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Senior Energy Efficiency and Product Policy Consultant

  • Role type
  • Flexible Hours, Full time, Part time, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • London, Glasgow, Oxfordshire (Harwell), Manchester, Bristol

  • Closing Date
  • 04/02/2023

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Senior/Principal Energy Efficiency Policy Consultant

Location: UK Flexible

Role ID: 2022-1522


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.


We are currently looking for a Senior or Principal Energy Efficiency Policy Consultant to join our Policy, Strategy and Economics team.


Your role

Our Policy, Strategy and Economics delivers high-profile policy and strategy support projects to Governments, international financial institutions and corporate clients all over the world on a wide range of topics including climate change, energy, transport, air quality and chemicals, amongst other topics. This new role will focus on energy efficiency policy and you will work with colleagues to win and deliver projects concerning the efficiency of energy related products (ErP) and the policy environment that encourages their uptake.


You will carry out work that includes feasibility studies, rapid evidence assessment, impact assessment, technical performance analysis, stakeholder engagement and evaluation. In particular you will work within a team delivering a multi-year, multi million pound programme for the UK Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy to develop the UK’s approach to incentivising and encouraging the use of cutting edge energy related products within household, commercial and industrial settings.  This includes products with heating and cooling systems, water systems, appliances and devices. 

Key Responsibilities:                                                                            

The role is a position with responsibility for:

  • Assisting clients to develop policies and regulations aimed at improving the energy efficiency and environmental performance of the products used by consumers, business and industry.
  • Managing such projects, including leading small teams of more junior staff, or contributing to projects as a team member.
  • Development and maintenance of close client and partner relationships to support the winning of new business.
  • Contributing to or leading proposals that respond to client tenders.
  • Participating in capacity building activities including workshop facilitation and presentation delivery.
  • Presenting Ricardo Energy & Environment’s work at client meetings.

Key competencies and experience:

  • Educated to at least Bachelor’s degree level specialising in scientific, engineering, product design, sustainable building design or environmental fields (essential).
  • Experience with UK and EU energy and climate change policy especially the measures implemented under the UK industrial strategy, Net Zero agenda, Clean Growth Strategy, EU Energy Efficiency Directive, Ecolabel Directive, EU Eco-design Regulation and the Effort Sharing Regulation (essential).
  • Experience with stakeholder consultation, impact assessment, cost benefit analysis, rapid evidence assessment and policy evaluation  (desired).
  • Experience with energy labelling, eco-design, ecolabelling, capital tax incentives, carbon/energy taxation and research incentives (desired).
  • Experience contributing to business development and/or competitive bid writing in a consultancy environment (desired).Experience working within multidisciplinary teams is essential. Experience managing project teams, especially in a consulting environment, is desired.

Skills and behaviours required:

  • Strong project delivery skills with track record in leading or contributing towards large and/or complex projects.
  • Strong oral and written communication, including concise and precise report writing.
  • Strong analytical skills .
  • Good team worker.
  • Strong level of commercial awareness and appreciation for project financial management principles.

Working here


Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having 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 driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.


Wellbeing and work life balance


We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. 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.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.




Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


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.