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Consultant (Energy and Heat Systems)

12 month FTC

The opportunity has arisen for a knowledgeable technical consultant to work with our Energy and Low Carbon Heat Programme.  This is an excellent opportunity to become involved in Scotland’s ambitious heat decarbonisation programme which is currently attracting major infrastructure investment and deploying ground-breaking technical innovation.

The role involves managing a range of decentralised energy projects and includes the delivery of technical support in areas such as heat strategy development for a range of organisations.  This requires geographical data analysis to identify opportunities for district heating and low carbon technologies; assessment of financial viability and potential carbon savings; scoping and specifying consultancy services for district heating projects and reviewing outputs from detailed feasibility work. The postholder will also be responsible for supervising procurement processes including scoping projects, setting goals, tender assessment and financial control.

This role reports to the Manager (Energy and Heat systems) and will work closely with Scottish Government energy team, you will also be required to work with other teams in Zero Waste Scotland.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Providing advice and support on decentralised energy and district heating and to support the delivery of the Energy and Low Carbon Heat programme.
  • Planning, development and supporting the implementation of a portfolio of Energy projects and other activities to ensure the Scottish Government meets its energy efficiency, emissions and carbon management objectives in line with current policy and regulation.
  • Co-ordinate information events and workshops.
  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of relevant EU, UK and Scottish policy relating to district heating and renewable energy. Help to ensure that programme activities are securely based in these policies, including through interaction with key government committees and departments.
  • Assist in the development of support programmes to stimulate the implementation of Decentralised Energy projects in Scotland.
  • Reviewing contractor’s and delivery partner’s output for quality, commercial soundness and consistent with Zero Waste Scotland’s expectations.

The ideal candidate

You should be a strategic thinker with an awareness of how complex partnership projects and programmes are delivered, and how they are set up to deliver benefits.   Solution focused, you will have a track record of delivering results, with the ability to build relationships and win others round with your skills of negotiation, influence and diplomacy.  You will be able to plan individual and varied projects including setting timescales and project requirements in consultation with others and within prescribed requirements.  Your communication and reporting skills will be excellent, and you will be comfortable engaging with all levels within the organisation.

You should have specific qualifications or skills including:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • A knowledge and understanding of the broad issues impacting on energy production and use at present and in the future
  • An understanding of the science and engineering of a wide range of energy extraction systems used in the renewable energy sector
  • Evidence of working with and influencing a wide range of stakeholders to deliver outcomes

You will have a willingness to learn, embrace new challenges with your own personal values being in sync with those of Zero Waste Scotland. We are united in our shared values and commitment to making a difference. You will be given the autonomy and tools to pioneer and innovate as you make a personal impact and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making an important personal contribution to delivering critical and interesting work that matters.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

Salary and benefits

£36,815 (pay range is £36,815 - £41,760) 

We offer excellent benefits; including a contributory pension scheme, private healthcare, life assurance, employee welfare assistance, generous holidays., enhanced family leave entitlements, continuing professional development (CPD) and volunteering opportunities.

Our Organisation

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change.  Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy. 

We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

Location:  Stirling  

This role is based in our Stirling office located next to Stirling railway station and is conveniently accessed from across central Scotland.  We are leading by example in reducing our carbon footprint by embracing permanent home working and actively encourage this for colleagues where practicable. There will be times for business needs that you are required to attend the office or a client location (normally within the Central Belt of Scotland), therefore applicants should live within a daily commutable distance of Stirling.  

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 10th August 2022.

To apply, please complete the candidate requirements form (this can be found on our website along with the role description) and send this with a copy of your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@zerowastescotland.org.uk 

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