Sustainability Engagement Lead

Aberdeen City, Highland Council, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire
Full time
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SSE plc
Mining, resources & energy
10,001+ employees
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About the Role

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

Salary: £40,600 - £61,000 + performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

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

SSEN Transmission is at the heart of the transition to net zero in the UK. In the coming years, our network will be pivotal in connecting and transporting the power needed to decarbonise the UK’s electricity network and in doing so power the UK’s net zero ambition. Our business is rapidly growing, in order to deliver the largest investment package that Scotland’s electricity system has ever seen, with a projected investment programme of over £20bn in the next 10 years.

As the Sustainability Engagement Lead at SSEN Transmission, you will interpret data and develop narratives to communicate our impacts on people, the environment, and economy to a range of internal and external audiences. You will lead the preparation of our Annual Sustainability Report and contribute to other external communications on sustainability topics. In addition, you will coordinate an internal community of practice and a sustainability champions network, including through the management of our sustainability SharePoint. You will report to our Sustainability Strategy Manager, sitting in the Sustainable Economics Team.

The responsibilities of the Sustainability Engagement Lead include:

- Lead internal sustainability engagement
Act as a key point of contact for colleagues across SSEN Transmission on sustainability topics, providing proactive support in the form of resources on our Sustainability SharePoint. Establish a sustainability champions network and community of practice, and lead internal events to drive engagement on sustainability topics.

- Lead Annual Sustainability Reporting
Manage the annual project to prepare our Annual Sustainability Report, including interpreting data, identifying narratives, drafting content, managing rounds of review by colleagues and designers, securing approval by the Executive Committee and Board, and managing the report’s launch and communication.

- Lead supplier engagement programs
Working with capital project teams and procurement, design and lead the delivery of engagement programs with our key suppliers on sustainability topics. Programs will aim to support suppliers to meet sustainability-related requirements and to share best practice, challenges, and opportunities in delivering against our sustainability goals.

- Lead sustainability engagement with SSE Group & other Transmission Owners
Coordinate action with sustainability colleagues across SSE Group, including leading SSEN Transmission’s contribution to the SSE sustainability community of practice. Coordinate engagement with other Transmission Owners on sustainability topics.

- Lead sustainability governance
Provide secretarial support to our internal sustainability governance bodies, ensuring timely and appropriate oversight and accountability of key sustainability topics by the relevant individuals and bodies.

What do I need?

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

- A strong understanding of sustainability including familiarity with UN Sustainable Development Goals and the broader sustainability landscape for businesses.

- Experience of preparing sustainability reports in line with relevant reporting standards such as GRI, SASB, ISSB, TCFD and ESRS.

- Excellent interpersonal skills, with evidence of building good working relationships with a range of stakeholders.

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to present to a wide range of audiences in an engaging way, and to produce high-quality reports, papers and communication materials.

- Experience of managing communications platforms such as SharePoint or similar.

About our Business

At SSEN Transmission, we take immense pride in owning and operating the high-voltage electricity transmission network across the north of Scotland. We transport energy from where it is generated to wherever it is needed, ensuring a safe and reliable electricity supply for the communities we serve. But that's not all – we're committed to upgrading the grid to deliver cleaner, homegrown energy for the future. By developing, building and maintaining a network for net zero, we're creating secure power for generations to come.

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 Stephanie at or 01738 342963.

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.