Distribution Network – Electrical Planner – Full Time

About us

We’re National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), the owner and operator behind the electricity distribution systems for the Midlands, the Southwest of England and South Wales. Serving communities of more than 8 million people, our expert teams deliver heat, light and power for homes and businesses, working outdoors with underground cables, overhead lines and substations that operate between 230 and 132,000 volts.

National Grid employs over 29,000 people worldwide. Our vision is to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future and we are doing this in a fast-moving industry with an increasing focus on tackling climate change, exploring new energy sources which are renewable, low carbon, and improve efficiency to meet demand. If this appeals to you too, you could soon work in a supportive, rewarding and friendly environment that empowers everyone to succeed.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Our desire is to bring in more employees from diverse backgrounds to build further on our inclusive culture. We value and celebrate individual difference and we believe that an inclusive culture will help the business grow as a positive, strong and innovative company.

Job Introduction

We are currently recruiting for two Grade 6 Network Planners to join us at our Hinckley depot. Planners design our network and work with our Engineers to construct, reinforce, alter and replace our equipment. As you can imagine, the pace is fast, and if you join us, our customers will trust you to provide excellent service and minimise any impact.

To be considered, you’ll need English and Maths GCSE Grade C/Level 4 minimum, or Functional Skills Level 2 or above. You’ll hold a Level 2 City & Guilds 2339, or equivalent qualification of the same level. We’ll need to see evidence of your qualifications, and if not already attained you’ll need to undertake Level 3 City & Guilds 2339. Evidence of your qualifications will be required prior to appointment.

Ready to power up your career? Join us and impact the way people heat, light and fuel their homes, businesses and vehicles. Keep reading and apply.

If you are offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.

*Please note you may initially be appointed at a lower salary until all relevant courses and training are complete.

Main Responsibilities

You will be responsible for costing and providing quotes for new domestic and commercial developments, design safe projects for the replacement, diversion or reinforcement of existing electricity network assets. Working primarily on the high-voltage network, you’ll also be responsible for:

  • Preparing capital projects and providing projects packs to the delivery team 
  • Design schemes that align with our Engineering Directives
  • Prepare plans, schematics, wayleaves, and issue quotations and agreements
  • Communicate with customers, providing updates and excellent customer service
  • Liaise with Grade 7 Planner to meet all overall network requirements
  • Determine the how and cost individual projects
  • Assist in resolving customer complaints
  • Set up scheme files for the delivery teams
  • Assist the delivery teams, identifying variations and take corrective action
  • Visit sites as required and interpret developers plans  

The Ideal Candidate

You may already have experience as a Grade 5 Network Planner, so you’ll understand our procedures and standards and already understand our customers and their needs. If you haven’t worked with us before, then you’ll have an electrical background with a qualification to match – perhaps you’ve worked in internal electrical planning. Either way, strong communication skills are key, so you can coordinate jobs and clearly explain issues. As you’ll be in control of your diary, we’ll need you to be resilient, organised and able to prioritise your workload. Team players thrive in this role, and you’ll be used to taking a proactive and more consultative approach. Experience using iPads, computers and our additional software is a must. You will need to be mobile throughout the area as you may be required to undertake standby duties.

You may not possess all the skills required to carry out the role at present but you will have the confidence and ability to reach the necessary standards with appropriate training. 

About the Company

If this is your opportunity to join us, you’ll find we offer a supportive, rewarding and friendly working environment where you’ll be empowered to build a career. Along the way, you’ll be invested in, be enabled by the latest technology and find that we’re always interested in evolving our systems and processes so that we get even better, every day.

In return, you’ll enjoy a package of benefits designed to reward your hard work and incentivise your ambition. In addition to your competitive salary, we offer a competitive contributory pension scheme where the company will double match your pension contributions up to a maximum company contribution of 10%. You will also have access, subject to eligibility criteria, to join our annual Share Save plan.

You will receive a generous annual leave entitlement on joining, starting at 26 days rising to 28 days following 10 years’ service, plus 8 bank holidays. In addition, you will be able to access support via our Employee Assistance Programme, including musculoskeletal and physiotherapy services.

Additional Application Information

Recruitment correspondence is usually sent by email, so please do check your email account including spam/junk folders regularly after the closing date.

To enhance your candidate experience, we recommend using Google Chrome to complete your online application. Should you have any questions regarding this or require additional support to complete your online application, please contact us.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early should sufficient numbers of suitable applications be received. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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