Interview process – 3rd/4th February 2020
Portsmouth City Council
At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.
With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Your New Role
Portsmouth City Council’s energy services team seeks two experienced energy officers to work on projects related primarily to the delivery of energy efficiency and low-carbon generation investments. The day to day work will consist of the delivery of projects within the PCC’s building portfolio and/or projects with external clients. Projects related to energy efficiency measures such as lighting, insulation and controls retrofits and generation schemes such as PV, CHP and storage. As well as managing existing strands of work, post holders will also have the ability to identify and conceptualise their own projects, managing them to completion.
The successful candidates will be given the financial means and support to successfully complete projects to make energy and carbon savings, or generate income streams for the authority. The post holders are likely to use Salix, grant funding, operational budgets and pre-identified investment budgets to deliver projects.
Projects are most likely to be delivered primarily in PCC’s extensive stock of non-domestic operational buildings; however, projects within the social housing portfolio and for a growing portfolio of external clients, are also likely to constitute a significant proportion of the post holders’ work.
Projects will often be complex in nature and it is the energy officers’ role to project and contract manage; balancing the workloads and requirements of the various staff resources within the project team. The post holders will be working alongside energy assistants and graduate energy officers; and it is their role to offer guidance and support for their projects, as well as their own.
What you’ll need to succeed
The candidates must have demonstrable experience of delivering complex projects related to energy efficiency or generation in a lead role; and experience of managing contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders to achieve tangible results. The candidate should be able to evidence their previous management of teams or individuals during relevant projects to achieve results.
The candidate should be familiar with contract management and the management of contractors and suppliers. They will know the principles, and may have experience, of how to procure works and services contracts for a public body.
The candidate should have an in-depth knowledge the principles and technologies associated with energy efficiency and microgeneration; as well as an understanding of energy management and energy services in general. An understanding of managing budgets and using relevant funding streams to finance projects is a requirement of the role.
The candidate must be able to work with internal and external clients to develop projects, workstreams and relationships and partnerships.
The candidate must have well developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to produce clear, concise reports to a variety of stakeholders.
Ability to manage own workload in an independent manner; managing staff resources and expertise as appropriate.
The candidate must have a degree in a relevant subject or an in depth knowledge and length of experience within a relevant field which is commensurate to the role. It is desirable that the candidate have membership of a relevant professional body.
What you’ll get in return
As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.
To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.
If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position.
We look forward to speaking with you soon.