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Head of Strategic System Planning

£74,600 - £112,000 Per Year, Bonus, car/allowance/health insurance, Permanent

Posted: 13 days ago



Head of Strategic System Planning

About the Role

Base Location: Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen or Inverness

Salary: £74,600 - £112,000 + car / car allowance + performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

SSEN Transmission is at the heart of the just transition to net zero in the UK. In the coming years, our network will be pivotal in connecting and transporting the power needed to decarbonise the UK's electricity network and in doing so power the UK's net zero ambition. Our business is rapidly growing, to deliver the largest investment package that Scotland's electricity system has ever seen, with a projected investment programme of over £20bn in the next 10 years.

As Head of Strategic System Planning at SSEN Transmission, you will play a critical role in shaping the strategic planning of the SSEN Transmission network at a pivotal time in the energy industry. You will develop our strategic network plan which delivers a transmission system compliant with technical standards, industry codes and regulatory requirements, and with capability for the security and continuity of supply for a range of energy futures and viable operating conditions. You will recommend the strategic network development plan and necessary capital investment to the SSEN Transmission Executive Committee. This role will report to our Director of Strategic Energy Planning sitting in the Business Planning and Commercial directorate.

The responsibilities of the Head of Strategic System Planning include:

- Support and develop a team of specialist power system engineers and energy systems and data analytics modellers to undertake continual assessment of the current and planned transmission system capabilities, to robustly define network requirements and develop strategic network plans and capital investment recommendations.

- Assess changing short and long-term network conditions through building and maintaining an electrical model of the transmission system and undertaking system studies, ensuring capability to accommodate users' requirements, and create robust recommendations for strategic options assessment.

- Lead on Energy System Modelling, through building and maintaining a suitable energy system model to inform robust and evidence-based electricity transmission system requirements analysis.

- Act as a key advisor to the SSEN Transmission Executive Committee to make recommendations for economic, efficient and coordinated capital investment for area and strategic network plans, supported by rigorous commercial business cases, to meet current and future transmission system requirements.

- Work effectively with cross functional specialists across SSEN Transmission (engineering, environment, consent, communities) to harness their expertise in developing and assessing strategic options for network development, and externally represent SSEN Transmission in industry governance processes (including Government, Ofgem, the Electricity System Operator, network companies and other key stakeholders) for capital investment programmes.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

- In-depth knowledge and awareness of the Regulatory and Legislative obligations applicable to a Regulated Electricity Network Owner, combined with understanding of SSEN Transmission's Licence Obligations and Industry Codes/Standards for design of and connections to the transmission network.

- A clear understanding of requirements for technical studies associated with transmission and interconnected networks, including power flow analysis, fault level studies, voltage and thermal capability, system stability, fast switching studies, harmonic and power quality analysis.

- Effective ability to assess markets and engage in policy development with the ability to clearly articulate and present strategic and technical content to Board level, and Ofgem for investment decisions.

- Demonstrable ability to motivate, build, and direct a strong, technical team, with many objectives over varying timescales, and manage key stakeholders.

- Minimum Degree qualified in electrical engineering discipline. Advanced Qualification (PhD) and Chartered Engineer status preferred.

About our Business

At SSEN Transmission, we take immense pride in owning and operating the high-voltage electricity transmission network across the north of Scotland. We transport energy from where it is generated to wherever it is needed, ensuring a safe and reliable electricity supply for the communities we serve. But that's not all – we're committed to upgrading the grid to deliver cleaner, homegrown energy for the future. By developing, building and maintaining a network for net zero, we're creating secure power for generations to come.

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave entitlement. Enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Stephanie at stephanie.murphy@sse.com or 01738 342963.

EXTERNAL: Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality and credit check.

Job Details

Full Time
Perth, Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
£74,600 - £112,000 Per Year, Bonus, car/allowance/health insurance