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Network Planner (Electical Engineering)

  • Job Ref: 8131
  • Dublin
  • Project Management

A large Irish Semi State organisation is recruiting for multiple Network planners for a 12 month contract. 
Role is mostly remote but there is a requirement to be in the office (3 locations) 6 days per month. 
Rate is 500-550 per day depending on experience 

Responsibilities
? Ensure connection applications are processed in line with CRU-approved policies and Distribution Planning and Security of Supply Standards;
? Carry out studies, both desktop and site-based, to determine Least Cost Technically Acceptable (LCTA) connection methods for new demand or generation customers;
? Develop appropriate Network reinforcement plans to accommodate future development;
? Utilise load flow software (Synergi, Sincal, Power Factory and others) to determine connection methods and suitability of various connection and reinforcement options;
? Complete Investment Appraisals and Technical Approval documents, and present these at governance boards;
? Be the Customer's interface point within Planning and attend new business customer meetings with Commercial/Delivery teams as required;
? Be the interface point on TSO (Transmission System Operator) interactions for connection agreements for new customer stations;
? Assess the impact of new loads with a disturbing aspect on existing networks and make recommendations to mitigate the impact;
? Build and maintain strong relationships with relevant Area and Divisional Managers to ensure that they are aware of new customers, 20kV plans, line diversions or system improvement plans in their regions of responsibility;
? Stakeholder engagements with Internal staff and external bodies;
? Prepare statistics on network performance, briefings or FOI requests as required by internal or external stakeholders;
? Contribute to the ongoing development and revision of Planning Standards used within the team, and develop the plans used to support lower level customer connections planned within the regional divisions.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Essential
? Prior experience in a Network Planning role;
? 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;

Desirable
? 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.