Local Energy Insights Manager (Knowledge Manager)

Energy Systems Catapult

  • Contract

To apply for this job please visit es.catapult.org.uk.

Salary: Up to 45k  + Benefits

Status:  Maternity Cover – Up to 12 Months – Full-time strongly preferable (however can potentially be flexible)

The Energy Systems Catapult

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.

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.

Context

The Energy Revolution Integration Service (ERIS) was established to support the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER) programme in achieving its ambitions for Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES).  SLES are seen as playing a key role in helping local areas achieve climate, economic and social outcomes and benefits. In its work to date ERIS has focussed on interacting with the projects that comprise the PFER programme. ERIS has recently experienced a change in its approach; it will retain its project relationships but will also deliver tools, capabilities and insights that will enable Local Authorities and their partners to define, design and delivery SLES. This will build momentum for SLES beyond the life of the PFER programme.

The ERIS programme comprises three parts: the core programme, additional services and commercial services. All present opportunities for development and delivery of assets and projects, particularly in service of local areas. The Knowledge Manager will be responsible for identifying, pursuing and establishing these opportunities in the core programme and for supporting efforts in additional and commercial services projects and initiatives. In doing this he/she will be supported by the ERIS team as well as the Catapult organisation more broadly.

The Knowledge Manager, supported by the team, will also provide thought leadership on how to take the ERIS offering to the sector and for helping guide the development of SLES capability in the Catapult

The Energy Revolution Integration Service (ERIS) was established to support the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER) programme in achieving its ambitions for Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES).  SLES are seen as playing a key role in helping local areas achieve climate, economic and social outcomes and benefits. In its work to date ERIS has focussed on interacting with the projects that comprise the PFER programme. ERIS has recently experienced a change in its approach; it will retain its project relationships but will also deliver tools, capabilities and insights that will enable Local Authorities and their partners to define, design and delivery SLES. This will build momentum for SLES beyond the life of the PFER programme.

The ERIS programme comprises three parts: the core programme, additional services and commercial services. All present opportunities for development and delivery of assets and projects, particularly in service of local areas. The Knowledge Manager will be responsible for identifying, pursuing and establishing these opportunities in the core programme and for supporting efforts in additional and commercial services projects and initiatives. In doing this he/she will be supported by the ERIS team as well as the Catapult organisation more broadly.

The Knowledge Manager, supported by the team, will also provide thought leadership on how to take the ERIS offering to the sector and for helping guide the development of SLES capability in the Catapult.

The Knowledge Manager must work closely with a number of key stakeholders including Innovate UK, EnergyREV (the academic group supporting PFER) the projects in the PFER programme, BEIS, Ofgem and a broad spectrum of industry bodies, innovators and other sector participants.

Key Deliverables

  • Definition, development and execution of aspects of the ERIS core programme as assigned by the Head of ERIS. This work will be aligned with one or more of the ERIS work packages as they are currently defined or as they evolve and change in the course of the programme.
  • Management of delivery of assigned work packages.
  • Integration of work packages with other relevant work packages.
  • Successful identification and application of innovation opportunities in the assigned work packages and in support of other work in the ERIS programme including other core programme work packages and the advancement of the portfolio of additional services projects and commercial services projects.
  • Close working relationships established within the Catapult to support the development of the ERIS programme and achievement of outcomes.
  • Communication of success and capture of impact.
  • Alignment of the SLES proposition as reflected in the assigned work packages and related activities with the Catapult’s work in Local Area Planning and other Place initiatives.
  • Outputs and outcomes that are deliverable and commercially viable in the context of the assigned work packages.

Key Work Activities 

  • Understanding sector needs (including those of Local Authorities and their partners) to define the problems they need to overcome to design, demonstrate and commercialise SLES, and how these can be addressed in the assigned work and work packages.
  • Identifying gaps and opportunities for ERIS generally and for the development and use of their assigned work and work packages.
  • Defining, developing and executing aspects of the ERIS core programme as assigned by the Head of ERIS. This work will be aligned with one or more of the ERIS work packages as they are currently defined or as they evolve and change in the course of the programme.
  • Managing delivery of assigned work packages.
  • Integrating assigned work packages with other relevant work packages.
  • Managing a work package team or resources.
  • Managing virtual teams drawing from the ERIS programme, the Catapult and third parties to deliver work package and ERIS outputs, outcomes and impact.
  • Understanding the SLES landscape for both collaboration and competition perspectives are understood.
  • Understanding the “competition” and being able to articulate how ERIS is differentiated in this context.
  • Developing propositions relevant to the assigned work packages, including collaboration with strategic partners, such as development suppliers, Local Authorities, contractors, service providers and others.
  • Bringing imagination, creativity, sound technical, commercial and delivery expertise and a disciplined approach to work package definition, development and execution.
  • Describing the assigned work packages and communicating their attributes and benefits in a compelling way, adapting as learning is gained to ensure alignment with sector needs and increasing levels of understanding.
  • Maintaining a broad, current understanding of the “state of the art” for solutions that seek to support achievement of Net Zero; this would include having relationships with a broad set of innovators.
  • Ensuring the assigned work packages are deliverable and commercially viable and are aligned with Catapult direction.
  • Engaging extensively with stakeholders to inform the ERIS work and to communicate the ERIS offer and the SLES aspiration
  • Liaising with strategic partners (including Innovate UK, BEIS, Local Authorities and others) to support the ERIS offering and achievement of results (outcomes and impact)
  • Providing a “voice” for the Catapult’s SLES vision in the sector
  • Liaising with the Catapult Capability teams to ensure delivery of assigned work and work packages.
  • Equipping themselves with deep understanding of ESC’s capability areas and assets to be able to creatively configure services and offers to address clients’ needs as part of an ERIS proposition.
  • Ensuring that new products or offerings developed through ERIS are incorporated into the wider Catapult business planning process to ensure maximum leverage of the products created.
  • Undertaking programme level communications as required.
  • Adhering to ERIS and Catapult governance frameworks, policies and procedures

What credentials are we ideally looking for ? 

  • Degree level qualification in business/engineering/science or a demonstrable combination of education, training and experience appropriate for the position.
  • Knowledge and experience from the energy sector particularly the distributed energy sector.
  • Ideally has systems integration experience.
  • Experience of working with clients and others who are outcome led, to develop shared goals and the principles that would guide and direct how to achieve them.
  • Skills in interpreting goals, outcomes and principles into requirements that can form the basis of realistic projects, programmes or asset developments.
  • Demonstrable experience of evaluating customers’ needs and translating these into solutions that are deliverable and commercially viable.
  • Able to build rapport and long-term relationships with diverse clients and stakeholders.
  • Persuasive and approachable, able to successfully manage relations with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Follows good process and discipline in performing complex tasks.
  • Able to develop delivery plans, including budgets and working collaborating with project management to communicate, implement and review plans.
  • Strong presentation and influencing skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  • High degree of self-motivation and professionalism in the performance of duties.
  • Must be self-managing and capable of self-directed work when given broad objectives and limited direct supervision but must also be capable of working in situations where specific direction is provided to enable focus on clear goals and objectives.
  • A can-do attitude, able to work with limited supervision under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Able to work with complexity in a technical environment and resilient to ambiguity and changing goals
  • Comfortable with the uncertainty that an innovation environment implies; capable of shaping ideas and translating them into agreed packages of work.
  • Strong MS Office skillset to produce and interpret reports, documents, presentations and other outputs.

Would you like to Apply?

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 18th August 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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