Planning and Environment Analyst – Offshore

Job Purpose Statement:

  • To monitor, influence and lobby on the development of environmental and planning policies, to facilitate the best possible potential for offshore renewables project development in appropriate locations across SPR’s jurisdiction (Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland)
  • To analyse and interpret planning and environmental regulations in relation to SPR’s existing and planned UK and Irish projects, across all renewables technologies, in multi-legislative jurisdictions, with varying planning regimes.
  • To develop and maintain effective relationships with relevant stakeholders in respect of planning and environmental policy in relation to all technologies, with a focus on Offshore, ensuring SPR’s key messages are communicated in this area with a view to securing an optimal policy framework to support SPR projects and business objectives.
  • To lobby and influence these stakeholders and industry colleagues to effect planning and environmental policy development to optimise SPR business interest and strategy.
  • To create a narrative and provide policy input and guidance regarding planning and environmental matters across the Group by working with Colleagues in SP, Renovables, and Joint Venture partners, across all areas, including Regulation, Innovation, Development, Construction and Operation, on and offshore, disseminating key messages and providing input to briefings and communications advice.

Accountability Statements:

  • Support the development of strategies for managing and influencing planning and environment policy issues ensuring effective communication and lobbying on issues that could have a significant financial impact on SPR, at national, local and regional government levels, and taking account of the UK’s exit from the EU.
  • Responsibility for the coordination and submission of consultation responses dealing with planning and environment policy, which has an impact on renewables development, ensuring consistency in response with other Group and overall strategic objectives.
  • Identify and implement engagement strategies for influencing key stakeholders, across government, NGOs and all other relevant stakeholders in planning and environment matters that could impact policy with consequence for SPR projects, including but not limited to policies in respect of:
  • environmental policy including policies relevant to habitats and species (designated and non-designated)
  • planning policy development at a national, regional and local level (including onshore and the marine environment)
  • associated planning, consenting and licensing issues for renewables developments.
  • Communicate effectively with and influence colleagues across SPR/company to ensure that key planning and environmental issues from SPR’s perspective are understood and where possible aligned with the wider SP position, helping to ensure appropriate resources are employed to effectively help achieve SPR’s objectives.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with important regulatory, government and industry contacts, including trade associations so that SPR retains the capability to influence at all levels to ensure SPR business strategy is optimised
  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of environment and planning policy developments in respect of renewables in UK, ROI and other relevant markets
  • Provide input to high quality briefing material and presentations on planning and environmental issues for SPR senior management and executive for use in stakeholder interactions, parliamentary inquiries and other forums.
  • Act as an advocate for SPR and renewable generation focused on addressing planning and environment issues, at a wide range of meetings and events, including but not limited to trade associations, working groups and industry forums.

Skills, Knowledge, & Experience:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in environmental/planning policy or other relevant subject with at least 3 years relevant PQE.
  • Good knowledge of planning and environmental regimes and how they are regulated and influenced by EU/UK legislation
  • Maintain a detailed knowledge of current and developing legislation in relation to planning and environmental policy in UK and ROI
  • Good presentation, report writing, negotiation, influencing and lobbying skills.
  • Experience of dealing with directors and senior management internally and from government, regulatory bodies and other market participants.
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