Innovation Development Officer

Community Energy Scotland

Kirkwall, Orkney
£24,000 - £26,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01870603826 Rona MacKay

Reference: IDO

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainable transport

Closing date: Monday, 3rd February 2020   6 days left

Community Energy Scotland is seeking a suitable candidate to this fixed-term post. The Innovation Development Officer role is to help deliver on the Work Package that CES are leading within the ReFLEX project (Responsive FLEXibility) as well as to contribute towards day to day delivery of tasks led by other Project Partners.

The role requires a high level of self-motivation and strong commitment to Community Energy Scotland, its ethos and purpose. ReFLEX aims to develop and pilot a new digital system and associated infrastructure to integrate the flexible operation of electricity, transport and heat networks in a way that will provide affordable power, balance and manage the grid locally, and make best use of renewable energy resources on Orkney.

We’re looking for a colleague who will be highly committed to CES and our mission, and who will be able to work effectively as part of our ReFLEX team.

Main Tasks:

  • To support partners and to deliver CES’ roles and responsibilities in community innovation projects underway in Orkney, especially the ReFLEX project.
  • To provide technical analysis of demand and generation profiles, and opportunities for closer integration of renewable energy sources and local loads.
  • To generally support community energy groups and their activities in Orkney
  • To establish, build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in communities that are either active or expressing interest in the development of innovative renewable energy solutions.
  • To prepare, deliver and facilitate presentations/open meetings and discussions with community bodies and the wider public when required.
  • To assist in the development of Community Energy Scotland’s wider Community Energy Economies agenda; a portfolio of innovative community energy projects, research activities and policy engagement intended to create new opportunities for community energy and help communities to directly address local energy needs.
  • To support the development of an innovation knowledge centre within CES, including a project database and toolkit for innovation options.
  • Ongoing requirement to ensure work activity is well communicated to the wider CES team.
  • To represent Community Energy Scotland at public events when necessary
  • To contribute to CES’ involvement in European funded projects that support knowledge exchange between community groups
  • To play a full role in the evolution and operation of the team at Community Energy Scotland, and support the success of Community Energy Scotland as a whole
  • To undertake other tasks as agreed from time to time with line manager and CES senior management team

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