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Community Fund Manager


Community Fund Manager

  • 539779
  • Closing at: Jan 23 2022 at 23:55 GMT

We're proud to have been a Principal Partner for COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, and are leading the way to provide the energy needed now, while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

To reach net zero by 2050, we're looking for people who can bring big ideas, new skills and innovative thinking to help us build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

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

About the Role

Base Location: Flexibility across the Scottish Highlands.

Salary: £32,900 - £49,300 + car/car allowance + performance-related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

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

SSE operates a programme of community funds across the UK and Ireland, primarily associated with community benefit from its renewable energy assets. The current lifetime value of its community funds is over £300 million. We employ a place-based approach to community funds ensuring that, where practicable, our fund managers are accessible.

Working as part of the Community Investment team, you will take responsibility for the development, management and administration of a key part of grant-funding programmes. Acting as an ambassador for SSE, you will seek to build strong relationships with local and regional stakeholders from community representatives to politicians, ensuring that a positive impact to both the community and company is maximised. Equally, you will be required to work closely with, and advise, business units on community and community funding issues such as policy and best practice.

Your key responsibilities will include:-

- Managing all aspects of a portfolio of community funds in the Highlands. This will include working with community groups and organisations to ensure funding addresses key priorities in the area.

- Stakeholder engagement/management - liaise, advise and influence key internal and external stakeholders to ensure that community funds are represented in such a way that help support business and community goals.

- Facilitate meetings with groups of community members and third sector partners, ensuring that choices about how funds are allocated are taken in a fair, consistent and transparent manner. You must also be able to identify opportunities to communicate the funds both at a micro-community level and to wider stakeholders.

- Manage several community funds simultaneously, carefully balancing workload with deadlines in the most efficient and effective manner.

What do I need?

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

- An understanding of funding, third sector, community development and/or the renewables industry.

- Excellent communications (written and verbal), negotiation and influencing skills and the ability to handle potentially difficult discussions with internal or external stakeholders.

- Confidence presenting to both small and large groups.

- Comfortable working autonomously, taking ownership for your own matters and challenging decision or practices as required.

- A degree of flexibility is required as your role will include regularly working out of core hours, particularly evenings, and to travel within the UK. A full UK driving licence is therefore essential.

About our Business

SSE's business strategy places addressing the challenge of climate change at the very core of what we do - that's why we have deliberately decided to link long-term business goals to the UN's global goals for sustainable development. Our Sustainability Teams work across the group and externally with investors, competitors, governments, partners, suppliers and communities providing advice, support and challenge in order to help SSE's businesses success and contribute to this strategy.

Life at SSE

If you're considering a career with us, you're probably wondering what's in it for you? From health and wellness to finances and family, we're proud of our benefits package which includes 34 days holiday (plus the option to buy additional days), enhanced maternity and paternity leave, discounted healthcare and a wide range of offers via our SSE Advantage scheme.

At SSE we're proud to celebrate difference. We all have different skills, experience and backgrounds and we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture where you can be yourself. We 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. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application and assessment process, and upon joining SSE.

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 / 01738 341390.

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.



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Our Benefits

  • Sharesave Scheme
  • 34 days of annual leave
  • Option to purchase up to 10 days holiday
  • Interest-free technology loans
  • 24/7 free and confidential employee counselling service
  • Private healthcare discounts
  • Subsidised gym memberships
  • 21 weeks full pay maternity leave
  • Cycle to Work scheme with generous £2500 limit
  • Interest-free salary advance to cover transport season tickets

Explore our full list of benefits:

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