Innovation 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: 26th June 2022

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious candidate with established business experience and a strong supporting academic background to further develop their career by working on an 21-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between SSEN Transmission and the University of Strathclyde. The role will be key in driving the implementation of business strategy through establishing a highly engaged innovation culture within the employees; essential to the business successfully delivering on its strategic objective to support the transition to a low carbon economy and Net Zero. The role is located in Glasgow, Scotland and requires the successful candidate to be based mainly at SSEN Transmission’s and the University of Strathclyde’s offices in Glasgow.

SSEN Transmission is part of the SSE Group, responsible for the electricity transmission network in the north of Scotland. As the Transmission Owner (TO), SSEN 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. The region has a vast renewable resource with most of the generation in the area coming from either wind or hydro resources which ensures a safe and reliable supply to meet local demand and for onwards transport to the rest of the UK.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their strategic, technical and operational skills in an industry at the forefront of the transition to a Net Zero. SSEN Transmission 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. You will have real responsibility in identifying best practice for building human capital and engagement in the cultural change necessary to implement a new stakeholder-led innovation strategy, and then embedding that into day-to-day business practise. You will track and revise your methods as appropriate to deliver maximum benefit. It is through the people training modules developed by this project that the skills and behaviours necessary for a high engagement innovative culture will be embedded. It is essential that you are self-motivated in identifying the best way to deliver the role’s objectives, and proactive in engaging with those that will support these and driving to achieve the desired outcomes.

Establishing a strong network inside the company and with the academic team will be key to success, along with working with wider stakeholders in the energy sector and beyond. It is essential you are educated to a Masters level, ideally an MBA, and that you have applied this learning outside the academic environment for a significant period. Through that work experience you will have been involved with various change initiatives, including the institution of high engagement work practices. A people centred, creative approach is key. Ideally you will have an undergraduate degree or experience of human resources, organisational studies (or related) psychology or education. Experience of the energy sector is preferred, but not essential.

You will display strong collaborative skills that you will apply whilst working across the business and academic partners. This will include the existing innovation multi-disciplinary team and all other parties involved with innovation across SSE’s transmission and distribution electricity network companies. You will need to affect change through others using timely stakeholder engagement, influencing and negotiating skills, whilst adapting your approach as circumstances dictate. You won’t be afraid to experiment with new approaches when delivering change. You will motivate and inspire others to innovate and drive change, leading to engagement with learning and new ideas within the business.

The project 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: There are over 200 vacancies currently available at or search ‘KTP jobs’. Please note this is a fixed term appointment (expected duration 21 months)

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