Transaction Associate Director - Energy

Arup London 3 months ago

Job Title: Transaction Associate Director - Energy

Location: London or Manchester

Closing Date: 15th April 2021

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.

The Role

  • Your position will be a Transaction Associate Director (Grade 7) within a 100 strong advisory team in Arup’s Business & Investor Advisory and Cost Management (BIA&CM) group, to be based in London or Manchester. You will lead projects and be part of the leadership team within the power & bioenergy sector and help with the strategic direction of the overall energy & utilities business within BIA&CM.
  • You will be working on a range UK and international projects in the power generation and bioenergy sector from small scale to utility sized. Technology and markets are wide but in particular cover nuclear power, biomass, gas engines, waste to energy and district heating, with other activities in combined cycle gas turbines, biofuels, geothermal, batteries, mid-stream natural resources and gas utilities.
  • Although your focus will be within the power & bioenergy sector, you will need to provide independent review; and may need to lead, projects in other energy sectors where we have an established capability, including natural resources (mostly midstream) or utilities (gas, water, electricity)
  • You will be advising private and public clients on technical, environmental, economic, commercial and operational issues, primarily in the power generation, bioenergy and heat sector.
  • You will lead large projects covering technical and commercial advisory across the energy sector, particularly focused in power and bioenergy. You will have responsibility for the commercial success of your projects and to delight your clients.
  • You will be responsible for leading technical and commercial due diligence or market reports from a diverse team, across the organisation and potentially including external experts.
  • You will provide technical and commercial oversight and leadership on multiple small to medium projects at the same time, that keeps a highly satisfied client.
  • You will meet with clients to present findings on existing projects and to discuss new opportunities
  • You will provide quality assurance across projects in the energy and utilities sector by assessing opportunities for continuous improvement and providing independent review of projects.
  • You may be requested to lead projects in the utilities sector, mainly gas or transitionary fuels (hydrogen etc.), although this will not be the focus.
  • You will have the opportunity for short overseas business travel (mainly Europe)

Skills and knowledge:

  • You will have deep domain knowledge within an area of power generation and bioenergy, and you will share the skills and knowledge with other parts of Arup.

Team leadership:

  • You will help grow the team and opportunities, developing business plans for power & bioenergy, addressing key market areas, clients, training requirements, recruitment and strategic focus etc.
  • You will seek out areas for continuous improvement in all processes.
  • You will be part of the leadership of a team that has an overall income of £4m a year; and a proven ability to be part of team leadership is important.
  • You will have the responsibility to develop others.

Business development and client relationships:

  • You will play a leading role in business development and client relationship activities in specific areas.
  • You will proactively seek out new business opportunities, retain and grow new client relationships.
  • You will lead, prepare and manage multiple bid documents at once.
  • You will attend industry events and network with clients.
  • You will meet with clients to discuss existing or new business opportunities.
  • You will have autonomy to develop and grow the business.
  • You will provide market analysis in discrete energy and utility sectors.

    Requirements and skills
  • You will have sound technical knowledge and understanding in the power and/or bioenergy sector, but you will also demonstrate you have experience and skills that are well rounded, covering environmental, sustainability, economics, commercial and operations, leading and developing teams; or demonstrate that they have enthusiasm and drive to develop the limited areas where they have limited knowledge.
  • At least ten years’ experience working in the power generation, bioenergy or utilities sector.
  • Bachelors level Degree in Engineering, Finance or Economics or similar with infrastructure investment experience.
  • Attained chartered status or equivalent qualification with a recognised professional institution.
  • Significant due diligence experience in the power and/or bioenergy sector.
  • A good technical understanding of the power generation and bioenergy sector broadly and a willingness to develop in other areas.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage and work in teams (including in a project context).
  • Excellent organisation and planning. You will demonstrate a proven ability to manage multiple tasks within demanding timeframes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. The ability to interpret and convey complex technical and commercial issues in simple form, either spoken or written, is required.
  • Excellent commercial and financial acumen.
  • Excellent understanding of the technical, economic, commercial, financial, environmental and regulatory areas of the energy sector is required. Or where there are knowledge gaps, an enthusiasm to develop knowledge in these areas is required.
  • Willingness to attend industry events and network.
  • Willingness to travel (short term business travel, mainly Europe).

Desirable skills that you will have:

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in design or operations and maintenance in power generation and/or bioenergy projects.
  • Experience in natural resources or utilities, including gas utilities and transitionary fuels (e.g. hydrogen).
  • Experience in the consultancy or advisory industry.

Requirements that would be advantageous but not required:

  • Knowledge of foreign languages.
  • An understanding in environmental and social governance, or sustainability or sustainability finance.
  • An understanding or experience of working in the renewables and utilities sectors.

Rewards and benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a phenomenal place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities, so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible working, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Join us in shaping a better world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.

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