Net Zero Project Manager (Dorset) – South West Energy Hub

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented Project Manager to be at the heart of developing net zero energy projects across Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole. 

The Project Manager will lead the identification, co-ordination and development of Net Zero and energy projects, acting as the first point of contact for local authorities and other stakeholders to engage with the South West Energy Hub, which is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Project Manager will also provide support across the Hub region, depending on their specific skills and experience.  Our current shortlist has more than 60 projects with a combined value exceeding £213m. 

Crucially, successful candidates will use their experience of project appraisal and development in the energy sector, to offer support throughout the process including options assessment, feasibility, building the business case, initial design & planning to securing investment.  Post holders will work with a wider team of project, technical and data colleagues to define an offer of support. 

This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact in the transition to a clean energy future, with the SW Energy Hub involved in a number of high value initiatives and the local councils and Local Enterprise Partnership committed to taking climate change action.   

If you're interested please get in touch with Jon Rattenbury (SW Energy Hub Programme Manager) for an informal conversation about the role on 07436 601947 or   

This role is offered on a fixed-term basis to 31 March 2023, with the potential for extension when additional funding is secured.  Secondments from other organisations will be considered.  

Preferred location is within Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole though other locations within the SW Energy Hub region will be considered.

Package Description

The Service: The South West Energy Hub

The BEIS funded Energy Hubs (soon to be rebranded 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.

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