National Business Development Manager, SSE


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Title: National Business Development Manager

Reports to: UK Sales Manager – SSE Energy Solutions

Area: Nationwide with regional responsibility (North or England)

The OVO Group’s purpose is to drive progress towards net zero carbon living. To reach Plan Zero, we need everyone to come together – not just as customers buying energy, but as members with a common goal. As part of this ambitious plan, our goal is to become the ‘Leading Employer in the UK’ by 2030. If you think you could be the talent we’re looking for, then come and join the adventure!

We’re SSE Energy Solutions who are part of OVO Group, a family of brands on a mission to drive progress towards zero carbon living.

We’re here to keep the UK running, street by street, home by home. Doing our bit to make everyday life easier. Being here for people when they need us most. And making sure every home works brilliantly, no matter what it takes.

But bringing people exceptional service and clever ways to save money, isn’t easy. We need the brightest brains and the best kind of people to help us.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Get in touch!

Where in the world of OVO will I be working?

You will be working for SSE Energy Solutions, here you will develop and procure new business opportunities within the energy efficiency retrofit markets; working alongside Government initiatives to help facilitate the successful delivery of the Energy Company Obligation and wider group objectives.

What will I be doing?

Working with new and existing clients to create and maintain outstanding industry relationships which build upon a strong industry presence. You will be required to network across a large geographical area achieving business targets and objectives that are both financial and from a governance perspective.

You will be required to support the wider business development team through account management, bid writing and strong leadership skills. The role will support the team to ensure a national coherent approach is taken on all activity whilst regional targets are achieved. As part of this purpose you will ensure the wider drive of Plan Zero is fully embraced with company brand, ethics and members at the heart of everything you do.

Key responsibilities include:

Health and Safety

  • Actively assess risk and address all planned activities to work within SSE’s SHE guidelines. Identify all potential risks, communicate and plan solutions/safe practices to mitigate risks to yourself, customers and colleagues.


  • Plan and prioritise personal sales activities and customer/prospect contact towards achieving agreed business aims, including costs and sales – especially managing personal time and productivity.
  • Communicate, liaise, and negotiate internally and externally using appropriate methods to facilitate the development of profitable business and sustainable relationship
  • Supporting other members of the Sales team on a national front through key account management and stakeholder engagement


  • Managing relationships with clients to ensure they are engaged by all departments within the business. To act as the client’s conduit and gateway to the wider SSE/OVO divisions; this includes complaints enquiry through to complaint resolution. This may involve various departments of Energy Solutions but also SSE/OVO.
  • Take on task and “dotted-line” management whilst taking the lead on specific projects that have tight external timelines such as Local Authority procurement opportunities
  • Provide a level of governance and project approval from other areas of the business development team, promoting new opportunities to the Senior Management Team

Sales Performance

  • Develop, write and secure OJUE compliant framework contracts to the value of £50m per framework; a minimum of three frameworks Nationwide
  • Develop new business opportunities across all energy efficiency sectors
  • Build a network of clients within the energy efficiency sectors including housing authorities, supply chain, trade associates and third-party agents
  • Develop and secure regional contracts estimated between £7-10m p.a.
  • Support the wider team of business development managers resulting in indirect secured contracts valued at an aggregated value of £20-30m p.a.
  • Manage product/service mix, pricing and margins according to agreed aims
  • Respond to and follow up sales enquiries using appropriate method

Compliance and Regulation

  • Adhere to compliance and regulation requirements at all times; this should be filtered through all internal and external staff working under SSE contracts
  • Cross Sales
  • Identify opportunities within existing network to offer alternative solutions that the wider SSE/OVO divisions may benefit from
  • Actively promote and support SSE wider business objectives


  • Create and develop new sales business strategy to dovetail with overarching SSE policy and approach to sales management. To prepare a strategy document for each client outlining the key objectives and the approach to delivering targets.
  • Carry out market research, competitor analysis and client reporting
  • Monitor and report on activities and provide relevant management information.

Company values

  • Always work to the SSE/OVO company values and lead by example. Insist on these values in wider ES staff and recognise those who demonstrate these behaviors.
Is this the job for me?

Ideally you will have:

  • In-depth knowledge of the industry and its current events
  • 5 years’ experience in a sales environment, preferably within Policy led industry
  • Understanding of Government Policy around clean growth, carbon emissions and fuel poverty alleviation such as: ECO, FiTs, RHI, EESSH, HEEPS,
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong communication and IT fluency
  • Creative talents and the ability to solve tough problems
  • The ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent time management and organisation
  • Maintain and develop existing relationships
  • Liaise and attend meetings with other company functions necessary to perform duties and aid business and organisational development.
  • Attend training, industry exhibitions and client workshops to develop relevant knowledge and skills.

Key Financial Measures

  • Develop and secure regional contracts estimated between £7-10m p.a.
  • Support and develop Business Development team resulting in indirect secured contracts valued at £20-30m p.a.
  • Secure OJUE compliant framework contracts to the value of £50m per framework; a minimum of three frameworks Nationwide

Key Projects / Activities Managed

  • Identify initiatives and oversee projects to achieve improvements, overall objectives of the Energy Efficiency team and compliance with the Energy Company Obligation

Decision Making Authority

  • Create and develop a strategic approach in support of securing contracts across the UK
  • Selection of key external clients and stakeholders to engage and develop a relationship with; with a view to securing contracts
  • First stage project evaluation and subsequent recommendation to the senior management team
  • Project Sign-off within public procurement and tender submission
From us you’ll get*

  • An annual discretionary bonus
  • 4% of your salary to spend on flexible lifestyle benefits
  • 5% matched employer contribution to your pension
  • 25 days holiday + 1 for your birthday
  • Flexible working hours
  • And many more…

(*) Please note that certain benefits kick-in once you have passed probation which can be up to 6 months after your start date.

We want the best people

At OVO, we empower our people to have choice around where and when they work – flexible working arrangements can be discussed for all of our roles. Please speak to the Talent Acquisition team for more info.

We’re keen to meet people with varied backgrounds – our view is the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We want to build teams which represent a variety of experiences, perspectives and skills, and we recognise talent on the basis of merit and potential.

We understand some people may not apply for jobs unless they tick every box. If you’re excited about joining us and think you have much of what we’re looking for, even if you’re not 100% sure… we’d love to hear from you.

Learn more about working in the OVO family of companies on our careers page and Glassdoor. We’re also delighted to have received a Top Employers certificate in 2018, 2019 and 2020!

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