Senior Civil Planning Engineer

Vacancy Number:  25289
Engineering - Civil / Structural
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! 


Join our dedicated team where we provide specialist civil engineering services in the Planning and Development of High Voltage Transmission and Distribution Assets for the Networks Business. The team specialises in;


  • Site Acquisition.
  • Planning Stage Design.
  • Consultation with Planning Authorities and State Bodies.
  • Design Safety Management.
  • Project Scoping, Programming and Cost Estimation.


The role includes the delivery of civil engineering and planning services and coordination of appropriate technical specialists from project inception through planning stage design and submission for electricity infrastructure projects at ESB. It also involves assisting with the mentoring and professional development of junior employees. 



Key Responsibilities


  • Managing planning stage designs relating to the delivery of HV substations projects including pre-planning consultation with planning authorities, scoping, development of planning drawings and coordination of specialists input e.g. hydrology, ecology, geotechnical etc.  
  • Providing specialist civil engineering technical advice for HV substations projects.
  • Providing the civil engineering input necessary to scope HV substations projects to facilitate Capital Approval of projects.
  • Undertake Lead Engineer role, responsible for coordinating multi-disciplinary designs, interfacing with clients / stakeholders, fee and programme management. Relevant training will be provided to perform the role.
  • Mentor and provide technical support to help in the development of junior employees.
  • Promoting and playing an active role in the safety management culture across all activities by taking ownership and demonstrating visible commitment to safety.


Experience and Qualifications


  • Level 8 Engineering Degree or equivalent qualification.
  • At least 7 years relevant Civil engineering or planning stage design experience.
  • A high level of specialist expertise, including a strong technical capability, in Civil engineering and/or planning stage design.
  • Demonstrates ability to successfully manage significant projects / key aspects of projects.
  • A strong commercial and project management capability.
  • Strong safety awareness and communication skills.
  • Full drivers licence valid for use in the ROI, access to a car and flexibility to travel nationwide



  • Experience in Civil Engineering / Utility projects would be advantageous.
  • Experience in planning stage design and submission within the jurisdiction  
  • Experience in performing PSDP role on projects.
  • Chartered status or working towards chartered status in a recognised professional institution  




This position will be based in one of ESB E&MP’s Offices at Dublin Airport or Eastgate, Cork.


ESB is committed to smart working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible ways of working. The successful candidate may work flexibly within their jurisdiction with attendance at the workplace for in-person collaboration on at least one anchor day per week. All smart working arrangements are subject to manager approval and ongoing review, based on the operational requirements of the role, the team, and the individual.



Reporting To

Team Leader of Site Acquisition and Planning Team



Why Work with Us?


  • Opportunity to lead Ireland’s transition to net zero carbon future.
  • Progressive, hybrid working model.
  • Career development through mentoring and training 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunities
  • Sports and Social Clubs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Credit Union
  • Generous Pension
  • Access to staff well-being programmes
  • Generous parental leave entitlements
  • Strong values-based and inclusive culture 
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion 
  • Great team environment working to our Core Values: Courageous, Caring, Driven and Trusted




€66,000 to €78,000 per annum


Closing Date

26th July 2024 

Note: Applicants who anticipate requiring assistance or reasonable accommodations for any part of the application or interview process may contact, in confidence,


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Your application will be held in reserve for 6 months should you be suitable for the role.