ENTSO-E is the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. ENTSO-E coordinates the cross-border system operations, system development and electricity market activities of the 43 electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) which cover 36 countries. ENTSO-E is assigned important tasks in EU legislation, including the development of Europe-wide electricity network development plans, and of more than 10 network codes which themselves become binding European laws.

The ENTSO-E Secretariat in Brussels is the focal point for technical, market and policy questions for all European TSOs in their cooperation with each other, in their joint fulfillment of their legal mandates, and in the intensive interactions with European Commission, regulatory agencies, associations representing network users and other stakeholders. The role of the TSOs and their cooperation in ENTSO-E is crucial to ensuring security of supply; completing the largest and most competitive electricity market in the world; and successfully integrating large volumes of renewable energy into the system.

ENTSO-E applies a project-aligned method of working. This covers the business case, well-defined scope and deliverables, clear roles for decision making and controlling responsibilities and plans for resources, quality and risk management. The scope and diversity of ENTSO-E’s work has grown rapidly and is expected to grow further with implementation of network codes and the current challenging energy policy discussions.

General position description

The Common Grid Model Program of ENTSO-E

**CGM Program summary **

Grid operators use mathematical simulation models of their network to simulate the grid behavior under various, including extreme, circumstances. Results of these simulations are notably used to decide on the list of actions transmission system operators (TSOs) need to take to maintain the reliability of the grid at the least cost and impact possible for customers and stakeholders (distribution grids, generators, traders, etc.).

Up to now, each TSO has been using its own grid model. As electrical networks become more interconnected and as European electricity markets are getting more and more integrated, there is a need to develop a common grid model of pan-European dimension. It will ease the cooperation between TSOs and will result in an even more secure and cost-efficient pan- European grid. The EU has recognized the benefits that this common grid model will bring and has thus made it a legal requirement in various network codes (CACM, FCA and SO GL) that methodologies for the common grid model and generation and data provision are developed by all TSOs and submitted for approval to all regulatory authorities.

The common Grid Model Business process requires a significant data exchange amongst all ENTSO-E members. The IT data exchange system which is under construction is called the Operational Planning Data Exchange Platform [OPDE] and is fully in scope of the common grid model program.

The Operational Planning Data environment is built up out of 3 interacting IT layers:

  • ATOM: the underlying IT communication network. ATOM will be a Pan-European service provider level network based on MPLS technology supporting data exchanges between TSOs.

  • Connectivity Platform: a distributed software platform that allows secure and traceable data-exchange .

  • Multiple central IT business applications: these apps are plugged into the Connectivity platform and process the data according to the agreed common grid model processes .

The successful candidate will work on the last layer, responsible of the delivery including installation and operation follow-up, at the ENTSO-E Secretariat in Brussels.

Specific responsibilities and tasks

  • Acts as an IT specialist and accountable for one or more business application and associated services, including IT requirements

  • Work together with the Business Application Lead analyze and translate further business/functional requirements into concrete IT specifications to be provided and discussed towards third-party IT manufacturers

  • Proposes and ensures solutions are compatible and consistent with existing Applications

  • Measure and monitor progress during each test to ensure that the business applications are tested, validated, and piloted on time and that it meets or exceeds expectations.

  • Perform quality reviews to ensure traceability of the designs to the requirements

  • Controls, validates and challenges third-parties or vendors with respect to data architecture, data governance, operational support and service levels.

  • Assist the Technical Architect in defining and reviewing the technical requirements for the platform, including security, performance, quality, and operations requirements.

  • Follows up on application security, risk and other incidents when needed

  • Collaboration with other Support engineers and Product owners to make sure that the architecture components interact to fulfill the requirements and meet performance goals.

  • Contribute to ensure organizational readiness and business commitment for deployment.

  • Day to day management of issues reported by users related to business applications

  • Proactive approach against recurring issues

  • Update SharePoint site


  • IT development skills, with a strong willingness to understand the business side of the assigned topics, including reviewing and updating functional and technical specifications

  • Power System and Grid Management Domain Skills

  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, ability to deal with different providers and/or contributors located in various countries

  • Quick self-starter, ability to solve problems

  • Team-worker, but able to work independently

  • Be the expert of the topics and/or applications you will be responsible for:

    • IT development skills, with a strong willingness to understand the business side of the assigned topics

    • Reviewing and updating functional, technical, product specifications and documentation

    • Ensure the progress of the different topics, take charge of tasks in an autonomous manner

    • Administrative aspects inherent to management (meeting organization and follow up, etc.)

    • Ensure communication with our users/stakeholders

  • Drive/Support tests relevant to your topics and/or applications:

    • Testing experience involving non-monolithic applications strong testing monitoring skills

    • Organization of testing campaigns

    • Collection and report quality metrics

    • Determine quality KPIs and other controls