Interim Practice Manager – Networks and Energy Storage

Energy Systems Catapult

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The Energy Systems Catapult is one of a network of elite technology and innovation centres set up by Innovate UK. The Catapult 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.

The Energy Systems Catapult 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.


A crucial facet of the transformation of the energy system is the intrinsic role of energy networks and energy storage.

As a part of the Infrastructure and Engineering team within the ESC, you will lead the Networks and Energy Storage Practice, establishing and growing it to ensure the ESC has the capability and capacity to effectively contribute to broader energy system transformation efforts from an energy networks and energy storage perspective.

The Networks and Energy Storage Practice is a key source of specialist knowledge for the ESC. It offers impartial scientific, engineering and technical knowhow, drawing on the latest sector expertise as required. Engaging and collaborating with sector expertise is central to the work of the Practice and includes: bringing knowledge into the ESC; collaborating on projects and other activities; and supporting or leading dissemination of findings and insights from a whole system perspective back into the sector.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to bring to bear your strong influencing and leadership skills in a creative and forward-looking environment on the cutting edge of energy innovation.

The ESC is an impartial body with unrivalled capabilities in whole energy system and energy system modelling and analysis. This means that we can play a key role in shaping and supporting evidence-based policy and investment decision making by a range of public and private sector partners.

The Catapult is an exciting, rewarding and intellectually stimulating place to work. The offices are newly designed to be stylish and to spur innovation, collaboration and creativity. Working at the Catapult allows you the opportunity to work alongside likeminded and talented colleagues and partners from a number of fields, contributing to the development of an evidence-based strategy for energy transformation.


This role requires identification of areas where the ESC can deliver maximum value to catalyse the commercial application of low carbon technology, solutions and systems. The Interim Networks and Energy Storage Practice Manager takes responsibility for:

  • Leading, managing and growing the Networks and Energy Storage Practice including the analysts, engineers and consultants that work within it.
  • Being the focal point within the ESC for sector specific technology data and analysis related to energy networks and energy storage.
  • Working with the Infrastructure and Engineering Business Leader to develop the Networks and Energy Storage Practice Strategy and Business Plan to shape the services and capabilities it offers within and outside of the Catapult
  • Identifying and securing revenue generating opportunities for the Networks and Energy Storage Practice as a part of the Infrastructure and Engineering Business Plan. Such opportunities could include leading bids, contributing to bids or direct consulting and similar propositions.
  • Defining the required capability within the Networks and Energy Storage Practice, and maintaining the associated roadmap for that capability and associated assets, to enable the ESC to contribute to broader energy system transformation efforts from networks and energy storage perspectives.
  • Recruitment, line management and mentoring of the analysts, engineers and consultants within the Networks and Energy Storage Practice in line with the Business Plan.
  • Engaging with energy networks and energy storage expertise in the sector to: inform ESC activities and analysis; share learnings from ESC work; and explore opportunities to collaborate and support the development of the sector.
  • Identifying and developing strong collaborative relationships with key academic partners
  • Work with senior industry and Government stakeholders up to CEO/CTO and Director General levels
  • Represent ESC on relevant industry, Government and academic forums
  • Providing specialist knowledge on energy networks and energy storage to others within the ESC and relevant stakeholders as required, helping to inform the technological, engineering, economic, regulatory and policy implications for innovations and investment decisions.
  • Facilitating understanding of how technology, market and policy solutions can contribute to the delivery of a clean, secure and affordable energy system, and what actions need to be taken to drive new innovations through to commercial reality.

What will you be doing?

In addition to the above, the Interim Networks and Energy Storage Practice Manager will typically:

  • Act as the technical lead in the delivery of projects within the Practice. This is a key role, leading the development of thinking, engaging with a diverse range of people, facilitating the development of a shared vision and purpose and getting buy in from senior government and industry decision makers.
  • Define, or inform the definition of, analytical tools and methods and direct analysis undertaken using pre-existing and new tools; working with analytical and modelling expertise, both within the Networks and Energy Storage Practice and in other teams within the ESC.
  • Develop, and support the development of, commercial collaboration opportunities with relevant partners, helping to realise improved low carbon energy provision and/or growth opportunities for UK business.
  • Support the identification, proposal and delivery of energy networks and energy storage related internal capability development projects and revenue generation projects for clients outside the ESC as the subject matter expert
  • Contribute to the development of the knowledge base, communications material and presentation of the ESC’s knowledge to key partners.

What experience should you have?

You will need to be results orientated and self-motivated with extensive analytical, presentation, planning and organisational skills and with substantial client facing experience, able to lead, facilitate and persuade through your personal authority and approach. A willingness to work in a fast-paced engineering environment and with experience of leading the specification, development and application of appropriate modelling tools and datasets is also critical.


Educated to minimum of Masters degree level, or ideally Doctoral (e.g. PhD, EngD) level in a relevant engineering or science subject with a strong systems approach.

Current professional qualification in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics which has actively been used in the last 10 years.

Management or business qualification (e.g. DMS, MBA) is desirable but those with several years commercial experience will be considered.


  • Direct experience of research, development and demonstration activities in the energy networks and energy storage sector is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of technologies in the aforementioned areas in relation to their: development, deployment and commissioning, operation and maintenance, decommissioning and the supply chain factors related to this
  • Understanding of how businesses develop and exploit new technology and ultimately make money from technology is highly desirable.
  • Working knowledge of the policy and regulatory environment associated with the energy system
  • A demonstrated ability to learn about new areas of technology and their application and some knowledge and experience of energy related technologies.
  • Experience simplifying complex areas into a critical analysis of the key issues.
  • Experience specifying, directing and interpreting relevant analysis is highly desirable and experience
  • Experience engaging with whole systems analysis would be beneficial.
  • Working knowledge of how government funded projects and bids operate is beneficial.
  • Experience generating commercial opportunities.


  • Proven leadership, team working and project management skills.
  • Strong inter-personal skills – articulate and able to work with a diverse team of colleagues with backgrounds across science, engineering, business, and policy.
  • A strong relationship builder, well versed in engaging with external stakeholders to learn, persuade and identify mutually beneficial opportunities.
  • Able to understand, interpret and effectively communicate analytical outputs and the wider implications of these.
  • Confident at constructively challenging the established norms and an ability to ask the difficult questions whilst maintaining relationships.
  • Able to anticipate requirements, consider implications and work effectively with others to identify productive routes forward and resolve issues in a timely manner with consideration of the wider needs of the team.
  • Strong communication and associated IT skills with an ability to produce clear, compelling, concise and accurate written documentation; deliver engaging and informative presentations; and provide reasoned and persuasive arguments and explanations.
  • Other Requirements:  Willingness to travel, within the UK and globally as required. Knowledge of UK and EU regulations covering networks and energy storage is desirable but not essential. Knowledge of the energy sector and energy supply for energy storage is also desirable.

Applicable to all Opportunities.

  • Strong presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to excel in a rapidly growing, fast-paced organisational environment.
  • A can-do attitude, able to work with limited supervision under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Persuasive and approachable you are able to successfully manage relations with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and ability to work effectively in line with changing priorities
  • Enquiring mind with desire to challenge the status quo

Would you like to Apply?

 The closing date for applications is Friday 14th June 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.

(Strictly No Agencies).

“We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.”

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