ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the world’s largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy. ScottishPower is the first integrated energy company in the UK to generate 100% green electricity. Our focus is on wind energy, smart grids and driving the change to a cleaner, electric future and we’re investing over £4m every working day to make this happen. We’re committed to speeding up the transition to cleaner electric transport, improving air quality and over time, driving down bills – and our procurement function has a huge part to play in this challenge.
The role of Land Officer sits within the Land and Planning Team within SP Energy Networks who are responsible for providing support to the three Licence Businesses in the gaining of appropriate land rights and planning consents required to install (and keep installed) the distribution and transmission network. In the role of Land Officer you will be responsible for obtaining the land rights associated with the Distribution Network (33kV and below) in order to secure the necessary and appropriate landowner permissions and statutory consents required for the delivery of infrastructure capital projects, day to day operational/maintenance activities and customer connections, ensuring timely delivery of projects and the security and safety of the existing assets. We are recruiting roles to work within Glasgow, Wrexham and Birkenhead.
Provide land rights services for distribution projects and for day to day operational and maintenance activities within the district or for other district locations as instructed by the Land Team Leader, ensuring effective and timely delivery.
Proactively manage individual projects with the aim of resolving problems in the land rights process which may be preventing delivery of capital programmes or be detrimental to the safety or security of the existing network.
Provide specialist advice to the project manager in relation to the selection of the appropriate Land Rights being sought, providing alternative solutions in the event of any difficulties to ensure capital programmes can be maintained and delivered.
Provide specialist input related to terminations and the use of statutory powers to ensure that the Company’s rights are preserved and asset safety & security is maintained.
Engage and negotiate with landowners affected by distribution activities and resolve any issues to the satisfaction of both parties.
Liaise where required with developers IDNOs/ICPs on matters relating to obtaining land rights for customer connections.
Prepare appropriate information necessary for legal instruction in a timely and appropriate manner to secure permanent land rights for distribution assets, providing support to both internal and external legal teams during the process.
Undertake site visits during the construction works and support the delivery team in maintaining access to the land during construction.
Where statutory powers are required to deliver consent, assist in the preparation of both the 21 day notice and the Application for Necessary Wayleave to the relevant statutory body. Contribute to the drafting of written submissions to the hearing Reporter/Inspector. Work with legal teams and Business and where necessary provide participation as expert witness at related hearings.
Responsible for creating and updating land rights records, on both hard copy files, the Land GIS and the SAP Real Estate System.
Skills and Requirements
Expert knowledge and practical experience of legal acts (Electricity Act 1989, Town & Country Planning Act, Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, Property Law, Valuations, Compensation Code and agriculture practices) are required to understand and reduce project delivery risk and financial exposure.
Expert knowledge and practical experience in the implementation of land rights processes and procedures relating to project delivery and landowner relations
Expert negotiation skills
Must have the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of parties’ at varying levels within organisations (including senior management, engineers, planners, lawyers, statutory bodies, farmers/landowners and the wider public) with the ability to deal with and resolve adversarial and confrontational situations.
A working knowledge of the Distribution Networks and the individual components, such as substations and overhead lines, is required with knowledge of the regulated nature of the Business.
Able to make balanced decisions, taking into account all possible information and programme outcomes available
To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate as a minimum:
Expert knowledge and practical experience of various applicable legal acts and in the implementation of land rights processes and procedures relating to project delivery
A working knowledge of the Distribution Networks and the individual components, such as substations and overhead lines is required, with knowledge of the regulated nature of the Business.
Relevant experience in land surveying disciplines, or experience of related disciplines.
What we offer
Alongside a competitive salary from £36,648 per annum, you can enjoy a number of additional benefits. Additionally, as part of our commitment to a supportive and inclusive place to work, we recognise that our employees have different personal circumstances and want a suitable work-life balance. We are working hard to support flexible and alternative ways of working where possible including: Flexible Working, Shared Parental Leave, Career Breaks, Wellbeing / Employee Assistance Programme. You will have access to our flexible benefits programme where you can decide what is important for you. We also offer a competitive double-matched defined contribution pension scheme where you can receive up to a 10% company contribution.
‘Happy to talk flexible working’
Commitment to Sustainability
As a Principal Partner of COP26 and a major player in renewable energy, we take our responsibilities seriously when it comes to sustainability and climate change. It’s important to us that our people feel the same way, so it’s likely that you’ll be asked about your personal commitment to sustainability during the interview stage.
Closing date: Thursday 23rd September 2021
Locations: Birkenhead, Wrexham and Glasgow
Please note that any applicant who is not a citizen of the country of the vacancy will be subject to compliance with the applicable immigration requirements to legally work in that country. If/when required, the Company will support the employee with the necessary Immigration requirements.