Strategy Engagement Manager (KTP Associate)

University of Strathclyde / Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission
Location: Glasgow
Salary: Up to £34k p.a. plus £4k training and development budget
Closing Date: 13th December 2020

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, business-oriented graduate to further develop their career by working on a 2-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) and the University of Strathclyde. The role seeks to engage the business organisation in the achievement of its strategic objective and goals through the design and implementation of a strategy engagement ‘playbook’ and associated processes to ensure strategy is intrinsic to day-to-day business operations.

SHE Transmission is part of the SSE Group, responsible for the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland. SHE Transmission operates under the name of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, together with its sister companies, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) and Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD), who operate the lower voltage distribution networks in the north of Scotland and central southern England. As the Transmission Owner (TO), SHE Transmission maintains and invests in the high voltage 132kV, 220kV, 275kV and 400kV electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland. The network consists of underground and subsea cables, overhead lines on wooden and composite poles and steel towers, and electricity substations, extending over a quarter of the UK’s land mass crossing some of its most challenging terrain. Providing power to communities by providing a safe and reliable supply of electricity by taking the electricity from generators and transporting it at high voltages over long distances through our transmission network for onwards distribution to homes and businesses in villages, towns and cities.

It is SHE Transmission’s strategic objective to enable the transition to the low carbon economy. To measure success, the business has ambitious goals over the coming five years to connect the renewable energy that will power 10 million homes and businesses, while at the same time reduce its own business greenhouse gas emissions in line with a 1.5 degree warming pathway. Achieving these goals will require significant innovation and commitment from the business and its stakeholders.

This KTP seeks to develop and embed the business systems and people behaviours that will enable SHE Transmission to achieve - and go beyond - its goals. The KTP is intended to support strategic transformative change in the ways of working and mindset of the organisation. This is not an incremental revision to existing working practices, but instead will bring current best practice in management thinking to address the strategic challenge of our generation – climate change. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their strategic, technical and operational skills in an industry at the forefront of supporting the transition to a low carbon economy and supporting ‘A Network for Net Zero’.

What is the Role?
The role of the Strategy Engagement Manager will be to support steps to shift a traditional engineering culture towards high engagement implementation practice. By exploring options for human centred and creative approaches to inclusion and the place of useful learning engagement, the requisite collaborative implementation knowledge, skills and behaviour to achieve the businesses strategic goals will be embedded into the management and operational teams. In this role there will be real responsibility for the identifying and installing the required methods to engage, along with implementing the processes and systems to create structural conditions conducive to engaged strategic practice across a live business environment.

What do I need?
To be considered for the role, you will have a Master’s degree in a relevant business or management subject (ideally an MBA) with significant relevant work experience, including an active role in change initiatives. A first degree or experience of engineering or process / systems design is desirable.

Practical experience of creative, innovative thinking to organisational engagement is key. In addition, you will have a demonstrable interest in systems and process design. As a strong communicator with excellent influencing and negotiation skills you will be comfortable liaising across all levels of the business, with academic partners and wider stakeholders. You will have high self- and cultural- awareness and a collaboration mindset. It is essential that you have a proactive approach and are self-motivated in identifying the best way to deliver goals and objectives. This should be supported by a willingness to experiment with new approaches when delivering change.

This role will support a project that is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position please visit: 

Please note this is a fixed term appointment (24 months)

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