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about 1 year ago
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Power & Energy
Category: Systems Engineering Jobs
About the Role

WSP are now one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Together we provide services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, and our expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources.

We have approximately 31,500 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, and various environmental experts. We are based in more than 500 offices across 39 countries worldwide.


Our Energy business has significant experience in all types of power generation plant, including conventional coal, oil, gas-fired, nuclear, and hydroelectric plants. Our projects also include working on plants using alternative fuels ranging from geothermal, wind, municipal waste, wood, landfill gas and agricultural by-products. For the past 40 years, we have provided engineering services for over 170,000 MW of generating capacity in over 600 sites around the world.

Our technical knowledge base is kept current through our exposure to a variety of projects in the field of power generation, transmission and distribution and through our understanding of the development and application of leading-edge technology. Our clients include transmission and distribution network operators, power generators, manufacturers, private energy sector developers, government agencies and regulatory authorities.

Through a strategy of steady organic growth we have built a portfolio of projects that now require additional resource. It is also hoped that the successful candidate will bring further expertise and capability that will facilitate additional growth.

Job Summary:

The Company provides high-level Technical Assistance and project management services to clients in both the public and private sector in the UK and overseas. We offer our clients comprehensive services ranging from strategic advice, power systems planning, conceptual design and specification, through to project and construction management and supervision.

The position is for a principal engineer to provide power system planning, design and studies services, directly interfacing with clients to meet their requirements, and fulfill the agreed scope of work to programme and to budget. This includes the preparation of well written reports and clear communication of issues and results.

The role also requires the principal engineer to take responsibility for technical quality of deliverables, provide technical leadership and assist with the training and development of less experienced staff. The principal engineer will be expected to develop and maintain client relationships, and to assist with identifying, bidding and winning new work.

About You

Desired Skills/ Experience:

Proven experience in two or more of the following technical areas:-

Distribution power system planning and design
Transmission power system planning and design
Power system modelling, load flow and fault level studies
Developing generator controller models and transient stability analysis
Development and assessment of grid codes and planning and connection standards
Industrial power system design, including technical and cost assessment of options
Experience of specifying key electrical equipment parameters
Proven experience in most of the following areas:-

Successful management of projects to time, to budget and to client satisfaction
Providing technical lead on projects and proposals
Training, developing and mentoring other engineers
Checking and peer reviewing the work of other engineers
Developing and maintaining client relationships
Bidding and winning work
Clear articulation of complex issues to clients in both written and oral form.
Experience in any of the following areas will be an advantage:-

Transmission and/or distribution equipment design, application, installation and operation
Harmonic measurements, analysis and quality of supply issues
Lightning and switching surge studies
Protection system design and setting calculations
Earthing system design and studies
Load forecasting and generation planning
Generator controller response measurements and validation of models
HVDC system modelling and studies
Small signal stability analysis
Research and innovation in the power systems field
Publication of papers in English at conferences or in peer reviewed journals
Contribution to relevant professional bodies and societies

About Us

We are one of the largest consultancies in the world with a long tradition in Energy and Power projects. We have helped build over 180,000MW of generating capacity in more than 600 locations around the globe and continue to support power projects in the UK, Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

We place our clients at the heart of everything we do; our services are flexible and we are agile and able to quickly respond to the changing needs of a project – whether that is short notice travel to an overseas site or providing robust technical advice for a challenging project.

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