45869 - Principal Engineer, Assets & Technology

  • Job Reference: 00000582-1
  • Date Posted: 10 October 2019
  • Recruiter: UK Power Networks
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Circa £62,934 + Inner London Allowance (Salary Depends on Exp)
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description


Principal Engineer, Assets & Technology

Reporting to

Manager, Asset Management and Technology


London – Elephant & Castle


UKPN Services: Engineering and Consulting Services

Reference Number


Employment Period


Contract Type


CiP (Bonus)



Circa £62,934 + Inner London Allowance(Basic Salary Depends on Skills and Experience)

Closing Date

23rd October 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.



Our clients are increasingly looking for asset stewardship as a solution, and you will help grow the business in providing this solution to all clients, and also the integration of smart grid technologies.

You will report to the Manager, Asset Management and Technology. You will be asked to work as part of a diverse team providing industry leading asset management stewardship solutions to private clients.

The Principal Engineer will be the UK Power Networks Services technology lead with responsibility for the authorisation of engineering specifications and standards across UK Power Networks Services.

You will provide technical liaison with suppliers and clients for supporting new business opportunities and delivering projects. You will ensure that UK Power Networks Services produce high-quality solutions that comply with relevant legislation, client and UK Power Networks Services standards. You will lead and manage a team of engineers and analysts.

You will be asked to work and act with autonomy and must be able to communicate strategically with Senior Management. You will manage and work within agreed financial budgets.

You will also establish and run a centre of excellence for asset management within UK Power Networks Services and establish a wider industry presence through national fora (e.g. Institute of Asset Management, Private Network fora, etc.).



Payroll costs: £250K

Annual Works Costs: £10m

Direct Reports: 3-5



Typical accountabilities for the Principal Engineer will include:

  • Develop, implement, and oversee the delivery of asset management across the UK Power Networks Services business which achieves Good Industry Practice (ISO55001), for systems up to 400kV
  • Lead on the technical input from the asset management team into UK Power Networks Services’ tender submissions
  • Ensure that technology solutions help develop tender submissions 
  • Provide technical leadership in developing business opportunities with relevant material and preparing tender submissions
  • Assess cost/benefit trade-off of technical solutions and support technical decision-making processes
  • Identify areas for technological advancement whilst maintaining excellent engineering standards
  • Identify and deploy the technical skills, resource levels and systems to deliver projects, and asset management across the business, including the engagement of external resources
  • Lead asset engineers and technical analysts for delivering asset management and technology solutions and their career development
  • Managing team budgets/profit and loss accounts
  • Experience specifying functional requirements for electrical systems (primary plant, secondary systems, cable, and SCADA)
  • Experience in electricity markets, distributed energy resources and smart grid technologies
  • Experience in development/approval of asset refurbishment and replacement intervention / investment strategies;
  • Leading the development of reliable Health Indices (HI), Criticality Indices (CI) and Risk Indices (RI);
  • Leading the development of the annual, medium and long-term maintenance programmes, covering inspection and maintenance;
  • Overseeing real-time asset management incident response and technical support;
  • Approving Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) studies;
  • Approval of inspection and maintenance manuals and handbooks;


Skills, Qualifications and Experience:


  • Degree level or equivalent in engineering or science, or equivalent experience
  • Experience managing significant portfolios of projects
  • Experience in electrical infrastructure design, construction, operations and maintenance
  • Understand commercial and regulatory considerations for distribution networks
  • Experience in power system studies and protection
  • Knowledge of the application of good industry practices in asset management, ISO55001, power distribution and energy technology solutions
  • Experience using asset information systems (e.g. SAP PM, Ellipse, Maximo)
  • Experience in energy storage, generation load management and network ancillary services
  • Experience managing a team/teams
  • A qualification or relevant experience in project management
  • Safety management qualification such as NEBOSH certificate or equivalent


  • Chartered Membership of a professional body such as the IET
  • Membership of the IAM
  • Experience in applying BIM in asset management/project delivery


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
  • Meet and fulfil all UKPNS Health and Safety requirements
  • Mentor junior staff in all matters relating to Health & Safety aligned with their role
  • Ensure all relevant H&S Policy principles are briefed 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.

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