Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks
My career at Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) started out some years ago when I joined the distribution operator as a graduate trainee in their Power Systems team.
That entry level role made me realise this was the industry in which I wanted to carve out my career, and I quickly progressed in to the world of Major Projects and their Design Office, where I took on the role of Design Engineer; a move that would put me on the path to my current position in SSEN.
Five years in the Design Office, working on substation and underground cable design, gave me the knowledge and confidence to take another step up in the organisation and to my most recent role of Project Manager for Major Projects, where I manage the safe and effective delivery of projects and contracts execution. With SSEN’s support, I’m also now a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and Chartered Project Professional with APM.
I’m currently managing a multi-million pound project to increase network capacity to a large area in Hampshire, which will boost the infrastructure for the area’s homes and businesses and accommodate low carbon technologies like electric vehicles connecting to the network. Part of SSEN’s investment works that are critical to realising and accommodating the UK’s net-zero emissions ambitions, and something I’m proud to be involved in.
Going down the graduate trainee route after university seemed like the natural path for me, giving me continuity in learning and earning. With clear lines for development in SSEN, I knew I could apply my academic knowledge to the practical applications required across many of the roles in design and projects. There are so many amazing opportunities within SSEN, especially around career development and progression. I’d say to anyone who has an interest in engineering or work as a project profession, that if they bring a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, they’ll find SSEN is the place to build a rewarding career.