Associate, Offshore Wind – Electrical Systems

Associate, Offshore Wind – Electrical Systems

Contract Term: Permanent
Location: London, Edinburgh or Cardiff
Closing date: 23rd September 2020
Salary: Commensurate with experience 

About the role:

We are looking for an enthusiastic and bright individual to join the Offshore Wind team at Carbon Trust, and manage the Electrical Systems research and development group. If you have technical knowledge, especially with regards to offshore wind, and an interest in helping develop the latest innovations in offshore wind technology, then we would like to hear from you.

The Carbon Trust Offshore Wind team works with government and large corporate clients in the UK and internationally to help bring offshore wind technologies to market quicker, cheaper and at a great scale. We manage renowned and impactful research and development programmes that look to drive down cost of low carbon technologies, such as the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), a flagship collaborative joint industry RD&D initiative between the Carbon Trust and eight major international offshore wind farm developers. The OWA supports research and development in innovative technologies and solutions and accelerates cost reduction in offshore wind, overcomes market barriers, develops industry best practice and triggers the development of new industry standards.

About us:

The Carbon Trust's mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy. We are independent experts on carbon reduction and resource efficiency, who reinvest surpluses from group commercial activities into our mission. 

The Carbon Trust provides innovative advice to governments and businesses around the world to support the global transition to a low carbon economy. We work closely with decision makers and implementers in key institutions in the UK and across multiple emerging and developing countries on low-carbon finance, programmes, policy and technology.

Main duties and responsibilities:

The main focus of this role is the day-to-day management of the OWA ‘Electrical Systems’ research area. The successful candidate will lead and coordinate a technical working group in that research area from a technical and project management perspective. In addition, the role requires the management of other Joint Industry Projects and delivery of consultancy work. 

Key tasks for this role include:

• Research and development strategy and management

o Lead the OWA technical research area in ‘Electrical Systems’;
o Support the technical working group to identify research challenges and scope projects to address these;
o Work closely with wider industry, liaising with manufacturers, innovators, transmission system operators, to understand challenges and how the OWA can support innovations to market;
o Develop strong relationships with universities and other research agencies to support collaboration; and
o Get involved in the delivery of other research projects or consultancy work. This could also involve work in our Energy System team. 

• Programme management

o Oversee the delivery of a number of research projects 
- Supporting the OWA in the management and execution of research projects – including milestone tracking, managing decisions timetable
- Regularly updating project plans and financial tracking tools 
- Collating and delivering OWA research updates for senior partners and for other key meetings
- Getting involved in the delivery of other offshore wind related projects
o Contract management 
- Ensure all third party contractors selected for work are performing as expected, on budget and on time, and managing their payments and invoices as appropriate
- Support negotiations of contracts with Consultants and coordinate with Carbon Trust’s legal team to ensure they comply with our contracting guidelines. 
o Financial processing
- Support the management of project finances including budgeting and forecasting, invoicing, reporting and risk management 
o Procurement
- Assist on procuring and contracting technical services – including managing the tender evaluation process (involving the eight energy companies), negotiating costs, and negotiating Terms & Conditions in collaboration with Carbon Trust’s legal team

• Stakeholder management 

o Ensure effective interaction within and between the different Research Areas in the Carbon Trust
o Coordinate press and marketing releases relating to projects, working closely with the internal marketing teams and partner’s teams to maximise press coverage of key updates
o Managing and maintaining all external facing information sharing including websites, press releases, and internal sites
o Representing the Carbon Trust at Partner meetings 
o Present at key industry conferences 
o General programme management support and the gathering & presentation of management information in support of the OWA

• Offshore wind advisory
- Support the wider advisory work we deliver within the offshore wind team, which could include projects from Asia to Latin America, and topics from supply chain development to grid integration

Key skills we are looking for:

Experience in one or more of the following areas:

• Project management
o Delivering multi-stakeholder projects either in a leading role or as part of a wider team
• Technical project delivery
o Delivering technical outputs, either for external clients or in-house to achieve clear goals ideally in the area of electrical systems within an offshore wind (or related) context
• Offshore wind development
o Working with a range of stakeholders to support offshore wind development 

Qualifications and experience: 

• Experience in the offshore wind industry is strongly preferred
• Degree (or equivalent) level qualification, preferably in engineering or science subject, or in another subject backed up with relevant electrical experience

Salary & Benefits: 

We offer a competitive salary and a performance based bonus. Our hours are 37.5 per week with 28 days paid holiday plus bank holidays and a generous pension scheme.

Our head office is in London, close to Blackfriars and Waterloo stations, we offer travel card loans, a cycle to work scheme, company away days and a 24-hour Employee Assistance Helpline.

Joining the Carbon Trust provides an opportunity to work alongside some of the leading practitioners in the low carbon arena so if you are excited by this opportunity and would like to join us please click the apply button.

Please be aware that due to the current situation surrounding Covid-19, interviewing and onboarding processes may take place via video conferencing.

We are an equal opportunities employer, value diversity in our workforce and make our decisions based on your skills and experience. We can only accept applications from those who can prove their eligibility to work in the UK. No agencies or publications.

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Closing Date:
23/09/2020

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