Energy Project Officer

Climate17

Climate17 is delighted to be partnering with The Greater South East Net Zero Hub (GSENZH); a high-profile and high-impact government-backed project group designed to develop and support the delivery of projects to accelerate the UK’s transition to Net Zero.

Set up by the UK government in 2018 and funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), there are five Local Net Zero Hubs across England. All Hubs work together to help the UK reach Net Zero.

To date, the Net Zero Hubs have supported 200+ major net zero projects valued at over £4Bn including large-scale solar, Heat Networks, Smart Grids, domestic retrofit, hydrogen development, public estate-wide energy opportunity assessments, fleet and depot decarbonisation, network constraint, building decarbonisation & research & development.

The opportunity

We have 3 Energy Project Officer (EPO) vacancies to assist in the delivery of public sector net zero decarbonisation projects across a range of low carbon energy initiatives within the region.  
As an EPO you will support and work alongside an Energy Project Manager to provide first class service to clients creating and suppling robust business cases on local energy / net zero public sector estate projects of work.
This is a pivotal team delivery role with lots of stakeholder engagement across a range of internal and external stakeholders and public sector organisations and third parties relevant to the Net Zero Hub.

To be effective in this role you will combine you time working remotely from home or attending client sites, therefore flexibility to travel across the South East region is essential.

Key responsibilities:

  • Carry out energy project assessments and manage the development of specific low carbon projects including site surveys and the development of robust project business cases;
  • Form a key part of the Greater South East Net Zero Hub team with responsibility for building relationships across the South East region;
  • Develop a robust pipeline work with the team to identify and prioritise delivery support required;
  • Support organisations to understand the opportunities and challenges associated with decarbonisation and contribute to the development of policy and strategy within your area of responsibility;
  • Manage energy projects through to completion and ensure the appropriate funding requirements are met;
  • Support the Energy Project Managers in the design and drafting of the specification of improvements to building energy infrastructure and supervise the installation of work on site;
  • Produce project performance reports and data summaries on a regular basis;
  • Gather and evaluate data and prepare a range of energy use and performance reports for building users;
  • Assist in the preparation of Tender Specifications and tender processes associated with new energy projects and programmes;
  • Assist in providing training related to new energy infrastructure, to building users;
  • Support organisations in preparing submissions and bids for funding and finance;
  • Support internal decision-making within public bodies by acting as a critical friend to project teams;
  • To collaborate and share knowledge with colleagues on Sustainable Development & Clean Growth and undertake a coordinated and flexible role as necessary to meet the objectives of the wider Net Zero Hub;
  • Contribute to and provide as necessary project and programme reports to Department of Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ);
  • Be responsible for monitoring and managing as required, the budgets of projects and programmes of work.

Ideal Skills & Experience

  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent experience from a related discipline (ideally the energy sector).
  • Strong knowledge and commitment to maintaining knowledge on the developing technology and legislation surrounding the Net Zero and Energy sector.
  • Able to assess the feasibility and development of business cases in atleast one of the following: renewable energy, low carbon heat, transport decarbonisation, public sector estate decarbonisation, smart energy systems, local area energy planning.
  • Familiarity with Government grant funding schemes and experience of working with a range of public sector functions including finance, property, maintenance, sustainability/climate change.
  • Able to manage own workload effectively and balance competing tasks and deadlines, has supervised third-party contractors to deliver low carbon energy projects.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write reports, proposals, professional briefings and present complex ideas to a varied audience of technical understanding.
  • Good stakeholder management skills previously worked with a wide range of stakeholders including public and private sectors, senior management, as well as clients and contractors from diverse backgrounds.
  • Self-motivated, conscientious and responsive to accommodate changing demands and tight timescales.
  • Ability to travel across the Greater South East Net Zero hub area to visit and inspect buildings and construction sites.
  • Experience with MS Office applications.
  • Prince 2 Qualified or similar would be advantageous.

Please note, these roles are offered on a fixed term contract, with good potential for further extension, a competitive salary and good benefits are on offer. Please get in touch to discuss the potential and opportunity available.

About Us
Climate17 is a purpose-led, international Renewable Energy & Sustainability recruitment firm. We provide specialist talent acquisition services to organisations seeking to reduce their environmental footprint, as well as those working towards the decarbonisation of the energy sector.

Inclusive Application Process
Climate17 is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We believe there is no solution to climate change without people. We aim to increase diversity across all areas and as such, we are committed to partnering with clients and candidates to create an inclusive and sustainable regenerative world.

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, or whether or not they have a disability. If you require additional support, equipment or resources in order to participate in the job application or interview process, please let us know.