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Power Distribution Plant Operating Engineer

Job Title: Power Distribution Plant Operating Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: 030899
Job Published: November 15, 2019 10:14

Job Description

Power Distribution Plant Operating Engineer 030899
Organisation - AP Power
Job - Power
Position Type - Full Time
Salary: Circa £65,000pa

Contract Type: London Underground
Based: Unit 7, Bush Industrial Estate, Tufnell Park, N19 


Purpose of the role

Working for London Underground, for Power & Electrical you will be responsible for the safe and efficient repair and refurbishment of AP Power’s assets to maintain a safe and reliable power supply to London Underground. This includes all work associated with the Operations and Maintenance of the London Underground Power Distribution Network.

You will be responsible for the delivery of effective reliability by way of the implementation of appropriate plans for corrective and reactive maintenance; alongside the inspection, condition monitoring and testing regimes to ensure asset health in accordance with LUL Standards. 

You will strive to implement reliability improvements, and ensure staff and contractors apply engineering best practice. 



Key Accountabilities:


The role carries responsibility for the delivery of effective work on LUs Power Network and delivery for work on all substation plant in accordance with LUL Standards.
Apply LU standards, policies, rules and procedures as related to AP Power HV and LV systems to ensure compliance and conformity with policy and rules.
Apply and monitor management systems within the Plant Operations Section to fulfil this purpose including H&S and I/R matters.
Responsibility for the effective direction and management of Plant Operations staff and contractors
Direct, control and monitoring of staff working on behalf of the Plant Operations which includes a team of Engineers, Industrial Staff and external contractors which undertake all required activities.
Monitor, track and observe performance objectives for the Plant Operations section.
Identify & develop technical innovations in line with industry best practice and other benchmarks to improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of Plant assets which serve the London Underground Power Distribution Network.
Represent the interests of the Plant Section. Interface as necessary with suppliers, manufacturers, service providers and LU stakeholders on matters relating to Plant operations, maintenance and reliability. Provide accounts at forums, committees and agencies accordingly in support of AP Power’s wider interests. 
Meet the prescribed asset reliability targets and key performance indicators set by the Plant Manager.
Apply reliability improvements and influence renewals, upgrades, replacements and designs.
The role requires command and understanding of substation Plant and equipment as well as repair and condition monitoring techniques.
Deliver safe systems of work in accordance with Power Distribution HV/LV rules.
Report writing and review; supporting processes such as failure reports, technical reports, work instructions, project scopes, method statements, risk assessments, staff competencies, PGIs, on site staff engagement, etc.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:



Strong team working ethic, communication and influencing skills. (Essential)
Proactive and organised approach, particularly towards risk management. (Essential)
Strong report writing skills including computer competencies, and ability to use the Ellipse asset management tools. (Essential)
Good conflict and relationship management skills.(Essential)
Strong skill set in relation to achieving customer satisfaction focused specifically towards understanding and delivering the needs of an operational railway. (Essential
Flexible approach to work, including out of hours cover in order to meet the needs of an operational railway.(Essential)
Analytical & fault finding skills, including hands-on investigation of Plant and electrical system failures. (Essential)
Very strong safety management culture and commitment to H&S. (Essential)
Excellent leadership qualities, with good conflict and relationship management skills. (Essential)
Ability to instigate projects and plant upgrades, develop project scopes and project management. (Essential)





Degree Electrical Engineering (equivalent experience). Other suitable qualifications will be considered if accompanied by specific experience within a power distribution network. (Essential)
Through understanding of Health & Safety, LU policies and legislation relating to both an electrical and railway environment. (Essential)
Understanding of asset management techniques and performance monitoring.(Essential)
Hold LV1 – safety critical license, including manual control and switching duties (Essential)
Detailed knowledge and understanding of substation Plant and equipment as well as typical failure modes and repair techniques (Essential)
Application of engineering best practice. The role is required to monitor asset performance through daily vigilance of plant performance, the application of best practise to maximise reliability and the resolution of failures to secure plant availability. (Essential)
Mentoring and coaching knowledge to enable effective management of staff. (Essential)
Hold HV1 including manual control and switching duties. (Desirable)
Hold LV1 – safety critical license, including manual control and switching duties (Desirable)
Hold AP Power Distribution and LU licenses and permits for the execution of duties, including NVQ Assessor Role to A1 Certification, specifically HV1. (Desirable)



Experience of operating and maintaining an electrical distribution network. (Essential)
Experience of managing procurement channels, finance department, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers. (Essential)
Experience of managing safe systems of work, rules and licencing to satisfy LU policy and legislation. (Essential)
Experience of materials management, provision of spares and consumables. (Essential)
Experience of managing and controlling strategic and line side spares, identifying and retaining salvaged stock as well as newly sourced provisions. (Essential)
Experience of managing and directing team of Engineers and skilled craft staff. (Essential)
Experience of the installation, commissioning, operations, maintenance and repair of all aspects of HV, LV & DC substation switchgear and plant. (Essential)
Experience of hands on site leadership - Leading a team to deliver to tight and dynamic operational deadlines; preferably within the electricity or railway network. (Essential)
Experience of devising and delivering safe systems of work through the preparation of documentation – Method statements, risk assessments to progress work in a safe manner with minimal impact to the electrical network or operational railway. (Essential)

Equality and Diversity
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability status.


Application Process:

Please attach an up to date CV and covering letter. 

Please think carefully about the skills, knowledge and experience outlined in the job advert and cover these in your CV and covering letter.

Short listing will be carried out on the basis of your answers of pre-screening questions and your CV and covering letter.



The closing date for applications Sunday 24th November 2019 @ 23:59 hours


Additional Information:

Proof of licenses held will need to be produced at interview stage.

This is a Safety Critical Role - Occupational Health Clearance will be required.


In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow. Rewards vary according to the business area but mostly include:

Final salary pension scheme
Free travel for you on the TfL network
A 75% discount on National Rail Season Ticket and interest free loan
29 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays
Private healthcare discounted scheme
Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme
Retail, health, leisure and travel offers
Discounted Eurostar travel

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