Renewable Energy Project Manager (East of England)

National Trust

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
£40,071 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: IRC84878

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Monday, 30th September 2019  


Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 18 mo)

Summary

We’re responding to accelerating climate change across all areas of our business, designing out waste and pollution, establishing a sustainable supply chain and switching to the use of renewable resources. We’ve set ourselves tough energy reduction targets and are set to derive 50% of our energy use from renewables by 2020/21, with ambitions to go above and beyond this in the longer term.

We’re seeking to build our team with three 18-month Renewable Energy Project Manager posts available. Two of these roles are to cover the South West region (advertised as being located at Killerton and Tisbury) and one based at our Westley Bottom hub in the East of England region with some flexibility in location. Please state in your application all locations you would be interested in.

The projects will be at properties across the region - and potentially in adjacent regions - so it should be noted that all roles would require regular travel with occasional overnight stays outside the region for training or team meetings (a few times a year). All three roles are full-time 18-month contracts, although there may be opportunities to extend beyond the 18-month term. 

What it's like to work here

You’ll be part of a wave of positive action, joining a programme which is leading the way in the sustainable energy field.

We’re setting an example - working in challenging circumstances, in the most sensitive landscapes and with unique heritage properties, installing infrastructure which will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. 

What you'll be doing

Working within the National Trust’s Project Management Framework, you’ll lead on and deliver individual property projects across the region. You’ll cover all stages of the project lifecycle from feasibility to handover. Likely technologies to be used include solar photovoltaics, biomass boilers and heat pumps (ground, water or air source).

You’ll be expected to ensure both internal and external stakeholders are motivated, well informed and that proper provision is in place to deliver projects to time, quality and budget. Your responsibility will run through until the project is handed back to the property and running smoothly as part of business as usual.

You’ll be working as part of a national programme, with at least one project manager undertaking the same role in each region. The sharing of experiences and learnings between project managers across regions is expected and encouraged to ensure consistency and the continuous improvement of the way projects are delivered. 

Who we're looking for

It’s essential that you have project management experience in one of the following areas: renewable energy, mechanical and electrical or services engineering, construction or similar environment. You’ll be as passionate as we are about delivering effective projects which are in tune with the beautiful environments in which they’re located, having an appreciation for the heritage significance, local ecology and culture.

In addition, you will have;

  • A strong knowledge of project management lifecycles and processes including feasibility and design management, and of ensuring that projects are rolled-out on time. Ideally this will be demonstrated through a professional project management qualification as well as with relevant examples.
  • Good procurement knowledge (e.g. NEC or similar contracts) and be able to find innovative solutions to problems.
  • The ability to seamlessly work and communicate with project team members and stakeholders at all levels from site labourer to General Manager.
  • Experience working in and around designated buildings and landscapes will be unavoidable in this role, therefore a good understanding of the challenges and sensitivities of working in these environments will be a strength.
  • To be competent at budget management and show us where you’ve had sole budget responsibility (£150,000 plus per project). Ideally you will have had involvement in undertaking investment appraisals on projects to assess their financial returns too.
  • Excellent people skills and experience of working collaboratively with team members with a range of specialities to negotiate reasoned decisions which balance differing priorities.
  • The ability to write clear, concise reports summarising work completed and recommended proposals and present these succinctly to the lead project manager, programme director and programme board.
  • A good, high level, understanding of the operation of at least one of the renewable energy technologies we are looking to deploy and be able to challenge contractors and consultants on their designs to ensure a high quality system is delivered.

Benefits

Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan, a loan towards rental deposits and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

To find out more and apply, please click here.

Closing date: 30 September 2019
Interviews: 15-18 October 2019 at our head office, in Swindon


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