulated EPN area in a coordinated and economic manner to satisfy the Distribution and Grid Codes obligations and requirements.

The work content can be varied and dynamic to meet the needs of both customers and stakeholders.

It is an ideal opportunity to develop Engineering competencies leading to chartered status by joining a dynamic team that influences all parts of the business.


Principal Accountabilities:

EHV and 132kV network related projects in the EPN Licence area are identified, developed and progressed to achieve technical and financial authorisation by our team.

You will be responsible for the medium term development of the electricity network, initially covering EPN electricity network area in Essex. Your role will involve cooperative working in a multi-discipline team environment with all partners with a focus on the following areas:

  • Identify network requirements and opportunities to accommodate new Distributed Generation (DG), Energy Storage (DER) and Demand customers;
  • Ensure timely and quality responses to Connections business by assessing generation and demand referrals to maximise network development synergies and ensure an efficient service to all customers;
  • Carry out high level network design including equipment rating specification, protection design philosophy and network modelling as part of project approval;
  • Identify cost effective solutions and optimise synergies between distribution and infrastructure solutions in the development of the network;
  • Contribute to the maintenance of Generation Impact Network Studies for defined sectors of the network to track progress of DG connections, monitor the impact to the EHV and upstream network and investigate reinforcement requirements;
  • Contribute to Active Network Management implementations, from initial assessment, modelling and network studies to deployment and post go-live support as per UK Power Networks DSO ambition;
  • Cooperate with network modelling team to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the model in the respective network area;
  • Liaison with relevant stakeholders at a project level including Asset Management, Project Delivery and Construction, Network Design and Network Operations;
  • Promote synergies and efficiencies in the Transmission and Distribution interface, particularly data exchange, network modelling, assessment of operational requirements and coordinated network development.


A successful Infrastructure Planning Engineer is expected to work constructively as part of a larger team and alongside the Strategic and Distribution Planning Engineers to assist the development and optimisation of longer-term network plans, including;

  • Identify network requirements and opportunities including interactions such as those between asset replacement and reinforcement projects;
  • Contribute to the overarching strategies within Regional Development Plans for defined sectors of the network to maximise network development synergies;
  • Carry out a multitude of system studies and network analysis on the EHV and 132kV network and assess the impact of external interventions such as modifications at transmission level;
  • Ensure that the EHV and 132kV network remains compliant with the relevant Electricity Distribution Licence conditions and Engineering recommendations.


Examples of projects and work include:

  • Reinforcement or establishment of new Grid Supply Point with the transmission network, working in conjunction with National Grid;
  • Network reinforcement involving the replacement of under-rated equipment, circuits, network reconfiguration and innovative solutions;
  • Replacement of Grid and Primary substations assets such as transformers and switchgear;
  • Carry out feasibility studies/assessments for the connection of Distributed Energy Resources (DER)  such as wind farms, solar photovoltaic and energy storage;
  • Carry out assessment for high demand customer connections such as data centres, industrial or commercial developments;
  • Support Property and Consents team in terms of asset defence schemes and working to achieve the best solution;
  • Support the assessment of future reinforcement requirements against a changing UK electricity demand landscape.


The jobholder will need to build effective relationships with internal stakeholders including Network Operations, Capital Programme and Procurement, and Major Connections Directorates.

The same applies to external partners, including Local Authorities and Development Agencies, National Grid Transmission Owner and System Operator, Network Rail, Distribution Network Operators and other utilities operating in the region.


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

The varied nature of the team activities benefits from drawing skills from different backgrounds. Training will be provided but, in addition to:

  • Academic degree in Engineering, relevant professional electrical qualification or equivalent professional experience in an Engineering environment;
  • A good understanding of the principles of Distribution Network Operation and Power Systems Engineering.


The successful candidate should possess knowledge of the following topics:

  • Knowledge of design and operation of UK distribution systems at various voltage levels, including distributed generation and energy storage;
  • Understand the principles of electricity network assets such as transformers, switchgear, cables, overhead lines, protection, substation design and others;
  • Knowledge of electricity network modelling techniques including the importance of power flow, fault levels and voltage profile management;
  • Understanding of lifecycle of projects from concept to completion;
  • Awareness of the Distribution/Grid Code and National Grid Connection and Use of System Code (CUSC);
  • An understanding of the requirements of Engineering Recommendations, in particular P2, G98, G99, G74, G75, G77, G5, P28, P29;
  • Awareness of connections activities and understanding of the connection charge policy and how it impacts on costs charged.


The successful candidate should possess some of the following qualities:

  • The ability to problem solve;
  • Good team working and communication skills both written and verbal;
  • Safety and environmental awareness. Understand Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly and confidently at all levels of the organisation;
  • Demonstrate a practical and results-orientated approach by virtue of actions undertaken, by organising and controlling tasks and deliverables in a complex fast-moving environment;
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work under own initiative.


Should you not possess the required skills, and competencies listed above there may be an opportunity to appoint at a lower grade while these are developed.



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 will ensure 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 will understand those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

Employees need to be aware that for some craft and operational roles that work at height, or use fall arrest devices, there is an upper weight limit of 116Kg due to maximum safe working load of the safety equipment that is used.

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