Graduate Power System Engineer (Electricity System Operator) Wokingham 2024

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As Great Britain’s electricity system operator (ESO), we sit at the heart of the electricity system, using our outstanding engineering and commercial expertise to balance electricity supply and demand. Ultimately, we keep the electricity flowing directly to where it’s needed, second by second.

Our values and principles

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of who we are and what we do. Our commitment to these values is unwavering and they are central to our mission. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries and we are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments that you require.

About the role

Have you ever wondered how we keep the electricity flowing and the lights on for all electricity consumers in Great Britain?

If so, joining our 18-month Graduate Development Programme gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in a key role in this by joining the Electricity System Operator as a Graduate Power System Engineer and be part of the core team that is working to operate a carbon free electricity system by 2035. 

As a Graduate Power System Engineer, you will be contributing to developing the future energy system.  Depending on the requirements of the team you are working alongside, opportunities may include creating, developing and informing our understanding of future challenges, looking at potential solutions in technical, economic and market fronts. 

Key accountabilities

  • Assessing network faults 
  • Developing system operational plan 
  • Working with GB transmission owners to ensure our network simulation models are maintained to provide accurate and technical analysis necessary to electricity network design 
  • Managing the technical aspects of electricity frameworks (both GB and Europe) 

What you'll need

You will have a minimum 2.2 degree in Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Maths.

Ideally, you will also have a valid full UK Driving License. 

This role is based at Wokingham hybrid working options may be available and dependent upon business requirement. 

Application deadline

We recruit on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close our vacancies once we have enough applications. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to ensure you obtain the place you want in the application process. 

Assessment centres will be held from December 2023 onwards.

What you'll get

At the ESO, we are committed to providing you with a comprehensive range of benefits to support you in your personal and professional life. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health and wellness programmes, opportunities for career growth, a supportive work environment, and much more. 

We are proud to offer a starting salary of £33,154 (Bachelor’s) or £34,300 (Master’s). Our Graduate Programmes are unique; not only will gain an insight into how we work at the ESO, but you’ll also get to understand what a career with us can offer, along with some great rewards: 

  • £2,000 bonus, once joined and started on programme.  
  • 26 days holiday.
  • £2,400 payment on successful completion of the programme.
  • Up to £200 per month accommodation allowance as you move around the business, and additional annual leave for when you move between placements plus assistance with moving personal belongings.  

We’re dedicated to fostering a culture that values well-being and career growth, making the ESO an ideal place to work and build a fulfilling career.

More information

The Government and Ofgem have asked the ESO to take on new roles and responsibilities.

Becoming the Energy Future System Operator is a critical step to help deliver a reliable and clean energy transition for all. The ESO, including all of its existing roles, will be at the heart of the new Future System Operator, taking on additional roles with a whole energy system mindset to drive progress towards net zero while maintaining energy security and minimising costs for consumers.

The new organisation will be set up as a public corporation with operational independence from government – bringing parties together to support optimised decision making and action. As now, it will be licensed and regulated by Ofgem through price control agreements. It is anticipated that the new organisation will be up and running by or in 2024.  

The time to act on climate change is now. As part of the team, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in Great Britain – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.

At National Grid, we work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office.

Our goal is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, the innovation from diverse teams & perspectives and business need. We are committed to building a workforce so we can represent the communities we serve and have a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.

DEADLINE 4th December 2023