Lead Wayleave Officer

Posted 6 April by SSE PLC Featured

Job Title: Lead Wayleave Officer

Location: Oxford, Swindon or Melksham

Salary: Up to £50,539 (SS08) depending on skills and experience + car/cash allowance

Permanent| Full Time Hours with flexible working patterns available | 37 hours per week

Our Role

The Wayleave Team support the regional new connections, supply restoration and construction teams across the business regions by legally protecting existing assets and securing permissions for proposed new assets. To ensure that this continues to run efficiently, we have an excellent opportunity to join us as a Lead Wayleave Officer.

As a Lead Wayleave Officer you will lead the wayleaves team in negotiating with customers and private landowners on a variety of projects to secure legal agreements for the installation of SSEPD plant and equipment on third party land. The team also agree the purchase or free transfer of land to locate plant and equipment and will resolve disputes between landowners and SSEPD regarding aged and lapsed agreements. You and the team will liaise with customers, land agents, legal representatives and SSE colleagues to prepare consent documents while resolving any disputes over wayleave rights, landownership or tree cutting matters. Additionally, you will lead the team in obtaining section 37 consents, dealing with wayleave terminations and injurious affection claims. Working closely with internal and external stakeholders, including Natural England, English Heritage and DBEIS, the team also undertake wayleave surveys to seek consent, ensuring commercial viability and customer satisfaction at every point.

You will be responsible for managing the wayleave team and look to ensure our processes and policies are as effective as they can be, helping to identify and implement any process improvements to heighten efficiency. This will also include the Teams performance to allow the Regional Connections Business to have the opportunity to reach Incentive rewards. You’ll act as subject matter expert for other members of your team, and other parties, including reviewing and approving complex compensation and injurious claims that arise. You will also undertake the training of all new members of the team and carry out a personal development plan with them to achieve a satisfactory role as a wayleave officer. This position also holds budgetary control within the Wayleaves programme, including approving contractor rates, and any other relevant wayleave payments.

This is a wide scope role, allowing you a unique opportunity to learn about our business and work on a wide range project programme.

Your Skills and Experience

To be successful, you’ll hold significant experience in Wayleaves, and negotiating with land owners to and experience of the legal processes for the acquisition of easements. You should also have a sound knowledge of agricultural practices, forestry, environmental legislation, knowledge of the power distribution network and its main components would be advantageous, however full training will be provided.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills, being capable of building lasting relationships with stakeholders internal, external and at all levels. As a result of this, you will have first class communication skills, both verbal and written, aiding your responsibility of liaising with key external stakeholders such as Local Government, English Natural Heritage, National Famers’ Union etc. You’ll also have strong negotiation and influencing skills, being able to convey your position in a clear and concise manner.

You will have excellent organisational skills with the ability to work quickly, accurately and independently whilst under pressure. You will have an ability to make innovative and effective business improvements to move the business forwards. Strong I.T. skills are essential, in particular Microsoft Excel and Word.

Due to the nature of the business, you will be required to help the region with customer service and supply restoration emergencies out of hours. This includes standby duties out of hours as required. A full UK driving licence is required as you will be travelling to different sites and there may be occasions where an overnight stay is required.

Our Company

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.

Operations are responsible for keeping the lights on; we are at the front line on the Network. If we find a fault, it is our responsibility to respond to the fault, and dispatch our skilled teams to fix it as quickly as possible. We work in all hours, and through all weathers, ensuring our customers are never without power.

Our Benefits

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 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.

Next Steps

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Closing date for applications is: Sunday 29th April 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.

Required skills

  • Land Acquisition
  • Land Management
  • Management Skills
  • Utilities

Reference: 34843476

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