Lead Project Manager (Civils and HVDC)

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Base Location: Shetland
Salary: Competitive salary, excellent benefits and relocation package
Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time

About the Department

Transmission operates under licence as Scottish Hydro Electric (SHE) Transmission plc, responsible for the transmission of electricity in the north of Scotland. We own and maintain the 132kV, 275kV and 400kV electricity transmission network in our licence area. Our network comprises of underground cables, overhead wooden poles, steel towers and electricity substations, and it extends over a quarter of the UK land mass across some of its most challenging terrain. In 2018 we added the Caithness-Moray HVDC Link to this portfolio of assets and now we are undertaking another major expansion – the Shetland HVDC Link.

This project will link the Shetland Isles to the UK mainland transmission network for the first time enabling the export of clean renewable energy from Shetland to the UK market. The link will also form part of a new Shetland energy solution allowing power to be provided to the islands from the mainland if needed. Substantial works are required on Shetland including an HVDC Converter Station, AC GIS Substation, underground cabling and all associated civil works. Once completed, the Shetland HVDC Link will form part of the first multi-terminal HVDC system in Europe through connection to the Caithness-Moray Link.

What is the Role?

SHE Transmission is looking to recruit a Lead Project Manager for the delivery of the Shetland-based elements of the Shetland HVDC Link Project. The position presents an opportunity to join the Transmission business in SSE at a time of rapid growth as we look to connect Shetland with the mainland grid for the first time.

As Lead Project Manager for Shetland, you’ll be responsible for leading a full island-based team to successfully deliver a portfolio of allocated contracts valuing in excess of £200M to cost, quality and time. The Lead Project Manager will be the figurehead for all project matters on Shetland with a strong emphasis on stakeholder management as SHE Transmission undertakes a major programme of works over 4 years. Reporting into the overall Project Director you’ll work closely with the Transmission Leadership Team to ensure the Shetland works are refined, constructed and commissioned in line with the Transmission Business Plan and required regulatory outputs.
You will lead the construction of an HVDC converter station and AC substation at Upper Kergord, Shetland and be responsible for over 200 staff and contractors located on the islands.  Due to the scale of the project a, high level of site presence will be required by the project teams to support and develop, sustainable and efficient delivery.

You will represent the Shetland-based projects while building and maintaining productive and enduring relationships with Contractors, Stakeholders, Communities and the public to support the sustainable delivery of the projects that you are responsible for.
Part of your role is to ensure compliance with all legal, regulatory and internal regulations, processes and governance
The role is based on Shetland with occasional travel to SHE Transmission offices in Perth, Inverness and Glasgow.

What do I need?

A proven track record of construction delivery at a senior level in - or on behalf of - a large utilities organisation is required along with leadership qualities that can drive and motivate a team working remotely from the rest of the Shetland HVDC Link project. Excellent communication skills are needed to ensure Shetland stakeholders continued support for the projects and to form part of the Shetland HVDC Link leadership team from a remote location.

Demonstration of successful delivery of multi contract major infrastructure programmes including commissioning and handover to end user, with a strong appreciate of commissioning, interface and programme management.  You’ll have a thorough understanding of CDM 2015 and extensive contract and stakeholder management and experience. Furthermore, previous experience of HVDC converter station and AC Substation installation and commissioning and industrial vertical build project delivery would be advantageous.

Our Benefits

We’re committed to ensuring we offer our people a great place to work, with competitive salary, contributory pension plan and benefits package. Why not watch our short employee benefits video to see what else is on offer?

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online however to discuss any adjustments you may require to submit your application please get in touch (Debbie.McMillan@sse.com). Applications are not accepted via this email address.We’ll let you know the outcome of your application after the closing date.

The successful candidate may be subject to the Company’s verification and vetting process if their vetting level changes. This includes a basic criminal records check.

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.

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