Position: Director of Group Corporate Affairs
Location: London
Salary: Up to GBP100000 per annum + + annual bonus + car allowance
Ref: 522923_1576157562
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 12/12/2019
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Location: London, Reading or Scotland

Salary: £100k plus depending on skills and experience + annual bonus + car allowance

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time with 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 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.

What is the Role

The primary purpose of the role is to lead on group corporate communications, corporate reporting, public affairs and brand (including reputation) for the FTSE 50 SSE group which operates in a sector influenced fundamentally by public policy.

The aim is to protect and enhance the reputation of the SSE group, and its businesses, through corporate communications, effective stakeholder engagement, internal communications, issues management, campaign execution, corporate reporting, communications, public relations, and brand design and media relations. Leading a team of circa 20 people the role will proactively shape and reactively adapt to the Groups operating environment to achieve sustainable business outcomes.

Key accountabilities of the role will be working with the Director of Corporate Affairs and Strategy and other senior stakeholders to ensure:

- That the most significant and sensitive corporate issues and transactions are effectively assessed, prepared for communicated and support SSEs operational and financial strategies, including through close working with Investor Relations, Company Secretarial, other SSE group functions and the Group Executive Committee.

- High quality strategic counsel is provided to the CEO, Group Executive Committee and Board, and business unit MDs about ongoing external, political or public policy developments and how these could affect commercial strategy, planned investments, issues management or the fulfilment of business goals.

- SSEs corporate reporting is best in class, outlining a clear, compelling and transparent narrative on SSEs purpose, vision, strategy, performance and impacts.

- Robust knowledge and application of key communications-related regulatory requirements, such as the Market Abuse Regulation.

- Deputise for the Director of Corporate Affairs and Strategy, and de facto head of the function in his absence, including on GEC calls.

What do I need?

The essential skills and experience you will bring to this role:

- Deep understanding of financial, political, regulatory and media processes and where and how SSE can influence them. Ability and experience devising, planning and implementing robust and sustainable external relations strategies.

- Networking skills (external audiences) which develop, build and maintain substantial business relationships with external contacts. Networking skills (internal audiences) which seek co-operation, influence or motivate others to help resolve problems.

- Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to explain complicated things in a straight-forward way to CEO/Ministerial audiences. Good time management skills are required, as is the ability to determine priorities and define what should be done and how best to do it.

- Ability to be a senior spokesperson for the SSE group with senior stakeholders, including national media.

- Accountable for leading and supervising a professional team, therefore strong management skills are required as much time is dedicated to the management/development of others.

- Motivated, self-starter with the ability to grasp sometimes complex information and understand how, and when, to use it in SSEs interest. Situations, issues or problems are usually different and hard to define, it is for the job holder to consider courses of action within the constraints of often ill-defined policies and practises.

- The job holder is responsible for developing project or team plans which establish objectives for others, set timetables, allocate accountabilities and co-ordinate resources. They therefore must have the confidence to engage effectively with all audiences. Must have an ability to work to tight deadlines and manage a varied workload.

- Collaborates effectively and must have the ability to listen to develop a mutual understanding to ensure the delivery of key objectives. Driven by SSEs values. Team player who assists in guiding less experienced staff and helping others with on-the-job training or guidance.

Please notify your line manager before you submit your application.

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 via 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.

Job Benefits:

+ annual bonus + car allowance