Environment and Low Carbon Work Package Manager

Essex County Council

Chelmsford, Essex
Up to £42,420 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: 24344

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Wednesday, 18th September 2019   2 days left

Please note that this position is to be offered on a 3-year, fixed term contract

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

Essex is committed to enabling inclusive economic growth, helping people get the best start and age well, helping create great places to grow up, live and work and transforming the Council to achieve more with less.

The Work Package Manager is responsible for ensuring the success of the LoCASE II project, part funded by the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF).

The project aims to support SMEs across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) region to lower carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency through targeted business support and grants as well as energy efficiency improvement across ECC’s public estate.

Manage an internal team to deliver the project and outputs on behalf of ECC as well as lead the work package on public estate improvements across the SELEP.


  • Accountable for the management and delivery of the Council’s commitments to the LoCASE II project, including budgets and monitoring progress.
  • Attend and represent ECC within the Grants panel and Steering Group meetings.
  • Manage WP5 – Public Sector Buildings commitments across the whole partnership as work package leads – ensure all partners deliver against required programme outputs and claim these outputs for the partnership.
  • Manage internal staff involved in LoCASE II to deliver the business audit visits and claims processes successfully and efficiently.
  • Responsible for the commission of projects works, monitor activity and spend all in accordance with EU and ECC rules and regulations (procurements, output claiming etc.) to ensure that overall project objectives are met.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships across the BEST Growth Hub area, the wider South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) region and across the UK on low carbon economy and business engagement initiatives. Incorporating learning outcomes and best practice in the project.
  • Contribute to the achievement of desired impact and outputs of the LoCASE II project across the BEST Growth Hub area, promoting this through networking events and workshops.
  • Manage and liaise with internal teams across schools and buildings maintenance to deliver the successful public sector works, maintaining the budgets and energy efficiency improvements.
  • Responsible for regular briefings to Head of Service’s and cabinet members, reporting cost, energy and emission savings as well as case studies and promotional opportunities.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Educated to postgraduate level or equivalent by experience in project management, preferably in an environmental based field.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development with expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the Low Carbon policy agenda and environmental initiatives, locally, nationally and in Europe, particularly in respect of energy efficiency, business engagement and support.
  • Good understanding of Low Carbon Technologies/Renewable opportunities, philosophy and methodology, with an ability to translate into programmes of work.
  • Proven track record of managing budgets of a similar size (£1.37m) and complexity as well as project management skills.
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with partners which are collaborative and influential, leading to achievement of joint objectives, ideally working within local government and a political environment.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on www.workingforessex.com/benefits

To apply for this role please click here.

Closing date: 18 September 2019.
Interview date: Expected to be held w/c 30 September 2019.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 0333 013 5888*

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