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SSE - Northern Scotland - Land Consents Manager

Job Description:

Base Location: Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Dundee & Angus, Highlands & Islands, Moray, Perthshire.

Salary: Up to £48,648 depending on skills and experience + car allowance + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

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

What is the Role?

Working to secure, maintain and manage strategic land and property rights across a portfolio of projects for our electricity distribution network in order to support a net carbon zero future.

With the rapid acceleration of renewable and distributed energy solutions, millions of new electric vehicles on our roads and a revolution in the way we heat our homes, we’re at the leading edge of this change, building a strong foundation to meet new demands and make a net zero world a reality for our customers and communities.

We’re investing in our infrastructure assets which are spread far and wide across our licenced area in the North of Scotland and Island groups, to accelerate progress towards a net zero world whilst ensuring a safe, resilient, and responsive network. In this role you’ll be responsible for securing consents for the construction, installation, refurbishment and replacement of underground cables, overhead lines and plant on both public and privately-owned land.

Your key responsibilities will include:

- Devising land consents strategies to ensure projects are delivered on time, within budget and sustainably as well as managing risk to future network security

- Managing preparation, negotiation and successful acquisition of wayleaves, servitudes, land purchases, lease agreements and access permissions

- Assessment, negotiation and successful settlement of compensation claims.

- Engaging with internal and external stakeholders to develop and foster positive working relationships

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, you will ideally have:

- Substantial experience securing both voluntary and statutory consents for capital projects, preferably for electricity apparatus across all voltages.

- A strong background of working with key stakeholders, such as landowners, tenants, and their agents, local authorities, the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit/Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

- Strong knowledge of the relevant sections of the Electricity Act 1989 and relevant environmental legislation

- Good understanding of energy networks and their structure and governance

- Excellent negotiation and influencing skills

- A full, current driving licence

- Ideally qualified to degree level in a relevant discipline and/or with sufficient pertinent industry experience and preferably hold a membership of the Rural Professional Group of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the Central Association for Agricultural Valuers or be willing to work towards the same

Life at SSE

If you’re considering a career with us, you’re probably wondering what’s in it for you? From health and wellness to finances and family, we’re proud of our benefits package which includes 34 days holiday (plus the option to buy additional days), enhanced maternity and paternity leave, discounted healthcare and a wide range of offers via our SSE Advantage scheme.

At SSE we’re proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself. We take pride in a job well done and share the belief that an inclusive culture is key to our success and vision for the future. Above all, safety is at the heart of everything we do at SSE and we live by the mantra ‘if it’s not safe, we don’t do it’.

SSE is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application and assessment process, and upon joining SSE.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted 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 differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Andy on or 01738 340826.

Before commencing employment with SSE, you’ll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.

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