Imperial - Energy Systems Engineer




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Executive Summary

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About Imperial College London

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Job Description

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Person Specification

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Further Information

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Application Process



EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Imperial College London is a world top ten university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines. Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges. Our multi-site portfolio includes our main estate in the historic South Kensington area and ranges from extensive NHS properties in West London through to a rural campus in Ascot and new facilities at Imperial College ThinkSpace in White City (where businesses, entrepreneurs and world-class researchers can share ideas and turn scientific and technological discoveries into new products and services).

Imperial College spends in excess of £20 million a year on gas, electricity and water. The role of Energy Systems Engineer is a rare and exciting opportunity to join a highly skilled and motivated team with a goal to improve the energy performance of the organisation, reduce carbon emissions and reduce operational expenditure though a wide variety and range of measures. You will ensure the College continually improves its energy performance, this will be through a variety of means including applying sound engineering principles to energy reduction intervention measures, managing the energy database, and being part of a team advising on infrastructure projects and development. We are seeking an energy management professional that has significant experience of working with energy databases/systems and reporting on energy data whilst also have experience and a keen interest in identifying and delivering energy saving projects and interventions. Ideally candidates will have worked across a large-scale and diverse estates and infrastructure portfolio and it is anticipated that prospective candidates will have appropriate industry background in energy engineering/management together with relevant professional qualification. The role offers a great career development opportunity for an energy engineering professional to work across a large-scale and incredibly diverse estate and infrastructure portfolio. Information about our wider strategy can be viewed at

Executive Summary


About Imperial College London Our mission is to achieve enduring excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society. Our strategy is built on underpinning foundations that make Imperial a great academic institution with talented and inspirational people who make up our university community. We are one of the highest ranked universities in the UK with worldwide recognition.

In 2014 the College celebrated its best ever performance in a research assessment. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 found that 91% of Imperial research was judged as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (4* and 3*) - the highest proportion of any major university. The College was also shown to have the UK’s greatest concentration of high-impact research.

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Imperial demonstrated improvement in every REF research area. Nine of the College’s 14 research areas were ranked in the top three in the UK overall, with two taking the top spot: Public Health, Health Services & Primary Care, and Civil & Construction Engineering. Our extensive campus network can be viewed at lege/visit/public/londoncampuslocations.pdf which includes White City, which is a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship at the heart of a vibrant area to live, work and play.

We are driving this evolution with a £2 billion investment in a new 23-acre integrated collaborative campus. South Kensington is our main campus and it is here that most undergraduate and postgraduate activity takes place. It’s a compact site in the heart of ‘Albertopolis’ and is home to a huge range of architectural styles from the Edwardian Royal School of Mines building to the ultra-modern Norman Foster-designed Business School. There’s plenty of green space too, including a beautiful landscaped square, with our famous Queen’s Tower at one end.

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Job Title:

Energy Systems Engineer Estates Operations


Campus location:

South Kensington

Job Family/Level: Responsible to: Line Management responsibility for: Key Working Relationships (internal):

Professional Services Level 4

Energy Manager


Estates Operations; Engineering, Energy and Environment and Maintenance teams. Greening Imperial and Staff/Students groups. Department for Energy and Climate Change, Environment Agency, utilities providers, EIC Bureau services, HMRC, TEAM EAA and Vital Energy, external consultants.

Key Working Relationships (external):

Contract type:


Purpose of the Post The primary purpose of the Energy Systems Engineer is to continuously improve the energy performance of the College Estate thereby reducing College operating cost via reduced spend on utilities. This will be achieved in a number of ways such as: application of sound engineering skills and principles to existing and new infrastructure, analysis and interpretation of data, database and information management, implementation of strategies and opportunities to affect energy /cost and carbon reduction. Proactively identifying and prioritising energy and cost saving opportunities through use and understanding of data and implementing opportunities. The post holder will also be responsible for optimising systems performance through change, identifying and prioritising opportunities, securing internal funding for capital investment, project management and implementation of initiatives. Application of specialist technical knowledge to problem solving, finding innovative solutions to problems. Key Responsibilities Strategy, investment and implementation – Identify and prioritise investment opportunities. Apply for funding, implement and project manage opportunities. Apply sound engineering principles in relation to building services design and tools to deliver measurable change. Generate, update and implement long term strategies. (25%) Systems performance and development – Monitor and maintain databases to meet internal and external requirements, identify gaps or shortfalls in database /information and as necessary source related information. Develop and optimise databases and control systems. Create useful and informative management information from data contained in College energy database. Deliver mechanisms to inform key stakeholder within and outside of College community. (25%) Analysis and Reporting, Finance – Analyse and interpret data, present results and put forward recommendations through briefings, presentations or written reports. Facilitate the interpretation of specific issues /problems and support decision making. Provide reports /information as required with regard to: utilities spend, budgets or projects. Develop the departmental annual energy conservation business case. Identify projects and opportunities, assess and quantify the cost /

Job Description

benefit of each. Prepare business cases and applications for funds and manage the implementation of projects. Ensure that resources are appropriately and efficiently managed. (15%) Customer service – Design and develop mechanism and present energy data to staff and students and other stakeholders. Prepare data for use in presentations and reports by others. Provide specialist advice and recommendations within professional guidelines to support decision making. Deliver work to meet quality service standards. (15%) Management - Deputise in absence of Energy Manager. Project Management of energy reduction initiatives. Responsible for the organisation and delivery of specialised work, to meet departmental objectives. Work with other members of the Energy and Estates teams to deliver department objectives. (5%) Management Reporting – Produce reports for senior management with regard to investment, utilities spending /procurement. (5%) Continuous Improvement - Identify and make recommendations (e.g. in policies, procedures and standards) to contribute to the operational improvement of the department. Improve specialist, technical and professional capability and expertise through appropriate development or professional activity. Legal and regulatory compliance – Key role in ensuring College is compliant with relevant Energy and Environmental legislation. Compliance with ESOS, EUETS, DECs, SECR, EPBD. Assist in developing the College’s EMS and environments aspirations. (5%) External communications - Represent the Department both internally and external including with local and central government bodies. (5%) Other duties – Ensuring accuracy of database, attending various project and engineering meetings, assisting Energy and Environment Officer and Energy Manager when necessary.



Requirements Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following

Essential (E) / Desirable (D)

Education Degree qualified in relevant subject /relevant formal training, plus experience in a similar or related role(s) E Holds second degree in relevant subject /relevant formal training D Experience Knowledge and understanding of building service and design E Experience with large complex databases and means of presenting information E Track record of implementation of measures to reduce energy use D Proven organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise diverse workload E Manage technically complex projects D Ability to communicate clearly and effectively E Knowledge Detailed operational knowledge and expertise in the field of energy management and building services and design E Detailed knowledge and understanding of databases E Using Database software to manipulate and represent data in an informative manner E Ability to write a business case and secure funding for projects D Manage own time and set targets and objectives in line with the College strategy E High level of understanding of engineering and technical principles related to energy efficiency in buildings E Able to communicate to College community utilising a variety of ‘modern’ media tools and other routes D Skills & Abilities Highly competent with MS Office in particular Excel E Database management E Energy database management, Team Sigma and Yellowfin D Understating of BEMS in particular Trend D Able to work to tight deadlines, managing and prioritising own time effectively E Able to work effectively within a complex organisation E High level of oral and written communication skills E Self-motivated and able to motivate others E

Person Specification

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities. Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are

expected to follow the 7 Imperial Expectations detailed below: 1) Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity 2) Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination 3) Communicate regularly and effectively within and across teams 4) Consider the thoughts and expectations of others 5) Deliver positive outcomes

6) Develop and grow skills and expertise 7) Work in a planned and managed way Employees are also required to comply with all College policies and regulations paying special attention to: • Confidentiality • Conflict of Interest • Data Protection • Equal Opportunities • Financial Regulations • Health and Safety • Information Technology • Smoking • Private Engagements and Register of Interests They must also undertake specific training and assume responsibility for safety relevant to specific roles, as set out on the College Website Health and Safety Structure and Responsibilities page. As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory (standard/enhanced/enhanced for regulated activity) Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required for the successful candidate. Further information about the DBS disclosure process can be found at cies-public-bodies/dbs/ or by telephoning 0870 90 90 811. You may also wish to view the College’s policy statements on the Recruitment and Employment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Use, Retention & Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information. The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.



Why work for us?

Imperial College London is one of the world’s leading universities, based in a diverse and exciting capital city. Working at the College means that you join generations of Imperial staff who have contributed to solving problems on a global scale.

Furthermore, it offers you a competitive salary and a package of attractive terms and conditions of service, along with many optional benefits, which we hope you will take advantage of.

In our 2017 staff survey, 87% of our staff were proud to work for the College.

In addition to 31 days annual leave (25 days annual leave and 6 College closure days in addition to public holidays) and generous pension scheme, Imperial offers a diverse range of employee benefits, including: • Discounted Bupa private medical insurance • Imperial Perks – a range of exclusive discounts on goods and services • Childcare vouchers • Access to the Imperial’s diverse range of sports facilities • Interest-free season ticket loan • Interest-free cycle loan and bike pool scheme

Further information about the USS pension scheme and the benefits it provides can be found at

The College is committed to developing you by offering a wide range of programmes and support to suit your individual career aspirations.

Salary level

The starting salary range for this role is £46,762 - £56,526 p.a.

Further Information


For a briefing discussion please contact our advisor Ben Duffill (E: on 0203 962 9900.

Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to

Regal House, 70 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 3QS | 020 8892 0115 |

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