To apply for this job please visit es.catapult.org.uk.
Salary: Up to 55k + Benefit’s
Status: Fixed term : 6- 12 Months
Location: Birmingham City Centre /Flexible Location
Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) is part of a network of elite technology and innovation centres set up by Innovate UK. The ESC works with companies that are focused on exploiting the opportunities created by the need to transform global energy systems; not only playing a part in accelerating technology-based solutions, but also engaging with Government to address the market mechanisms and business models that will be required to enable such solutions.
ESC will create a critical mass for business and research innovation, focusing on electricity, heat and combustible gases. This centre will be an important part of the UK’s innovation system, making a major long-term contribution to UK economic growth.
The ESC is dedicated to designing an energy system for all consumers but most innovation efforts focus on the able to pay, tech savvy market. The ESC recognise that vulnerable households may be left behind in the energy transition and some households may become vulnerable as a result of the changes we expect to see. The ESC therefore has committed to a programme of work that helps innovators design for vulnerable households and pre-empt the risks that may arise. The ESC needs an expert on fuel poverty that can steer activities towards ensuring that those vulnerable customers don’t get left behind. This role holder will be recognised across the catapult as an expert advisor with regards to issues that might arise across a range of projects, platforms and assets.
The role holder will interact with a diverse range of stakeholders from ESC’s various domain experts to our CEO and with clients from government to blue chip businesses and start up entrepreneurs.
Role Purpose and Deliverables
The role holder takes responsibility for:
Strategy, vision and reputation
- Develop a compelling vision and strategy for Fair Future to pre-empt and mitigate risks from transforming the energy system and harness the opportunities to reduce vulnerability
- Form ESC’s position on Fuel Poverty, lead responses to consultations and present (or provide content for others to present) at key conferences/meetings
- Build credibility and a strong reputation as the ESC’s expert on fuel poverty and consumer vulnerability, both internally and externally.
- Manage engagement with UK decision makers (e.g. Government, Ofgem, Citizens Advice) to secure buy in to Fair Future (i.e. the potential for innovation to reduce vulnerability).
- Represent ESC at industry, governmental and academic forums, including advising and working with external stakeholders up to CEO and Director levels
- Develop a commercial Fair Future line of business
- Identify revenue generating opportunities, define bid strategy, draft proposals and win Fair Future projects (e.g. through tender processes, open calls and new clients)
- Define, lead and conduct research, design, or trials to deliver Fair Future projects
- Manage the delivery of high profile commercial and strategic projects working with the rest of the CI team, other parts of ESC, or 3rd party contractors.
- Support the rest of the CI team to provide extra bandwidth as required
- Develop specialist expertise that will be relevant to fuel poverty in the future smart energy system, such as digital exclusion and inclusive design
- Line manage and mentor members of team as required to increase the CI teams’ capability and capacity to innovate with vulnerable consumers
- Report complex research findings in a manner that is creative and engaging, verbally and in written form
What credentials are we ideally looking for?
- Educated to degree level, ideally including statistics or research modules and with a PhD
- A recognised expert on fuel poverty (i.e. known by leaders in industry, BEIS and Ofgem)
- Confident presenting to large audiences including government officials and industry leaders (e.g. at NEA national event)
- Proven leadership, team working and project management skills
- A strong relationship builder, well versed in engaging with external stakeholders to learn, persuade and identify mutually beneficial opportunities
- Working knowledge of the policy and regulatory environment associated with consumer vulnerability and the energy system
- Track record of identifying and securing revenue with public and private sector clients for innovation projects
- A practical understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, developed through experience in the market research industry, social research or a similar role
- A practical understanding of user experience and service design
- A self- starter with extensive experience in delivering consumer or social research
- Ability to manipulate, analyse and interpret complex information
- Capable of designing and deploying materials to communicate and embed insight within multi-disciplinary project teams
- A creative approach to consumer research, developing innovative solutions to challenges throughout the project life-cycle from design to implementation and reporting
- Strong numerical, written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent attention to detail
- Able to multi-task and manage time effectively
- Team player with a can-do attitude and collaborative, engaging style
During lockdown, we have been working remotely and as we begin to focus more on the future, we intend to embrace a new refreshing way to utilise our office in Birmingham City Centre . As a consequence we are developing a flexible approach to the workplace , which ensures we keep some of the benefits of home working whilst enabling the Catapult to operate efficiently, this hybrid way of working may result in the majority of us working from home for a good chunk of the time, merging the best bits of both office and home working
Would you like to Apply?
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 28th July 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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