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Job Opening: Cumbria Clean Energy Project Manager

Job Title: Cumbria Clean Energy Project Manager
Salary Band: Circa £48k
Directorate / Service: Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership
Responsible To: Head of Clean Energy
Contract: Two-year fixed term


1. Primary Purpose of the Post:

The Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) are working with local partners in line with the Governments 10 point climate change plan to “build back better”, support green jobs and accelerate our path to Net Zero. To play a key role in this we are seeking to recruit a Clean Energy Project Manager to support organisations in Cumbria to design, develop and deliver energy projects and programmes.

The successful candidate will bring a strong understanding of the energy sector and climate agenda to provide technical and commercial advice and guidance. This role will support organisations in shaping project proposals, leading to the preparation of robust business cases for investment.

Job Opening: Cumbria Clean Energy Project Manager

The Clean Energy Project Manager will enable organisations receiving support to align their strategic objectives with the UK’s net zero agenda and to deliver on climate action plans.

Funding for the post is provided by the Local Energy North West Hub: The Cumbria Clean Energy Project Manager will act as a member of the North West Energy Hub team and collaborate with colleagues to promote national energy and climate policy.

2. Key Role Specific Responsibilities:


  • Provide project management support and energy sector expertise to organisations spanning commercial, industry, public sector and communities across Cumbria, which are developing local energy projects.
  • Support proposals to develop significant energy infrastructure, industrial decarbonisation and decentralised energy generation schemes, working with developers, energy networks and promoting access to innovation funding.
  • Provide advice across a range of potential local energy schemes and raise awareness of subsidy support, grant funding and green finance options available to projects, supporting organisations to commercialise their schemes.
  • Participate in networks of local organisations, working to deliver the net zero agenda including the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and Borderlands Energy Masterplan.
  • Support Cumbrian organisations to implement their net zero plans by helping to mobilise finance and resources.


  • Act as a member of the Local Energy North West Hub team.
  • Lend specialist expertise to support project development elsewhere in the North West of England. Convene meetings and events to raise awareness and share knowledge.
  • Keep abreast of industry and policy developments in the energy and climate agenda by representing the Cumbrian and local energy hub at energy industry events.
  • Collate evidence to support the allocation of Hub resources to potential pipeline projects.
  • Report progress and outputs to the LENW Hub Management Board in line with established governance arrangements and agreed timescales and protocols.
  • Promote the work of Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North West of England, working to align Clean Growth with economic growth, skills and jobs, and support innovation in the energy sector.

3. General Corporate Responsibilities

  • Supports CLEP to support Cumbria in achieving Net Zero Objectives and mitigate strategic risks.
  • To participate in all aspects of training and development as directed and to use all relevant learning opportunities to improve personal skills to improve effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery.
  • Work to comply with all statutory requirements, standing orders and financial regulations, health and safety legislation, codes of practice and other organisational working practices.
  • To ensure the LEP’s commitment to equal opportunities is demonstrated through promoting non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken.
  • Work flexibly and undertake such other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the grading and nature of the post.
  • Ensure compliance with Corporate Governance procedures, procurement regulations and the Data Protection Act.
  • To operate in a manner that places citizens first, adopts a can-do approach and focuses on communities and working locally with business community.

It must be understood that every employee has a responsibility to ensure that their work complies with LEP’s Local Assurance Framework and Companies House requirements governance and to ensure that all work functions are undertaken in accordance with health and safety legislation, codes of practice, and the CLEP safety plan.

This job description is not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive; it is issued as a framework to outline the main areas of responsibility at the time of writing.

The role would be well suited to flexible working and a hybrid between home and Penrith office with some travel required within Cumbria and wider NW region.

4. Equality Statement

CLEP is committed to representing the communities that we serve and creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, which allows people to succeed on merit. CLEP aims to go beyond compliance with equality legislation. It aspires to be a champion of best practice in all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to create an inclusive working where all are equally valued. We therefore welcome all candidates regardless of their sex or gender reassignment; marital status (including civil partnership); sexual orientation; race, language, ethnic or national origins and nationality (including citizenship); religious belief; disability and / or medical conditions; age; and whether they have dependents.

5. Terms and Conditions

Salary circa £48k. 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays. Contributory pension at 5%/7% or 10% with the employer matching the employee’s contribution.

6. Applications

Applicants should submit their CV together with a covering letter outlining why they are interested in the role and why they are suitable for it to by Wednesday 30 June 2021. Interviews by video conference will be planned in the following week.

7. Person Specification

Specification Essential (E) or Desirable (D) Assessment Method(s)
Qualifications & Training
- A relevant degree or equivalent or several years of relevant experience E Application & Interview
Experience & Knowledge
- Proven project management capability E Application & Interview
- Experience of working with senior management and a range of stakeholders from either the public and private sectors and developing effective partnerships E
- Experience of decision making by local government and of public sector procurement is highly desirable D
- Experience assessing feasibility and developing the business case for investment in energy infrastructure D
- Experience of subsidy mechanisms, applying for and or administering grant funding to support projects D
- Experience engaging with local government agencies and promoting policy and strategic objectives D
- Strong understanding of the energy and climate change agenda and industry trends E
- Experience producing briefings, papers and reports for senior decision makers D
- Good written and oral presentation skills with ability to present complex ideas in a comprehensible way D Application & Interview
- Ability to meet challenging deadlines D Application & Interview
- A commitment to providing a high-quality customer service and ensuring service standards are met D Application & Interview
- An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities D Application & Interview
- Flexible approach to working hours and willingness to work flexibly as and when required D Application & Interview
- Evidence of quality, time management and organisational skills D Interview
- Ability to attend meetings inside and outside the North West D Application & Interview

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