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PMO Planner


PMO Planner

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Base Location: Glasgow or Reading (with requirement to travel to various sites around the UK)

Salary: Competitive dependant on experience

Working Pattern: Full Time | 37 hours per week | Flexible Working Patterns Available

About the Department

SSE Distributed Energy finance, own, operate and maintain energy asset infrastructure for commercial, industrial and residential customers - providing customers with a range of Smart Cities infrastructure and connected platform solutions and low carbon technologies, supported with certainty of operational performance and asset management. Distributed Energy is a growing market, at the forefront of, and assisting the UK and Ireland to reduce carbon levels and achieve climate challenge targets.

What is the Role?

The core purpose of the role is driving the set up and creation, coordination and management of project plans with a focus on cost, resource and milestones.   

The projects involved will often be significant in size, scale and complexity with multidisciplinary scope across a number of our sectors (EV, Storage, Solar, Electrical Networks, Heat and the development of supporting platform solutions including our Smart Cities infrastructure.) It is essential the candidate has relevant experience so that they can perform immediately in role and help build our new PMO and Business Planning Service which they will form a key part of.

The planning services you provide may involve the development and management of a small number of large scale, complex projects and /or the development and management of a larger number of small projects and their plans across a range energy infrastructure solutions.

The role also requires the flexibility to support the development and operational delivery of the wider PMO /Business Planning services. This will include the development of standards, process frameworks, governance and reporting needed to set projects up for success as our business grows at pace.

It sits within the new PMO and Business Planning function within Distributed Energy. This is a new and growing function and the person suitable for this role will understand and appreciate the exciting challenge this involves and be able to demonstrate strong and directly relevant industry experience in a planning role.

The planning elements of the role will include the following:

  • Building and maintaining (progressing) a range of individual and complex work packages, project plans, and the master plans in Microsoft Project or P6 Prima Vera).  This will include planning assumptions for the programme/project lifecycle, dependency management, ensuring alignment with PMO standards and processes and ongoing critical path analysis.
  • Maintaining a clear view of the project baseline and tracking the milestones,  resource, cost loading and spend profiling including chasing inputs and plan updates
  • Actively driving the plan, including close working with the Distributed Energy Project teams, and also interacting with the wider SSE and DE business teams, sub-contractors and external partners or clients to ensure plans are coherent and current.
  • Actively supporting project recovery planning and sprint exercises
  • Identifying opportunities for timescale/milestone improvement, manage and highlight any compensation events or financial changes
  • Developing actual v planned project progress reporting.
  • Developing, amending and maintaining resource utilisation and cost loading plans, inclusive of forecasting.
  • Active management of risks and issues.  This includes driving clarity on the business/financial impact of risks/issues, agreeing mitigating actions, and driving teams to deliver on those actions.

What do I need?

Strong planning experience in the energy infrastructure industry is essential for this role.

Demonstratable experience in planning using Microsoft Project /P6 Prima Vera demonstrating competence in drafting plans from conception through to construction and completion.

Experience of the overall planning required on large, complex multidisciplinary projects including planning, financial management and resource scheduling at scale within commercially diverse teams and the ability to represent that at programme and organisation level to inform the senior team.

Strong knowledge of programme & gated governance

Demonstrable skills in managing project risks and issues

Breadth of experience within a PMO environment

Strong influencing skills and attention to detail

Excellent MS package skills including Excel, Visio, Word & Powerpoint

Experience creating and producing dashboards and reports to help inform senior management decision making

Personal Attributes / Competencies

Ability to provide leadership, focus and direction for the project team and facilitate an environment that supports SSE’s Safety and Security values

You are a self-motivated, team player and collaborator with strong influencing skills and attention to detail who thrives in a fast paced, challenging environment.

You can demonstrate how you effectively resolve planning issues, e.g. long and short-term resource allocation.

Strong stakeholder management skills

Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills & able to respond quickly to business changes and learn to develop new skills and use new systems/software easily.

Highly articulate with effective written and good presentation skills.

Strong analytical skills.

It is an essential requirement for this role that you have a full, current driving licence.

Our Benefits

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Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online however to discuss any adjustments you may require submitting your application please get in touch with We'll let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

If you successfully secure a role with us, you'll be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining.

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.


Closing date: May 16, 2021

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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

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