Energy Manager – Grade 08

University of Edinburgh

Job Summary by the Career Balance Team:

The University of Edinburgh is seeking an Energy Manager to join its Net Zero and Carbon Leadership team. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and delivering the university’s energy and utilities management system, including utilities procurement, contract management, regulatory compliance, and performance monitoring. They will also identify and deliver projects focused on energy conservation, carbon reduction, and renewable energy. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in building services systems, energy management systems, and project management, as well as strong analytical and problem-solving skills. The closing date for applications is February 9, 2024.

Job Description:

Salary: UE08 £45,585 – £54,395 per annum (A revised salary range for this grade of £48,350 to £59,241 is planned to take effect from Spring 2024).

Location: Edinburgh/ Hybrid

About Us

The University of Edinburgh is a world-leading centre of research focused on tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Our Strategy 2030 focuses on four key themes shaped by our values: People; Research; Teaching and Learning; Social and Civic Responsibility.  

Our Social and Civic Responsibility Delivery Plan to 2030 includes key objectives which include becoming a zero carbon and zero waste university; supporting inclusion and widening participation in higher education; and working together with local communities. By 2030 our estate will be fit for purpose, sustainable and accessible. We will be on track to meet our Net Zero Carbon strategic objectives ahead of 2040 and will demonstrate integrated reporting aligned to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.   

The University of Edinburgh has long been a sector leader on Energy, Climate and Sustainability strategy. Our vision is that our buildings, campuses and infrastructure continue to act as international exemplars for smart, modern urban energy infrastructure. Our Energy Masterplan provides the pathway for achieving resilient, flexible and sustainable heat and power infrastructure aligned with our strategic, business and operational needs. 

The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583 and currently occupies more than 550 academic, administrative and residential buildings throughout the city of Edinburgh across 5 main campuses: Central Area (George Square, Holyrood, Pollock Halls), Kings Buildings, Easter Bush, Bio- Quarter and the Western General Hospital. Our building portfolio includes nationally important, iconic, historical buildings integral to the unique qualities and characteristics of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Edinburgh, through to state-of-the-art teaching, research and sporting facilities.

Do you want to help plan, deliver and operate a world class Net Zero strategy at the University of Edinburgh? This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing Net Zero and Carbon Leadership team at the early stages of an exemplar Estates Strategy.   

The Role

The Energy Manager (UE08) is a key professional specialist within the Energy & Utilities Team. They are responsible for developing, maintaining and delivering the University’s complex energy and utilities management system (EnMS) in line with the Energy Strategy, including utilities procurement, contract management, utilities finance, regulatory compliance, metering and monitoring, performance target setting, operational carbon assessments, asset performance monitoring, communication and liaison with other University Managers and Engineers. 

They manage relationships throughout the University’s internal and external supply chains to identify and deliver projects focusing on systems improvement, energy conservation, carbon reduction, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. 

Key Responsibilities

Analyse, validate and communicate management information related to utility consumption, fiscal accounts, and utilities performance. Prepare utilities consumption targets, budgets and performance assessments using a wide scope of data assessment and analytical techniques. Prepare accurate recharge bills for internal and external clients.

Identify energy performance anomalies and opportunities for performance improvement; lead in developing technical and behavioural performance improvements. 

Undertake site energy audits, prepare feasibility studies and develop improvement projects. Present issues, opportunities and solutions to the Energy Team, Estates colleagues and wider members of the University community.

Liaise with electricity, gas and water services suppliers on utility queries and carry out reviews of costs and assets to ensure correct billing. Maintain the energy and water supply registers through liaison with suppliers on new supplies, contract additions / deletions and disconnections to ensure all systems are kept up to date.

Develop and document the University’s Energy Management System (EnMS) and associated processes, software and management tools. Manage the continuous improvement and efficacy of the EnMS. Monitor, maintain and report on regulatory compliance issues. Liaise with colleagues, regulators and reporting bodies. Participate in internal and external site audits. Maintain accurate and timely records.  

Develop effective communication channels within the Estates Department and beyond to ensure energy and carbon considerations are integrated into all projects and developments.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

•\tEducated to degree level or equivalent with a significant breadth and depth of experience.

•\tSignificant experience of Building Services systems. 

•\tA good understanding of Energy Management Systems.

•\tExperience with the installation and management of utility metering hardware and software systems.

•\tExperience managing and monitoring project budgets, and reporting on utilities and carbon performance.

•\tExperience of energy, utilities and carbon targets and performance assessment.  

•\tExperience leading site energy surveys and technical audits. Carrying out inspections, surveys, risk assessments, feasibility studies and diagnostic fault finding.

•\tStrong analytical and problem-solving skills and experience with an attention to detail.

•\tPractical experience and technical knowledge of sustainable construction principals and the relevant management systems in place to assure building performance.

•\tStrong up to date knowledge of professional energy engineering guidelines and legislation.

•\tExcellent numeracy, interpersonal and written communication skills, with the ability to persuade, influence and negotiate with staff at all levels of seniority. 

•\tA practical understanding of Health and Safety legislation and management.

•\tAbility to manage conflicting priorities within a demanding workload.

Application Process

For further information and a detailed Job Description, or to apply, please contact Iain Atkinson, Director, Eden Scott by phone on   

Closing Date for applications – Friday 9th February 2024.

Location: Edinburgh

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