On behalf of the SEAI, I am looking to recruit a Programme Executive into the research department.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland manages programmes aimed at:
· Supporting Government decision-making through advocacy, analysis and evidence
· Driving demand reduction and providing advice to all users of energy
· Driving the decarbonisation of energy supply
· Raising standards in sustainable energy products and services
· Building markets based on quality, confidence and proven performance
· Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship
· Improving the coherence of Irish energy research and development
Research, Development & Demonstration Unit
The Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) Unit is an important part of SEAI’s Research & Technology Department. This unit leads and coordinates a range of energy related research and innovation activities, including the delivery of the SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Programme. The overarching goals of this programme are to:
1. Stimulate & accelerate the development & deployment of energy related products, processes & systems in the Irish marketplace;
2. Grow Ireland's national capacity to carry out internationally leading RD&D activities;
3. Support solutions that enable technical & other barriers to market uptake of energy related products, processes & systems to be overcome; and
4. Provide timely guidance & support to policy makers and public bodies through results, outcomes and learning from supported projects.
The SEAI Research, Development & Demonstration Unit is an important part of SEAI’s Research & Technology Department. The SEAI Research & Technology Department includes teams in the areas of Research & Innovation, Offshore Energy, Electricity & Wind, Heat & Bioenergy, Nearly Zero Energy Buildings & High Performance Retrofit and Standards Development. The Department is composed primarily of analytical and technical experts from engineering, science or similar technical backgrounds who are focused on developing solutions to the challenge of decarbonising Ireland’s energy system.
The Role PROFILE
This position will play a key role in the Research & Technology Department. As Programme Executive – Research, Development and Demonstration you will support delivery of SEAI’s research and innovation activities, including the SEAI National Energy Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic and innovative team who are committed to the high-quality delivery of SEAI’s research and innovation activities.
Key Functions of the role of Programme Executive – Research, Development & Demonstration;
The key responsibilities of the Programme Executive – Research, Development & Demonstration will include but are not limited to the following:
· Support the SEAI National Energy Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme Calls, which includes coordinating project evaluation and oversight of projects during implementation.
· Enhance communication and dissemination activities in relation to SEAI funded RD&D projects, as well as SEAI/Ireland’s involvement in other activities such as those relating to the International Energy Agency, Horizon Europe and other activities.
· Support SEAI coordination of national energy research data and input to the International Energy Agency and the National Energy Research Database.
· Participate in strategic and programme development within the RD&D Team and within the wider Research & Technology Department.
· Participate and represent SEAI in national, European and international committees as required.
· Active participation in the SEAI Research and Technology Department supporting other programme areas as required.
The functions and responsibilities assigned to this role are based on the current requirements stated above and may be changed from time to time. The candidate appointed to this role requires flexibility to fulfil other responsibilities across the Research & Technology Department.
To ensure that activity peaks within the Research & Technology Department are addressed in a proactive manner, it is expected that the candidate appointed to this role will need to be flexible in terms of working hours during these periods.
Key Knowledge and Skills
The knowledge and skills required include but are not limited to the following:
· Experience of working in energy-related research environment across the public sector, academia or industry.
· Knowledge of Ireland’s energy-related research strengths and opportunities.
· An understanding of national and European energy policy priorities and how research can support achievement of these priorities.
· The role is team-based, and teamwork and cooperation with others are crucial.
· Ability to work effectively with their own team in order to achieve the task at hand.
· Ability to engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
· Full ownership of development, delivery, monitoring and review of relevant programme activities.
· Strong proactive approach to achieving results, including managing scope, time, cost and quality.
· Well-developed IT skills.
Experience and Personal Qualities Required
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate;
· A post-graduate qualification in a relevant energy-related area with an engineering, scientific or social science background, or equivalent.
· A minimum of 5 years’ experience in an energy-related area or equivalent. Post graduate studies may be included.
- Knowledge of Ireland’s energy-related research strengths and opportunities.
· Strong project management and organisation skills.
· Strong analytical, problem-solving and interpretive skills with an ability to think strategically.
· Ability to exercise initiative and to be able to operate independently.
- Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences.
- Excellent team-player skills and flexibility.
· Qualification at Ph.D. level.
· Experience of managing funded research.
· Experience of working in the public sector.
There may be a requirement for the successful candidate to further develop specialist knowledge and expertise relevant to the role. Training will be encouraged (formal and informal) and supported where required.
The closing date for this role is Tuesday 6th April at 5pm.