Position: Community Engagement Manager
Salary: Negotiable
Ref: 523103_1579866286
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 24/01/2020
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Base Location: Flexible, with regular presence in Glasgow; East Riding in Yorkshire; and in the North East of England.

Salary: From £35,000 depending on skills and experience + car/cash allowance + annual bonus

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time - 37 hours | Flexible working patterns available

About the Department

People in Corporate Affairs work collaboratively externally and internally to advise, influence and communicate in order to help SSE's businesses succeed and contribute to SSE being a leading energy provider in a low-carbon world. We have a wide range of audiences we want to reach including investors, competitors, governments, partners, suppliers, communities and prospective employees, and our Corporate Affairs team build and cultivate these relationships to help us get our story across.

What is the Role?

As a Community Engagement Manager within the SSE Renewables' Corporate Affairs team, your role will be to build strong and effective relationships with communities and stakeholders throughout the development and construction of major renewables projects, while also enhancing the value and protecting the reputation of SSE Renewables as a responsible developer. Your focus will be on supporting SSE Renewables Offshore Wind Farm projects in England. The vast majority of your time will be supporting Dogger Bank Wind Farms, which is being built off the North East coast of England and will be the largest wind farm in the world. It is a 50:50 Joint Venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor. Find out more at www.doggerbank.com

You will do this through the establishment of trusted relationships with communities and local stakeholders, and the ongoing management of these relationships, communications, public and media relations. You will create a strategy for consulting and engaging with local communities, identify opportunities for local collaboration, manage reputational risks, and ultimately deliver positive outcomes for both the community and the business.

To be successful in this role you will work closely with the Dogger Bank Wind Farms Project Team; and with Corporate Affairs colleagues working on policy, sustainability and media. Externally, you will create positive working relationships with key external stakeholders, including residents and other members of the public, elected representatives, and community organisations.

What do I need?

You will be a problem solver, with the ability to proactively identify potential issues in order to mitigate or respond to issues as they arise with a view to achieving a successful outcome for all involved. You will be adept at building trusted relationships, and effectively managing conflict and brokering solutions. You will use your strong communications skills across a range of platforms, depending on project and audience, for example, websites, social media, newspapers, letters, presentations, community meetings, one-to-one meetings. In addition to keeping audiences up to date with project developments, you will identify positive news to support the aims of the project and position SSE Renewables and its Offshore Wind Farm projects in a positive light. You will have excellent time management skills with the ability to manage a changeable workload. Although you will work closely with Corporate Affairs and project team colleagues, you will have a high degree of autonomy and responsibility for leading on specific projects.

The role requires a reasonable amount of travel - as well as occasional evening and weekend working to attend community meetings and other local events. You will have good knowledge of SSE Renewables' safety culture and the importance of risk assessing all circumstances, for example travel to remote locations and working on sites in construction and operation.

Please be aware if you are successful, you'll be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining SSE.

Our Benefits

Were committed to ensuring we offer our people a great place to work, with competitive salary, contributory pension plan and benefits package. Why not watch our short employee benefits video to see what else is on offer?

Next Steps

For more information about this role, or to discuss any adjustments you require to submit your application please get in touch with sse.

About SSE

We all have different skills here at SSE and that's what makes us stand out. We all 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 its 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.