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About the Role

Base Location: Arbroath

Salary: £36,260 – £44,257 (depending on skills and experience)

Permanent | Full Time Hours (37)

Our Role

We invest millions every year to make sure that our network is in the best condition possible to minimise the risk of power cuts and to ensure the safety of the public. During high winds and storms, trees can contact our equipment and cause power cuts, and so we cut them down or trim them back to keep the lights on. As well as installing the latest technologies and carrying out regular maintenance, we have our in-house tree-cutting team to make sure that trees and vegetation are kept away from our overhead lines and equipment.

We are seeking a manager to join our team in Tayside East who will take overall responsibility for all tree cutting activities within that area. This includes running an operational team who manage trees and vegetation in proximity to the Distribution network on a cyclical basis as well as all ad-hoc tree cutting works.

Key accountabilities of the role

  • Active management of a tree cutting programme to deliver required outputs, production reporting in a timely and accurate manner including providing realistic forecasts
  • Maintain a safe working environment through site visits, safety briefings and incident investigation providing an open and inclusive safety culture within the team
  • Effective management of an annual budget ensuring all work is completed within cost parameters
  • Provide mentoring and support to lesser skilled members of the team whilst actively contributing during team meetings / group calls covering safety, production etc.
  • Identifying and implementing areas of improvement with particular focus on efficiency whilst providing a high level of customer service

What do I need?

The preferred candidate for this position would have previous experience in tree cutting, forestry or arboriculture although similar capacity experience will be considered. Experience of working with overhead power lines, and climbing skills would be advantageous, although not essential.

Knowledge of the electricity network would be beneficial, however for the right applicant full training will be provided. You’ll possess enthusiasm and drive with a flexible approach to your work and an ability to adapt to changing business and project priorities; you may have to work away from home occasionally. Due to the travel requirement within this job, a full and current UK driving licence is essential.

Whilst the above skills and experience are important, we also have several personal competencies that we look for in our future employees;

  • High regard for safety, embedding yourself in our safety culture and adhering to guidelines in everything you do is a key priority.
  • Good communication skills & comfortable liaising with stakeholders at all levels, both internal and external.
  • Good organisational skills with an ability to work to deadlines.
  • Good customer relationship skills, and a commitment to providing a high level of service at all times.
  • Able to use a computer & basic software such as Word, Excel, OneDrive & Teams

About our Business

SSEN Distribution powers 3.8 million homes and businesses in communities across central southern England and the north of Scotland. Our team of more than 3,500 people keep customers connected to a safe and reliable supply of electricity whilst developing the flexible networks that are vital to achieving net zero. By enabling a smarter, more resilient electricity network we’re ensuring our local communities continue to receive the power they need, both now and in the future. We are consistently investing and innovating to improve network resilience and future-proof power supplies for life’s changing demands, from rolling out large scale EV charging schemes to supporting small community generation projects.

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.

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.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online, and I’ll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Robert on 01738 341105.

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.

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