Renewables Energy Systems Engineer

Energy Systems Catapult

  • Full Time

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Salary : Up to 54k + Benefits 

Status: Permanent /Fulltime

Location: Birmingham/Derby

About Us

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.


The ESC is an impartial body with unrivalled capabilities in whole energy system and transport 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 like-minded and talented colleagues and partners from several fields, supporting the development and application of a holistic view of the energy system.

Meeting the UK’s Net Zero target will require unprecedented innovation across the economy. Innovation not just in new technologies, but in new ways of deploying existing technologies, new business models, new consumer offerings, and, crucially, new policy, regulation, and market design.

The integration of renewable energy into the UK energy mix is a challenging problem, but one with many benefits. This role is fundamentally an engineering-focused role providing input into a wide range of collaborative renewable energy projects such as marine, wind, solar etc.  The successful candidate will be working on collaborative projects that bring together power generation array developers, device makers, environmental agencies, and investors to accelerate renewable energy deployment.

We are working on multiple projects that will combine state-of-the-art techniques and innovative tools to bring a new age of structured innovation to renewable energy development.

The role will work with the Renewable Energy Practice manager to deliver excellence in renewable energy structured innovation and stage-gate metrics projects for Horizon2020 projects and future collaborative projects in marine energy, offshore wind, solar and others.

Key Work Activities

Working as a part of the ESC’s Renewables Practice, you will support the development of analytical tools, data sets, innovation pathways and provide technical guidance across on- and offshore wind, wave, tidal, hydrogen, and solar. Using the tools available to you to perform studies and other analysis to develop insights and inform the ESC’s broader UK energy system transition analysis activities.

Specific accountabilities include:

  • Support the Practice Manager – Renewables in augmenting the capabilities across the Infrastructure and Engineering team.
  • Manage the development of analytical tools and data sets to support the delivery of the ESC’s objectives.
  • Manage data to ensure up to date, and consistent data is available for analysis by the team
  • Utilise existing ESC tools to develop new analysis and insights (e.g., the role of floating wind, ocean energy, or solar in future energy systems and collaborative projects).
  • Simplify the complexities of these areas into a critical analysis of the key issues. Understand the interaction between developing technologies, available natural resources, and economics in the UK now and into the future.
  • Ensure a consistent set of assumptions are maintained within the ESC for system modelling and economic evaluation of low carbon technologies, in respect of wind, solar, ocean energy technologies (e.g. hybrid floating wind & hydrogen generation technologies) likely to be needed to deliver 2050 energy targets;
  • Ensure that the audit trail for key source documents and decisions is maintained and transparent so that key modelling and strategic outputs can be traced back to their source inputs;
  • Produce high quality summaries and analyses of analytical work for the ESC and external audiences.
  • Work with teams of experts from Government, industry, and academia to develop a compelling vision of the role of innovative technologies, business models and propositions in delivering clean, secure, and affordable transport and energy.

Key Credentials

You will need to be results orientated and self-motivated with extensive analytical, presentation, planning and organisational skills and with client-facing experience, able to lead, facilitate and persuade through your personal authority and approach.


Educated to degree level in engineering (Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral level) in a relevant engineering or science subject with a strong systems approach and renewables component; and should aspire to professional (Chartered) status within a relevant discipline.


  • Proven experience of supporting renewable energy technologies, together with the initiative and mind-set needed to innovate, problem-solve and create solutions
  • Substantial experience of renewable technology programmes, and the wider sustainability agenda, is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in carrying out projects from inception to completion
  • Understanding the barriers to implementing new technologies during accelerated development programmes
  • Experience in renewable energy cost analysis, particularly Levelised Cost of Energy
  • Demonstrated experience of delivering within collaborative projects would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of the energy sector and the role at least one of the following could play in decarbonising the energy system: wind, solar, wave, tidal; and the impact it (or they) would have is highly desirable.
  • A demonstrated ability to learn about new areas of technology and their application.
  • Working knowledge of how Government funded projects and bids operate is beneficial.
  • Systems design, analysis and modelling experience is beneficial.


  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • 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.
  • Able to consider implications, anticipate problems and solve them pragmatically and with consideration of the wider needs of the team.
  • Strong IT and communication skills and the ability to produce clear, concise, and accurate reports.

Other Requirements Willingness to travel, within the UK and globally as required and an ability to work from home. Knowledge of UK and relevant international regulations associated with the energy sector is desirable but not essential. Experience working with large quantities of data from disparate sources is also desirable but not essential.

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 the ability to work effectively in line with changing priorities
  • An enquiring mind with a desire to challenge the status quo

Would you like to Apply?

The closing date for applications is Sunday 10th January 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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