Engineering & Operations

What we do

Our engineering, technical and operations functions maintain, update and upgrade our electricity and gas networks, making sure we’re ready to deal with increasing power generation from renewables and low carbon energy sources. We’re investing massively in everything from overhead lines to pipes, our transport fleet, substations and other infrastructure projects. Which means you’ll be involved in high profile, high impact projects whether you build, operate or maintain our assets.

You might help us define and design what our network actually is and does. Update and extend our infrastructure. Or help us better embrace renewable and new nuclear energy sources. In the process, you’ll set national and international standards and make sure we meet the future head on.

Why it matters

It’ll take innovation and sensitive planning to successfully operate a network that can deliver energy around the UK well into the future. We’ll be working with new sources of energy that we don’t currently handle, and in new locations – places without a current network. These are likely to include some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside (coastal routes and national parks), so it’s vital that we’re painstaking and respectful in the way we approach and run these projects.

Our role is to join the whole agenda up and to be accountable for the impact our work has on the environment, communities and people’s everyday lives, while driving return on investment and controlling costs.

Why energy

The impact our engineering and operations employees have on society is huge.

We’re right at the heart of the energy industry – and at the centre of one of our greatest challenges: secure, clean energy that supports our way of life for generations to come. That’s why we’re restructuring the way we work to meet the challenges the future is likely to hold.


What we've achieved

What we've achieved

London Power Tunnels

In 2011 we launched a seven-year project to rewire the capital via deep underground tunnels. It’s our job to make sure there’s enough transmission infrastructure to support future energy demand, and this project is vital to giving London a safe, reliable electricity transmission network in the future.


What might a future generation transmission pylon look like? In 2011, in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), we launched a competition to find out. The winning entry was the T-Pylon designed by Danish architects Bystrup, with its powerful combination of mechanical strength and practicality. We’re now developing the concept into a working pylon that can operate in the unique UK conditions. 

Where we're going

Where we're going

In the future, we’ll understand our assets better and use technology more efficiently. Like a new car that alerts you to an impending service, our technology will tell us when it needs maintenance and attention. So we’ll no longer need to rely on a policy document that schedules a tune-up every two years. 

As sources of energy become more diverse, we’ll need to interact with an ever-widening audience of communities and stakeholders. Our engineers will be influencers, directly shaping our direction as a business to meet our objectives.

We’ll go through more changes in the next 10-15 years than at any time in the last 30 years. These will include the connection of many low carbon generating and renewable energy sources. There will be new challenges in the way we move energy, a wider integration of the electricity network with Europe, and we’ll need to figure out how to make energy work better across borders, at sea and over land.

We’ll make green energy more accessible, getting it on the network from places like the North Sea and from solar power. 

what we're looking for

and our assessment process

As we invest in sustainable ways to deliver better energy to everyone, we need engineers and analysts with the originality and creativity to drive innovation. People who are single-minded about adopting new ways of working, and who can take ownership and make things happen.

  1. The technical and commercial know-how to deliver both the green agenda and cost efficiencies
  2. The project management skills to drive initiatives forward
  3. A flair for innovation and forward-thinking

We need to ensure our people have the right capabilities in order to deliver against our business objectives. We’ve created a fair, consistent and future-focused approach to enable us to resource our business for our immediate and future needs. Our assessment process ensures that we achieve this in an objective manner and that we give all candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their skills.

The specific process for each role varies based on the key requirements of the role. Typically there’ll be an interview, and for some roles it may be of benefit to undertake another exercise such as a presentation or case study.

All our roles are aligned to our Resourcing Assessment Framework which enables us to assess candidates consistently across the organisation. This encompasses the differentiating capabilities and values that are important to us as an organisation.

  1. Technical capability – qualifications, knowledge, experience – and their application – based on the technical requirements of each role
  2. Skills, capability and behaviours based on the level of role and the key skills that are required for effective performance in that role
  3. Leadership qualities for our more senior roles

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