Retained Switcher


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Retained Switcher


Zero Hour Contract: £150 per month retainer, £14.07 per hour

Job location: Island of Stronsay

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks forms part of the FTSE-50 energy company, SSE. Our electricity distribution and transmission networks carry electricity to over 3.7 million homes and businesses across Scotland and Central Southern England. Our skilled teams are based right across the regions we serve, from the bustle of West London to the smallest villages in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

At Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks we are keeping our customers' lives comfortable, warm and well lit, no matter what. Our focus on people helps us understand the needs of the community and deliver the best service possible – no excuses. We've worked on our networks for over 70 years to meet the changing needs of our customers. We are ready to meet the challenges ahead, we're powering our community.

Stronsay is a remote island north of Orkney mainland, with 211 customers and 50Km of overhead line. As permanent Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks employees are based on the Orkney Mainland, initial fault response when there is a power failure on the island is carried out by Community Switchers and or Retained Switchers.

To maintain customer service standards, an opportunity has arisen for a committed person to be trained in 'switching' activities to ensure prompt restoration of electricity supplies during planned or unplanned interruptions of the network. The Retained Switcher, would allow full or partial supply restoration, as well as fault identification before permanent staff can arrive (weather permitting). In addition to these duties, you will also carry out routine inspections and site visits, as requested by the Orkney Depot.

To be successful, you will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. A basic knowledge of electricity would be advantageous along with the ability to demonstrate high safety standards. Full training for the role will be provided, however, you will be expected to pass a High Voltage switching course.

The role is being offered on a retained basis meaning that we would pay you £150 per month. If and when there is a fault and a power cut occurs, then we would pay you £14.07 per hour for each hour that we need your support. This tends to be during storms and can mean some weeks/months you will work zero hours. Due to the nature of the role, you will need to be permanently based on Stronsay. You must have a full UK driving license and access to a vehicle, as well as being willing to work outdoors in poor weather conditions.

Closing date for applications is: 13th October

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