Distribution System Operator Forecasting Analyst – Full Time

About us

We’re National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), the owner and operator behind the electricity distribution systems for the Midlands, the Southwest of England and South Wales. Serving communities of more than 8 million people, our expert teams deliver heat, light and power for homes and businesses.

National Grid employs over 29,000 people worldwide. We are building an inclusive workplace, a place to actively celebrate the cultures, personalities and preferences of our colleagues – who in turn help to build the success of our business and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Our vision is to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future and we are doing this in a fast-moving industry with an increasing focus on tackling climate change, exploring new energy sources that are renewable, low carbon, and improve efficiency to meet demand.

Job Introduction

An opportunity is available for a Distribution System Operator Forecasting Analyst based at Tipton, Bristol, Cardiff or Castle Donington within the Secondary System Modelling Team.

The team is responsible for the production and maintenance of NGED’s load forecasting processes. The team provides support to teams within National Grid involved in System Planning and providing insight on how customers will use the distribution network in future. This role will report to the DSO Head of System Planning.

*Please note the successful candidate may initially be appointed at a lower salary until all relevant courses and training are complete.

As part of our hybrid working approach this role offers a mix of office and home working. Hybrid working can only be considered once your initial training is complete and subject to business need.

Evidence of your qualifications will be required prior to appointment.

If you are offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.

Main Responsibilities

The primary areas of responsibility are Data Analysis, Process Development, Communication and Data Assurance and include the following:

  • Producing internal & external reports and datasets including provision of data for Local Authorities, large customers and other stakeholders requiring scenario based projections.
  • Assist with the development of processes to utilise smart meter data and distribution substation monitor data into System Planning activities.
  • Support the DSO Engineers in the System Planning team in the regular creation of datasets from core internal systems to support engagement with stakeholders and implement.
  • Liaising with internal teams and computer systems to extract and import data for analysis purposes.
  • Proactively working with the data owners and maintainers to continually improve data quality, accuracy and system integration.
  • Proactively investigate and resolve data issues and assisting with the investigation of anomalies arising from the data or its processing.
  • Use of GIS mapping software to generate maps and geographic datasets for internal and external reports and publication on the NGED website.
  • Providing administrative support to the team when required.
  • Flexible and able to pick up wider System Planning work when required.

The Ideal Candidate

You should be self-motivated, inquisitive and demonstrate a clear knowledge of the principles and issues associated with data extraction, data processing, data storage, data manipulation and data anomalies.

The successful candidate should hold a HNC or equivalent in a subject that demonstrates high quality analytical reasoning.

An understanding of SQL, GIS software and Python is desirable. A general understanding of the electricity industry and the role it plays in local and national decarbonisation targets would be beneficial. You should be able to demonstrate sound numeracy and literacy skills and good interpersonal/communication skills.

The ability to present information in a clear and reasoned way, together with an open yet analytical approach to problem solving are essential to the role. Excellent computer skills including Word and Excel are essential and knowledge of large database applications are also desirable. You must be reliable, well organised and be able to work effectively as part of a small team and able to work using your own initiative.

About the Company

If this is your opportunity to join us, you’ll find we offer a supportive, rewarding and friendly working environment where you’ll be empowered to build a career. Along the way, you’ll be invested in, be enabled by the latest technology and find that we’re always interested in evolving our systems and processes so that we get even better, every day.

In return, you’ll enjoy a package of benefits designed to reward your hard work and incentivise your ambition. In addition to your competitive salary, we offer a competitive contributory pension scheme where the company will double match your pension contributions up to a maximum company contribution of 10%. You will also have access, subject to eligibility criteria, to join our annual Share Save plan.

You will receive a generous annual leave entitlement on joining, starting at 26 days rising to 28 days following 10 years’ service, plus 8 bank holidays. In addition, you will be able to access support via our Employee Assistance Programme, including musculoskeletal and physiotherapy services.

Additional Application Information

Recruitment correspondence is usually sent by email, so please do check your email account including spam/junk folders regularly after the closing date.

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We reserve the right to close the vacancy early should sufficient numbers of suitable applications be received. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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