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Job Title: Head of Utilities - Energy Networks   

Energy Networks are evolving at such a fast pace, and in Atkins we are helping the Energy sector to achieve its targets through innovation. Whether it is to trial a new technology, a new market model, or new ways of designing the networks, in Atkins we are helping the network companies in their transition to new era.

Development of relationships with clients, including government stakeholders, project developers and energy organisations will be essential to success and you will therefore enjoy working with others, sometimes at client sites, sometimes from our offices, and thrive on working within a collaborative and diverse project environment.

About the Project or About the Team

We are looking for an experienced leader to join our Energy Systems business to lead the energy network utilities team. This team in Atkins is responsible for delivery of various design projects in the transmission and distribution, substation design, offshore wind electrical networks as well as exploring new market opportunities with gas and heat network operators.

You will be leading a team of Chief Engineers, Principal Engineers, Senior Engineers, Engineers and Graduates heavily involved in supporting design, project management, design assurance, and technical support to onshore and offshore network companies.

What you'll be doing

As a member of senior leadership team within Energy Networks, you will lead a team of experts involved in design of the infrastructures for the offshore and onshore the T&D utilities in the UK and Europe.

The projects typically include substation design for onshore T&D companies, grid connection design for onshore/offshore generation projects, substation design (concept/layout/FEED) for offshore wind developers, and technical advisory for the development of projects in this field. In addition, you are responsible to contribute to our strategy for non-electricity utilities (Gas and Heat networks) and grow the workstream in this field.

You will be responsible for growing the team, developing partnerships with suppliers and T&D clients, and enhancing the capability of the team. You will also be expected to maximise the collaboration with wider teams within Atkins and to offer a world-class service to our clients.

You'll need to have

You'll have excellent communication, stakeholder management and influencing skills. You'll be able to manage client relationships, engage constructively with multiple stakeholders and lead delivery of strategic work initiatives.  Through your work you will also help support and shape the development of our future business.

We are looing for someone with:
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • Commercial acumen
  • Track record of developing and growing teams and personnel
  • Experience of the European Energy Market
  • Strong project management and portfolio management skills
  • In depth knowledge of electricity networks in the UK and Europe, challenges and opportunities in transition to low carbon economy (knowledge of Gas Networks in addition is desirable) 
  • Experience of infrastructure development market and supply-chain within Energy Sector
  • Experience of offshore wind market and electrical packages
  • Degree level or equivalent professional qualification.


The opportunities we have are varied in size and nature and will require a range of engineering and project services. As a key member of the team you will also:
  • Lead and provide strategic guidance and input to bids
  • Work with our Project and Engineering Leads, advising on capability and competency development within our delivery teams


About us

Atkins support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers' expectations. Our commitment to staff development is underpinned by numerous stable and long-term framework agreements with key clients.

We are one of the world's foremost engineering and design consultancies, operating in most regions of the world, and in virtually every market. Choosing to work for Atkins will provide you with the opportunity to engage on some of the most exciting engineering challenges of our time. Together with our rewarding and flexible packages, you'll have the perfect balance to bring your personal and career goals to fruition.

We develop individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active programme of in-house as well as external training for all our staff.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not refer to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.


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