Wayleave Officer

  • SSE Plc
  • United Kingdom, SCT
  • Jan 14, 2021
Technology, Engineering Full Time - Continuing, Flexible

Job Description:

Base Location: Perth, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen

Salary:£36,836 - £48,648 depending on skills and experience + car/cash allowance

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

About the Department

Our SSEN Distribution Asset Management team consists of Asset Risk Management and Equipment Specification. They are involved in running a programme of projects exploring new technologies and commercial arrangements across network activities and identifying practical solutions. They are also involved in operating some of the new solutions that have been developed by the innovation team. The project portfolio is predominantly funded by the Low Carbon Network Fund or the Network Innovation Allowance which requires considerable management and governance to ensure compliance.

What is the Role?

Our projects vary from the inspection, maintenance, survey and replacement of submarine electricity cables up to 33kV. Working within the submarine electricity cables team and reporting to the submarine cable design manager, you'll be responsible for managing the preparation, negotiation and acquisition of wayleaves, servitudes, access permissions, land purchase/lease agreements and reinstatement compensation claims, to enable the cost-effective and timely maintenance and construction of our submarine electricity cabling projects.

The role will involve ensuring that all consents and permissions are in place for undertaking onshore overhead line and/or underground cable pre-construction surveys, site investigations and site walkover visits. The assessment, negotiation and settlement of compensation and restoration claims arising from the construction works will also be required, whilst also ensuring and maintaining excellent high customer service and relationships. Responding to external enquiries about consents and agreements by letter, phone, email or in person and maintaining accurate records of agreements and consents, including all correspondence in line with GDPR and our document management database will also be required.

Safety is paramount to everything we do. You'll be responsible for communicating safety, health and environmental risks and constraints during the design, development and execution phases of the works on land. Good engagement and regular communication with contractors and stakeholders throughout the projects will also be an essential part of the role.

You'll also support the team by providing wayleave and land management advice relating to the project designs and access requirements, ensuring awareness and consideration of stakeholder views within the design, development and construction phases of the projects. Developing and maintaining exceptional internal and external relationships is crucial to the success of the role.

What do I need?

To ensure you get the most from your role and for our customers to receive the highest standard of service, you'll bring the following;

- Experience of working with landowners, agents/solicitors and developers and the various consents and authorisations required. Other stakeholders include Crown Estate Scotland, NatureScot, Historic Environment Scotland, Forest and Land Scotland, RSPB, SEPA, local authorities and government departments

- Qualified RICS or similar land management qualification or demonstrable experience of linear projects and their impact on agriculture, forestry and the land and marine environment

- Knowledge and understanding of Scotland's natural and cultural heritage environments and their associated designations

- Experience of compiling safety, health and environmental risks and land constraints into pre-construction information and communication of this to the contractors/project team

- Experience of preparing and managing ecology and archaeology site supervisors during the pre-construction and construction delivery phases of the works

- Experience in considering stakeholder views within the design and development phases and the ability to review and contribute to all project documentation

- Excellent negotiation and communication skills

A good general knowledge and understanding of the electricity distribution network and experience of submarine electricity cable design and electricity construction projects would be desirable.

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 Andy on [email protected] or 01738 457598. 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.