Senior Design Engineer
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Senior Design Engineer

Date: 02-Aug-2019

Location: Heathrow, Heathrow Airport, GB



Senior Design Engineer

Reporting to





UKPN Services

Reference Number


Employment Period




Salary Range

Circa £53,434 plus outer London Allowance £1,851 (Depending on Skills and Experience) 

Closing Date

22nd August 2019


All applications will be reviewed after the closing date.


We also provide the following additional benefits


  • 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
  • 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:

Responsible for producing electrical engineering designs and managing a team of designers on a Third Party owned private network. Responsible for the delivery of safe, timely and effective design of LV and HV networks up to 33kV in a non-regulated environment.


To qualify for the higher Band D a candidate must have as a minimum an HNC, otherwise the candidate will be appointed at Band E.


Principal  Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for managing a team (up to 3 members of staff) to deliver feasibility studies, outline and detailed designs on time, to scope and to budget, ensuring all technical, safety, quality and environmental requirements are met.
  • Produce deliverables for complex designs, quotations and work packages as agreed with the Design Manager. Co-ordinate with other members of the airport team (Operational Engineers, Asset Manager, Compliance Engineer etc.), as well as outside companies as required.
  • Responsible for producing/checking documents created by the team including outline and detailed electrical designs, application of  international, national and company standards and UKPNS procedures and processes.
  • Producing and/or checking of feasibility studies, reports and design documents. Efficiently manage the deliverables accounting for safety.
  • Ensure design eliminates hazards which may give rise to risks and work to reduce any residual risk in line with ERICPD principles.
  • Design review process for checking and audit of design deliverables.
  • Certification of approved designs for construction. Design guardianship and management of robust change management process
  • Ensure redline mark-ups and as-built information are properly and accurately recorded
  • Ensure a smooth process from initial enquiry through to final connection and project closure.
  • Set high standards of design workmanship and undertake design engineer competency assessments to ensure the team remain current and effective.
  • Carry out site visits as required and to make a contribution to securing the long-term future of UKPN Services by assisting to further enhance and support team development.
  • Knowledge/application of CDM regulations.
  • Oversee and contribute to the production of technical, commercial and contractual documents for procurement of engineering products.


Skills, qualifications:

  • Minimum of an ONC/HNC in Electrical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Working towards Chartered Engineer or Incorporated Engineer status.
  • Specialist - expert in LV and HV design up to 33kV electrical systems with relevant experience.
  • Ability to understand work package plans, risk assessments, and implement safe systems of work
  • Application of CDM regulations to role
    • Basic knowledge of project management, proprietary CAD packages (autocad/microstation)
    • Application of statutory Instruments (Health and Safety at Work Act – appropriate to the role, knowledge of relevant Safety rules)
    • Environmental Awareness
    • IOSH/NEBOSH Training
    • 18th Edition IET Regulations (BS 7671) Level 3 award
    • First Aid
    • Authorisation to access Client’s substations – training to be provided
    • CITB or CSCS Construction Site Safety Awareness desirable.
    • Effective Leadership and  People Management skills – desirable
    • IT skills: Word, Excel, Microsoft Project, Power point - desirable.
    • PTW, ETAP or Digsilent - desirable.


Site Specific Requirements

  • Security ID Pass eligibility.  Requirement to provide 5 year work record, references and satisfactory Disclosure Scotland checks
  • Complete and pass site specific driving test.
  • Any other future requirements that the client may impose with respect to working at a site.

Personal  Characteristics:

  • Good communication and report writing skills
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Self-motivation and drive
  • Strong work organisational skills
  • Good team working skills


Health and Safety Requirements 

  • Ensure all Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental requirements are considered.
  • Ensure safe working methods and systems are followed in the design
  • Accept personal responsibility to meet and fulfil all UKPNS Health and Safety requirements.
  • Mentor junior staff in all matters relating to Health & Safety aligned with their role.
  • Ensuring all relevant H&S Policy principles are briefed as required and implemented. Communicating H&S information within their organisation.
  • Promote feedback on H&S matters.
  • Creating a safe working environment for all staff and contractors supporting the business.


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 the controls they must ensure are applied.

If in doubt, ask!