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Senior Project Development Manager - Major Projects


Senior Project Development Manager - Major Projects

  • 542600
  • Closing at: Oct 7 2022 at 23:55 BST

Base Location: Reading

Salary: Competitive + company car/cash allowance, performance-related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time, 37 hours per week | Flexible working options available

What is the Role?

The Major Projects Team within Distributed Energy is responsible for the professional management and delivery of high value and complex projects.

Working for the Project Director - the Senior Project Development Manager will be an exciting role responsible for shaping propositions and to help secure contracts and partnerships with public and private sector organisations across the UK. The role will involve bringing together areas of different expertise and working with internal stakeholders, experts and external partners to ensure the proposition is developed in line with our customers’ needs and our strategy.

The role will develop a wide and close network of client and other stakeholder relationships to ensure awareness and influence on market and to continuously adapt propositions to suit both. The role will involve client interface through the proposition/bid phase leading in proposition development, that is suited to the clients’ needs. You will manage multi vector, multi discipline teams across a matrix structure, along with supporting teams to ensure that propositions/bids are delivered on time and propositions that are developed are financially viable and signed off by the business. You will be responsible for achieving internal approvals in line with SSE and business governance processes.

The role requires a long term perspective to deliver a 5 year business plan and provide 20+ years of investment return to SSE.

Key Accountabilities

  • Developing sophisticated perspectives on integrated energy systems taking into consideration policy & regulatory requirements, energy technology costs, value available from flexibility markets and inputting to the development of cash flow models to demonstrate value to the customer.
  • Preparation of concise and clear integrated energy systems propositions that translate into a language that the customer understands whilst also reflecting the complexity of the energy markets being addressed.
  • Ability to develop commercial and contractual materials to support the negotiation and contracting phase of the development of smart energy systems.
  • Working closely with colleagues across business verticals (Distributed Generation and Storage, EV, Heat, Private Networks, Energy Solutions Group, and Digital Services), to build and develop propositions that meet client need and maximise cross-business capabilities.
  • Ensure that technical and commercial solutions best reflect the client’s requirements.

What do I need?

  • The Senior Project Development Manager will have a background in Distributed Energy systems with knowledge and experience in identifying, on-boarding and working with partners to scope, build and deliver complex projects. You will be commercially astute and able to interpret, analyse and disseminate complex, sensitive information to allow you to build bespoke propositions across a complex range of technology and solutions. Demonstrable experience of resource planning across a complex project to fully understand potential cost of project and calculating commercial opportunity and risk associated.
  • You will be a proven leader of project teams across a range of disciplines where you have brought together and managed large, complex propositions.  This experience will allow you to build and manage diverse relationships with stakeholders.  You will have demonstrable skills in communicating complicated projects internally to gain approval through governance processes and an understanding of EU and UK policy frameworks as they apply to the markets we operate in.
  • You should have strong communication skills and the ability to communicate well across all levels of seniority, that demonstrate your passion and commitment while inspiring your colleagues.  Previous experience of working across a range of stakeholder groups, investors and all levels of seniority is highly desirable.
  • You will be entrepreneurial, driven and flexible. Inquisitive and able to challenge convention and challenge results.     Detail-oriented with excellent organisational skills and able to manage multiple conflicting priorities.
  • You will be educated with a relevant degree or with substantial real world experience, and preferably with a Masters Degree and/or Charted status.

About the Department

SSE Enterprise Utilities is the Distributed Energy business of SSE plc.

Distributed Energy offers a full range of services which contribute to the development of energy systems and smart places, in both public and private sectors. We design solutions, finance, own, operate and maintain a broad portfolio, from electrical vehicle infrastructure, to distributed energy solar and storage systems, heat networks as well as building owning and adopting private HV and LV networks.  We’re also proud to be at the forefront of using technology to help enable a low-carbon world. This involves providing customers with energy optimisation solutions through intelligent systems and offering platforms and connectivity to enable smart energy infrastructure and demand management services.

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 we'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

To discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact 

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

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