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Head of Energy and Carbon Reduction

University of Essex - Estates and Campus Services

Location: Colchester
Salary: £53,348 to £60,022 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 5th January 2022
Closes: 27th January 2022
Job Ref: REQ05522

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the Head of Energy and Carbon Reduction at the University of Essex.

About the role

Reporting directly to the Head of Sustainability and Grounds you will be the strategic lead for delivering the University’s energy, carbon and water reduction aspirations. You will play a critical role in delivering the University’s most ambitious Sustainability Sub Strategy to date, achieving net zero scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2035.

Leading the development and implementation of the University’s various energy and carbon reduction policies and strategies along with related action plans, you will create and deliver a Carbon Management Plan that will successfully achieve the University’s net zero carbon emissions targets.

You will manage a team of three energy and carbon reduction colleagues, developing complex built environments across three campuses to reduce energy, carbon and water use. You will plan and lead the delivery of a substantial increase of renewable energy generation at the University while securing sufficient internal and external funding to deliver the Carbon Management Plan and Sustainability Sub-Strategy.

You will work on:

  • Assessing complex carbon reduction challenges, draw meaningful conclusions and develop and deliver solutions.
  • Providing regular progress updates on delivery of the Carbon Management Plan and Sustainability Sub-Strategy Action Plan to Director and Registrar level.
  • Procuring electricity, gas and water utility contracts valued c.£5m that contribute to our climate work aspirations and deliver value for money.
  • Managing and develop utilities revenue budget and climate and sustainability capital budgets.
  • Leading on the delivery of complex energy, carbon and water projects valued up to and beyond c.£5m.

You will need

  • BSc in Sustainability or Energy or equivalent essential.
  • Qualification Level 5 in Building Services, Mechanical, Electrical and Building desirable.
  • Professionally qualified and hold a corporate membership desirable.
  • Training/qualification in Project Management such as PRINCE2 or APM desirable.

About you

You will be highly motivated, driven and have a determination to succeed, with the ability to build successful relationships and networks and to lead, influence, motivate and develop an effective, well-motivated team. You will have strong strategic planning and organisational skills, including long term forward planning and forecasting, with a consistent methodical and structured work ethic.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

Please use the 'Apply' button to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

Our website http://www.essex.ac.uk contains more information about the University of Essex. If you have a disability and would like information in a different format, please email resourcing@essex.ac.uk.

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