Position: Community Engagement Manager
Salary: Negotiable
Ref: 524093_1593518752
Job Type: Contract
Published On: 30/06/2020
Expiry Date: 28/07/2020
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Base Location: Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0PS

Salary: From £32,700 depending on skills and experience + annual bonus

Working Pattern: 3 Year Fixed Term Contract | Full Time | Flexible working patterns available

About SSE Renewables

SSE Renewables is the leading renewable energy company across the UK and Ireland, with a portfolio of around 4GW of onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro. Part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc, its strategy is to drive the transition to a zero-carbon future through the world class development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets. 

SSE Renewables owns nearly 2GW of onshore wind capacity with over 1GW under development. Its 1,459MW hydro portfolio includes 300MW of pumped storage and 750MW of flexible hydro. Its offshore wind portfolio consists of 580MW across three offshore sites, two of which it operates on behalf of its joint venture partners. SSE Renewables has the largest offshore wind development pipeline in the UK and Ireland at over 6GW.  www.sserenewables.com

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, while also enhancing the value and protecting the reputation of SSE Renewables as a responsible developer. Your focus will be on the construction of Viking onshore wind farm in Shetland.

You will do this through the establishment of trusted relationships with communities and local stakeholders, and the ongoing management of these relationships, related issues arising, communications, public and media relations relating to Viking wind farm. 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 project teams 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 have a track record of successfully liaising with communities, businesses and other stakeholders, demonstrated through your professional experience.

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 have strong communications skills and experience applying these across a range of platforms, depending on project and audience, for example, websites, social media, newspapers, letters, presentations, community meetings, one-to-one meetings.

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.

Our Benefits

We're committed to ensuring we offer our people a great place to work, with competitive salary, contributory pension plan and benefits package. Click HERE to find out what else is on offer.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online however to discuss any adjustments you may require to submit your application please get in touch (Kimberlee Anderson / ). Well let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

This vacancy is open to both internal and external candidates. The successful candidate may be subject to the Company's verification and vetting process if their vetting level changes. This includes a basic criminal records check.

As this secondment is in Corporate Affairs, we cannot accept applications from existing SSE Telecoms employees.

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 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.