​​Astute’s Power division is widely regarded as the industry leader in the sector with over a decade’s experience of connecting the right people with the right business.

Working with 73% of the UK’s power stations and with over a decade’s experience of connecting the right people with the right opportunity, Astute’s Power division is widely regarded as the industry leader in the sector.

Our experience in this sector is diverse, recruiting a wide range of technical and operational skillsets for some of the biggest power station operators as well as supplying talent to small but rapidly expanding companies in the UK. We can cover recruitment within Gas Power Stations, Energy from Waste Power Stations, Biomass Power Stations, Nuclear Power Stations, Decentralised Power, Standby Power and Small Scale Power Generation.

Aside from permanent, contract and executive search recruitment, we are also able to entire operations and maintenance teams, having delivered this service to more than 25 new build plants to date. We have also helped those closing to ensure their staff have the best opportunities available to them.

Meeting the UK's need for power is a constant challenge. As the industry moves away from the more traditional large-scale power plants in favour of exciting, smaller technologies, the demand for experienced power generation professionals has increased.

We can offer permanent, contract, and executive search recruitment solutions as well as our unique Managed Service Provider option (MSP) where we can take partial or complete outsourced responsibility for building entire Operations and Maintenance (O&M) teams for new build plants.

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Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technician - Energy from Waste Power Station Southampton, Hampshire Up to £47,116 plus bonus, overtime & benefits Introduction We are actively recruiting a Multi-Skilled Maintenance Technic...

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  • Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
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Operations & Maintenance Manager - CCGT Power Station

  • Rochester, Kent
  • £63000 - £94400.00 per annum + Car allowance + Bonus
Oerations & Maintenance Manager - CCGT Power Station Rochester, Kent Up to £94,400 + Car allowance + up to 20% Bonus + Excellent Benefits About the role: Astute's Power Team is partnered with a market leading ener...

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Frequently Asked Questions

In terms of the industries we recruit into, these include:

  • Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Operational & Maintenance
  • Servicing


  • CCGT
  • OCGT
  • Energy from Waste / Energy Recovery Facility
  • Biomass
  • Gasification
  • Carbon Capture



Our team recruits both permanent and contract roles in the power sector and is divided across:

Construction & EPC where we recruit:

Project Directors, Project Managers, Commercial Managers, Engineering Managers, Project Engineers, Discipline Engineers, Site Managers, Construction Managers, Package Managers, Mechanical Supervisors, Electrical Supervisors, Civil Supervisors, EC&I Engineers, Commissioning Managers, Commissioning Engineers, Mechanical/Electrical/EC&I/Instrument Technicians, HSE Managers, HSE Advisors, Quality Managers, QAQC Managers, QAQC Engineers, Welding Inspectors, Senior Quantity Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Planners, Project Controllers, Claims Manager, Materials Coordinator, Development Managers.

O&M where we recruit:

Plant Managers, Station Managers, General Managers, Operations Managers, Maintenance Managers, O&M Managers, Shift Team Leaders, Assistant Shift Team Leaders, Operations Technicians, Shift Operators, Ops Technicians, Operators, Project Engineers, Mechanical Maintenance Technicians, Electrical Maintenance Technicians, Controls & Instrumentation Technicians, EC&I Technicians, EC&I Engineers, SHEQs, Health and Safety Managers, Environmental Technicians.

We assess candidate skillsets with initial qualification calls as well as assessment centre days.

We have also supported clients with interview preparation which has involved our specialists assisting with writing questions.

Yes, in some cases we do get asked for graduate engineers, especially where people from Naval backgrounds have transferrable skills to power stations – specifically to O&M Operations.

That said, we are specialists in white collar recruitment in the power sector and also have executive search capabilities within the team.

The Power team was one of founding pillars of Astute when the business was created by Terry Buckel in 2006.

Across the Power team we have more than 25 years of combined recruitment experience.


It depends on the recruitment campaign we are running and the client’s needs.

If we are recruiting on a retained campaign, we can build a bespoke talent strategy for the hiring organisation, which can include undertaking a series of conversations with the client to discuss candidate profiles, long and short lists and headhunting. Retained campaigns are typically invoiced upfront.

We also offer conventional recruitment campaigns that utilise our extensive power candidate network and social platforms and will see our team leverage their industry and sector knowledge.

Job seekers who choose Astute to represent them can expect our industry knowledge, professionalism, sector standing and excellent Google and Great Recruiter reviews.

We act as an extension of our clients’ brands so we can best represent them to leading candidates and showcase their brand and culture to attract talent.

Yes, although our headquarters are in the United Kingdom, our Power team has recruited for leading energy businesses in the USA, France, Holland, Dubai and Ireland among other international countries.

No, we will never ask for fees to represent candidates.

For a discussion about Astute’s Power team’s permanent and contract recruitment solutions, you can call the team on  023 9222 1600

Email them on info@astutetechnical.co.uk

To meet our Power team, visit https://www.astutetechnical.co.uk/our-team/