45908 - SAP Operational Engineer

  • Job Reference: 00000587-1
  • Date Posted: 10 October 2019
  • Recruiter: UK Power Networks
  • Location: Heathrow, London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Salary offered will depend on candidate experience and qualifications
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description


SAP Operational Engineer

Reporting to

Lead Operational Engineer




UKPN Services

Reference Number


Employment Period


Contract Type

Services PMSNF

Job Family Level/Grade

Band UE to UD

CiP Level


Salary Range

Salary banding offered will depend on candidate experience and existing academic achievements.

Band UE -Circa £44,273

Band UD - Circa £53,434

+ Outer London Weighting £1,851.66

If the successful candidate does not possess all relevant competencies for the core grade, it will be appropriate to appoint at a lower grade until they have developed the required competencies.

Closing Date

23rd October2019


All applications will be reviewed after the closing date

To qualify for the higher Band D a candidate must have as a minimum an HNC and be active as a 33kV SAP. An 11kV SAP may reach Band D only if they have the HNC qualification and the nature of their job role requires them to work on multiple client networks, across the UKPN Services portfolio, on protection systems similar to those found on 33 kV working


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

  • The Operational Engineers role is to deliver the engineering activities within their allocated Operational team.  To undertake the delivery of Construction and Maintenance requirements relating to the UK Power Networks Services owned assets and associated infrastructure under the direction of the Lead Operational Engineer.
  • To deputise for the Lead Operational Engineer when required including attendance at Client and Contractor meetings as required.
  • The Operational Engineer will work with and support the Airport Managers, Lead Operational Engineer and other members of the Airport Sector’s Senior Management team in the delivery of Business objectives and future budget identification and delivery.
  • Work with the Assistant Operational Engineers, Technicians, Apprentices and Contractors to undertake and complete the construction or maintenance activities in a safe and efficient manner whilst minimising disruption to the client electricity supplies.
  • The Operational Engineer will ensure delivery of Client focused Capital works Construction projects, N.A.M.P and maintenance plans as directed by the Lead Operational Engineer, oversee the management of  substation and cabling construction and maintenance works as required on designated Client private networks Infrastructure.  The position holder will work with team members to ensure high standards of safety management are maintained throughout all activities during the delivery of the engineering tasks in accordance with the UK Power Networks Services Stay Safe initiative.


Principal Accountabilities

  • Delivery of the Construction and Maintenance programmes for the UK Power Networks Services owned assets operating at voltages through the range 400V to 33kV
  • Work with the Lead Operational Engineer to ensure that all programmes of work are delivered to time and budget in line with contractual commitments to time, cost and quality
  • Work with Technicians and Apprentices to ensure the delivery of all engineering activities..
  • Assist in the management of budgets relating to the construction and maintenance delivery and meet ongoing company objectives
  • As a team member work to ensure that UK Power Networks Services Company ambitions are achieved especially in the areas of Staff and Client satisfaction.
  • Adherence to Client and UK Power Networks Services Operations and Procedures
  • Operation of HV and LV Distribution Protection Systems.
  • Testing and Commissioning of HV and LV Distribution System.
  • Maintenance of the Control and Protection Systems
  • Ensuring compliance with CDM and UK Power Networks Services Health and Safety policies
  • Developing site specific H,S & E procedures
  • Compliance with UK Power Networks Services quality policies
  • Operate and update Asset database in respect of project activities
  • Responsible for both reactive and planned maintenance activities
  • Carry out fault investigation and repairs as required.
  • Modifying equipment and drawings to ensure the efficient operation of the substations
  • Ensuring the compliance with the distribution safety rules during all activities.
  • Active supervision of all contractors/staff working on site
  • Undertake additional activities commensurate with the job level and competency

Main Duties

  • Co-ordinate day to day construction and maintenance activities with Client / Principal Contractor’s ensuring programmes are met.
  • Obtain quotations from suppliers and raise Purchase Order request in coordination with Finance & Governance teams.
  • Change Management – ensure early warning notices etc are brought to the attention of the Airport Manager / Commercial Manager & Client.
  • Provide technical support as part of the Airport Sector team
  • When deputising for the Lead Operational Engineer deliver team briefings, give feed-back where necessary
  • Identify potential project risks/opportunities (raise awareness within team / company)
  • Proactively seeking continuous improvement
  • Required to participate in a standby rota and work additional hours as required to maintain the supplies to the Client infrastructure
  • Working unsocial hours when required to respond to faults on system
  • Assist the Lead Operational Engineer in the development of the ongoing NAMP
  • Undertake the delivery of maintenance and construction activities as required to meet client requirements within their area of authorisation
  • Represent UKPNS when required at meetings with clients and contractors
  • When undertaking engineering activities manage the team of employees and contractors for the successful delivery.
  • When undertaking engineering activities manage the compliance with all H&S procedures such as Putting People to Work and Distribution Safety Rules.
  • When necessary work with other team members to carry out activities such as switchgear, battery and transformer maintenance, substation inspection cleaning and painting.

Nature and Scope

Working with the Airport Manager, Lead Operational Engineers, other team members and managers, the post holder needs to be a strong team player able to work and within a pressurised environment to focus on the successful delivery of construction and maintenance works to time and quality, and also to the client’s satisfaction. The post holder requires excellent communication skills in order to interact with both client and contractors.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience


  • Minimum 11kV Senior Authorised Person as defined by the Distribution Safety Rules
  • Experience in distribution systems through the range 400kV to 33kV
  • Security clearance for Client infrastructure Access.
  • Medical & Drugs and Alcohol screening
  • Educated to HNC level qualification in Electrical Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Working knowledge of distribution HV Systems
  • Knowledge of Building Services Systems
  • Working knowledge of specialist HV equipment
  • Ability to read drawings and understand content
  • Ability to work in different environments
  • Excellent analytical, organisation & planning skills
  • Ability to identify problems, understand key issues and investigate alternatives
  • Hold full driving licence
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office suite, Outlook, MS Project and other bespoke software packages.


  • A broad understanding of UK Power Networks Services businesses.
  • An understanding and working knowledge of UK Power Networks Services PC&G process.
  • An ability to travel around the Airport Sector’s Client portfolio.
  • A broad understanding of the Airport Sector’s clients requirements.
  • To possess strong and persuasive negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Ability to manage time and to meet deadlines.
  • To be skilful in decision making.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Relevant Safety Qualification such as IOSH or NEBOSH
  • Knowledge of Construction Design and Management Regulations


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