Research Officer

Organisation
Community Energy Plus
Reference
VAC-5445
Sector
Business & Management, Energy, Natural Resources & Utilities, Environment & Conservation, Scientific Services & Pharmaceuticals
Location
Truro, Cornwall
Salary Details
£22,411 – £24,390
Hours of work
Full time
Job Type
Contract
Closing Date
23/01/2022
Community Energy Plus is working with partners on a project that is trying to identify the drivers, opportunities and barriers for a community aiming to transition to net zero carbon emissions, they are recruiting for a Research Officer.

Job Description

 

As part of the project, our objective is to develop proposals that can be taken forward by community owned enterprises; we are recruiting for a recent graduate with the appropriate skills who can undertake research into sustainable finance options and will assist in shaping business plans, including

  • the development of proposals for investment,
  • understanding opportunities for loan and equity investment and raising finance through community share offers
  • identifying the financial risk profiles
  • establishing routes to turn technical proposals into practical, commercial recommendations

Are you passionate about tackling the challenges of climate change and the transition to a net-zero carbon economy?

Do you have an interest in helping to develop a sustainable future that is led and shaped by local communities?

Do you want to work with a social purpose organisation to make real change?

Do you want to apply your learning and knowledge of business finance in an innovative way?

We are looking for a highly-motivated and enthusiastic graduate,

  • who thrives on working in challenging environments and performing to an exceptional standard both independently and as part of a team
  • is an ambitious individual, wanting to make a successful career within the field of sustainability

We need someone who has:

  • the abilities of consistency, accuracy and attention to detail in their work
  • excellent organisational and time management skills
  • passion and self-motivation
  • resilience and determination and the ability to work well under pressure
  • personal integrity
  • willingness to work with a strong ethical purpose and ‘go the extra mile’ to get the right outcome

What we are looking for in a Research Officer

The primary purpose of the role:

Working with CEP’s Chief Executive, you will assist with the delivery of current projects and help to develop new opportunities that promote the installation of renewable energy in Cornwall that enable the transition to low carbon outcomes. You will be researching new avenues in the financing of these projects, and working to turn the ideas of local community energy groups into viable, fundable projects. Alongside established community energy groups you will also help establish new community led ventures working with schools & academy trusts, the managers of community owned assets and facilities, and other interested parties working to achieve the same aims.       

Attributes / competencies

  • Able to work well in a team
  • Outstanding research skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, especially in persuading and influencing others
  • Able to show the ability to be methodical, organised and self-motivated
  • High-quality IT skills; a competent user of Microsoft Office, (Word, Excel, Teams and Outlook).
  • Excellent numeracy and analytical skills
  • A creative and innovative approach to problem solving
  • Effective writing skills with a particular emphasis on preparing and representing reports and plans.
  • The ability to grasp new concepts and adapt quickly to changing circumstances.

Essential Skills and experience –

  • Proven track record of research abilities
  • Able to contribute to the business planning process
  • Able to assess and capture key risks in the development of such plans and challenge the accuracy of forecasting and budgeting
  • Able to appraise investment opportunities
  • Able to manage projects targets and budgets and report on project finances
  • Have a good understanding of the main renewable technologies contributing to the transition to net zero carbon

Desirable Skills and experience -

  • A good understanding of energy efficiency and domestic retrofit projects
  • Knowledge of community shares and the process of share offers in this context
  • An awareness of poverty and fuel poverty, especially with reference to Cornwall

Qualifications & knowledge

  • A recent graduate is relevant subject – (minimum 2.2 Bachelor’s degree; ideally Masters)
  • Ideally business management/business studies, finance, mathematics or similar.

What you can expect to be doing as part of the team:

The purpose of the post is:

You will working with CEP’s Chief Executive

  • To undertake appropriate research that will assist with the delivery of current projects and help to develop new opportunities that promote the installation of renewable energy in Cornwall that enable the transition to low carbon outcomes.
  • You will be researching new avenues in the financing of these projects, and work to turn the ideas of local community energy groups into viable, fundable projects.
  • Alongside established community energy groups you will also help establish new community led ventures working with schools & academy trusts, the managers of community owned assets and facilities, and other interested parties working to achieve the same aims.      

Role specifics:

Work with the various project teams, both within CEP and with external partners, providing the outcomes of the research to assist with the delivery of work packages.
Assist in the develop of business plans covering 5, 10 & 20 years of operational delivery

1. Financial modelling of potential income streams
Identifying M&E and other operating costs over the delivery period
2. Modelling the returns for investors and benefit flows to the host communities

    3. Research and identify appropriate investment opportunities, including

Community share issues, using appropriate legal structures to deliver such.
Identifying Public sector appetite to support projects with investment, e.g. Cornwall Council’s Revolving Loan Fund, and Cornwall Community Foundation programmes 
Opportunities to attract support from institutional lenders, including the UK Green Investment programmes and pension funds.

      4. Work with the Chief Executive and other partners to develop new proposals for community led and owned enterprises promoting the growth of renewable technologies

Company Description

Community Energy Plus is an award-winning social enterprise that provides complete energy answers to help householders in Cornwall enjoy warmer, energy efficient homes as part of a more sustainable future.

Since 1998 we have worked in partnership with a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations to support a variety of innovative projects relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy including community ownership models.

We have a valuable combination of research skills and technical expertise, coupled with practical experience of delivering frontline services to consumers, community groups and businesses. We have particular expertise in energy efficiency, consumer engagement, energy policy, rural fuel poverty, community-owned renewable energy, collective buying clubs, hard-to-treat homes, park homes, planning policy, low carbon finance, smart energy, behaviour change, social value, low carbon skills, cross-sector partnership working, quality and environmental management systems, project development, project management and project evaluation.

Other Application Details

The Important Details:

Contract: This will be a full-time role; initially it is offered as a 1 year fixed term contract (3 month probationary period) but with the potential for extension as projects and finances are secured.

Location: Based at our office in Truro, but with opportunities for flexible/home working after initial training.

Salary: The full time equivalent salary for the role is £22,411 – 24,390, dependent on skills

Application process:

  • To make an application, please click Register and Apply or Log in and Apply.  
  • Please email a CV and covering letter describing your motivations and suitability for the role, noting the expectations set out in this role description.  
  • Please email recruitment@cep.org.uk to arrange an informal chat.

We are keen to fill this position as soon as possible, and will make an appointment as soon as we have identified a suitable candidate. Therefore, an early application is recommended.  

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