Technical Collaboration Manager

Energy Systems Catapult

  • Full Time

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

Salary: Up to 45k + Benefits

Status: Permanent /Full-time strongly preferable (however can potentially be flexible)  

Context 

The energy system comprises a diverse set of sectors. The successful transformation of the energy system to meet future requirements relies on effective corresponding transformations across each sector. Key amongst these are bioenergy, the built environment, CCS, industry, hydrogen, energy networks, energy storage, nuclear, renewables and transport. Within the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC), the Infrastructure & Engineering team offers impartial technical and engineering expertise across these areas. Individuals within the team have deep specialist knowledge and practical experience in technology development & deployment that considers the technological, engineering, economic, regulatory and policy implications for innovations and investment decisions.

Working with the dedicated sector specialists in the team and colleagues across the business you will help to ensure this capability is effectively utilised, identifying opportunities for internal collaboration, aiding technical coordination, providing insight into external initiatives, highlighting where any gaps in coverage emerge and recommending external partners to collaborate with.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to utilise your strong collaboration and technical 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. 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.

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.

The Opportunity

The role is principally aimed at building relationships with our partners internally and externally and identifying opportunities for collaboration. This will involve working with project teams and project managers to develop project scopes, drive contract negotiations and represent ESC in an advisory capacity on external projects and thought leadership capabilities.

Having knowledge of the aforementioned sectors, you will develop a thorough understanding of ESC capabilities and the challenges that need to be addressed, and those energy systems and arrangements that are needed to support successful deployment of solutions.

Key Work Activities: 

Business Relationships

As a part of the Infrastructure and Engineering team you will work with our subject matter specialists to understand our core capabilities and help to communicate those to internal and external partners. You will facilitate and drive collaboration with other teams in ESC, to identify areas of synergy and help to avoid duplication.

Representing ESC, you will, having worked with our team of subject matter specialists, use your knowledge of existing and future challenges facing the energy system and its constituent sectors to provide insight into external initiatives, providing consultancy-level dialogue with partners to scope out value-adding projects and activities. You will be skilled at understanding the challenges that ESC can contribute to and knitting together ESCs broad capabilities and our partners to achieve successful outcomes.

Business Analytics and Business Process Automation

To support the effective operation of the Infrastructure and Engineering team as a part of ESC, you will undertake numerical analysis and use and develop analytical models to derive business analytics insights; drawing on data from various sources – including: resource management systems; finance data; Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform (currently Salesforce); and other databases and spreadsheets.

To enhance the efficacy of the Infrastructure and Engineering team’s operations you will identify opportunities for the automation of business processes, liaising with other teams across ESC as appropriate, and create automations of those processes.

Scoping and Planning

Developing project proposals and working with internal and external partners involves a number of activities that the role is responsible for, as listed below;

Clarify and pursue research themes/funding streams or opportunity areas to focus on alignment with ESC strategy and existing programmes

Identify best and most relevant types of collaboration partners and initiate dialogue to collaboratively pursue project opportunities

Develop a thorough understanding of ESC assets and capabilities that are available to leverage, build or align with third parties

Develop project work breakdown structures and resource plans with project teams

Co-ordinate inputs from experts to author compelling high quality project proposals

Maintain CRM systems to facilitate reporting and opportunity pipeline monitoring

Establish the components necessary to deliver a successful Project including:

  • Clarity over project and research aims
  • Roles and responsibilities of ESC and partners
  • Develop content, review and approval of project proposal documentation

Securing resource and funding, negotiating contracts and timelines

What credentials are we ideally looking for ? 

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.

Qualifications:

Educated to degree level (Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral level) in a relevant engineering or science subject with a strong systems approach; should aspire to professional (Chartered) status within a relevant discipline, if not already chartered.

Project management qualification is desirable.

Experience:

  • Substantial technical engineering experience, ideally in one or more of the directly relevant areas, i.e.: bioenergy, the built environment, CCS, industry, hydrogen, energy networks, energy storage, nuclear, renewables and transport
  • Substantial experience of low carbon technology programmes, and the wider sustainability agenda, is desirable but not essential.
  • Direct experience of research, development and demonstration activities in any of the aforementioned sectors is highly desirable
  • Understanding of how businesses develop and exploit new technology 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
  • Business analytics experience is desirable
  • Business process automation experience is desirable

Skills:

  • Proven leadership, team working and project management skills.
  • Strong inter-personal skills – highly 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
  • Able to juggle multiple complex workstreams simultaneously and deliver outputs in a dynamic environment with tight deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong numerical analysis skills, able to utilise data from multiple and varied sources
  • Competence with numerical analysis and analytics tools, ideally Power BI, Power Query, Power Pivot, is desirable
  • Competence with process automation tools, ideally Power Automate, is desirable
  • Competence with CRM software, ideally Salesforce, is desirable

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.

Qualifications:

Educated to degree level (Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral level) in a relevant engineering or science subject with a strong systems approach; should aspire to professional (Chartered) status within a relevant discipline, if not already chartered.

Project management qualification is desirable

Experience:

  • Substantial technical engineering experience, ideally in one or more of the directly relevant areas, i.e.: bioenergy, the built environment, CCS, industry, hydrogen, energy networks, energy storage, nuclear, renewables and transport
  • Substantial experience of low carbon technology programmes, and the wider sustainability agenda, is desirable but not essential.
  • Direct experience of research, development and demonstration activities in any of the aforementioned sectors is highly desirable
  • Understanding of how businesses develop and exploit new technology 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
  • Business analytics experience is desirable
  • Business process automation experience is desirable

Skills:

  • Proven leadership, team working and project management skills.
  • Strong inter-personal skills – highly 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
  • Able to juggle multiple complex workstreams simultaneously and deliver outputs in a dynamic environment with tight deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong numerical analysis skills, able to utilise data from multiple and varied sources
  • Competence with numerical analysis and analytics tools, ideally Power BI, Power Query, Power Pivot, is desirable
  • Competence with process automation tools, ideally Power Automate, is desirable
  • Competence with CRM software, ideally Salesforce, is desirable
  • Strong presentation and communication skills.
  • A can-do attitude, able to work with limited supervision under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Persuasive and approachable you can successfully manage relations with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and ability to work effectively in line with changing priorities

Other Requirements:  Willingness to travel, within the UK and globally as required. Knowledge of UK and EU regulations covering the transport sector is desirable but not essential. Knowledge of the energy sector and energy supply for vehicles is also desirable but not essential.

Would you like to Apply?

The closing date for applications is Sunday 18th 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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