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Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager (Germany)


Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager (Germany)

  • 543773
  • Closing at: Feb 5 2023 at 22:55 GMT

SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world and our SSE Renewables (SSER) business continues to be at the forefront of our growth plans, and 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.

Following our commitment to invest £12.5 billion over the next 5 years, we are exploring entry into new international markets, potential acquisitions and the development of innovative renewable energy technologies. A large proportion of our business is subject to political mandate, scrutiny, risk and legislation, therefore ensuring we have in-depth knowledge of the markets, legislation and current and future government agendas is key.

About the Role

Base Location: Germany (Flexible)

Salary: €Competitive + 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 Renewables has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Policy & Public Affairs Manager, who will provide effective and reasoned counsel to key internal stakeholders across the business, and to support the delivery of our strategic ambitions in Germany. You will engage with and influence key stakeholders including German Government officials, parliamentarians, relevant trade associations, competitors, government agencies, and non-governmental organisations. 

Your key responsibilities will include:-

- Conducting in-depth research, analysis and insight on key information related to political, governmental and key influencer activities in German, to provide expert policy advice and strategic support to the business. This activity will likely involve leading internal and external stakeholder groups to develop innovative solutions to complex and often ambiguous policy challenges. This will encompass onshore and offshore wind, solar, storage and technologies including Power-2-X.

- Establishing strong business relationships, using your expertise and insight to influence business thinking on key policy issues, what it means for the company strategy, and the approaches for dealing with these.

- Establishing strong external relationships with key stakeholders in Germany including politician and officials at national and local level, trade associations, etc representing SSE Renewables with external audiences at meetings and speaking at engagements

- Working collaboratively with colleagues across Corporate Affairs to identify key business issues, ensuring each issue has clear ownership and plans i place to mitigate or address the concern. You'll continually re-assess these plans and proactively anticipate potential future issues that may impact upon our reputation or position.

- As appropriate compile regular reports and insights measuring both the outputs against plans and outcomes against objectives

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have broad experience of the energy sector, and specifically excellent working knowledge of the broader context of the German and EU policy landscape and the main issues and developments that may impact SSERs future operations in Germany.

We'd also love you to have:-

- Experience of, and the ability to achieve business goals through excellence in policy development, communication and influencing of key stakeholders.

- Expert experience in public policy development, stakeholder engagement and/or a similarly strategic role. Ideally with a broad understanding of the media landscape and experience of managing PR and PA consultancies.

- First class interpersonal skills to initiate leads, build, improve and maintain external contacts and establish strong working relationships to seek cooperation from, influence or motivate others to help resolve problems.

- Professional fluency in German and English.

Next Steps

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.

All applications should be submitted online in business English, 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 / +44 1738 341523 .

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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