Graduate Engineering Project Manager

Graduate Engineering Project Manager

Date: 11 Apr 2024

Location: Stevenage, GB

Graduate Engineering Project Manager

This Graduate Engineering Project Manager will report to the Senior Project Manager and will work within the Network Operations Distribution Capital Delivery directorate based in our Colchester/Purfleet office. You will be a Fixed Term Contract (24 months ) employee.


You will attract a salary of £39,732.00 and a bonus of 7.5%. This role can also offer blended working after probationary period (6 months) - 3 days in the office and 2 remote


Close Date: Friday 10th May


We also provide the following additional benefits

  • Annual Leave
  • 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.
  • Discounted access to sports and social clubs
  • Employee Assistance Programme.


Be part of something powerful.


We are the UK's biggest electricity distributor delivering power to 8.4 million homes and businesses across London, the East and South East of England. We keep the lights on across 29,250 square kilometres, serving 19 million people from Cromer in the east to Brighton on the south coast, including our capital, London


In addition to keeping the lights on, safely and sustainably, we care for our customers in the most vulnerable circumstances across our communities.


If you want to play a part in powering the lives of over 8.4 million homes, this is the place to be. We are a big business with a big responsibility, but we feel like a close-knit team. Join us, and we'll give you every opportunity to fulfil your potential and have a successful career, where you'll help us shape the future of the energy and utility industry.


The Programme


The 2-year structured graduate programme will offer you the opportunity of 9 months rotational placements, relevant to your role, helping you better understand the role of UK Power Networks and its directorates. The second year will see you placed in your first supported role. Working towards the roles and responsibilities outline below, you will start contributing to your team's success and meeting objectives. Throughout the programme you will develop the knowledge, competencies and leadership skills through embedded training sessions to help you excel at UK Power Networks, along with mentorship from a senior leader.


The Job


Network Operations is the beating heart of UK Power Networks. The largest directorate in the business works directly on the electricity network. Keeping the lights on for over 19 million people.


You will support the team to ensure all project related works are managed to the highest standard while ensuring all relevant health and safety policies are followed. Particular focus will be placed around putting people to work and ensuring all work is completed as safely as possible.


The role includes liaison with Asset Management, Capital Programme, Delivery Contractors, and Operational teams, which is a great opportunity to develop your internal network and understanding of the wider business.


You will work towards becoming authorised to operate on the distribution network, as an AP or SAP. You will also manage a portfolio of projects from inception to completion, while ensuring that all work is undertaken in a safe manner.



The Team and Role

The Distribution Capital Delivery (DCD) team is responsible for the efficient delivery of the RIIO-ED2 settlement through our Asset Portfolio Plan for all UK Power Networks license areas.


As part of this team, the Graduate Project Manager will support the Eastern Region deliver several projects, spread across different areas.


The value of the portfolio will vary depending on the content but will be in the order of £2m - £10m per annum with multiple low/medium value projects plus also a few large value schemes circa £300k. The portfolio will include the management and assurance of contractors who are delivering the work on behalf of UK Power Networks.



What you'll need:


  • You will have achieved or be on target to achieve a minimum of an Honours bachelor's degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Full driving licence is required as you will drive to sites across the Eastern area


We're also looking for someone who is:


  • Individuals looking to develop their operational engineering knowledge and competencies
  • Passionate about Health & Safety
  • Able to build relationships and deliver great customer service
  • Organised and good presentation skills
  • Flexible and resilient
  • Willing to work outside and flexible hours at times


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 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 where there are legal requirements, employees will understand those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

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