Job Title: Lead Simulation Engineer (The National HVDC Centre)
Location: The National HVDC Centre, Cumbernauld, Scotland
Salary: £42,500- £63,500 depending on skills and experience + car/cash allowance + annual bonus
Permanent | Full Time Hours with flexible working patterns available | 37 hours per week
The National HVDC Centre is a real-time simulation facility which supports the feasibility, specification, testing, operation and maintenance of HVDC transmission systems. By studying and simulating control interactions between HVDC and AC systems, we de-risks the development and operation of HVDC schemes. The Centre, funded through Ofgem’s Networks Innovation Competition, formally opened on 26th April 2017; providing a simulation and training facility to support HVDC schemes.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Simulation Engineer to join us, providing leadership and guidance to a team of Engineers undertaking detailed HVDC simulation studies. These studies take place in real-time using vendor-supplied replica hardware, to understand multi-infeed, multi-terminal and multi-vendor HVDC operation and interactions, for real schemes in GB; interpreting the results to gain insights to improve the design and operation of HVDC schemes.
Our current projects include: supporting the £1.1bn Caithness-Moray HVDC project (www.ssen-transmission.co.uk/projects/caithness-moray), and participation in the European funded PROMOTioN HVDC research and innovation project (www.promotion-offshore.net).
You will manage a highly technical team , providing technical oversight managing workloads and performing day to day line manager activities (e.g. objective setting and performance reviews).
You will engage directly with our stakeholders to understand their requirements; undertaking simulation studies (using RSCAD simulation software); drawing out the insights learnt from the study work, and communicating the results (in technical reports and presentations) to HVDC scheme sponsors and GB Transmission licensees.
This is a varied role, and a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of HVDC advances in this country.
Your Skills and Experience
You will have:
- Extensive experience of power system studies;
- Experience of Real Time Simulation (preferably using RSCAD);
- Knowledge of HVDC Transmission with an understanding of LCC and VSC technology; and
- Familiarity of HVDC schemes integration with AC systems.
- You will be a strong communicator, with an ability to relay very technical information in an easy to understand manner; and
- You will be able to demonstrate that you can work effectively in a team environment, building and sustaining positive working relationships;
- You should also have previous experience of people management, and an ability to coach and develop technical team members; and
- You should be able to demonstrate effective activity planning and reporting.
Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) operates this new Centre on behalf of all GB Transmission Licensees. SHE Transmission is the transmission owner responsible for the North of Scotland transmission network from 132kV to 400kV. SHE Transmission is currently constructing the Caithness-Moray HVDC scheme, and has ambitious plans for future HVDC schemes (including Multi-Terminal schemes). The National HVDC Centre is set-up to support all HVDC schemes connecting to the GB Network and beyond, in order to facilitate the integration and operation of the increasing number of HVDC schemes.
SHE Transmission is part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). SSEN’s our skilled teams operate and maintain our electricity distribution and transmission networks, carrying electricity to over 3.7 million homes across the north of the Central Belt of Scotland and Central Southern England.
With more than 22,000 employees working over 242 locations, we strive to be a great place to work for everyone. In addition to a competitive salary, you’ll automatically be enrolled in into our Group Pension Plan and have the opportunity to join our Share plans. You’ll enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement of 34 days (inclusive of public holidays), with the option to buy up to 10 extra days. Each employee is also entitled to one day paid volunteering, allowing you to dedicate your time, skills and expertise to your local community or a charitable cause as part of our “Be the Difference” scheme.
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Closing date for applications is: Sunday 17 June 2018
This vacancy is open to internal and external candidates. If you’re internal, please notify your line manager before you submit your application. If you’re successful, we’ll conduct some pre-employment checks.