Evaluation Consultant

Energy Systems Catapult Limited

About us

The Energy Systems Catapult supports innovators in unleashing opportunities from the transition to a clean, intelligent energy system.

Part of a network of world-leading centres set up by the government to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific sectors and help drive future economic growth. By taking an independent, whole energy systems view, we work with stakeholders across the energy sector (consumers, industry, academia and government) to identify innovation priorities, gaps in the market and overcome barriers to accelerating the decarbonisation of the energy system at least cost. In doing so, we seek to open up routes to market for innovators, as well as supporting them to understand how their products, services and value propositions fit into the transforming energy system.

The role of the Evaluation Consultant is key to us achieving this ambition. You will be an integral part of the team that transfers knowledge between business, academia and government through designing and leading evaluation of our projects, programmes and services. The immediate requirement will be to work on our Smart Systems and Heat programme (SSH) which has an end vision to transform the way that consumers and suppliers buy and sell heat, ultimately leading to reductions in CO2 in domestic heat.

Your role will be to help us to understand the outcomes of early phases of activity, the benefits of that activity and lessons learned to shape future phases in line with the overall vision of the project and of the Catapult.

Key Outcomes

In the first 12 – 15 months of the role, you will be expected to deliver an interim and final evaluation of the second phase of the SSH programme to provide insight and understanding to internal and external stakeholders including the Department of Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy.

Beyond this, you will be involved in building in evaluation to any future phases of the SSH programme and other Catapult activity. You will help us to embed an evaluation-led culture in to our project design helping us to build our internal skills and capabilities through excellent knowledge-transfer whilst being the ‘go to’ person for evaluation questions.

Key Work Activities

You will need to be able to select from a range of approaches to help a range of organisations test and learn from running energy-related experiments in the real world. You will be the internal authority on evaluation – able to justify your selected approaches to funders and build the culture within the Catapult to help you deliver them. You will help Catapult to use evaluation to make informed, evidence-based decisions by exploring what works, for whom and under what circumstances, and the differences that have been made.

On a day to day basis, you will:

  • Act as the evaluation champion for the Catapult, bringing the wider team together, including internal and external stakeholders to embed evaluation in to our culture
  • Take intellectual ownership of, and be accountable for, the evaluation of projects and programmes. You will devise and/or further develop methodologies and approaches that ensure we generate the insight and understanding that we need to inform future activities of the Catapult
  • Develop and implement evaluation plans and associated data collection plans to monitor and assess the performance of projects and programmes phases
  • Explore and innovate new approaches / methodological techniques that enable us to gather more in depth or more beneficial insights / understandings
  • Gather data from relevant personnel to monitor performance and inform evaluation
  • Liaise with key stakeholders, including internal team members, Board members and external stakeholders to update on contribution of projects towards business goals / priorities
  • Conduct analysis to generate the insights we require to answer evaluation questions, and generate a ‘story’ rooted in evidence
  • Produce high quality outputs (reports, presentations etc) that communicate findings to stakeholders in plain English.
  • Provide Evaluation Subject Matter Expert support to colleagues across ESC
  • Support definition and prioritisation of future projects to maximise learning

Would you like to Apply?

Please note that at this time we are unable to provide UK visa sponsorship.

The Energy Systems Catapult undertakes innovative and exciting work that will help shape the future of energy, with this in mind we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible, as we do reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.