Strategy Engagement Manager - KTP Associate

University of Strathclyde / SSEN Transmission
Location: Glasgow
Salary: Up to £34k p.a. plus £4k training and development budget
Closing Date: 13th February 2022

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, business-oriented graduate to further develop their career by working on a 21-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between SSEN 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.

SSEN Transmission owns, operates and invests in the high voltage electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland. The region is home to a vast renewable energy resource and the transmission system transports this energy over long distances to homes and businesses across GB and beyond. This ensures a safe and reliable supply of clean, green energy to power our lives.

It is SSEN Transmission’s strategic plan to build ‘a Network for Net Zero’. Analysis shows that for the UK to achieve its decarbonisation targets there needs to be a significant growth in the use of electricity, and hence in the production and transportation of that power. SSEN Transmission forecasts that it will invest over £4 billion in the next five years to enable that transition. To measure success, the business has ambitious goals 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 strategic and sustainability 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 SSEN 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 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 must be passionate about the role of business in the transition to net zero. You will have at least 3 years relevant work experience, including people-facing and team building initiatives. A Master’s degree in a relevant business or management subject (ideally an MBA) 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.

The position offers the KTP Associate the following benefits:

  • A challenging and rewarding job, with real responsibility within the work environment
  • A planned programme of training courses, including a £4,000 personal development budget
  • Mentoring from industrial and academic supervisors
  • Support and resources from the University
  • The opportunity to make important and tangible improvements in large and dynamic company

The post will be mostly based remotely (subject to Covid-19 guidelines) or at the company premises in Glasgow.

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: www.ktpws.org.uk. There are over 200 vacancies currently available at www.ktp-uk.org/graduates or search ‘KTP jobs’

Please note this is a fixed term appointment (expected duration 21 months).

 Formal interviews are expected to be held 9 March 2022.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Dave Mackay, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship (david.makay@strath.ac.uk/0141 548 3502).

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