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Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Development Engineer specialising in cable rating and design. The purpose of the role is to develop and transfer to the rest of the business, new power cable products and technology with a specific focus on product design, the development, maintenance and implementation of cable thermal rating methodologies and other design tools across all product lines including static and dynamic power cable products.

The post holder will take technical ownership of projects, manage and deliver them on schedule with the support of the wider Technology Team. Whilst this role has a particular focus on power cable design and the development of certain design/analysis tools, the role will have the opportunity to work towards product qualifications and other technology R&D projects.

As a Development Engineer your main responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute to and where appropriate lead the specification, execution and delivery of JDR research and development projects; providing technical advice and guidance and provide a supporting role to others; take a leading role implementing JDR’s cable thermal rating methodology and tool maintenance.
  • Generate engineering models and calculations (using Inventor/CAD, Comsol, Excel, Matlab etc); using engineering fundamentals alongside creative flair to design the best products and optimised processes. Input to the Design Manual, defining the rules and process by which projects are engineered.
  • Effectively transfer new products and processes into the wider business workflows, including but not limited to: Tendering, Engineering, Production/Operations, Sales, and Technology departments.
  • Project Management of Product Development Projects, including budgets, schedules and project management of both external and in-house functions and external test facilities to ensure that project schedules are maintained.
  • Collaborate effectively with Technology, Project Engineering and Project Management teams driving to achieve on time submission of documents and on time approval from the customer and to ensure alignment in processes and procedures. Providing technical support and expertise for the Tendering, Engineering, Production/Operations, Sales, and Technology departments.
  • Produce documents such as Design Reports, Design Specifications, Drawings, Technical Reports, Test Procedures, Purchasing Specifications and Qualification/Type Test Specifications and reports as appropriate.
  • Support continuous improvement of the technical capability and effectiveness of cable rating strategy, methodologies, tools and project activities.
  • Support professional development by offering advice, training and alternative solutions, where appropriate, to the wider Engineering team.

Job Requirements

You should ideally be a degree qualified professional engineer, preferably electrical engineering. In addition, prior experience in offshore cable engineering or land based underground cable systems would be advantageous.

The successful candidate will have Experience of the use of finite element analysis software or analytical cable rating packages, such as CYMCAP or similar, and/or the development of computer code to perform such rating calculations.

The role demands the understanding of engineering design and analysis spanning across all REC product lines with a particular focus on static/dynamic power cable thermal ratings.


It would be desirable if the post holder had experience in the use of multi-physics FEA packages, e.g. COMSOL along with computer programming proficiency and/or experience of software engineering.

Relevant experience of cable design, engineering and/or cable ratings at a TSO, DNO or consultancy is also desired alongside demonstrable expertise and experience of technology innovation, of participating and/or leading industrial R&D and qualification activities.

More Information

  • Business Unit Engineering

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