Head of Community Business Development

Bath and West Community Energy

Remote, with occasional meetings in Bath
£45,000 - £50,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent


Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 15th August 2022   Closes today

Bath & West Community Energy is a not for profit distribution, Community Benefit Society (a type of co-operative). Since 2010 when it was set up, BWCE has built over 12.5 MW of community owned solar power systems and one small hydro scheme, enough power to meet the equivalent annual electricity demand of around 4,000 homes. For more information see our website.

We are looking for a creative, strategic thinker that can take a lead on developing new community energy services and reach new audiences. Through programme and strategic partnership development, securing funding, business planning, policy and regulatory advocacy and understanding of key audiences, this new post will play a major role in helping us to link energy supply and demand more effectively at a community level and scale our impact on carbon reduction and fuel poverty.

The successful candidate will be able to show that they have the following: 

Essential knowledge, experience, skills & attributes: 

  • At least 7 years’ experience of working on renewable energy and/or energy efficiency
  • Track record of project/programme development
  • Track record of developing successful funding bids
  • Track record of developing strategic partnerships across sectors
  • Experience of strategic planning and organisational development
  • Experience of engaging with and influencing energy policy at local or national level
  • Excellent written and spoken (face to face and ‘phone) communication skills
  • Computer literate: confident and proficient with Microsoft Office, internet and data entry
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently
  • Creative problem solver and collaborative team player
  • Organised and efficient, with excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to learn quickly and apply skills in new contexts
  • Commitment to BWCE’s vision of community leadership and a clean energy future

Desirable knowledge, experience, skills & attributes: 

  • In addition to the above, experience and knowledge of working in any of the following energy sub sectors, flexibility markets, local energy supply, battery storage, EV charging, heat networks
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of working with community energy projects
  • Experience of community outreach or engagement
  • Links with or knowledge of community groups/networks in the local area
  • Experience of line management
  • Relevant degree level or equivalent qualification
  • Experience of working in a small, busy team

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