Position: Community Stakeholder Manager (Enterprise)
Salary: GBP37600 - GBP56400 per annum + Annual Incentive Bonus
Ref: 543541_1674696140
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 26/01/2023
Expiry Date: 23/02/2023
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £12.5 billion in low carbon projects over the next 5 years, we have significant growth plans and are well on our way to achieving our ambition to build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

We are looking for a motivated and proactive policy manager who can work collaboratively to advise, influence and communicate our story to key audiences in the UK.

Join us on our journey to net zero and help us power change.

About the Role

Base Location: Reading

Salary: £37,600 - £56,400 depending on skills and experience ) + performance-related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

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

What is the Role?

As a Community Stakeholder Manager [within SSEs Corporate Affairs team] your job will be to build strong and effective relationships with communities and stakeholders, whilst also enhancing the value and protecting the reputation of the company as a responsible developer.

The role will be focused on supporting the development of new solar and battery storage projects in the UK and potentially overseas. There may also be the opportunity to support other parts of our distributed energy business including securing potential sites for our electric vehicle infrastructure business.

You will do this through mapping out key local stakeholders and identifying local drivers and priorities. Key to this role is establishing and maintaining good relationships with local stakeholders, dealing with related issues arising, as well as communications on a local level.

You will support the development of community engagement in close cooperation with the business teams for engaging with local communities, identifying opportunities for local collaboration, managing reputational risks, and ultimately delivering positive outcomes - including the support and roll out of community funds.

To be successful in this role you will work closely with project teams and with Corporate Affairs colleagues working on policy, communication, 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?

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

- A good grounding in local planning processes and applications, in particular in England, to ensure our proposed solar and battery projects have the best chance of success.

- Experience of working in developments that sought planning permission by means of a Development Consent Order (DCO) would also be welcome given our work generally falls under Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP).

- A good understanding of the functions of local government and councils to enable SSE to engage effectively with local communities to take forward our low carbon projects.

- Experience of successfully engaging with local authorities and/or stakeholders including community representative bodies - on behalf of businesses or clients with development propositions.

- Experience of working with distributed energy or renewable technology infrastructure would be welcome but not necessary.

About the Department

People in Corporate Affairs work collaboratively externally and internally to advise, influence, and communicate to help SSEs 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.

About SSE Solar and Battery

SSEs solar and battery team is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing parts of SSE Group. SSE is aiming to deliver a £25bn net zero acceleration plan (NZAP) by 2030. SSE is investing £7m a day in net zero infrastructure; and solar and battery is a key part of that. We recently announced to the City in SSEs Half Year Results that we had secured 700MW solar and battery pipeline, with over 1GW more of other sites currently under assessment.

Our solar and battery projects will play a crucial role in that ambition as well as helping to balance the Grid and thus harnessing the power of renewable generation. Battery storage is essential to help us achieve net zero by creating an electricity system that is clean, affordable, and secure. It enables us to get more and more renewable energy onto the grid - so we dont waste precious green power.

Were excited to be underway building our first battery storage project at Salisbury - a 50MW site in Wiltshire, which should be providing clean energy from September 2023. We have also announced details of our first solar project: a 30MW solar farm at Littleton Pastures in Worcestershire. Once complete in early 2024, the 77-acre site will be capable of powering some 9,400 homes.

What's in it for you?

An excellent package with 34 days holiday 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 actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

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 Laura Morrison on 01738 341814.

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.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online, and we'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 / 01738 341814.

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.

Job Benefits:

Annual Incentive Bonus