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Shift Energy Trader

SSE plc

Location: Edinburgh, Perth and Kinross

Job Type: Full time


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 crucial role in the net zero transition, ensuring we have the energy supplies required to meet the needs of our customers; procuring the fuel required by the generation plants and selling the power output from our renewable and low-carbon thermal assets.

Join us on our journey to net zero, and help us power change.

About the Role

Base Location: Edinburgh or Perth – this is a hybrid role working a minimum of 2-3 days per week from the advertised office location.

Salary: £45,400 - £68,200 + performance-related bonus + disturbance/shift allowance + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time

The Energy Management Centre (EMC), supports our business by managing real time energy balances and market exposures from SSE's assets and customers. As part of a shift team, you will be developed to manage our enviable generation portfolio and trade real time gas and electricity from the day ahead stage until delivery, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This is a high-profile role, central to the success of SSE and will be at the forefront of the green energy transition supporting the growth of the whole business. The Shift Energy Trader is central to the real time optimisation and despatch of the SSE energy portfolio, looking to minimise risks and maximise value. Your role will include:

- Managing the dynamic short-term energy portfolio for SSE This will include ensuring our energy portfolio is economically despatched, scheduled and traded in a manner where we satisfy our legal, regulatory and market obligations. Appraising commodities in the markets and reacting to changes.

- You will have a primary focus on helping to deliver budgets, executing complex strategies while managing the electricity or gas positions and the balancing services offered by us.

- As part of a team, you will look to continually evaluate the changing energy markets and develop strategies to manage the complexities of our portfolio.

- Appraise, recommend and execute trading strategies for the short term energy auctions, continuous energy markets and real time balancing mechanisms.

- You will report progress of key KPI’s to the SSE business units with full transparency and accuracy.

What do I need?

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

- Previous experience of working within a similar role, with experience of working in a commercial environment.

- Demonstrable knowledge of the GB and Ireland energy markets is desirable, but not essential as training will be provided.

- It would be beneficial to possess skills in data analysis, problem solving and have a strong teamworking attitude.

- A strong attention to detail, comfortable working with numbers and common software packages

- Flexibility and drive to succeed in a fast pace operations environment with the ability to make valuable decisions under time restrictions and operational pressures.

About our Business

Energy Markets (EM) is the heart of the SSE Group, securing value for SSE's asset portfolios in wholesale energy markets as we move towards our vision of being a leading energy company in a net zero world. We play a critical role as the short-term energy market asset optimiser, and a long-term energy market adviser, for all SSE's Business Units (across SSE's Wind, Hydro, Low Carbon Thermal, Distributed Energy and Customer portfolios). This role for EM enables SSE to focus its investment in energy markets capabilities (including Trading, Risk Management, Energy Economics, Settlements and Advanced Analytics) in one centre of excellence, with these enhanced capabilities supporting value creation and decision making across the SSE Group.

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 Lynsey at or on 01738 340426.

EXTERNAL: 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.

INTERNAL: As a courtesy, please let your current line manager know you are applying.



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