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Operating Technician - Graduate

  • Grain Village, Rochester (ME3), ME3 0AR
  • From £31,900 to £37,500 per annum

About us

Grain LNG is a Top Tier COMAH site of strategic national importance to UK energy infrastructure and security of supply. We are the largest terminal in Europe and eighth largest in the world by tank capacity with a site that spans over 600 acres in total.

National Grid Grain LNG aims to be the foremost LNG importation terminal in the world, with a first-class team delivering high performance for our customers, communities and National Grid, through unparalleled safety, reliability and efficiency.

The Terminal is capable of suppling 20% of the UKs Gas demand, exporting over 65 million cubic metres per day into the National Transmission System and Local Distribution Network. With 1 million cubic metres of storage capacity available to our six primary customers.

Job Purpose

Operate process equipment to safely complete shipping operations, the storage of LNG, gas production to local distribution zone/National Transmission System and LNG export via a road tanker facility.

To ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of Grain LNG’s assets through the efficient maintenance and operation of those assets and to support and provide assistance in ensuring the effective day-to-day utilisation of resources and prioritisation of work within the tasks and projects allocated.

This operation and maintenance allows the terminal to meet its requirements under the COMAH regulation.

What you get 

A competitive salary between £31,900 – £37,500 – dependent on capability. You will also be entitled to 26% of salary shift payment, market supplement of £2750 per annum and ship payment of £367 for each ship attended.

As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus based on personal and company performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, salary sacrifice car and technology schemes, support via employee assistance lines and matched charity giving to name a few.

Key Accountabilities

  • Undertake a range of duties on high pressure, cryogenic plant and equipment as required including maintenance, plant operation, site delivery of projects, work place audits, commissioning, complex fault investigation, to ensure: safety; optimum efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  • Record and log plant operations, site activities, overrides and defects. Present essential/complex information in a clear and concise manner for handover. As well as receive information from others and asking relevant questions to enforce knowledge.
  • Monitor contractors within their discipline or plant area ensuring the service they provide is delivered safely, on time, within agreed budgets and to appropriate levels of performance.
  • Be proactive in all aspects of the maintenance programme or site operations, communicating with the Terminal Engineers and Assistant Engineers to enable completion to plan and be updated to maintain targets as necessary.
  • Be responsible for the process and engineering isolations prior to the safe setting to work from the permit team and carryout the role of site contact under the terminal permit system
  • Keep up to date with all site maintenance and operational records of all work activities and operations undertaken
  • Be a part of and support the construction and commissioning of new assets within the terminal identifying the requirement to replace/upgrade existing plant and equipment as well as participating in the design of minor modifications, and the provision of technical support
  • Provide a supporting role in the event of a site emergency, able to keep an incident log and act as a forward liaison with the emergency services.
  • Contribute to the development, review and update of emergency, security, safety, operational and environmental plans and procedures to ensure safe and cost effective operation of plant and equipment.

Experience Required

Essential capability:

  • Technical
    • Experience of plant operations via DCS (Honeywell Experian).
    • A wide range of practical ability, knowledge and understanding of cryogenic assets systems, encompassing electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, process, civil or telecoms engineering disciplines.
    • Technical process and engineering knowledge relating to the safety aspects of a top tier COMAH site and Gas Safety Management regulations.
    • Environmental knowledge in respect of day-to-day duties, together with proven ability to respond to emergency situations.
    • Sound understanding of National Grid’s operational policies, procedures and processes. Or aware of safe working practices and legislation relating to high pressure gas/cryogenics and/or high voltage electricity, including process isolations for intrusive maintenance activities.
  • Supervisory/Interpersonal
    • Effective planning, resource management, communication and team skills to lead large groups of staff to achieve efficient completion of tasks.
    • Demonstrate a self-help approach to common work related problems, using IS systems to resolve them.
    • Provide and support training as and when required.
    • Possess an understanding of the company’s performance management process, including personal development.
  • Must be able to carry out manual work in all weather conditions. Must be able to work at height above land or water.


  • ONC or City In Guilds in relevant discipline
  • HNC in Engineering Discipline

More Information

The closing date for this vacancy is 21st March 2019. However, we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and not to wait until the published closing date. National Grid’s recruitment periods can and may vary. We reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

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