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Railway Operations Energy Strategy Lead

Company HS2 Location Birmingham
Contract Permanent Position Salary Competitive
Sector(s) Automotive, Driving & Transport, Engineering

Job Description

As an Operational Energy Strategy Lead at HS2 Ltd you will play a valuable role in delivering HS2’s vision to be a catalyst for growth across Britain, by developing and embedding processes and systems to minimise energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions during operation of the scheme.

You will be responsible for undertaking robust planning, analyses and procurement, and implementing processes and systems to ensure that the energy required to commission and operate HS2 is sourced in a timely manner and managed in a way that is cost-effective and efficient, whilst also minimising carbon emissions and maximising security of supply. Working collaboratively with colleagues in HS2 Ltd and the wider rail and energy industries you will identify, evaluate and - where appropriate - implement technologies, commercial agreements, processes and initiatives that will help HS2 Ltd achieve its commitments for energy efficiency and minimisation of CO2 emissions.

This is a varied and exciting role that will enable you to exercise and further develop a range of skills across energy strategy development, procurement, project management, analyses, stakeholder management, requirements gathering and innovation.  

About the role:

  • Lead and successfully manage the implementation of HS2 Ltd’s Energy Strategy for operations, including but not limited to the timely procurement of energy for HS2 commissioning and operations in a way that delivers the objectives of the strategy, i.e., Security of Supply, carbon reduction, Cost Optimisation, Cost certainty, etc;
  • Identify and size the resource needs (i.e., people) required to implement the strategy, robustly manage HS2’s energy use during commissioning and operations, and perform other energy-related tasks, such as cost reconciliation and cost allocation, e.g., where energy costs are shared with other organisations;
  • Specify and implement technologies, requirements and systems for accurate energy data collection and analyses (i.e., Energy Data Management Systems), energy costs reconciliation and allocation, and for reporting of HS2’s energy use during operations;
  • Ensure that the costs of future resources and other operational costs related to the energy function, are appropriately captured in the HS2 Ltd’s Opex costs estimates;
  • Coordinate and work collaboratively with colleagues across HS2 Ltd to develop and communicate strategies, processes and policies for efficient energy management, in advance of commencement of HS2 operations. Amongst other things, this will involve the development of approaches for cultivating energy efficient behaviours amongst staff, passengers and suppliers when the scheme is operational;
  • Develop and embed processes for monitoring and improving energy performance, including energy audits and surveys, performance tests and investigations, that will enable continuous improvements in HS2’s energy performance during operations;
  • Identify and embed appropriate standards and certification (e.g., ISO 50001) that will enable HS2 to manage and report its operational energy performance in a way that will be credible with its wide spectrum of stakeholders;
  • Keep up to date with industry and energy best practice, and engage other railway infrastructure operators, Train Operating companies, Industry bodies, Academic Institutions, energy suppliers, and other relevant organisations, with a view to collaborative working and adopting best practice;
  • Ensure that all relevant internal and external stakeholders, including the Infrastructure Panel and Department for Transport (DfT), are kept informed of HS2 Ltd’s strategies and plans for energy management during operations, and progress in implementing these strategies and plans. 


About You:  Experience in defining an energy strategy, creating a road map in line with business goals and objectives to achieve it, and managing a programme of activities to deliver it; Demonstrable experience in planning and strategy, and of building teams and programmes of work from the ground up; Experience of specifying requirements for new processes, technologies and systems in the energy context; Successful track record of using leadership experience, communication skills and competence to manage internal and external stakeholders at all levels; Experience in managing project budgets within a defined funding envelope. The full array of project management skills, including time management, prioritisation skills and the ability to organise and deliver work to time, to cost and quality requirements; Ability to communicate at all levels within an organisation, and ensuring that stakeholders are sufficiently engaged in the implementation of the energy strategy; Ability to identify and resolve issues and project risks, by working collaboratively to find solutions and remedies Demonstrable leadership skills acquired from leading diverse teams, including matrix teams and consultants. It is expected that you will actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.  About Us: High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK’s new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain’s major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs. HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership. In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities. HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others’ health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our ‘Safe at Heart’ programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times. HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential. 


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