Trainee Projects Designer (PEC)
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Trainee Projects Designer (PEC)

Date: 22-Nov-2021

Location: Bury St Edmunds, Various, GB


Trainee Project Designer

Reporting to

Lead Design Engineer


Bury St Edmunds 



Reference Number


Employment Period


Contract Type


CIP Level


Salary Range

£29,379 + Benefits

Closing Date

6th December 2021


All applications will be reviewed after the closing date


We also provide the following additional benefits:


  • 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.


Role Purpose:

You will be working within a team of designers reporting to a Lead Design Engineer, the post-holder is required to produce designs, quotations, work packs and monitor the financial position of the projects with Network Operations for customer connections.

The Trainee Project Designer is guided by the Design Policy and the Connection Charging Manual, and will meet all Electricity Guaranteed Standards and safety standards.

Typically, quotations vary between £2k and £200k, but can be up to £1M and it would be expected that you will be competent to undertake this role autonomously.


Key Responsibilities include:

  • Professional liaison with customers, their agents and company partners to gain the information required to complete a quotation.
  • Produce designs, quotations and work packs to agreed license condition and guaranteed standard timescales. This will include network analysis, reinforcement design and Netmap drawings.
  • Consistent knowledge and application of the Design and Connection Charging Policies and relevant Codes of Practice.
  • Production of work packs satisfying all safety and delivery requirements.
  • Together with Network Operations colleagues, to ensure delivery of projects to financial targets and support project closure through financial reconciliation.


Essential Skills

The post-holder should demonstrate a keen awareness of the design and operation of the electricity distribution network.

You will have the desire to give excellent service to customers to meet their needs.

You can manage time and other resources efficiently are a pre-requisite.

Will show initiative whilst working as a team player, taking ownership and contributing to targets and supporting team success.

Can demonstrate intelligent balanced judgements in all matters

Ability to work in a pressured environment as part of a highly focused team with a flexible approach to work.

Enthusiastic & strong customer focus, without losing sight of safety and security of supply goals.


Nature and Scope

The Connections Directorate designs and undertakes new and altered electricity connections within the UK Power Networks Licence area. All works are customer-oriented and the design team have to manage their time to meet customer expectations as well as comply with Licence Conditions, Guaranteed Standards and Safety Standards.

The Project Designer is required to communicate with customers, develop new connection designs that meet the customer requirements and produce quotations and work packs.

We are looking for you to have access to secondary substations to perform surveys and installation of monitoring equipment.



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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