Energy Systems Consultant / Senior Consultant 

  • Role type
  • Contract, Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Rynfield, South Africa

  • Closing Date
  • 11/12/2023

Job Description


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Role: Energy Systems Consultant / Senior Consultant 

Location: Rynfield, South Africa

Role ID: 2023-2101


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company. 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.


The role

We are looking for an Consultant or Senior Consultant (suitable for those with some post-graduate experience in the energy sector) to join our Sustainable Energy Systems team. This role will provide a stepping stone into your engineering and consultancy career in an exciting and rapidly changing sector.


The team 
The Sustainable Energy Systems team comprises a group of highly experienced professionals specialising in engineering techno-economic, and management consultancy services for the energy sector, with particular emphasis on the power sector. We cover power generation, transmission and distribution planning, electricity tariff and affordability studies, renewable energy integration, regulation, policy, power market design and “smart grid” innovation projects. We are a respected consultancy in the hydrogen sector and our depth and breadth of expertise and diverse portfolio provides potential candidates with a unique opportunity to work on such projects across the globe. We are a committed team of like-minded professionals with a growing portfolio of energy technology, policy and strategy projects. 


Key responsibilities

From day one, you will be part of a team supporting senior consultants in delivering projects to our clients. Successful applicants will have strong numeracy, analytical and communication skills together with a proactive, organised approach and a pride in the quality of their work. Over time you will be expected to develop a strong understanding of the energy sector - including strategic, technical, commercial and regulatory aspects. 

You will contribute to research and analysis that underpins our consultancy work. You will manage your time across several projects, contributing in all phases - from researching and analysing information and data, through providing key contributions to the development of techno-economic and financial models, to contributing to reports that are delivered to clients, and supporting the preparation of proposals to win new contracts. You will be responsible for the quality and delivery of your work and will liaise with other consultants and teams to incorporate your contribution into wider project outputs. 


You will be supported throughout your career with us in your professional development, to ensure you have the support and tools you need to deliver your role to a high quality, and to support your development into the future.  


Examples of projects you will be working on include

  • Network reliability and connection studies.
  • Smart grid / network innovation projects.
  • Feasibility and implementation studies for renewable energy projects.
  • Hydrogen strategy.
  • Transport energy feasibility and implementation projects for the road, rail, aviation and marine sectors. 
  • Developing technical and economic power sector regulatory frameworks in developing countries. 

Skills and experience

The position would suit candidates with:



  • A strong degree in electrical engineering, energy systems or similar & post-graduate experience working in a power engineering or consultancy environment.
  • Excellent understanding of power networks and power systems.
  • Passion for renewable energy, energy system innovation and sustainability.
  • Interest in hydrogen energy systems.
  • The ability to effectively communicate and interact with colleagues and clients.
  • The ability to breakdown complex research questions, think creatively and solve novel problems.
  • Fluency in English.


  • Fluency in French, Spanish, or Portuguese.
  • Skills in Excel, including data manipulation and modelling.
  • Some experience using Helioscope ©, PV/Syst ©, Homer Pro ©, DigSilent ©, PSS/E ©, Powerworld ©, and/or PLEXOS.
  • Good understanding of hydrogen systems and technologies.

Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.


We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on. Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.


Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is 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.


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 to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.



We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 


Next steps

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.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.