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Senior Technical Adviser – Heat in Buildings Assessment and Enforcement

Job summary

£38541 - £46599
Glasgow or Edinburgh
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
12 May 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Senior Technical Adviser – Heat in Buildings Assessment and Enforcement sitting within the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change based in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh or Atlantic Quay, Glasgow. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

In April 2019, the First Minister recognised a 'global climate emergency' and, through the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act, 2019, Scotland is now required to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. The updated, draft Climate Change Plan was published in December 2020, recognising that decarbonising Scotland's buildings is one of the major challenges to reaching the target.

Consequently, the Scottish Government has consulted on a draft Heat in Buildings Strategy. This incorporates and builds upon the updated Energy Efficient Scotland Routemap, and sets out our policy approach to decarbonising the building sector by 2045.

The Heat in Buildings Programme will deliver the Strategy, through units focused on policy development, regulation and delivery. The units are located within the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change, and co-located across Victoria Quay, Edinburgh and Atlantic Quay, Glasgow.

The post is within the Heat in Buildings Regulation Unit, which leads on the developing regulations set out in the Strategy to reduce demand for heat and decarbonise the heat supply in both domestic and non-domestic buildings, new and existing. You will focus on reforming the domestic
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) to ensure they are fit for purpose to provide the basis for domestic regulations across different tenures. You will also support the non-domestic team with assessment and the non-domestic EPCs as required.

More widely the post holder will work closely with colleagues in Housing, Building Standards, Planning, Local Government, Legal, across the Energy & Climate Change Directorate and with the UK Government.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Proven technical expertise and skill in designing regulation of energy performance and emissions of heat in buildings, including experience of direct working with underpinning models such as SAP, SBEM and Energy Performance Certificates.
2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with confidence and ability to communicate effectively with: Ministers, senior officials, external stakeholders, including in UK Government.
3. Proven ability to analyse and use evidence from a range of sources to develop, implement and review policy.
4. Excellent organisational and planning skills with experience of development and delivery of policies or initiatives using appropriate PPM techniques.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

We strongly urge that EU nationals who may not have Settled or Pre-Settled Status make an application before 30 June 2021, to ensure their continued eligibility to employment.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Yvonne Brown by email at yvonne.brown@gov.scot.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via recruitment@gov.scot.

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