4 months ago
Job Title: Town Planner
Location: Perth or Inverness
Salary: £34,123 - £45,066 depending on skills and experience
Permanent | Full Time Hours | 37 hours per week
We have an exciting opportunity for a Town Planner to join our teams, based in either Perth or Inverness, helping to shape the Transmission business consenting strategy. You’ll provide expertise to support project teams delivering our key planning, s37, and marine consents as part of our programme of Large Capital Projects across Base Capex, Customer Connections and Strategic Wider Works portfolios.
You’ll act as technical expert on Spatial Planning matters and will support our Transmission business in promoting projects for inclusion in the National Planning Framework for Scotland. These project include Strategic and Local Development Plans, aimed at building consensus around electricity transmission system planning at a policy level. In addition, you’ll represent the company at Public Local Enquiries and Public Hearings and work with the Queens Counsel to prepare Statements of Case for Planning Appeals.
Your Skills and Experience
Educated to degree level and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, you should have an understanding and working knowledge of energy networks, their structure, governance and funding and of the system of Spatial Planning in Scotland. With a working knowledge of systems of Large Capital Project Governance, you’ll also have an appreciation of how the regulated and non-regulated context influences the required content of statutory consents.
You’ll be a positive communicator with the ability to articulate complex spatial planning issues to others, with both a customer and project delivery focused attitude. You’ll liaise with various stakeholders both internal and externally, and so you should have a knack for building and nourishing positive working relationships, and be experienced in mediating disputes.
At Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), our skilled teams operate and maintain our electricity distribution and transmission networks, carrying electricity to over 3.7 million homes across the north of the Central Belt of Scotland and Central Southern England.
Transmission operates under licence as Scottish Hydro Electric (SHE) Transmission plc, responsible for the transmission of electricity in the north of Scotland. We own and maintain the 132kV, 275kV and 400kV electricity transmission network in our licence area. Our network comprises of underground cables, overhead wooden poles, steel towers and electricity substations, and it extends over a quarter of the UK land mass across some of its most challenging terrain.
With more than 22,000 employees working over 242 locations, we strive to be a great place to work for everyone. In addition to a competitive salary, you’ll automatically be enrolled in into our Group Pension Plan and have the opportunity to join our Share plans. You’ll enjoy a generous annual leave entitlement of 34 days (inclusive of public holidays), with the option to buy up to 10 extra days. Each employee is also entitled to one day paid volunteering, allowing you to dedicate your time, skills and expertise to your local community or a charitable cause as part of our “Be the Difference” scheme.
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Closing date for applications: Wednesday 28th February 2018
This vacancy is open to internal and external candidates. If you’re internal, please notify your line manager before you submit your application. If you’re successful, we’ll conduct some pre-employment checks.