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Director of Hydro

Perth & Kinross, Perth, Scotland
Bonus & Car Allowance
Closing date
26 May 2024

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SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £20.5 billion in low carbon projects to 2027, we have significant growth plans and are well on our way to achieving 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, with 4,5GW of current assets, 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: Glasgow, Perth, Aberdeen, Inverness, or any of our Hydro sites in Scotland.

Salary: Competitive + performance-related bonus + car allowance + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing, and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full time | Hybrid working and Flexible First options available

As Director of Hydro, you'll be a member of the SSE Renewables Executive Committee. You'll share responsibility for developing strategy, agreeing progress of large capital projects from early-stage development through to commercial operation, and driving performance across the business to ensure future success.

You'll oversee integrated technology harnessing performance, strategy, and culture for assets in the UK in alignment with broader SSE objectives. Your remit includes the origination, development, construction, delivery, and operation of assets. You'll also manage P&L whilst contributing significantly to Renewables EBIT.

Your key accountabilities will include:

- Sign off on multi-million-pound devex and capex projects and driving performance across the SSER portfolio to optimise commercial contribution.

- Delivery of a portfolio of new Hydro projects, including pumped storage, from securing land and consents to financial close safely and in line with LCP frameworks.

- Asset management of our Hydro fleet including safe and commercial operations, maintenance, development of asset systems and the Hydro Operations Centre and liaison with Energy Management on long term hedging decisions.

- Overseeing development and construction of Coire Glas, the first large scale pumped storage project in the UK for over 40 years.

- Shaping and aligning the teams of circa 300 staff, contractors and specialist consultants working within the technology. Actively developing and leading a performance culture ensuring objectives are met and motivating teams to improve processes, innovate, and develop capability.

- Continuing to improve and maintain high levels of engagement and a diverse and inclusive culture across our locations.

- Operational Safety, Health and Wellbeing performance and embedding a safety first culture that constructively challenges and praises appropriate behaviours.

- Commercially focused delivery, ensuring that existing and future investments are fully optimised to deliver value.

What do I need?

We would love you to have:

- Deep understanding of the renewables industry, including an understanding of Hydro operation and risks

- Experience of working in or supporting high value, complex capital projects including deep understanding of the commercial value drivers of operational services.

- Strong people leadership skills and significant experience in leading teams, projects, and programmes.

- Experience in commercial negotiations and excellent stakeholder management skills

- A growth mindset, with experience in leading change programme, and empowering the generation of innovative ideas and opportunities.

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave 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 encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made 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 flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Stacey on 01738 275053.

Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality 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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