Specialist Lead, Substation Control Systems

Vacancy Number:  24288
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 System group is a key part of Transmission & Distribution Delivery Group responsible for the Specifications, Scoping, Designs & Pre-commissioning of SCADA Systems for high voltage transmission and distribution assets of ESB Networks.

The role of the SCS Specialist is to be a subject matter expert in their field, driving Group’s further development and expertise in substation automation and control systems. As well as carrying out a range of activities in substation automation, a key component of the role is to develop the expertise and capability of engineers across the wider SCS Group. In addition, he SCS Specialist will be expected to actively contribute to Group’s business development and to represent TDD, EMP and ESB Group as a subject matter expert where required.

International travel, travel within Ireland and participation in international conferences and working groups is a feature of this role.



Key Responsibilities


Responsibilities will cover the items below:


  • Provide technical expertise across the Substation Control System group, including the provision of training and mentoring to engineers in all aspects of conceptual design, design review, pre-commissioning, and commissioning support for the delivery of transmission and distribution substation control system projects.
  • Design and develop standardised control and automation solutions, including elementary schematic diagrams, work instructions, and departmental procedures, to support the efficient and high-quality delivery of projects.
  • Support the development of maintenance strategies for all substation automation OT equipment.
  • Design and implement a strategy for the delivery of substation automation system upgrades across the suite of installed legacy OT systems.
  • Provide expertise in the development of technical specifications for SCS equipment term contracts and assist with technical evaluations as part of ESB Networks procurement processes.
  • Develop methodologies and procedures for testing IEC61850 based digital substation applications using dedicated IEC 61850 configuration and testing tools and equipment.
  • Drive a training and development mentorship program within the SCS group to ensure development of engineering capability across the area.
  • Provide technical assistance to engineers across projects as required, including regular on-site and Test lab in-person support as required.
  • Provide technical leadership to the team through the delivery of technical presentations and training modules to the SCS group and wider EMP TDD areas.
  • Develop and maintain a state-of-the-art Test lab environment in 1DAC for the testing and development of digital substation solutions.
  • Undertake Lead Engineer’s role in select technical projects as per the requirements.



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 minimum of 7 years’ experience in substation control systems.
  • Proven ability to work in a team to a high level of performance.
  • A strong understanding of all elements of substation control system scoping, specifications, design, costing, commissioning, and troubleshooting.
  • A commercial and project management capability.
  • A flexible approach to work, especially where necessary to delivery excellent customer service.
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills.
  • A proven track record of success contributing to the training and development of technical professionals.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Full site working approvals and be a member of SCS on call support team
  • Expert knowledge of Operation, Maintenance & Fault Investigation for substation automation systems
  • Substation Design experience and working knowledge of Eplan P8 or equivalent
  • Expert knowledge of substation control system protocols, e.g. IEC 60870-5-101, 103, 104 and IEC 61850.
  • Knowledge of Cyber Security policies and procedures in substation automation systems to ensure ongoing compliance with international best practice.







  • 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


Senior Team leader, Substation Control System Team, Transmission & Distribution Delivery





€65,000 to €76,000 per annum 



Closing Date 


6th December 2023



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