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Network Planner Engineer, Distribution and Renewable Planning, Network Assets

Vacancy Number:  17508
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.

At ESB Networks we ensure electricity gets to the homes and businesses of our 2.3 million electricity customers in a safe and efficient manner every day, every hour, and every minute.  


We recognise that the environment in which we operate is changing rapidly driven by new policy, regulation and the advancement of technology. This means the role of electricity is changing, creating new challenges and opportunities. 


Our ambition is to build, maintain, operate and develop the electricity network to meet the changing needs and expectations of society, today and in the future. Our vision is to connect a clean electric future together and our customers and stakeholders will be at the heart of this transformation. 


ESB Networks’ Distribution Planning Team undertakes conventional distribution network planning activities (e.g. planning large demand customer connections including renewable generation). It also plans medium to long term network development (e.g. planning to cater for future demand growth, improving system load indices and power quality).


We are hiring for Network Planners who will be responsible for planning the medium- and long-term reinforcement requirements of the Distribution System, planning the connection of new customers to the Distribution System and in the development and approval of planning standards, policies and procedures.


The roles involve the analysis of the MV and 38kV Distribution Networks to determine the optimum method of connection for new customers and the reinforcement requirements to allow for demand growth on the system, and interaction with various internal and external stakeholders.


Planners work closely with other functions within ESB Networks in the design and delivery of Network plans. They must also liaise with customers, the transmission system operator, and other stakeholders to ensure development is well founded, and meets requirements.


Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure all connection applications are processed in line with CRU-approved policies and ESBN Distribution Planning and Security of Supply Standards
  • Use load flow software (Synergi, PSS syncal, etc.) to carry out studies to assess the impact of embedded generation. RES, flexibility, demand customer connections & reinforcement options on the distribution system and to determine the Least Cost Technically Acceptable connection method.
  • Plan the development and reinforcement requirements of the 110kV, 38kV and MV distribution networks and 220kV bulk supply points in accordance with defined planning standards for 5 to 10 years based on future scenarios of factors such as load growth, energy efficiency and impact of electrification of heat and transport
  • Complete Investment Appraisals and Technical Approval documents as required and ensure that each CAPEX proposal has all supporting documentation for the business cases in place
  • Respond to customer queries and disputes on the proposed customer connection method in a timely manner
  • Verify the accuracy and outputs of other team members studies in line with the agreed procedure if an Approved Verifier and submit work for verification as per the agreed procedure.
  • Project manage innovation-led distribution planning improvement projects from initial scoping and development of terms of reference through to implementation of the recommendations.
  • Preparation, development, and implementation of planning related standards, policies and tools as required.
  • Engage with a broad range of stakeholders within industry to listen to what is happening in other jurisdictions and what can be learned from best practice in other utilities.
  • Managing relationships with customers, developers, national planning authorities, city and county councils and local action groups as required
  • Stakeholder engagements with internal staff, EMP and external bodies including EirGrid and CRU



Knowledge, Skills and Experience



  • 5 to 7 Years relevant experience (consideration may be given to relevant further education)
  • Knowledge and experience of electrical network engineering.
  • Good broad understanding of Distribution Network technologies, sufficient to assess the suitability of configurations for proposed connections.
  • A commercial mind-set with effective analytical skills and ability to present clear plans and the associated decision-making process
  • Ability to build models, use a wide range of analytical tools and software, and adopt new tools and methods as required
  • Ability to act independently and take initiative to develop proposals, seeking feedback as required.
  • High level of commitment and excellent interpersonal skills with ability to communicate complex issues both to specialists and to non-experts
  • Ability to understand and make decisions based on the relationships between financial, safety, and technical risks



  • Prior experience in a Network Planning role
  • Can prepare Investment Appraisal documents setting out the drivers and methodology for assessing suitability and preference of technical and financial options using defined criteria.
  • Proven experience of analysing networks using modelling software to determine network parameters under various conditions.
  • Can perform financial analysis using lifetime cost projections for various connection proposals and network reinforcement proposals
  • Familiar with MS Excel based spreadsheet tools   & SharePoint
  • Experience in coding languages such as Python, SQL, etc.





  • 3rd Level Engineering Qualification or equivalent work experience is essential. 
  • Full Driving Licence.





The position will be based in Leopardstown Road, Dublin. Wilton, Cork or Rosbrien, Limerick. 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 working within ROI, with regular attendance at base for in-person collaboration, the frequency of which is agreed with the manager. 



Reporting to


The relevant manager in Distribution Planning and Customer Access



Salary Range & Benefits


  • €52,800 - €65,000 per annum
  • Performance related bonus scheme
  • Competitive Pension Scheme
  • Electricity Discount
  • Subsidised Medical Insurance Scheme
  • Profit Share Agreement
  • Continuous development supports and opportunities



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