Graduate Opportunity

Engineering Graduate Programme 2020

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The opportunity

This year we are delighted to offer a number of graduate opportunities for those with various engineering disciplines across the UK and Ireland. Due to our size and diversity, we can offer you a structured yet challenging development programme where you'll have the support of the Graduate Programme Manager and a business mentor to assist you in reaching your full potential. The programme will support your career development into a permanent role with SSE that reflects your experience and passion.

Depending on the programme you choose, you could be involved in a broad range of exciting projects across the UK and/or Ireland. All roles are likely to involve some travel to other sites to gain practical exposure to a wide range of business areas, therefore a full UK driving licence would be an advantage but is not essential.

We are SSE

A number of our employees from different parts of the business and locations across the UK and Ireland offer an overview of what drives us at SSE - from award-winning customer service and generating green energy to giving back to the community.

What will I do on the programmes?

Here's a flavour of some of the exciting initiatives you could be involved in, for each Division.

Renewables (Glasgow/Dublin): We have huge growth ambitions to treble SSE's green energy output by 2030. We're already doing some great things - we own and operate the largest onshore wind energy fleet in the UK and Ireland, and we also operate a number offshore and flexible hydro plants. We're looking for a range of engineers to support us with projects across our renewables business, where you can truly make a difference and help us drive the transition to a low-carbon future.

Transmission (Perth/Glasgow/Aberdeen/Inverness): Working as part of multi-disciplined engineering teams, we have a range of opportunities for engineering graduates to support projects across our Transmission business. We're at the forefront of some really high profile projects which are ensuring our network is structurally sound, operating safely and efficiently and providing sustainable and reliable energy to all. You could be working on projects similar to the development of the new Caithness-Moray electricity transmission line, the reinforcement of substations, and the development of subsea electricity links - connecting some of the remotes part of Scotland to the main Transmission system for the first time.

Distribution (Reading/Portsmouth/Perth): Working as part of multi-disciplined engineering teams, we have a range of opportunities for engineering graduates to support projects across our Distribution business. You'll get to enjoy contributing to some exciting projects where you'll be at the forefront of developing, improving and maintaining our network. You'll be involved in projects and activities that help us ensure our network is not only running effectively, but also is considering innovative new technologies and efficient ways of providing energy to all customers.

Thermal Energy (Perth, Glasgow, Ferrybridge, Dublin): Flexible and efficient thermal generation will play a critical role in the transition to a low-carbon economy, providing reliable capacity at scale in response to market changes and events. It's a great time to join one of our new graduate programmes, and learn about the importance of our multi-fuel plants. In line with SSE's low-carbon vision, our £350m Keadby 2 project is set to be the cleanest and most efficient CCGT in Europe. Were developing new energy-from-waste facilities, including the £325m Ferrybridge Multi-fuel 2, which will help divert millions of tonnes of waste from landfill.

Enterprise Distribution Energy (Reading, Glasgow): we are delivering the next generation of sustainable energy infrastructure to businesses across the UK. We are a growing business and operate in some really exciting markets from EV to energy storage, from heating and cooling networks to water networks - our business is certainly diverse!

Energy Solutions Group (Leeds, Egham): SSE is excited to offer a graduate within our Enterprise Energy Solutions Group (ESG) business.  This 12-month programme would suit a graduate with a keen interest in the Building Energy Management and Sustainability industry, and want to actively pursue a sales career. Upon completion of the programme we will place you in a role that is most appropriate to your skills and attributes, ideally this will be a Project Sales Engineer based in one of our regional offices, with the opportunity to fulfil potential by quickly progressing through the organisation. In this role, you’ll ideally have an MEng or a minimum of a 2:2 BEng in mechanical, electrical, building services or energy and sustainability discipline, along with related work or project experience.

What do I need to join?

For these programmes, you'll ideally have a minimum of a 2:2 BEng in either Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Civil, Structural, Materials, Marine/Naval or Energy-related degree.

For some roles within our Thermal business we will also accept a degree in a similar or related subject such as Chemical, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Building Services Engineering degree. Additionally we are seeking a Quantity Surveyor to join our Distribution business!

We'd love you to have practical work or project experience that reflects your passion for engineering, as well as demonstrable experience of working in a team. You'll also be comfortable working to and setting stretching individual targets and using your own initiative to overcome challenges.

You should have an interest in the energy sector, and show alignment with SSE's core values.

Our benefits

We’re committed to ensuring we offer our people a great place to work, with competitive salary, contributory pension plan and benefits package.

About SSE

We all have different skills here at SSE and that’s what makes us stand out. We all take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra ‘if it’s not safe, we don’t do it’.

SSE is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 521900
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Opportunity Overview

  • October 20th, 2019
  • £29,000 + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Dublin, Perth, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Ferrybridge (West Yorkshire), Portsmouth and Reading
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Building Services
  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Energy
  • Marine
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Naval Architecture
  • Physics
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Structural

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