The Energy Systems Catapult is one of a network of elite technology and innovation centres set up by Innovate UK. The vision for the Energy Systems Catapult is to build on existing UK strengths in R&D and accelerate solutions that address the global requirement for a sustainable, affordable and secure future energy system through to commercial reality.
More specifically the Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.
Modern Energy Partners is a collaborative innovation programme driven and funded by BEIS to establish a systematic way to deliver carbon reductions across government estate in support of national decarbonisation.
The programme is piloting a series of methods and approaches to modelling the energy and carbon options against their financial and economic potential and wishes to recruit someone to support the modelling of these potential solutions. Therefore, we are seeking an individual who has the ability to understand the techno economic aspects of an energy solution and interpret the results modelling would provide.
The role will be focused on several areas:
- Supporting the testing and modelling of a series to sites
- Using tools that are then validated to explore specific nuances within the energy system of a site.
In addition, there is a need for the individual to be able to liaise and engage with team members across the programme and the wider ESC.
Key Deliverables and Activities
- On a day to day basis work closely as part of a team to develop and evolve modelling techniques
- Manage delivery and ensure that timelines and budgets for tasks are abided by
- Coordinating work delivery and liaising with project managers to prioritise work
- Ensure that quality control is managed – Provide quality assurance on work undertaken by colleagues and by outside suppliers supporting development of the energy strategy planning tools and the validation and interpretation of their inputs and outputs
- Quizzing, discussing, solving difficult to treat situations and recording approaches adopted, for replication and learning from.
- Development and recording of repeatable assessments in databases building up benchmarks and best practice.
- Understanding the strengths and limitations of the tools in interpreting the outputs appropriately including assessment of investible business decisions through interpretation of financial appraisals.
- Development of insights through modelling on implications for both existing Government energy policy decisions and future policy development
What credentials are we ideally looking for?
- Graduate in a relevant discipline of maths, physics, economics or engineering (preferably with a higher degree in an analytic subject)
- Experience with either the financial and economic analysis or energy modelling.
- Demonstrable experience of working within industry.
- An ability to manage projects to time and to budget.
- Excellent numeracy skills – comfortable analysing and manipulating large data sets with an ability to explain complex analysis and issues to others
- A team worker and self-motivator with a willingness to show initiative and to challenge. Ability to structure, engage with and progress solutions to complex, multi-dimensional problems.
- A good communicator. Strong modelling skills, in particular MS Excel, with an ability to produce clear, concise and accurate written documentation; deliver engaging and informative presentations; and provide reasoned and persuasive arguments and explanations. Experience in using a variety of software packages such as Excel, SQL, Python and Visual Basic
- Economically literate and numerate, statistically/scientifically literate, with sound understanding of public policy principles and issues relevant to the energy transition
- Good writing and presenting skills, capable of communicating engagingly, confidently with accuracy and clarity with a range of generalist and specialist audiences
- Able to understand, interpret and effectively communicate analytical outputs and the wider implications of these.
- An understanding of the UK Governments “Green Book” Investment Appraisal process and ensuring compliance with its requirements would also be helpful
Applicable to all Opportunities
- Strong presentation and communication skills.
- Conceptualising new ideas, thinking differently and encouraging a creative culture
- Ability to excel in a rapidly growing, fast-paced organisational environment.
- Taking ownership of work and managing this effectively and efficiently
- Persuasive and approachable you can successfully manage relations with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders.
- Open to change and adapts well to setbacks or pressurised situations
- Enquiring mind with desire to challenge the status quo
- Supportive, positive and constructive in relation to your interactions with colleagues and external organisations.
Would you like to Apply?
The closing date for applications is Friday 5th March 2021.
Please note that at this time we are unable to provide UK visa sponsorship.
Energy Systems Catapult undertakes innovative and exciting work that will help shape the future of energy, with this in mind we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible, as we do reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.
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