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Burns & McDonnell Senior Protection & Control Engineer - Transmission & Distribution (Birmingham, UK) in Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Chart your own course and change the world — with the support of people whose interests are aligned with yours. At Burns & McDonnell, opportunity is waiting. We’re looking for people with big ideas and an entrepreneurial mindset. It’s those kinds of people who’ve helped us grow from a small consulting business back in 1898 to a global leader in engineering, architecture and construction solutions. Today, we’re a thriving company with more than 10,000 professionals working in 55 offices worldwide and recognised as a leader in transmission & distribution services.

  • To act in a senior technical capacity in producing Burns & McDonnell’s UK engineering related project deliverables relating to power system Protection & Control (P&C), within the (power) Transmission & Distribution Global Practice. This includes (but not limited to):

  • Undertaking senior and lead technical roles on project specific multi-disciplinary engineering teams;

  • Being a senior technical authority on P&C engineering within the wider company;

  • Supporting the Protection & Control Section Manager in growing and enhancing the P&C Section engineering capability in the UK business; and providing guidance and mentorship to less experienced engineers with the engineering team, particularly those in the P&C Section.

  • Lead successful output of P&C engineering deliverables in the UK business, working with the P&C Section Manager to determine suitable P&C engineering personnel from across our global offices, as required.

  • Be a lead technical role on P&C design project deliverables, ranging from 11kV up to 400kV (with a particular emphasis on 132kV voltages and above), including undertaking the role of Lead Project Engineer on project teams, as required and when appropriate.

  • Produce detailed electricity substation P&C design packages, compliant to required client and national technical standards (ENA/BS/IEC/IEEE etc.).

  • Power system studies (fault level and load flow) required to determine protection settings requirements and production of various relay protection files, as required.

  • Prepare calculations and technical/equipment specification documentation.

  • Execute complex assignments requiring the use of advanced techniques, resulting in the development of new or improved processes, equipment, and/or technological methods.

  • Undertake consultancy role on FEED stage projects, including production of technical reports and presentations.

  • Maintain compliance to CDM Regulations and all other legal and regulatory requirements associated with the nature of substation/P&C and electrical system design.

  • Undertake technical quality assurance reviews and provide design approval/sign-off, as required, on P&C related designs and deliverables.

  • Work closely with other sections with the UK T&D Engineering Team, particularly the Substation Section and Distribution Section, to enable effective collaboration on multi-disciplinary projects and facilitate an optimal engineering function in the UK business.

  • Maintain technical compliance to applicable Burns & McDonnell and client design management standards, processes, and procedures on all work delivered.

  • Assist with developing and implementing policies, processes, procedures, standards, and technical guidance, as required, to continually improve the engineering capability within the P&C Section.

  • Plan and lead client meetings (or meeting sections) relating to P&C, as required.

  • Where appropriate and required relating the P&C work, act as Contractor Design Approval Engineer (CDAE), as defined by National Grid’s TP137 procedure, or equivalent role as defined by other clients.

  • Where appropriate and required, act as TP141 Protection Setting Engineer, as defined by National Grid’s TP141 and TP107 procedures.

  • Support the preparation of project proposals and tender presentations.

  • Drive ‘Safety by Design’ approach on all projects, at all times.

  • Support nurturing of a safety and technical excellence culture through emphasis on staff competence, diligence, and responsible attitude.

  • Understanding wider industry best practices and client technical standards/procedures for construction, operations & maintenance, and decommissioning, in order to drive safety, constructability, and operability throughout whole asset lifecycles.

  • Maintain project compliance to Burns & McDonnell’s UK Integrated Management System (IMS).

  • Support nurturing of world-class customer service culture, to drive client success.

  • Be an ambassador for Burns & McDonnell at all times through acting in accordance with expected high ethical and moral standards, and in adherence to Burns & McDonnell Code of Conduct.

  • Provide support for continued professional development of less experienced engineers in team, including technical guidance, and recommending training needs to the P&C Section Manager.

  • Actively support marketing and business development activities, building relationships with client technical contacts to aid generating new business, and elevation of the Burns & McDonnell brand.

  • Identifying new skills and competencies required within the Burns & McDonnell team to meet business needs and actively supporting development and recruitment of talent, including candidate interviewing.

  • Act as an industry technical leader in P&C design and contribute to relevant professional bodies and industry groups. Maintain Continued Professional Development (CPD).

  • Support or lead portions of section meetings.

  • Interpret and support with establishing policies, procedures, and strategic goals of the organisation.

  • Assist in determining section objectives and requirements, organise projects and develop standards and guidelines.

  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and judgment in anticipating and solving problems.

  • Advance and develop P&C Section tools and workflows to increase efficiency of designs, specification development, and project execution.

  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities as may reasonably be asked of this position by management.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (or related field) required AND

  • Minimum of 7 years of protection & control engineering design experience in the electricity transmission & distribution sector, with at least 5 of those years being on UK transmission system related projects (required) OR

  • Master's degree in engineering (or related field) and 6 years of relevant experience.

  • Knowledge of engineering design management best practices with ability to implement this knowledge

  • Understanding of the requirements of relevant UK Health & Safety legislation relating to design and construction work in the electricity supply industry.

  • Understanding of the requirements of relevant UK Environmental and Waste Management legislation.

  • Thorough understanding of current Construction (Design & Management) Regulations.

  • Experience of working in a lead substation design role on National Grid Electricity Transmission projects in the UK and acting as a TP137 CDAE for Protection & Control and as the TP141 Protection Settings Engineer.

  • Good knowledge of National Grid’s procedures: TP106, TP107, TP131, TP135, TP137, TP141, TP153, TP163, TP183, TP184, TP188, TP189, TP191, TP211, TP215, TP235, TP241.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience applying National Grids Technical Specification, Technical Guidance Notes, and Design Handbooks relating to substation protection & control in the UK.

  • Understanding of the causes and consequences of Impressed Voltage.

  • Understanding of the general requirements of procedural control of Temporary Works, in accordance with British Standards.

  • IT literate, with good knowledge of using Microsoft Office applications.

  • Knowledge of applying CAD technology/software to substation and P&C design and strong understanding of BIM principles (PAS 1192 and ISO 16950)

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong persuasion and negotiation skills with clients and employees.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders across clients, industry, government and public.

  • Able to manage tasks on multiple projects and conflicting deadlines.

  • Able to work autonomously and/or as part of a project team.

  • Pro-active in building knowledge and understanding of the electricity transmission and distribution industry.

  • Capability to coach and develop the team.

  • Engaged in the engineering community and how we can drive success for our clients.

  • Ability to develop innovative and practical solutions to a range of problems, and an understanding of how one issue may be part of a much larger solution.

  • Ability to make an effective and collaborative contribution to the team through sharing knowledge, promoting ideas, and valuing the contribution of all team members

Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location GB-Birmingham UK-Birmingham

Other Locations GB-Glasgow, UK-Glasgow

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 241774

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JA #UKO