Development Team Manager
We’re looking for somebody exceptional to head up our Development Team.
The team currently has 5 members, working closely with volunteer-led groups, energy experts, commercial and community entities to deliver new projects. We work as consultants on individual projects and as incubators of whole new approaches.
Sharenergy was a pioneer of solar co-ops at a time when there were only wind and hydro co-ops in the UK. More recently we incubated the Big Solar Co-op, a new approach to building rooftop solar at scale.
We were instrumental in setting up some of the UK’s first heat co-ops. Now we are delivering a major project to establish the ultra-low-carbon heat co-ops of the future, like Bishops Castle Wind and Heat (featured on Channel 4’s Great Climate Fight)
Our day-to-day work gets right to the heart of what makes community energy tick – from financial modelling to technical analysis, planning and delivery. Most importantly of all we work with people, helping to create effective teams who deliver great projects and who enjoy working together.
Sharenergy encourages community groups to take the lead with their own projects and to enhance their skills and resilience. The role offers the opportunity to form close working relationships with interesting, innovative and driven groups throughout the country.
Our Development Team Manager will be responsible for:
- Liaising with existing clients and finding new ones
- Managing our Development Team
- Looking for opportunities to grow our reach
- Working on Sharenergy’s strategy with the Management Team and Board
- Supervising our consultancy and incubator work
- Representing Sharenergy’s Development offer within the sector and beyond
You will need:
- A very good understanding of renewable energy technologies
- Experience in project administration and management
- The ability to lead a team.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- An understanding of enterprises and project finance
We are looking for somebody hands-on who will be involved in delivery. You don’t have to be a community energy expert already, although you will absolutely need a hunger to become one.
Sharenergy people share a strong personal commitment to fighting climate change and to co-operatives, and this role will be best delivered by somebody who shares this ethos.
Location: The role is nominally based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire but we will consider candidates who wish to work remotely.
Travel for site visits, meetings and conferences is an integral part of this role – although we use videoconferencing extensively, we expect to meet community energy groups in their own area and to go to sites.
Hours: Nominally normal office hours. However, it is often necessary to attend meetings in the evenings and occasionally on weekends. There will be need for the occasional overnight stay. Applicants need to be flexible and willing to work around the needs of the projects.
Reporting Structure: The role reports directly to Sharenergy’s Chief Executive.
Employment: This is a permanent, full-time role, but a 0.8 contract would also be considered. Full time is 37.5 hours per week. 0.8 is 30 hours per week.
To apply please see our page on Indeed
If you would like to volunteer to get solar built in your area you might consider joining our Big Solar Coop project.