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Principal Electrical Engineer

  • Job reference: EN-002291
  • Sector: Energy, Power
  • Location: Leeds
If you are an Electrical Engineer with detailed knowledge of high voltage electrical equipment in a power generation and transmission environment, then we are waiting for you to join our team. You’ll be adaptable, flexible and be able to build trust quickly with our clients. You’ll enjoy building and nurturing relationships – both with our clients and also developing and mentoring other members of the team.

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

The Role

This post offers a challenging and rewarding opportunity to have a leading role both in the development of new power generation and transmission plant and management of existing assets, supporting a growing portfolio of new and well established clients.

As part of our team you will be providing specialist technical support and leadership to the delivery of projects. Key responsibilities will include engineering design concept development, technical specification of plant and equipment, supervision of detailed design for new build power generation and transmission plant and retrofits / modifications to existing facilities, integration of plant and systems as well as providing life management strategies for all high voltage electrical equipment for existing assets

This role will also include evaluation of OEM proposals, technical questions, project design documentation and drawings, review and approval of safety documentation and management of safe systems of work.

Developing relationships is a key part of this role as you’ll be liaising with clients and managing project teams. You’ll also be supporting preparation of tenders and proposals.

Developing people will be a key part of your role and you will want to supervise and develop junior team members. You will take on line management to support staff in their career progression and help drive our overall organisational performance and capability development.

The Person

You’ll be a recognised expert in power generation / transmission or related industries and demonstrable experience of power generation technologies with high voltage electrical static plant. A detailed knowledge of either switchgear (greater than 3.3kV), Power Transformers, Cables or Protection Systems will be required. A broad knowledge in managing the technical operation of static high voltage electrical equipment in a generation environment is essential. Experience with technical design and operational criteria for connection of generation equipment to electricity transmission systems (UK grid code compliance) would be advantageous.

You’ll also have excellent stakeholder management skills and numeracy, written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present arguments both verbally and written.

You’ll enjoy using a flexible approach to managing the demands of a portfolio of projects and applying skills in new areas. You’ll also be able to quickly understand a wide range of industrial plant processes through review of technical drawings and documentation, and to be able to communicate this to a variety of levels within a client organisation.

In addition to an excellent understanding of high voltage electrical systems and static plant operating in a power generation environment, it would be advantageous to have knowledge of excitation systems, voltage regulation systems, synchroniser systems, electronic governors

Other key requirements we’re looking for include:
  • Honours/Master’s degree Electrical Engineering or equivalent qualifications & experience
  • Chartered member of the IET
  • Understanding of the engineering project and asset lifecycles – applicable both to small plant upgrade/modification and the implementation of a major new plant installation
  • Project engineering experience and track record of OEM and interface management
  • Substantial on-site plant experience and knowledge of safe systems of work
About Us

Atkins is one of the world’s foremost engineering and design consultancies, operating across the world, in virtually every market. Choosing to work for Atkins will provide you with the opportunity to engage on some of the most exciting engineering challenges of our time.

Our Energy business has been delivering specialist engineering services to the global power sector for over 20 years. Our work in the Power Generation sector includes specialist engineering support to operating power stations and new power station developments globally. The team is involved at all stages of the project life cycle through feasibility and development, design and build, asset management, life extension, decommissioning and demolition. Our main areas of business include:

Project support and consultancy services including feasibility, FEED studies, owner’s / lender’s engineering services for a wide range of new build, retrofit and life extension power generation projects which could typically include: OCGT and CCGT, CHP, biomass, traditional fossil fuelled stations, nuclear, wind, hydro, waste to energy plants and embedded generation.

Specialist operational & maintenance technical support including: trouble-shooting, condition assessment, failure investigation, performance optimisation, legislative compliance, due diligence and process safety to operational power generation plants.

Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Rewards and Benefits

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.

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