We have an exciting opportunity for a talented Net Zero Funding & Investment Manager to play an important role in developing net zero local energy projects across the wider south west of England.
The Funding & Investment Manager will lead engagement with finance leaders in local authorities, develop relations with funders and investors and support investment grade proposals.
You will work with our local Project Managers to engage local authorities and other stakeholders to engage with our programmes and services, which are funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Our current shortlist of projects has a combined value exceeding £286m. A critical feature of this role is to drive more external investment and funding for projects, to help accelerate the Net Zero transition.
Crucially, successful candidates will use their experience of financial modelling, proposal development, securing funding, and investment sector engagement to persuade finance teams to support Net Zero projects. The post holder will work with a wider team of project, technical and data colleagues to deliver support.
This is a great opportunity for a passionate individual to make a positive impact in the transition to a Net Zero future, with the SW Energy Hub involved in a number of high value initiatives.
If you’d like to find out more please get in touch with Jon Rattenbury (SW Energy Hub Programme Manager) for an informal conversation about the role on 07436 601947 or Jon.Rattenbury@westofengland-ca.gov.uk.
This role is offered on a fixed-term basis to 31 March 2023, with the potential for extension if additional funding is secured. Secondments from other organisations will be considered.
Location is flexible within the wider south west of England.
The Service: The South West Energy Hub
The BEIS funded Energy Hubs (soon to be re-branded as Net Zero Hubs) is an initiative to support the identification, development and implementation of energy projects across five regional hubs. The initiative has five core objectives aimed at stimulating local investment in energy projects.
1. Increase the number, quality and scale of local energy projects being delivered
2. Raise local awareness of the opportunity for and benefits of local energy investment
3. Enable local areas to attract private and/or public finance for energy projects
4. Support rural community energy project development
5. Deliver initiatives to improve energy efficiency in housing
6. Public Sector Decarbonisation Skills
Projects can be supported across a range of scale, with Hub assistance available to accelerate routes to market for programmes stuck in early feasibility stages. The South West Energy Hub (SWEH) is currently supporting four key programmes – Local Capacity Support for strategic regional energy projects, the Rural Community Energy Fund, for smaller, community led energy projects, the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme and Public Sector Decarbonisation Sills.
The Energy Hub offers support to eligible project owners at any point through the development stages, from feasibility, business case, design and planning to financing. Where possible, the Hub will look to maximise benefits across the region by aggregating solutions to drive economies of scale.
Additionally, the Energy Hub also serves as a conduit between local energy actors and central Government, providing a combined voice for pan-regional energy issues, connecting local institutions and sharing best practice across the five Hub regions.
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.