Project Director – WGES
Home Based

Vacancy Reference: 002419

Location: Home Based

Closing Date: 10/12/2021

Salary: £75,000 per annum

Employment Type: Permanent, full-time

Department: Local Partnerships

Hours Per week: 35

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the delivery of low carbon energy programmes in Wales at a critical moment in the energy transition. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of leadership and delivery in renewable energy and will have extensive experience of working in partnership to achieve change. 
About us

Local Partnerships LLP is jointly owned by the Local Government Association, HM Treasury and the Welsh Government. We occupy a unique position in the public sector, facilitating change through working impartially and collaboratively across all parts of central, local and regional government, and devolved administrations.
Our vision is as simple as it is challenging: to strengthen the public sector to deliver more effectively, achieve more swiftly, and give value for money to the taxpayer and customer.

Welsh Government Energy Services (WGES) was established in 2018 to support the Welsh public sector improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and increase the amount of renewable energy generated on its estate. 

Local Partnerships provides Project Director support to WGES to deliver Strategic Lead activity in the delivery of commercial, procurement, financial and project management support to clients in this Programme. 

The role

Project Directors are responsible for the successful delivery of a major stream of business activity for Local Partnerships. Project Directors may work on their own but will more often form part of a team of different specialists undertaking an assignment stretching over weeks or months, or occasionally years, for a client who will typically be a central government department or one or more councils. 

Supporting the Welsh Government Energy Services (WGES) Programme, the role holder will also assume the role of a Strategic Lead Transactor, providing commercial, procurement, financial and project management support to public sector clients. This will involve working with specific projects to help define project scope, support negotiation with private sector suppliers and investors, improve value for money, ensure peer-to-peer project learning and accelerate project development to investment readiness and beyond.

This work will encompass the full range of renewable energy and energy efficiency systems. As well as providing support to the public sector to help raise the profile of these projects, to ensure strategic buy-in, leadership and ownership, the role will also involve the development, implementation and governance of Regional Energy Plans and supporting the transition to ultra-low emission public sector vehicle fleets.

The requirements

  • Educated to a degree standard, with professional qualifications appropriate to the role.
  • Extensive experience advising procuring authorities (at senior and contract management level) of contractual, commercial and operational issues.
  • Detailed knowledge of government (local and central) procurement methods and contracts, strategic and commercial management, outsourcing, governance issues and change management.
  • Substantial experience of working on high profile complex projects with a track record of effective delivery.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and management skills including the ability to deliver solutions that meet collective needs and communicate in a variety of different ways.
  • Able to specify, create and manage effective teams within organisational structures to deliver projects and commissions

    From a specific WGES Programme perspective, we are looking for:

  • Experience of working with Welsh Government departments.
  • Experience and expertise in the delivery of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency programmes and projects.
  • Experience of working with external parties such as researchers, landowners, developers, DNOs and planning and other consultants.
  • Experience of providing support to raise the profile of Energy Projects with the general public and other stakeholders.

You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage. 

Closing date:       5pm, Friday 10 December 2021
Interview date:   Monday 10 January 2022

We value diversity and encourage applications from all sections of the community


This vacancy is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.