Position: Industry Liaison Manager
Salary: GBP38600 - GBP58000 per annum
Ref: 523916_1589466034
Job Type: Permanent
Published On: 14/05/2020
Expiry Date: 11/06/2020
Contact Name: Jenna Jackson
Client: SSE plc

Base Location: Reading / Oxford / Glasgow / Perth

Salary: £38,600 - £58,000 depending on skills and experience + annual bonus

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

About the Department

As we chart our course to a Net Zero world, the way we use energy is changing. The engineering, environmental and economic challenges that we all face mean that society needs new, innovative solutions, like renewable energy, electric vehicles, heat networks, community energy and energy storage plus the systems to make these solutions deliverable.

This change is altering the role of electrical networks; the relatively predictable unidirectional load flows that we have been used to will be replaced by load flows that are highly volatile and variable. The network becomes a means of using energy in a way that makes best use of the available generation and demand.

The Open Networks Project is a major industry initiative that is transforming the way our energy networks operate, underpinning the delivery of the smart grid. This will see Distribution Network Operators take a more active role in managing their networks, to address periods of high and low demand, and power outages efficiently, with new low-carbon solutions

What is the Role?

This role is key to informing the increase of SSEN's capabilities, and to ensure that SSEN DSO principles are properly represented and reflected in the ENAs Open Networks Project. Part of the role will be to lead on the delivery of the technical products required for the TRANSITION project which is trialling the technical and commercial aspects of DSO.

A keen understanding of the Open Networks project direction of travel is required to ensure that the SSEN DSO demonstration projects as part of the Oxfordshire Programme remain relevant and aligned with the wider energy system policy. The role will be critical to delivering SSEN's DSO principle of "learning by doing" and developing a strong body of evidence to support DSO related expenditure in ED2.

The role will consist of external engagement, coordinating with Open Networks participants and the wider ON stakeholder community and internal engagement with close co-ordination with other roles such as the DSO Technical Architect, the DSO Transition Manager, DSO Programme Manager team and our Active Solutions team. Additionally, close relationships will need to be maintained with the various SSEN business units who will be at the forefront of our transition to providing DSO services, including NMC, Operational Technology and System Planning, as well as the ED2 Project Team. The role will oversee the technical elements of the Oxfordshire Programme, including scoping and reviewing deliverables for the key products, leading on workshops and the rules for system and market development.

Key Accountabilities

- Promote SSEN's Safety Values
- Identify risks and opportunities for the business, particularly unintended consequences
- Maximise the impact for SSEN and its stakeholders through the Oxfordshire Programme and Open Networks
- Maintain strong links with other industry DSO innovation projects such and provide the appropriate steers to the Oxfordshire Programme
- Ensure learning from demonstration projects informs ED2
- Responsible for the ongoing management of the relationship between the ON Steering group and key stakeholders
- Lead on the technical product development for the TRANSITION project, producing and revising scopes and development of rules for the IT/OT systems, through to trial deployment

What do I need?

The ideal candidate for this role will have a thorough understanding of electrical distribution system planning including protection systems, and issues around system stability, preferably with experience in either connections or a load forecasting area. The ability to draw together the issues around the working of the electrical systems and the impact on markets, ensuring the right set up is in place would be highly desirable. An understanding of the mechanics of the changes required to transition from a DNO to DSO would be beneficial, along with an appreciation of the whole, cross vector energy system. Comprehensive expertise in the latest technical, commercial and policy aspects of the DSO transition and industry knowledge in relation to all aspects of the political and regulatory landscape for the uptake of Low Carbon technologies.

Excellent communications skills will be required, and you'll be comfortable representing SSEN on DSO related matters at Industry Forums, including public presentations. You will hold a degree level qualification in either a scientific or engineering related discipline, preferably with Chartered Engineer Status, and as the role of DSO evolves have the natural curiosity to seek out innovative proposals for technical solutions. You will be comfortable with ambiguity and complexity and driven to succeed.

Our Benefits

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Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online however to discuss any adjustments you may require to submit your application please get in touch with Emma Malcolm (). 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.

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