Lead Principal Engineer - Plant

Join as Lead Principal Engineer - Plant in Sunderland. Manage team, lead design reviews, write technical specifications, represent at industry events. Full-time, permanent role.

Sunderland, United Kingdom  UTC+00:00   Hybrid   Full Time   10000+   GBP 75k–112k   15 days ago

About SSE

Company Overview

SSE plc

Perth, Scotland, UK


Business Model

Utilities - Diversified

Generation, transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity and gas.

Electricity and gas supply, and energy infrastructure services.

Locations & Geography

United Kingdom 🇬🇧, Ireland 🇮🇪

Company Culture

Focused on leading in energy transition to a low carbon future.

Supportive with a focus on sustainability and safety.

Offers various growth opportunities and training focused on diversity and inclusion.

Activities & Projects

[800MW onshore wind JV in Ireland](

Net Zero Acceleration Programme with a £12.5bn investment plan to 2026.

Aligned with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, focused on clean energy development.

Career Opportunities

Various roles across energy sector with a focus on clean energy.

Comprehensive benefits including agile working conditions, health insurance, and career development programs.

Contact Information

LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram

The Policy and Standards Team are part of the Asset Management and Operations Directorate and are the Design and Technical Engineering Governance function for the Transmission Business. Their purpose is to ensure that suitable engineering guidance and specifications are in place for all Transmission projects and relevant business areas and that the design of the network and the equipment used ensures we operate safely, reliably and in compliance with the relevant legislation.

As the Lead Principal Engineer – Plant, you will

  • Manage the Plant Team including workload and resource planning, recruitment, and line management responsibilities.
  • Lead design reviews representing the Design Authority, providing Subject Matter Expert input to design reviews to verify project proposals are fit for purpose and identify any scope changes required.
  • Write, maintain and own technical specifications and guidance notes required for your area of expertise (electrical plant or transformers) and review existing specifications and update them based on lessons learnt from projects and to include development of technology. Provide technical guidance and advice to the transmission business for your discipline.
  • As part of the Technical Authority, review test plans to ensure that all technology and equipment selected is adequately tested, proven and validated and review proposed suppliers and their factories to confirm their suitability to be approved for use on the transmission network.
  • Represent SSEN Transmission at industry body events such as ENA, IEC or CIGRE working groups and attend conferences.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

  • A degree in a relevant Engineering discipline and Chartered Engineer status with a relevant institution.
  • Relevant experience in managing a team of subject-matter experts and as a Design and Technical Authority.
  • Demonstrable experience on an expert level in the design, construction and installation of either electrical plant or transformers.
  • The ability and experience to technically assess issues, problems and/or faults related to electrical plant or transformers alongside an in depth understanding of the technical requirements for operation and maintenance of electrical plant or transformers.
  • A detailed knowledge and understanding of a range of national and international standards alongside the capability and experience in writing technical specifications and guidance notes.

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave entitlement. Enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact / 01738 344049.

Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality and credit check.

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About the role

May 07, 2024

Full Time


Nov 03, 2024


GBP 75k–112k

Sunderland, United Kingdom



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