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Head of Project Development

Full Time



Base Location: London/South East (can be flexible throughout UK)

Salary: £Competitive depending on skills and experience + car/cash allowance + annual bonus

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time

About the Department

SSE Enterprise Utilities is the Distributed Energy and Private Networks business of SSE plc. We finance, own, operate and maintain energy infrastructure for commercial, industrial and residential customers. SSE Enterprise Utilities is in a unique position to deliver distributed energy services, drawing on our expertise to create solutions tailored specifically to each individual business’ energy needs. Whether it’s reducing costs, creating new revenue streams, increasing network resilience, achieving environmental commitments, or mitigating risks, we’ve got what it takes to improve our customers’ approach to energy use and to future-proof their business.

What is the Role

Our rapidly growing Distributed Generation & Storage team have created a brand-new role for an experienced Head of Project Development. The role will drive project development to grow revenue and EBIT, focused on the Generation and Storage sector. We bring energy services to the grid and to industrial and commercial customers; which may include technologies such as gas-fired power, CHP, solar PV, battery storage and private wire solutions or a combination of the above. 

You will be responsible for leading project development from concept to execution of contracts, working closely with customers and coordinating colleagues from business development, engineering, commercial and delivery. You will develop innovative technical solutions which are effectively procured, delivered and operated to meet our margin and client’s requirements.

– Leading development activity for specific projects through to contract completion, post initial feasibility
– Overseeing planning, permitting, design and commercial workstreams
– Taking projects through internal governance gates
– Supporting the business development team with sales and with growing pipeline
– Coordinating with and ensuring delivery from supporting functions (engineering, commercial, delivery)
– As the Head of Project Development Manager, we are looking for this person to recruit and manage a team of Project Development Managers (PDM) to serve the needs of the business.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role you will have proven lead/head of project development experience in the energy sector; ideally managing complex projects over time with multiple and external stakeholders and in the B2B sector.

You will ideally have an engineering background (although not essential), be an expert in planning and permitting and have excellent relationship skills.

Having managed similar projects; you will have the skill to understand the benefit of bringing client drivers and market intelligence to all propositions in this sector to drive innovation. Prior experience of people management to develop PDM processes across that team is necessary.

You will have good knowledge of the energy and power markets, with knowledge of both distribution networks and power generation/storage solutions.

You will be entrepreneurial, commercial and flexible and bring a track-record of developing strong relationships and developing sophisticated solutions that meet customers’ and stakeholders’ needs.  Inquisitive and able to challenge convention; you’ll be adaptable with the ability to engage varied audiences.

You must be able to demonstrate the ability to work with technical concepts in DE solutions and understand engineering systems and performance of energy assets.

Please be aware if you are successful, you’ll be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining SSE.

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

For more information about this role, or to discuss any adjustments you require to submit your application please get in touch with myself Debbie McMillan or

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.

Deadline: 14/10/2019

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