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Senior O+M Engineer

Company:  SPW Renewable UK, Ltd


Facility:  East Anglia Offshore Wind Farm



Iberdrola is a global energy leader, the number one producer of wind power, and one of the world's biggest electricity utilities in terms of market capitalisation. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (AVANGRID), Brazil (Neoenergia), Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy and France, with a workforce of more than 35,000 people.

Iberdrola is leading the transition towards a sustainable energy model through its investments in renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation, to offer its customers the most advanced products and services. Thanks to its commitment to clean energy, Iberdrola is one of the companies with the lowest emissions and an international benchmark for its contribution to sustainability and the fight against climate change.


ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the world’s largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy.  ScottishPower is the first integrated energy company in the UK to generate 100% green electricity. Our focus is on wind energy, smart grids and driving the change to a cleaner, electric future and we’re investing over £4m every working day to make this happen. We’re committed to speeding up the transition to cleaner electric transport, improving air quality and over time, driving down bills.


ScottishPower Renewables is at the forefront of the development of the renewables industry through pioneering ideas, forward thinking and outstanding innovation.  Our ambitious growth plans include offshore windfarms in East Anglia with our team leading the Group’s international offshore development.   With over 40 operational windfarms, we manage all of our sites through our world leading Control Centre at Whitelee Windfarm., near Glasgow.
At ScottishPower Renewables, we know people are central to building a better future, quicker and we are seeking new talent to join our team.

This role sits within the Offshore O&M Services in the Asset Integrity Management team – a cross-disciplinary of engineers and experts providing technical support to all our offshore windfarms.


The Senior O&M Site Engineer is a critical role within O&M of the Offshore Business focussing on the integration of the needs of the site team with the technical expertise of the Asset Integrity back office team. Asset Integrity team’s main objective is to ensure that SPR’s/ Iberdrola long term asset value and production revenue is maximised.
Belonging to the Asset Integrity Management Department Team and reporting to a Lead O&M Engineer in London, this role will work at the O&M facilities alongside the site team.  The engineer will be responsible for ensuring that the right maintenance actions can be taken to maximise the integrity of the assets and maximise the production of electricity.  To do this they must “bridge the gap” ensure the smooth flow of technical information, risks and priorities between the site team and the back office.  This will require checking of SCADA and other tools as well as service reports and talking to colleagues frequently. They must use their engineering judgement to prioritise technical issues and escalate them to the right person as well as investigating/gathering data/results to aid the investigation of technical issues.  This might include collating and analysing data (eg. Details of any turbines with grease leakages) or requesting technicians take photos or even going offshore to investigate and gather information yourself – all with the aim of helping the technical and site teams resolve the issues effectively.

The Senior O&M Site Engineer is an engineer with significant experience with primarily wind turbines but also (to a lesser extent) the other critical equipment on an offshore windfarm.  They must be able to interpret and communicate difficult technical issues and required actions on a range of topics including wind turbines (blades, drivetrains, hydraulics, control, electrical transmission and supply) as well as cranes, Scada and ancillary equipment. The job holder will need to establish strong relationships with all technical stakeholders including OEMs, Service Providers, technicians and technical experts.
While based in East Anglia, UK the position may require frequent travel to various locations in the UK to liaise with team members.  The position will require the ability to go offshore several times a year so will require GWO training to be undertaken.

  • Focus on reducing the yield loss caused by minor correctives through the development and implementation of new solutions and tasks.
  • Handle technical queries for the offshore technicians and platform managers and make regular offshore visits.
  • Be responsible for the remote monitoring of our assets using our software tools and SCADA.
  • Participate in IBR technical forms and generate reports for operational management
  • Manage the implementation of new technical solutions ensuring high quality delivery
  • Perform proactive diagnosis and trend analysis on our wind turbines to increase reliability and you will help develop these on site whilst working in collaboration with your specialist colleagues in AIM.  In addition, you will provide technical support to the operational management team.
  • You will write technical reports and supply the management team with analysis on turbine and other equipment’s failure and design, implement and manage small turbine-based project implementations. 
Skills and Requirements
  • Have an electrical or mechanical apprenticeship or equivalent
  • Ideally, will be qualified to degree level or hold a higher national diploma or certificate in electrical or mechanical engineering
  • Ideally, you will have experience of working on the Siemens 6 or 7MW DD wind turbine
  • Good knowledge and some industrial experience of Large, modern Wind Turbines, either mechanical or electrical.
  • Have knowledge of electrical generation and converter technology, gearboxes, electrical control systems, SCADA and fibre optics
  • Have knowledge of statistical analysis and diagnostic techniques
  • Experience in analysing failures and defining root causes and corrective actions
  • Good report writing, presentation skills and ability to summarize key parameters and drivers.
  • Technical judgement and decision making. 
  • Innovative and creative thinking.
  • Tenacity, persistence and determination to succeed in overcoming obstacles.
  • Strong team working – building collaborative relationships with both site and back office colleagues.


To be successful in this role you will need to bring as a minimum:

  • Degree in engineering or electrical or mechanical apprenticeship or equivalent
  • IT literate with the ability to operate MS Office systems and other IT based project management software.
  • Relevant experience of wind turbines
  • knowledge of reliability engineering, maintenance strategy and asset integrity management.
  • Broad knowledge in a relevant technical area in Electrical transmission equipment plus depth in a relevant technical speciality therein.
  • Flexible to travel around Europe, Travel regularly to attend meetings and work at different project sites in a number of countries though northern Europe.
Our Selection Process

Selection Method: Competency Based Interview and technical question
Competencies: Collaborate & share; Focus to achieve results; Be agile

**Please note these competencies are part of the new Iberdrola Behavioural Model, details of which can be found on the HR Portal accessible via the Iberdrola Home Page**

What we offer

This is a Permanent Full-time contract. Salary for this role will be min. from £48080 per annum, Bonus up to 15% and health insurance single cover
As part of our commitment to a supportive and inclusive place to work, we recognise that our employees have different personal circumstances and want a suitable work-life balance. We are working hard to support flexible and alternative ways of working where possible including: Flexible Working, Shared Parental Leave, Career Breaks, Wellbeing / Employee Assistance Programme.  You will also have access to our flexible benefits programme where you can decide what is important for you.
‘Happy to talk flexible working’


Location: Lowestoft, UK
Selection process competency based interview
CLOSING DATE: 23/10/2020



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