Senior Grid Engineer

Vacancy Number:  24537
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.

Position Description  

Are you looking for a new challenge?

We are looking for a Grid Engineer to join us on our journey to a Brighter Future.


The Renewables Projects section within the ESB Engineering and Major Projects (EMP) business unit provides project management and engineering services in support of renewable power generation for ESB and external clients. Renewable projects include onshore wind, offshore wind, solar PV and battery storage. Our projects range from major utility scale offshore wind farms over 1GW to small distributed solar projects or battery projects.


This role involves working in partnership with Asset Development to develop projects as the business case evolves and progress projects based on risks and opportunities. Wind energy, offshore wind in particular, has been identified as a key part of ESB’s strategy to increase renewable generation capacity to 5GW by 2030. Projects are expected to be developed from a number of sources including development opportunities and acquisitions.


Due to an increase in the volume of work associated with this programme of projects, vacancies have arisen for a Grid Engineer in EMP Renewable Projects Development (RPD). 


Key Responsibilities

  • Build relationships with key stakeholders, including but not limited to ESB Asset Development, CRU, ESB Networks, EirGrid, National Grid, GB DNO’s, Scottish Power Transmission, Scottish Hydro Transmission and Ofgem.
  • Energisation management of projects in the delivery phase.
  • Commissioning management of projects in the delivery phase.
  • Management of external consultants and contractors.
  • Grid and Distribution Code Compliance including DS3 Service testing and reporting.
  • Represent ESB on industry forums and working groups such as IWEA grid committee.


Experience and Qualifications

  • A pro-active, enthusiastic, and commercially focused individual, with a minimum of 5 year's engineering experience with at least 3 in a comparable role, a proven ability to collaborate and engage with stakeholders, an ability to work on own initiative and strong report writing capability.
  • Level 8 qualification in Engineering/physical science or relevant work experience
  • A strong understanding of all elements of HV Substation system design, specifications and standards and a knowledge of commissioning test techniques and requirements for Power Generation and/or HV substations.
  • Strong commercial, project management and design review capability with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work and share knowledge and competencies within a team structure and experience of managing contractors, consultants and key stakeholders.
  • Flexibility, which is important in all aspects of the role, including travel nationally and internationally.



  • Grid and Distribution Code Compliance knowledge of a range of generation technology including BESS, Solar, Conventional Generation, Onshore and Offshore wind.
  • Experience with ESB’s Project Management Methodology or alternate project management processes.
  • Independent Engineer / Due diligence experience.
  • Working knowledge of Health, Safety and Environment Standards and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of Electrical Safety Rules and ESBN Telemess procedures.
  • Masters in Engineering/Physical Science or related discipline.
  • Chartered Engineer status with a recognised engineering institution or demonstrate evidence of progression towards same.
  • Project Management qualification.



Your base will be at one of our offices situated at One Dublin Airport Central or Eastgate Cork but travel to project locations in Ireland and the UK is a key requirement of the role.


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.


Reporting To

Grid Manager


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
  • Comprehensive Diversity & Inclusion programme
  • Great team environment working to our Core Values: Courageous, Caring, Driven and Trusted



€55,000 to €65,000 per annum

Closing Date

23rd February 2024


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