Trainee Projects Designer

  • Job Reference: 46059
  • Date Posted: 12 September 2019
  • Recruiter: UK Power Networks
  • Location: Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Starting Salary - £26,580 - Plus benefits and bonus
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical, Project Management
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description


Trainee Project Designer

Reporting to

Lead Design Engineer


Potters Bar



Reference Number


Employment Period


Contract Type


CIP Level / Bonus


Starting Salary

SG2 - £26,580 - Plus benefits and bonus

Closing Date




All applications will be reviewed after the closing date



We also offer : 


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.


Role Purpose:

Working within a team of designers reporting to a Lead Design Engineer, the post-holder is required to produce designs, quotations, work packs and monitor the financial position of the projects with Network Operations for customer connections.


The Trainee Project Designer is guided by the Design Policy and the Connection Charging Manual, and is expected to meet all Electricity Guaranteed Standards and safety standards.

Typically, quotations vary between £2k and £200k, but can be up to £1M and it would be expected that the post-holder will be competent to undertake this role autonomously.



Key Responsibilities include:


  • Professional liaison with customers, their agents and internal stakeholders to gain the information required to complete a quotation.


  • Produce designs, quotations and work packs to agreed license condition and guaranteed standard timescales.  This will include network analysis, reinforcement design and Netmap drawings.


  • Consistent knowledge and application of the Design and Connection Charging Policies as well as relevant Codes of Practice.


  • Production of work packs satisfying all safety and delivery requirements.


  • Together with Network Operations colleagues, to ensure delivery of projects to financial targets and support project closure through financial reconciliation.



Essential Skills


The post-holder should demonstrate a keen awareness of the design and operation of the electricity distribution network.


The post-holder should possess the drive to give excellent service to customers to meet their needs.


Good organisation skills including the ability to plan, manage time and other resources efficiently are a pre-requisite.


Must be able to show initiative whilst working as a team player, taking ownership and contributing to targets and supporting team success.


Be able to demonstrate intelligent balanced judgements in all matters


Ability to work in a pressured environment as part of a highly focused team with a flexible and adaptable approach to work.


Enthusiastic & strong customer focus, without losing sight of safety and security of supply objectives.



Nature and Scope


The Connections Directorate designs and undertakes new and altered electricity connections within the UK Power Networks Licence area.  All works are customer driven and the design team have to manage their time to meet customer expectations as well as comply with Licence Conditions, Guaranteed Standards and Safety Standards.


The Project Designer is required to liaise with customers, develop new connection designs that meet the customer requirements and produce quotations and work packs.


The role requires access to secondary substations to carry out surveys and installation of monitoring equipment.




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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