Owner Engineer

Vacancy Number:  24056
Engineering - Project Management
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


The role of the Networks Programme area is to manage the delivery of work programmes within Regulatory funding. Ensuring that work programmes are prioritised to reflect business strategy, policies, plans, and procedures for the safe and cost-effective delivery of business goals. This requires communication with stakeholders to ensure that all stakeholders are aware of their regulatory obligations, while ensuring that the regulatory tracking process is maintained and conforms to requirements.


The Owner Engineer is the Project Manager for the Project Development Phase and is responsible for delivering capital approval for large scale, high value projects and continual oversight of same during project lifetime. The Owner Engineer in the Networks Programmes team will manage both Transmission and Distribution System projects.



Key Responsibilities


  • Project Manager for the Project Development ‘Pre-CA’ stage of HV transmission and distribution projects including substations, overhead lines and underground cables.
  • Help Ireland deliver on its climate change targets and Net Zero 2040 Strategy through the connection of Solar Farms, Onshore/Offshore Windfarms, Battery Storage, Green Hydrogen, Electric Charging Infrastructure etc.
  • Help connect new customers and ensure Networks resilience and continuity.
  • Development and issue of Capital Approvals and Project Agreements for Distribution and Transmission capital projects
  • Responsible for the overall development of scope of works, engineering designs, schedules, risk logs and costs for individual projects.
  • Manage and coordinate stakeholders with wide range of teams across the ESB business including Network Assets, Networks Project & Customer Delivery, Operations, Engineering and Major Projects and EirGrid to ensure delivery of programmes.
  • Presenting to the monthly Governance Boards, as required
  • Monitor the achievement of targets, budgets & controls and report on these as required.
  • Challenge the need, cost & regulatory value of proposed projects
  • Contribute to development of annual work plans and budgets
  • Support Delivery Organisation in terms of Project Change Requests and AEA’s throughout project lifetime



Experience and Qualifications 




  • Level 8 Engineering Degree 
  • 5 to 7 years relevant experience
  • Strong Stakeholder Management skills and commercial acumen
  • High level of commitment and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to act independently and take initiative.
  • Full clean driving licence




  • Chartered Engineer status
  • Project Management qualification
  • Broad understanding of Transmission and Distribution Network Technologies
  • Knowledge of the Regulatory Framework





ESB Networks, Leopardstown Road, Dublin 18


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


ESB Networks Distribution or Transmission Projects 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 

  • 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 





Starting from €55,700 per annum



Closing date


22nd February 2024



Note: Applicants who anticipate needing assistance for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, recruitment@esb.ie

                       If you have any queries in relation to this job, please contact recruitment@esb.ie  


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