46531 - Innovation IS Solution Lead

  • Job Reference: 00000363-1
  • Date Posted: 2 October 2019
  • Recruiter: UK Power Networks
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Depending onexperience
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description


Innovation IS Solution Lead

Reporting to

Innovation Programme Delivery Manager


Innovation Team - Safety Strategy & Support Services



Reference Number


Employment Period

Secondment 18 – 24 Months

Contract Type

Personal Contract

CiP Level / bonus


Starting Salary

Depending onexperience

Closing Date



All applications will be reviewed after the closing date


We also offer : 

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 IS Architecture Team is responsible for the development and maintenance of all IS Architecture strategies, roadmaps, policies, standards and templates to support the effective management and exploitation of IS technology solutions and services. The role holder will solely support Innovation projects for the design of new cutting edge solutions (for e.g. Distributed generation, Electric Vehicle, Energy Storage, Demand Side Response) and their efficient integration to the Distribution Network. The primary purpose of this role is to develop and own enterprise IT architecture design, including associated hardware and communications interfaces, of innovation projects delivered under Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition and Network Innovation Allowance frameworks.

The job holder will take ownership of the end-to-end Information Systems (IS) software solution design for innovation projects including the following activities: requirements capture, design, build, integration and business embedment. This role will focus on understanding and shaping the technology landscape and its associated portfolio of change relating to a wide range of business functions within UK Power Networks.

Close working relationships will need to be maintained with other groups within IT/IS Operations Solution Architects and business stakeholders such as the Smart Grid development team to assist in the choice and development of their IT solutions to ensure adherence to IS architecture roadmaps, procedures, and standards. In particular, the job holder will act as the main interface between the IS, Control System & Automation (CSA) team and the innovation project teams including suppliers and external partners.

 The role will require the monitoring and assessment of new technology and other advances in application, data and infrastructure architecture to ensure UK Power Networks can best support and deliver its business strategy and objectives.




  • Be accountable for all the IS/ CSA components of the solutions for innovation projects in design and delivery of new software solutions;
  • Manage technology providers to ensure software is delivered to time, scope and cost;
  • Responsible for detailing functional and non-functional requirements based on workshops with senior stakeholder across UK Power Networks;
  • Create business impact assessments for new software solutions;
  • Ensure innovation software design aligns with wider UK Power Networks IS strategy;
  • Responsible for defining software testing strategies;
  • Responsible for detailing the strategies that enable demonstrated innovation to transition to business as usual;
  • Define user training strategies;
  • Understand and articulate to senior management and subject matter experts across the business the Total Cost of Ownership of all major technology change implementations to achieve highly effective solutions that drive and achieve business goals and objectives;
  • Engage directly and build strong relationships with our internal and external stakeholders  including:
    • Decision makers within UK Power Networks;
    • Subject matter experts within UK Power Networks;
    • Technical representatives at technology vendors; and
    • Senior researchers at academic institutions.
  • Support continuous improvement, including:
    • Identify, implement, and disseminate project management best practices through internal and external industry benchmarking; and
    • Support colleagues as required to ensure the Innovation Team’s overall portfolio of projects is delivered successfully.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience


The candidate will require strong project management and creative thinking skills to deliver innovative solutions for which no blue print already exists. The role requires someone with good relationship development skills, who has a track record in managing the delivery of new software:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, ideally in IT related subject and/or project management with significant experience in delivering IS solutions

  • A strong understanding of software development life cycles;
  • Experience in managing software suppliers throughout a project lifecycle;
  • A quick learner who can understand complex ideas and convey these to non-technical audiences in a clear and concise manner;
  • Understanding of operational infrastructure environments;
  • Demonstrable experience of developing solutions that sit across OT and IT Environments.
  • Experience in delivering cloud computing solutions is preferable;
  • Previous experience in working within their domain on a complex technology transformation;
  • Project management track record preferable;
  • Experience in reviewing and selecting IS Architecture solutions;
  • Understanding of enterprise architecture requirements for smart grids;
  • Understanding of electrical power systems is preferable;
  • Understanding of network operator SCADA/DMS/OMS/DERMS systems;
  • Experience of supporting procurement of IT Architecture;
  • Experience of working with 3rd party Technical and Application Architects;
  • Able to manage varied size architecture assessment projects;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate clearly and confidently with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of seniority;
  • Excellent written communication skills, with an evidenced ability to write clearly, concisely, and effectively for both technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Resilient personality, enthusiastic, and able to work well as part of a highly-focused team; and
  • Excellent self-organisation and self-motivation skills; able to work on own initiative with minimal supervision, under pressure and to hard deadlines, with a focus on delivering outputs.


Nature and Scope


The Innovation team works across UK Power Networks, supporting the company in the achievement of its strategy and vision to become the best performing DNO. The team achieves this through the provision of technology solutions, as well as the optimisation of current solutions to improve how the company operates. Continuous improvement, customer service and seamless delivery is at the heart of this ethos and are therefore strongly underpinned by effective IS Architecture.

The way electricity is consumed and generated is significantly changing. Government policy has led an unprecedented growth in renewable energy installations such as wind farms and solar panels over the last few years Electricity storage technology is advancing and we expect it to play a major role in the years to come. Electric vehicles prices are reducing and supported by their environmental benefits have the potential to take over London’s streets. Smart meters are being rolled out and will be in every household in the UK by 2020. Our networks are already transforming into platforms that can allow the distributed energy resources such as renewable generation, electricity storage and electric vehicles to consume, export and trade electricity whilst maintaining affordable and reliable electricity supplies. This means new technology solutions are required to be continuously developed to support this transformation of the electricity industry.

As a member of the Innovation Team the IS Solution Lead is responsible for developing and supporting the enterprise IT architecture and ensuring governance within that architecture and must therefore have a broad knowledge of all IT technologies and data landscape within a large enterprise and electricity distribution business. This will involve working with a wide array of senior stakeholders and subject matter experts.

The job holder must be able to work at all levels within the organisation to build and support their component part of the company’s technology architecture. The post holder will add value and become a point of reference within company on domain specific IS Architecture matters and must be able to construct persuasive and creditable arguments to ensure correct solutions choices are made.


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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