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Head of Protection and Control/Principal Engineer

  • Job reference: EN-002867
  • Sector: Nuclear, Power
  • Location: Leeds
Job Title: Head of Protection & Control / Principal Engineer

If you are a technically established Senior Electrical Engineer with National Grid TP141 P&C and/or other related authorisations, then we are all waiting for you to join our team. You’ll be proactive, enjoy working collaboratively and have strong leadership skills.

This opportunity is to strengthen our activities in transmission substation design, in particular to support National Grid’s FEED framework. In particular, we are looking for an experienced P&C electrical engineer to strengthen our substation design team with the appetite to liaise directly with clients and drive forward this area of the business. You will ideally be located within our Leeds team, but other locations (Birmingham, Glasgow, or Epsom) or flexible arrangements would be considered.

This is a unique opportunity for a subject matter expert in P&C who also has strong commercial acumen to further strengthen the team of protection engineers and grow this market. In addition to support to Transmission and Distribution Companies, we expect the P&C team to provide support to large generation projects (onshore and offshore) as well as industrial systems.

If this sounds like you, then we’d love you to apply for this role.

The Role:

As part of our team you’ll be providing expert advice across various projects within the immediate and wider business. This role will involve contributing to project development, engineering specification preparation, reviewing design specifications and design drawings for verification and assurance, and the production and management of both technical and operational data.

Building and developing relationships is a key part of this role, as is management of the design process through the role of Technical Assurance Engineer on specific projects. You be providing Client / Supplier design interface and management, and also reviewing tender returns, equipment specifications, protection and control schematics, method statements, protection settings and commissioning documentation.


The Person:
You will enjoy working in a team environment and using your expertise to take a lead role within our team. You’ll also have the desire and ability to lead bids, deliver and technically manage work either as a lead or part of a team. You will also have strong verbal and written communication skills, and excellent quantitative and problem-solving skills.

You’ll have working knowledge of individual relay designs, commissioning methodologies and be experienced in UK practices. In addition to having a positive attitude to health and safety (especially within the design process), you’ll also be able to demonstrate the following:
• National Grid TP141 authorisation, ideally one or two of the following: TP141 Protection & Control, TP141 Commissioning Officer, and TP141 Relay Settings;
• Bachelor’s Degree and/ or Masters in Electrical Engineering, but candidates holding HNC/ HND qualifications and proven experience will also be considered;
• Ideally Chartered or Incorporated Engineer with membership of IET;
• Extensive Protection and Control experience in an Electrical engineering role
• Good understanding of fault calculations, protections settings and their applications;
• Conversant with Health & Safety requirements and responsibilities under CDM regulations, ideally holding National Grid Principal Designer status;
• A good working knowledge of other design disciplines would be advantageous, e.g. HV Plant.
• Strong leadership qualities and ability to mentor junior staff, support in recruitment, and have external facing responsibilities (client management, business development) and set strategic direction for the P&C team.

About Us:
Atkins is ranked as one of ‘The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ and as one of the ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women’. We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations.

Atkins Energy business has been operating in the energy market for over four decades and the pace of change has never been greater than it is now. We are on the brink of a revolution in how the world generates and uses Energy. The possible scenarios of the future energy market will require the smart integration of renewable generation, energy storage, and sustainable demand with a transmission & distribution network that remains robust, flexible and economic to meet this changing landscape.

Our clients in the power networks market include the Transmission Owners, electricity generator developers (offshore wind, nuclear and onshore renewables), investors and regulatory bodies. We provide high quality consultancy and design services to transmission and distribution utilities in both the UK and overseas markets including traditional consultancy services, Design Assurance on behalf of clients and EPC delivery.

Rewards and Benefits:
We believe in looking after our staff and we have a generous rewards scheme. Please refer to our website for full details of our benefits package, which includes the opportunity to purchase up to 15 days additional annual leave per year on top of our standard 25 days paid annual leave.
Flexible working options will be considered for this vacancy.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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