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Lead Development Project Manager

Republic of Ireland, Dublin / Belfast, Northern Ireland, County Antrim
Car allowance & Performance related bonus
Closing date
5 Apr 2023

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SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £12.5 billion in low carbon projects over the next 5 years, our SSE Renewables (SSER) business continues to be at the forefront of our growth plans, and our ambition to build a world that's more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come. We are proud to be playing a critical role in the net zero transition, as we aim to more than treble the net capacity in operation to 13GW and grow renewable energy output five-fold to over 50TWh over the next 10 years.

About the Role

Base Location: Flexible Ireland, however our preference is that you will be based in one of our key Ireland sites, which includes Belfast and Dublin.

Salary: Up to €108,600 / £69,800 depending on skills and experience + performance-related bonus + car allowance + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

As Lead Development Project Manager your role will relate to the development of a portfolio of onshore wind projects in Ireland and Northern Ireland. You will be seen as a senior team member who can bridge the gap between the Portfolio Manager and the team of Development Project Managers. You will have direct responsibility for the day-to-day management of a number of projects but will be expected to support your colleagues by offering advice, insights and review of other projects in the portfolio based on your experience.

Some of your main accountabilities will include:

- Managing a number of projects and coordinating discipline specialists concurrently, planning the projects' resource requirements and reporting on project risks, opportunities, issues, key decisions and overall performance.

- Working collaboratively with a community of colleagues that provide specialist services to multiple projects and assisting in coaching less experienced team members working on the portfolio.

- Ensuring the production of high quality and meaningful Project Development Plans substantiated by a credible business case as well as a budget and a programme to progress projects through SSE's Large Capital Project governance process.

- Supervising and optimising the performance of the Planning Consultants and Auxiliary EIA consultants in tandem with the Consent Manager will also be key to the success in the role.

- Supporting the Portfolio Manager including demonstrating leadership relating to SSE's vision and strategies, sharing responsibility for some team line management duties and acting as deputy manager from time to time.

What do I need?

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

- A proven track record in project management preferably in complex capital energy projects e.g. project definition and set up, planning, cost, programme, risk, quality and commercial management and negotiations.

- The ability to manage a portfolio of projects and respond to multiple business requirements simultaneously.

- Proven experience in leading and inspiring a team of direct reports as well as build relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and JV partners.

- Previous exposure to planning, land and policy related matters e.g. lease, easements, Wind Energy Guidelines, County Development Plans and Energy Market.

- Strong analytical skills, both quantitative and qualitative with the ability and confidence to question the status quo in order to drive efficiencies in all areas of the value proposition.

What's in it for you?

An excellent package with 35 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 Pamela on 01738 342002.

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.


We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


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