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Team Leader – Head of Heat in Buildings Assessment

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Job summary

£49420 - £61617
Anywhere in Scotland
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
11 May 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for an Team Leader – Head of Heat in Buildings Assessment within the Directorate for Energy and Climate Change based in either Glasgow or Edinburgh. 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.

This post is primarily located in Glasgow or Edinburgh but other Scottish Government offices may be considered with the expectation of travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh to manage teams.

Decarbonising the heat used in all of Scotland's buildings is one of the major challenges in responding to this. In February 2021 the Scottish Government published a draft Heat in Buildings Strategy, incorporating the updated Energy Efficient Scotland Routemap, which sets the policy framework for our policy approach to reducing demand for heat, and decarbonising the supply of heat, in buildings.

This work includes significant Programme for Government commitments to expand our delivery and investment programmes, and to develop proposals for regulation, building on prior commitments to legislate for regulation of heat networks and to require new buildings built from 2024 to use zero emissions heating.

This post will lead a small team to design and implement a reformed approach to assessing the energy performance and emissions of all of our existing buildings. This will include reforming the existing assessment process (EPCs) and developing a clear pathway to allow property owners to take steps to reduce both energy demand and emissions, to levels in line with national targets. This is pivotal to the introduction of new regulations for heat demand reduction and heat supply decarbonisation across different building tenures, including domestic, non-domestic and multi-tenure buildings. The post holder will work closely with colleagues in Building Standards, Housing, Planning, Local Government, Legal and across the Energy and Climate Change Directorate.

Applications should have expertise in policy and legislation covering energy efficiency and heat in buildings, including knowledge of the assessment of energy performance of buildings. The post holder will work alongside colleagues developing policy and regulation on energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation, and be based in the Heat in Buildings Regulation Unit.

We are looking for an experienced professional with knowledge of policy and legislation for heat and energy efficiency in buildings to take forward the reform of existing building assessments (using SAP and SBEM) to ensure they are fit for purpose, and to help them underpin new regulations to meet our targets for energy efficiency and zero emissions heat. To deliver these reforms and roll out application across Scotland.

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 expertise in policy and legislation covering energy efficiency and heat in buildings, including knowledge of the assessment of energy performance of buildings.
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. Strong understanding of how to implement new processes, including working with stakeholders and commanding the confidence of partners and local authorities, with a proven ability to clearly articulate complex ideas and technical information.
4. Proven ability to analyse and use evidence from a range of sources to develop, implement and review policy.

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

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 Geraldine Russell at Geraldine.russell@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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