Professional Engineer - Electrical - Substation Control Systems

Vacancy Number:  24289
Engineering - Other
Job Type:  Full-time

ESB is a purpose led company striving to create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy.  Today, we operate one of the most progressive electricity systems in the world, with activities spanning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and an international energy consulting business.

With almost 8,000 employees we invested €1bn in infrastructure last year, contributed over €2bn to the economies we operate in and distributed over €2m across a range of community initiatives. This requires us to bring the best of our capabilities together to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions that enable our customers to live low-carbon lives. ESB strives to foster an effective and inclusive culture where people engage, challenge and feel connected to our purpose, colleagues, customers and community.

A Brighter, zero carbon future awaits!

The Commissioning & SCS Team in ESB Engineering & Major Projects is the centre of engineering for ESB’s Transmission & Distribution businesses, as well as providing consultancy services in T&D technology for external clients.


The Substation Control Engineer will be required to have a technical design background, detailed knowledge of internal safety procedures and strong communication and problem-solving skills.



Key Responsibilities


Responsibilities will cover the items below:


  • Development bespoke substation control system designs and system configurations to ESB Networks and international clients 
  • Conducting and oversee factory and site acceptance testing across a suite of automation and substation control system products
  • The Engineer is expected to produce preliminary designs, fully integrate and test substation Control Systems for ESB’s ABB MicroSCADA and Siemens SICAM systems.
  • Providing technical support to colleagues in the area of substation control system design
  • The Substation Control Systems Engineer is required to manage their performance to ensure consistent high levels of delivery, meeting clients' requirements, delivery dates and the commercial performance of projects
  • A flexible approach to work, especially where necessary to deliver excellent customer service
  • Strong communication and report writing skills



Knowledge, Skills and Experience


Working as part of this dynamic team, you will always have new challenges and new problems to solve – working together is key.  You will have the autonomy to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems with the support of your colleagues.


We are looking for the following skills;



  • A relevant experience in a utility or industrial environment with a background in specification, design, integration and testing of substation control systems, remote terminal units (RTUs), or industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs). A strong work ethic with a clear focus on delivery to ESB’s safety, time, quality and cost objectives.
  • Strong commercial and project management capability.
  • The ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities.
  • A flexible approach to work, especially where necessary to deliver excellent customer service.
  • Strong communication and report writing skills.
  • A full driving license is required.


  • Experience in control centre SCADA, substation telecommunications, or power system studies is beneficial, but not required.
  • Knowledge of substation control system protocols, e.g. IEC 60870-5-101, 103, 104 and IEC 61850.
  • Candidate must have good English verbal and written communication skills, be willing to travel internationally and work successfully in a customer focused, project-oriented environment







  • Either 3rd Level qualification or equivalent work experience is essential





ESB is committed to offering flexibility in ways of working and we call that Smart Working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible and remote ways of working.


The successful candidate may combine remote / smart working within the jurisdiction, with attendance at base for in-person collaboration, the frequency of which is agreed with the manager and subject to ongoing review.


This role is based in either ESB E&MP Dublin/Cork offices but travel to project locations as required, is a key requirement of the role



Why ESB?


  • Opportunity to lead and operate on frontline of Ireland’s transition to net zero future​
  • Embracing & facilitating a Smart Working Future​ / Hybrid Working
  • Career development through mentoring, and training 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunities
  • Active Social & Sports Clubs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Credit Union
  • Generous Pension Contributions
  • Access to Staff Well Being programmes
  • Generous parents leave entitlements
  • Great team environment working to our Core Values – Courageous, Caring, Driven and Trusted
  • ESB has a comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion Programme



Reporting to


Reporting to the Senior Team leader, Substation Control System Team TDD





€45,000 to €53,000 per annum 



Closing Date 


6th December 2023


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