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Low Carbon Technical Advisor

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Job Introduction

We are looking for a new business-facing Technical Advisor to carry out essential work to support the delivery of the West of England Low Carbon Challenge Fund.  If you are qualified and experienced in providing energy/carbon surveys based on BS EN 16247 standards and have experience in delivering robust and practical decarbonisation advice to businesses, this role could be for you.  

The Low Carbon Challenge Fund (LCCF) is a £3.5m grant project, funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and West of England Recovery Fund.  LCCF provides grants to small & medium enterprises for energy efficiency, and supports local renewable energy schemes and an innovative housing retrofit pilot project. 

Our Technical Advisors support businesses who apply for Green Business Grant funding, primarily carrying out energy/carbon surveys.  This means providing advice and guidance on the opportunities available to businesses to decarbonise and set them on the path to net-zero carbon. Our aim is for this work to lead to the implementation of projects, supported by Green Business Grants, that will be beneficial to businesses, in terms of cost savings as well as a reduced carbon footprint.  The Technical Advisors will also support the grant application process. 

This is a great opportunity to contribute to the implementation of the West of England Climate and Ecological Strategy & Action Plan, by increasing understanding of greenhouse gas emissions in the business sector and funding capital projects to reduce emissions. You will also support the aims of the West of England Recovery Plan by helping businesses become more productive through savings on energy bills and adding value for businesses in the low carbon economy. 

Please see the Technical Advisor job description for full details. Appointment to this role is on a fixed term basis with an end date of March 2023. If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Marion Britton on 07436 601915. 


Package Description

The Environment Directorate has been set up to lead implementation of the West of England Climate & Ecological Strategy and Action Plan (CESAP). 

This includes the Low Carbon Challenge Fund (LCCF), which is a £3.5m capital grant project funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the West of England Recovery Fund. Grant streams under LCCF include: Green Business Grants which help small & medium sized enterprises implement energy efficiency improvements; the Local Energy Scheme, which will deliver innovative renewable energy projects that also provide community benefits; and an Innovative Housing Retrofit project.  

Our Technical Advisors carry out energy/carbon surveys for businesses who apply for Green Business Grant funding. They will be line managed by the Project Manager, with technical oversight of day-to-day work by the Senior Technical Advisor. The Advisors will help prepare documents for the appraisal of applications, commenting on aspects such as the suitability of the intended works, deliverability of works, changes to estimated carbon savings and the reasonableness and eligibility of costs. They will also provide advice and guidance for potential Fund applicants, on the telephone or face-to-face. They will peer review the surveys of colleagues. They will advise the Project Manager on any other technical aspects of LCCF as required.

During the pandemic, surveys were being carried out virtually against an agreed protocol.  On-site visits have now resumed, post-holders are likely to be asked to walk, cycle or use public transport or an electric vehicle, where possible, to visit businesses. 

About the Company

The West Of England Combined Authority is an equal opportunities employer, in line with the Equalities Act 2010, and invite applicants to contact us to identify any additional support they may need during the recruitment process.

The West Of England Combined Authority is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We ensure all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or citizenship status. We are also  proud to have been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

Flexible and Hybrid working.

The Combined Authority is adopting a Hybrid working approach, which enables employees to split their week between working in the workplace and working remotely.

Hybrid Working forms just part of the flexible working options that the Combined Authority is offering as the new way of working. Flexible working is an arrangement that enables employees to have a way of working that suits and employee’s and employer’s needs whilst maintain a work-life balance.

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