Interconnector Operations Engineer x2

Gas Networks Ireland owns, builds and maintains the natural gas network in Ireland and connects all customers to the gas network.  Gas Networks Ireland is committed to growth, innovation and sustainability and continues to be a major employer in Ireland, providing a dynamic and modern place to work.   The organisation builds and operates one of the most modern and safe gas networks in the world.

The gas network is a €2.6BN asset which is owned by the people of Ireland and it plays a vital role in Ireland’s energy system.  The gas network delivers 30% of Ireland's primary energy needs, serving homes, businesses and electricity generation. Over half of Ireland’s electricity is generated using natural gas.   It is operated safely, and it provides energy security for the country.  Our vision is to have a net zero carbon gas network by 2050 and we are taking steps to transport renewable gases such as biomethane and hydrogen.  We are also actively rolling out infrastructure to support CNG in transport.


The Role:



The Asset Operations function within Gas Networks Ireland is responsible for the construction, operations and maintenance of the Transmission and Distribution networks, executing all field work safely and efficiently in line with all relevant legislation, standards, industry codes and practices.


The Interconnector Operations team within Asset Operations is responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the SWSOS, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Sub-Sea and Midleton transmission pipelines, compressor stations and Networks.  Reporting to the Senior Interconnector Operations Engineer, the Interconnector Operations Engineer is responsible for the delivery of planned, projects reactive and emergent operational activities on the transmission networks safely and efficiently

Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Engaging with Asset Program Managers as required representing the Operations team in the development and prioritisation of asset programs across the GNI  Network.
  • Coordinating the relationship between the CAPEX Programs team and Asset operations, assisting with design stage risk assessments, HAZCON’s, HAZOP’s.
  • Interfacing with the Asset Integrity team on behalf of the Operations team highlighting and escalating issues/concerns as appropriate.
  • Key interface with the Scheduling and Dispatch teams in relation to planned, reactive and emergent operations activities to ensure field operations are providing a safe, effective and efficient service.
  • Responsible for driving the interface between the Operations Performance team and the Operations team.
  • Coordinating operational activities in line with GNI Health, Safety and Environmental requirements.
  • Providing flexibility to work across regions as required to address operational needs.
  • Driving performance in a team of Coordinators, Specialists, Support Staff and Technicians drawn from Contractor resources representing GNI(UK)..
  • Participate in engineering fora i.e. Materials Review Forum, Civil Forum and in the continuous development and review of technical standards, policies and procedures
  • Maintaining relationships across Service Delivery, Workflow Management, Asset Management, Regulation and Commercial and Heath Safety and Environmental.
  • Responsible for the Operations teams interface with designers, contractors and consultants
  • Supporting Emergency Management  within Asset Operations as required.
  • Generation of reports as required.
  • Liaising with local authorities and other third parties as required.
  • Escalation point for field operations issues within the team.
  • Raise risks and issues as appropriate
  • Participation in an on-call rota may be required.
  • Performing other duties as assigned from time to time


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:



  • Proven technical competence is essential– Engineering degree or other relevant qualification desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and the ability to influence, advocate and persuade
  • Knowledge of relevant Gas Standards, Codes of Practice and Statutory Requirements
  • Proven ability to create and develop good working relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals, coupled with the ability to gain commitment from others 
  • Experience with identifying improvement opportunities, generating ideas and implementing solutions
  • Have excellent analytical skills and be able to identify and analyse problems and potential improvements, and propose and implement solutions
  • Ability to set up ongoing procedures to collect and review information as needed
  • Proactively identifying new areas of learning and using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job
  • Ability to set own high standards of performance and delivering desired results



Applications, including current Curriculum Vitae, should be emailed to the following address stating the job title and reference number in the subject line of your email:



The closing date for receipt of applications for this vacancy is the 24th August 2022

Please note that applications submitted after this closing date will not be accepted.


Gas Networks Ireland is an equal opportunities employer

We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive place of work and have a robust strategy and framework called ibelong to enable this. We are an equal opportunity employer and through our recruitment process we welcome and encourage applications from interested and suitably qualified individuals regardless of gender, age, racial or ethnic origin, membership of the traveller community, religion or beliefs, family or civil status, sexual orientation/gender identity or disability.