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Control Centre Operations Manager

England, Reading
Full time
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SSE plc
Mining, resources & energy
10,001+ employees
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About the Role

Base Location: Slough/Reading | 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 reasonably commutable to our Slough / Reading Control Centre, as you will be required to be in the office a few days per week.

Salary: £63,000 - £94,400 + car /car allowance + 15% performance-related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time

  • You will have full accountability for the Enterprise Control Centre (ECC), ensuring the safe and reliable operation of £300m of private network and IDNO assets
  • With oversight of all switching operations and safety instructions, you will manage and report on network safety issues, lead on the implementation of the Company’s Operational Safety Rules and perform the role of Authorising Officer.
  • You will manage the ECC cost centre, with autonomy to make business decisions that impact on the bottom line in order to grow the ECC business. You will be accountable for developing a growth plan for the ECC, including marketing of the ECC as a shop front of the Enterprise business in order to win new private network ownership opportunities.
  • You will be expected to maximise network availability in order to optimise embedded generation output, minimising disruption to customers through careful consideration of outages and mitigation of potential risks
  • You will lead a team to coordinate the commissioning of multi-million-pound networks into the Enterprise Control Centre, influencing the design and energisation of telecoms and RTUs to enable full SCADA connectivity

What do I need?

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

  • Detailed understanding of the UK energy industry and in-depth knowledge of electricity networks. Demonstrated experience in managing operational safety, including leading technical teams or contractors to ensure safety from the system
  • Able to promote and engage on safety at all levels to instil a high performing safety culture. Confident at managing and reporting safety incidents, closing actions and ensuring lessons are learned
  • Experience in managing a Profit & Loss account, with full responsibility for reporting of revenue, expenditure and forecasting variances
  • Proven track record of developing strategies to grow and develop a business entity, with experience of working with customers and stakeholders
  • An understanding of power system principles, including power flows, faults and power quality issues and rectification. Knowledge of the IT systems and platforms that underpin a control room would be advantageous.

About our Business

SSE Enterprise Utilities is the Distributed Energy (DE) and Private Networks business of SSE plc. We finance, own, operate and maintain energy infrastructure for commercial, industrial and residential customers - providing them with a market leading project development service and certainty of operational performance and asset management. In order to accelerate progress towards net zero SSE Group is investing £7m a day on low carbon infrastructure, creating 1,000 green jobs a year in the process, as part of its £25bn NZAP (Net Zero Acceleration Programme).

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave entitlement, including Bank Holidays. 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

Candidates for this role will be required to obtain vetting to SC level through UK Government. The criteria normally includes 5 years UK residency, further information can be found here: United Kingdom Security Vetting: Applicant - GOV.UK (

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.