Senior Project Manager
Ref: SCOT-EN797

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Job description
At ScottishPower we know that our people are our strongest asset, so we’re always looking for individuals whose energy, intelligence and passion can help us reach our goals.

At the heart of all business visions and activities are the people whose individual efforts and performance make it happen. We encourage our people to be proud of where they work, to share their ideas and to own their careers. We promote a safe working environment and push people to shape and progress their careers so that we grow our talent within the company.

We’re able to continue our recruitment drive because the demand for energy keeps growing. As well as this, our investment in our network and continual search for innovative ways to generate and distribute energy means we can offer a wide range of exciting careers in a stable industry.

Business and Department

SP Energy Networks is part of the ScottishPower Group of companies. We provide power on behalf of supply companies through a network of cables and power lines that we own and maintain.

We do it responsibly. We do it with respect for people and for the environment. We do it looking at the long term, not just today. We do it innovatively.

We're dedicated to delivering a safe and reliable electricity supply to all of our customers 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Through our transmission and distribution network we provide power to customers in Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire as well as Central and Southern Scotland.

SP Transmission has been successful in securing regulatory funding under the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) mechanism, which is a new provision under the RIIO T1 settlement:
  • Future Intelligent Transmission Network Substation (FITNESS)
  • Phoenix
Reporting to the Future Networks Manager and Project Steering Board, the Senior Project Manager will provide a project management (including financial control), programme coordination and technical direction for the SP Energy Networks delivery team, liaising closely with internal stakeholders and external project partners. 

Principally focusing on delivery of the above projects which has a 48 month delivery programme (from the Ofgem approval), the Senior Project Manager will also facilitate further proposals of subsequent R&D projects under the NIC and NIA (Network Innovation Allowance) and Innovation Rollout Mechanism (IRM) regulatory frameworks.

A feature of NIA and NIC project funding is the requirement for knowledge dissemination and external stakeholder engagement. To this end, the role shall provide support to the other team members as well as our Stakeholder Team.


The post holder is mainly accountable for the delivery for FITNESS and Phoenix projects. The post holder will play a key role in ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the Project Delivery Team with appropriate input from specialists drawn from internal stakeholders and external partners.  


Project Management

Plan, co-ordinate and supervise NIC projects activity including budgetary control, scheduling and logistical aspects:
  • Produce and maintain a programme of project activities using an appropriate project management tool.
  • Ensure timely delivery of reports to the Project Steering Group in line with the project governance requirements.
  • Supervision of all procurement activity associated with the project work packages.
  • Co-ordination with Suppliers on the specification, scheduling, delivery and acceptance of contracted products and services.
  • Ensure project expenditure is in line with the budgetary provision.
  • Coordination of the installation of all substation and IT equipment associated with the project.
Engineering Expertise 
  • In-depth understanding of regulated network business (electricity transmission networks preferred) and its engineering foundations.
  • Accountable for the review and audit of all project deliverables within and beyond the Project directions, including specifications, commercial indications of engineering specifications, compliance with technical standards, data validation, modelling tools etc. with the input of technical specialists where appropriate.
  • Primary point of contact for all technical matters relating to NIC projects for both internal & external queries/actions.
  • Draft, Review and Contribute to reports and papers in line with the NIC Guidance, to facilitate effective knowledge sharing and inform the industrial standards.
  • Work with the project delivery team to capture new learnings from the project to maximise the value of innovation into Business as Usual (BaU) and share with the key stakeholders in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Ensure all appropriate Health & Safety procedures are applied at all project locations.
Stakeholder Engagement
  • Liaising with the internal/external stakeholders, ensure that all relevant stakeholders are aware of the project and the associated implications, opportunities and responsibilities that apply to them.
  • Assess and facilitate the implementation of enduring measures regarding the interactions of innovation projects with existing IT infrastructure, Real time systems (RTS), existing and new commercial framework and regulated interfaces TO/GBSO/DSO. This will include strategic and procedural aspects of grid monitoring, system planning & operation, investment and business model.
As a senior member of the Future Networks team, the Senior Project Manager is expected to demonstrate leadership in Iberdrola behaviour competences and flexibility to ensure delivery outcome. 

  • Relevant experience in Electrical Engineering Project Management.
  • Strong organisation and project management skills across cross functional work streams.
  • Highly self-motivated and self-confident individual with a positive ‘can do’ attitude, capable of influencing and co-ordinating the action of peers and influencing discussions with competitors.
  • Well-developed technical knowledge of electrical engineering principles.
  • Technical understanding of all areas of system quality of supply and associated monitoring techniques.
  • Confident to lead/coordinate a team in a technology challenging project with complex interface and multiple stakeholders.
  • Good interpersonal skills with good written and oral communication skills.
  • Project management tools.
  • Microsoft office package including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Ability to influence and lobby both internal and external stakeholders to gain agreement and acceptance of solution and implementation approaches.
  • Degree in a relevant technical subject.
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills to deliver effective relationship building at all levels
  • Project management skills.
  • Professional conduct in a regulated environment, good team working and team building skills.
  • Comfortable with a rapidly changing environment and conflicting priorities.
  • Strong presentational and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritise workloads and deliver to agreed timescales and quality standards.
  • Proven track record in liaising with industry bodies.
This Opportunity will Offer
  • Salary from £48,046
  • Pension plan
  • Share incentive plan
  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave provisions
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Enhanced annual leave
  • Caring and development breaks
  • Training and development


  • Location: Ochil House, 10 Technology Avenue, Hamilton International Technology Park, Blantyre, Glasgow G72 0HT
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Selection Method: Competency Based Interview / Presentation
  • Competencies: Flexibility & Globalisation, Teamwork, Achieving Results & Continuous Improvement, Communicating & Influencing.

CLOSING DATE: Sunday 24 December 2017


This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

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