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Head of Design Authority

Perth, Perth & Kinross, Scotland
£99000 - £148400 per annum + Car allowance & Performance related bonus
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

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Electrical, Project Engineering
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About the role

Base Location: We're proud to offer a Flexible First approach to work, and this role is no exception. We will, however need your base "office" location to be one of our SSEN offices or depots around Scotland. Office Locations: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth

Salary: £99,000 - £148,400 + car / car allowance + performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

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

The Head of Design Authority supports a team of specialised engineering staff to provide design assurance to all Transmission functions including Project Development, Project Delivery, Asset Management, and Operations with respect to all project designs which include plant such as HVDC, FACTS (Flexible AC Transmission System), electrical, civil, mechanical, protection and telecommunications devices. This ensures compliance with all SSE, national and international standards and specifications and ensures best engineering practice is followed to reduce technical and safety risks for the network and stakeholders while ensuring solutions are value for money. This is a key role in ensuring the existing c£5b Transmission network (growing to >£12b by 2030) can operate safely and reliably and ensuring that the annual £600m+ construction programme has the necessary technical governance applied to design and construction activities to ensure successful project delivery.

The key responsibilities of the Head of Design Authority are:

- Design Authority for Transmission as defined in the SSE Large Capital Projects process, providing independent verification that project engineering designs comply with end-user expectations and specifications and meet statutory and regulatory requirements. From a governance point of view, the key activity undertaken is that of Design Review.

- Identify projects for post investment appraisal and work with Group LCP team, finance, regulation, operations, asset management and other stakeholders as appropriate to evaluate effectiveness of investment conclusions against cost, capacity, reliability and other key measures, identifying and socialising key learning.

- Establish the competency requirements for engineering and technical staff within team to ensure staff meet minimum requirements, are developed to meet business and individual needs and that there are suitable pipelines developed for future business growth.

What do I need?

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

- A degree in an engineering subject, preferably electrical engineering.

- A Chartered engineer or Fellow of (or working towards) an engineering institution - normally IET.

- Extensive experience in engineering roles related to power system networks, paired with extensive operational knowledge, possibly as a Senior Authorised Person and experience in large capital project planning and delivery possibly as a project engineer or manager.

- Ability to collaborate with key technical stakeholders including academia, OEMs and project partners and participate, question, and approve technical designs and proposals.

- Line Manager experience with a history of developing engineering and technical staff especially with experience of working with external bodies and institutions.

About our Business

SSEN Transmission owns and operates the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland, transporting energy from where it is generated to where it is needed, providing a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities it serves. Home to some of the UK's greatest resources of renewable energy, SSEN Transmission is playing a critical role in the transition to a low carbon future, developing, building, maintaining and operating a network for net zero.

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 Gemma on 01738 341043.

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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