Site Management Policy & Assurance Manager - Military veterans preferred

National Grid (https:\\
Defense Contracting


  full-time   employee

CV34 6DA
United Kingdom

About us

We are National Grid, and we are at the heart of energy. From heating homes to making sure businesses fire on all cylinders, we’re using our engineering excellence to connect people and the planet. We’re also looking to the future – innovating, inventing, and transforming, to make possible the energy systems of tomorrow. And that’s why there’s never been a more exciting time to join us and help us to make a difference to people’s lives every day.

About The Role

This role is at the heart of National Grid’s Electricity Transmission Operations function.  ET Operations is responsible for day-to-day maintenance and operation of some 300 substation sites and over 7000km of overhead lines.  It employs some 1250 people across England and Wales.


The Site Management Policy and Assurance team is a central function that:


  • Ensures ET Operations has the necessary policies in place to ensure safe, efficient management of sites and work
  • Manages an assurance process to feed back on standards achieved
  • Manages workforce planning for ET Operations – identifying trainee requirements and managing training and competence processes
  • Owns and maintains National Grid’s electricity Safety Rules.


The scope of SMPA’s policy and assurance work is: safe systems of work, site Occupiers’ duties, resilience and security matters.


The base location for this role is Warwick, travel to operational sites required.

Role Remuneration

Band C: A competitive salary determined dependent on experience 


As well as your base salary, you will receive generous benefits including a company car or allowance, a bonus of up to 20% of your salary for stretch performance and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. You will also have access to a number of flexible benefits such as a share incentive plan, a salary sacrifice technology scheme, support via the employee assistance line and matched charity giving to name a few.

Key Accountabilities

  • Leadership and management of a department of subject matter experts
  • Lead on establishing, reviewing and maintaining a suite of policies and operating procedures that, when followed, will ensure that sites are fully compliant with legislation and corporate policies relating to site management, safety, security and resilience
  • Lead on developing and delivering a programme of assurance that provides ET Operations managers with feedback on the actual compliance with standards associated with site management and safe systems of work across ET Operations
  • Lead on the development of a future resourcing strategy in line with workforce planning requirements and insights
  • Overall accountability for the adequacy and coherence of policy setting and assurance feedback
  • Lead on the delivery of additional projects in support of the wider management of ET Operations. This might include investigations, representative roles on internal governance groups or representative roles on relevant external bodies or working groups


Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to build high quality relationships both internally and across all stakeholders through individual and organisational relationship building
  • Strong understanding of National Grid’s role in the electricity supply industry and its interfaces with industry stakeholders, including Government and Local Authority contingency planning processes
  • Strong understanding and/or previous experience working within operational or engineering businesses
  • Deep understanding of the role of substation sites in the power system, the asset types found in them, and the risks and consequences of site and asset failures
  • Ability to influence, challenge and ensure that the highest standards across a very dispersed workforce are met, where direct management observation/supervision is difficult
  • Knowledge of the Health & Safety at Work Act, and Regulations under that relating to management of industrial installations
  • Demonstrated ability to drive change and manage complex risks for the overall benefit of customers, stakeholders and the business.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop self and manage others to achieve their full potential to deliver value.



  • Minimum GCSE Grade C English Language (or equivalent)
  • Full driving licence


  • Leading to Chartered Engineer status
  • IOSH Managing Safely (or equivalent) qualification
  • NEBOSH Certificate.

Job Dimensions

Number of Direct/Indirect Reports

Around 20 mainly professional or experienced practitioner staff



Circa £1M p.a. (team salaries & spend).

Nb.  Site management policies drive site maintenance and management costs in excess of £20M p.a

Who Are We

At National Grid, we don’t just ask our people to deliver to the highest standards. We also support them to be the best they can be. We welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds. National Grid’s ambition is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. We are committed to building a workforce which represents the communities we serve and a working environment in which each individual feels respected, fairly treated, valued and able to reach their full potential.

Advert Close Date

Sunday 28th January 2019