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Professional Engineer, Networks Planning, Network Assets

Vacancy Number:  17507
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 Professional Engineers (Network Planning) 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. The role will work closely with others across the full Planning function, Asset Management and ESB Networks Delivery Organisation to achieve delivery of new connections to the Distribution System.



Key Responsibilities


  • Plan the development and reinforcement requirements of the MV and 38kV distribution networks in accordance with defined planning standards
  • Carry out studies to determine Least Cost Technically Acceptable (LCTA) connection methods for new demand customers seeking connection to the distribution network
  • Utilise load flow software (SynerGi Electric/Sincal/PSSE) to determine connection methods and suitability of various reinforcement options
  • Complete Investment Appraisals and Technical Approval documents as required 
  • Assess the impact of new loads with a disturbing aspect on existing networks and make recommendations to mitigate the impact
  • Preparation of medium term MV Area plans
  • Preparation of national HV Investment plans
  • Preparation, development, and implementation of planning related standards and polices, as required. 
  • Gain and maintain knowledge in new technological advancements in the RES, flexibility, system operations areas and market/regulatory developments
  • Stakeholder engagements with internal staff and external bodies
  • Carry out other planning duties as determined by team needs



Knowledge, Skills and Experience




  • 2-3 years relevant experience (consideration may be given to relevant further education)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • A commercial mind-set with effective analytical skills
  • Ability to act independently and take initiative.
  • Ability to understand and make decisions based on the relationships between financial, safety, and technical risks.
  • Can analyse networks using modelling software to determine network parameters under various conditions.
  • Familiar with MS Excel based spreadsheet tools & SharePoint





  • Good broad understanding of Distribution Network technologies, sufficient to assess the suitability of configurations for proposed connections and assess planning standard proposals for implementation.
  • Can prepare Investment Appraisal documents setting out the project drivers, assessment methodology and preferred solution based on financial and technical criteria.
  • Can perform financial analysis using lifetime cost projections for various connection proposals and network reinforcement proposals.
  • Proven experience of analysing networks using modelling software to determine network parameters under various conditions.
  • Familiar with MS Excel based spreadsheet tools   & SharePoint
  • Experience in coding languages such as Python, SQL, etc.





3rd Level qualification (Technical Engineering Qualification is preferred) or equivalent work experience is essential.  





The base is flexible we have teams in the following locations 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


  • €43,800 - €54,000 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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