Consents and EIA Manager (Terrestrial and Marine)

c. £56,000
Perth/Glasgow/Inverness or Aberdeen
15 February 2023

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SSEN Transmission owns and operates the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland, transporting energy from where it is generated to where it is needed, providing a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities it serves. Home to some of the UK's greatest resources of renewable energy, SSEN Transmission is playing a critical role in the transition to a low carbon future, developing, building, maintaining and operating a network for net zero.

We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.

What is the Role?

SSEN Transmission are currently seeking highly motivated and experienced Consents Managers (Terrestrial and Marine) or Environmental Planners to support the delivery of major, large-scale terrestrial Transmission infrastructure. You will work on iconic, National infrastructure projects directly facilitating Scotland's ambitions to meet NetZero through the transportation of renewable energy to the centres of demand.

We are seeking candidates at senior / associate level, although ambitious highly motivated applicants at lower grades will also be considered. 

You will join a multi-award winning team recognised for our sector leading planning and sustainability initiatives (RTPI In-house planning team of the year – Finalist, IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards – Biodiversity & Environmental Net Gain – Winner). Working under a Lead Consents & Environment Manager, there will be a high level of autonomy for your projects with the benefit of experienced support and guidance where required.

Key responsibilities for the roles will include:

  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary project team to Secure Planning Permission and Electricity Act consents for Nationally significant electricity infrastructure projects (Planning Permission, Electricity Act and Environmental consents), negotiating challenging conditions with statutory authorities and submitting robust supporting information;
  • Lead on and coordinate site appraisals and optioneering studies to ensure all consenting and technical risks are understood and incorporated into the development and refinement of project design;
  • Oversee and manage external consultants to deliver proportionate and robust Environmental Impact Assessments and appraisals;
  • Develop, control and build mutually beneficial external stakeholder relationships (consenting bodies, statutory authorities, key consultees, and government departments).

What do I need?
To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

  • Detailed knowledge of the Scottish Planning Process, Consenting regimes and Environmental Impact Assessment legislation;
  • Demonstrable Project Management experience and understanding of how to manage all aspects of the delivery of major projects e.g., project definition and set up, management of consultants, costs, risk, quality and timing is essential to the success of this role;
  • Ideally you will have a Planning or Environmental related degree, preferably with post graduate qualification coupled with experience in a relevant industry (e.g., infrastructure, environmental / planning consultancy dealing with major consenting projects). Membership of an appropriate planning or environmental professional body is also desirable;
  • A willingness to contribute, adapt, and learn within a busy, fast-moving team, dealing with challenges and opportunities across am extensive workload. Innovation and new ideas are welcomed where they can add value and improve the consenting approach and will be rewarded with good opportunities for long term career progressions within this key sector.

What's in it for you?
An excellent package with 34 days holiday entitlement, enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

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.

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