Head of Virtual Power Plant

  • SSE Plc
  • United Kingdom, Multiple Locations
  • Jul 20, 2021
Technology Full Time - Continuing, Flexible

Job Description:

Base Location: Flexible, UK

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

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | with flexible working options available

What is the Role?

Our Digital Services team is currently expanding our portfolio of services and solutions by moving into the Energy-as-a-Service. We’re targeting rapid growth in this part of the business, and beginning a transformation process, focusing on local, smart energy solutions for B2B customers.

Working for the Director of Digital Services and Strategy, the Head of Virtual Power Plant will be accountable for positioning SSE as a provider of choice in Energy-as-a-Service. Our new platform, SSE Enhance, is an aggregation, trading and balancing platform that will form a core part of our Virtual Power Plant proposition. You’ll be responsible for both the proposition, and the on-going operations of the platform, ensuring we remain competitive in terms of capability and cost. You will oversee the strategic direction of the platform and have P&L responsibility for its development

You’ll directly manage supporting teams, including Business Development, Commercial, Project Development, Operations and support. You’ll also play a key role in interactions with the wider business, including our trading team and will be responsible for providing direction and oversight to these teams, ensuring the 5YP and targets set by management are met.

Your key responsibilities will include:

- Setting EaaS proposition and platform strategy, ensuring we remain competitive through pricing and innovation

- Designing and implementing business plans and strategies to promote the attainment of 5YP and business goals

- Ensuring proper governance processes followed through-out project lifecycle and properly costed/priced

- Overseeing Business Development activity to ensure opportunities are being pursued, supporting the development of these practices through partnering with Project Development Managers

- Managing and nurturing relationships with key stakeholders and partners/contractors

- Ultimate responsibility for ensuring customers are satisfied with business and performance in contracts

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

- Strong energy sector experience, ideally within the Distributed Energy space

- Fundamental Project Management knowledge and qualifications

- Excellent leadership expertise where you lead from the front and drive overall team performance

- Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage with partners, customers and stakeholders at various levels off seniority

- Detailed understanding of Distributed Energy and local integrated energy systems

- Self-motivation and a proactive working approach with the ability to deliver sound Management input both internally and externally to all levels

- Be operationally sound with excellent attention to detail

Due to the nature of the role, a full driving licence is required.

About our Business

SSE Enterprise Utilities is the Distributed Energy (DE) and Private Networks business of SSE plc. We finance, own, operate and maintain energy infrastructure for commercial, industrial and residential customers - providing them with a market leading project development service and certainty of operational performance and asset management.

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.

Read more about our inclusion and diversity commitments here.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online, it doesn’t take long.

If you would like a confidential informal discussion about this role before applying, to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require, please contact [email protected] / 01738 275808.

I'll let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

EXTERNAL: 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.