Innovation Development officer

Community Energy Scotland

  • Contact: Rona MacKay
  • Reference: Orkney DO 2018

Main Tasks:

  •  To support partners and to deliver CES’ roles and responsibilities in community innovation projects underway in Orkney, especially the Local Energy Challenge Fund Round 2 Stage 2 project, Heat Smart Orkney, the Local Energy Challenge Fund Round 1 Stage 2 project, Surf ’n’ Turf, the Horizon 2020 BIG HIT project and a CARES IIF low carbon transport proposal.
  • To ensure careful project documentation according to CES’ project approval and management system, including details of project and financial progress.
  • To provide technical analysis of demand and generation profiles, and opportunities for closer integration of renewable energy sources and local loads.
  • To generally support community energy groups and their activities in Orkney
  • To establish, build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in communities that are either active or expressing interest in the development of innovative renewable energy solutions.
  • To prepare, deliver and facilitate presentations/open meetings and discussions with community bodies and the wider public when required.
  • To assist in the development of Community Energy Scotland’s wider Community Energy Economies agenda; a portfolio of innovative community energy projects, research activities and policy engagement intended to create new opportunities for community energy and help communities to directly address local energy needs.
  • To support the development of an innovation knowledge centre within CES, including a project database and toolkit for innovation options.
  • Ongoing requirement to ensure work activity is well communicated to the wider CES team.
  • To represent Community Energy Scotland at public events when necessary.
  • To contribute to CES’ involvement in European funded projects that support knowledge exchange between community groups
  • To play a full role in the evolution and operation of the team at Community Energy Scotland, and support the success of Community Energy Scotland as a whole
  • To undertake other tasks as agreed from time to time with line manager and CES senior management team

Essential Attributes 

The post holder will demonstrate:

  • Relevant degree and qualifications or other training in energy systems or renewable energy project development
  • Project management skills
  • Strong awareness of the requirements for effective team-working and how to work effectively in high-performing teams
  • Determination and perseverance in the face of obstacles and challenges
  • A high level of self-motivation and strong commitment to Community Energy Scotland, its ethos and purpose
  • Full driving licence


Desirable Attributes

 In addition to the above, it can be desirable for candidates to possess some or all of the following:

  • Practical experience of delivery of small-medium scale renewable energy projects
  • Experience of analysing network constraint scenarios
  • Experience of compiling and analysing energy demand profiles
  • Experience of compiling and analysing energy generation profiles
  • Familiarity with monitoring hardware and methodologies for electricity and heat demand
  • Familiarity with electrical network analysis and powerflow software
  • Experience of commercial arrangements relating to energy off-take for independent generators (Power Purchase Agreements and Heat Supply Contracts)
  • Experience of wireless and wired communications technologies (e.g. GPRS) and protocols (e.g. modbus, IP)
  • Experience of predictive models for heat and electricity demand in commercial and domestic buildings (e.g. SAP)
  • Experience of undertaking area based energy audits for assessing energy demand and expenditure across sectors in a particular area
  • Familiarity with a range of low carbon heat, electricity and transport technologies (e.g. electric vehicles)
  • Familiarity with a range of energy storage technologies, including thermal storage as well as electrical storage
  • An up-to-date understanding of the smart meter roll out and associated technical standards
  • Experience of working with community organisations
  • Experience of working with Distribution Network Operators


Desirable Skills

While not essential, the following skills would be desirable. Further training could be provided to successful candidates, subject to further discussion and agreement with line manager.

  •  Design software (e.g. CAD, Google sketch up)
  • Mapping software (e.g. GIS)
  • Basic web editing
  • Presentation software (e.g. Microsoft Powerpoint and Prezi)
  • Strong report-writing skills
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Financial modelling
  • Accountancy software (e.g. SAGE)
  • Project management software
  • Database software (e.g. Microsoft CRM, PI Historian)

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