Ricardo: Analyst Consultant Renewable Heat

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Analyst Consultant Renewable Heat

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK

  • Closing Date
  • 26/01/2022

Job Description

Role Title: Renewable Heat Auditor – Heat Decarbonisation


Salary range: £25,000 - £33,000

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire/Manchester/Glasgow/Flexible/Remote




Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and waste expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.


Heat accounts for ~37% of the total UK carbon emissions and the decarbonisation of heat is the greatest challenge facing the UK (and beyond) in its transition to a net zero carbon economy.  Compared to the expansion of renewable electricity and transport, the delivery of low carbon heat has a greater number of technological, infrastructure, economic, consumer and market barriers to overcome. These challenges also represent opportunities – from improving the quality of building stock, transitioning to alternative energy sources, investment in infrastructure and heat networks, and the development of innovative technologies and fuel uses.


Our Heat Decarbonisation team

Within the Sustainable Infrastructure and Operations business unit, we have a dedicated Heat Decarbonisation team, comprising a 30-strong team of engineers, consultants and project managers. 


This team is at the forefront of delivering heat decarbonisation solutions in the UK and internationally, from working with governments to develop policy, to implementation of low carbon heat solutions in the public and private sectors.  As the demand for our services grow, we are seeking to further grow our team and are looking for excellent consultants to add value to our team.


Renewable Heat Incentive Audit Programme

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a Government financial incentive designed to encourage the uptake of renewable heat generation at all scales. Ricardo is contracted by Ofgem to deliver technical audits of the RHI installations, and this forms one of the flag-ship government auditing programmes delivered by our team. Our team undertakes audits across the UK to ensure installations and heat are eligible and to check compliance with ongoing obligations under the RHI installations. Auditors examine all aspects of the installation including metering arrangements, fuel input and eligible heat use.




We are seeking to expand our RHI auditing team, with experienced technical auditors to join the Heat Decarbonisation, who are passionate and knowledgeable in renewable heat solutions.   You'll be part of an established team of auditors working on the Non-Domestic RHI scheme, but with plenty of opportunity to develop your own work streams and progress your consultancy career within the team.  You will have proven experience and knowledge from working in the renewable heat sector, including biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal. You will have excellent numeracy and analytical skills, strong writing and communication skills, a proactive, organised approach and a commitment to producing high quality work with a high level of attention to detail. The role involves visiting a diverse range of sites where renewable heat technologies are installed, and will involve travel and overnight stays, depending on your location.


The role and key responsibilities

      • Undertake site-based audits of renewable heating systems
      • Produce high-quality, audit reports as part of project delivery
      • Utilise consistent audit approach, using established processes and tools
      • Supporting team leaders in preparing tenders and proposals for new work
      • Support programme manager in reporting, planning and execution of audits


Skills and knowledge

      • Knowledge of renewable heat technologies and systems
      • Understanding of heat metering
      • Data analysis and experience of applying these to energy and heat projects
      • Ability to plan, prioritise and manage own workload
      • Continuous improvement mindset


Person requirements


      • A Bachelors (2.1 or above) or Masters, in an engineering, renewable energy or physical science subject, or equivalent professional and technical experience
      • Proven experience, ideally minimum of 2-3 years, of working in the renewable heat sector
      • Strong attention to detail
      • A high level of numeracy and numerical analysis
      • A professional and diligent approach
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
      • Be flexible, proactive, resilient and enthusiastic
      • Be able to travel within the UK
      • Be able to work independently and demonstrate initiative, as well as operate effectively as part of a team



      • Familiarity with the RHI scheme and regulations
      • Technical understanding of biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal
      • Knowledge of sustainability reporting requirements and Biomass Suppliers List


You will need to hold a Full UK Driving licence for this position, as the post will include an element of UK travel as part of the delivery of the Renewable Heat audit programme.


Working here:

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. You will have a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.


We are always keen to hear from people who have drive, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.  Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusive approach as explained here.


Our People are important to us and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.


Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.