Analyst (Multiple Positions)

Analyst (Multiple Positions)

About the CRU

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) is Ireland's independent energy and water regulator. The work of the CRU impacts every Irish home and business ensuring safe, secure and sustainable energy and water supplies for the benefit of all customers.

Ireland’s ambitions for renewable energy deployment in Ireland necessitate a step-change in the pace of policy decision-making and delivery of actions and statutory duties by the CRU.  The CRU is leading significant programs of work in the areas of Security of Energy Supply, the Climate Action Plan 2021 and the Clean Energy Package.  New work areas include the development of regulatory frameworks for offshore wind; hydrogen; district heating; and, critically, engaging active customers and communities.

As an Analyst, you will be challenged to develop your technical knowledge while assisting the CRU to achieve its strategic objectives. The CRU will provide you with ongoing support and training and there will be ample opportunity for professional development allowing you to maximise your potential in shaping and implementing complex regulatory policy

We are seeking candidates with experience in legal, economics, engineering, public policy and other relevant fields to fill posts in the following areas:

Security of Supply and Wholesale Markets
Programme of actions to ensure a secure energy transition to 2030, delivering on our 80% renewable electricity target and overseeing the wholesale all-island Single Electricity Market (SEM) in co-operation with the Utility Regulator in Belfast.

Networks and Economic Regulation
Work with Irish Water and energy companies enhancing the CRU’s economic regulation of these critical networks ensuring that they support customers, underpin economic growth and play a transformational role in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Customer Policy and Protection (incl. Legal)
Overseeing all aspects of competition and consumer protection in the energy retail markets in Ireland, the development of smart energy services and supporting Active Customer and Communities as well as provision of a dispute resolution service for energy and water customers.

Energy Safety
Safety regulation of gas (networks, supply, storage, use and liquefied petroleum gas distribution), petroleum (upstream onshore and offshore exploration and extraction), gas installers and electrical contractors.

Decarbonisation
Delivery of new CRU regulatory frameworks for offshore renewables, green hydrogen, district heating and other new technologies and leading cross-cutting decarbonisation projects including electricity connection policy, interconnector regulation and Projects of Common Interest.

Operations and Organisational Development
Supporting and empowering the CRU teams to achieve outcomes in our Strategic Plan in the areas of process improvement, finance and governance, human resources, information technology, and communications. 
A shortlist of suitable candidates may be established to fill potential future positions within the organisation.

Role Description

Reporting to a manager, the successful candidate will be involved in a varied role working to tight deadlines in a dynamic environment. CRU Analyst roles typically include activities such as:

General

• Preparing CRU consultation and decision papers, preparing reports and making presentations both internally and externally;
• Working as a member of a team and on specific cross functional project teams as required;
• Engaging with internal and external stakeholders in a constructive manner in order to further CRU objectives;
• Engaging with NI, GB or EU counterparts on all-island or EU policy, markets or industry developments;
• Maintaining an awareness of policy developments and best practice within the energy and water industry and related industries both in Ireland and internationally;
• Researching policy issues and identification of data / trends, using this to suggest policy courses of action for the CRU;
• Analysing spreadsheets of energy / water / safety data, and financial modelling;
• Supporting a technical team in assessing safety cases;
• Assisting with monitoring compliance of industry with their safety obligations and permits;
• Supporting safety audits, inspections and analysing performance reports; and
• Carrying out such other functions as may be required from time to time to fulfil the business objectives of the CRU and as appropriate to the grade.

The above list is not exhaustive.

While the successful candidate will be assigned to a particular team within the CRU, they will also be expected to contribute to the work of the wider Division/CRU as requirements dictate.

The Candidate – Necessary Criteria:

• Has an excellent academic record NFQ Level 8 or higher qualification, preferably in economics, law, engineering, science, health and safety (process safety), business or other closely related discipline.

• Minimum of 1 years’ relevant experience in an energy, safety, water, process industry or
a related sector.

• Possesses competency below, with further detail available at Appendix 1
➢ Possesses good analytical skills;
➢ Can demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills;
➢ Possesses self-management skills;
➢ Is a versatile self-starter. 

The Package

We are offering an attractive package:

i. Starting salary of €38,739 (Salary scale: €38,739 - €55,718)
Candidates should note that entry will be at the minimum of the scale and the rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy. Candidates should note that different pay and conditions may apply if, immediately prior to appointment, the appointee is a serving civil or public servant.
i. Attractive Pension Scheme
ii. Increments may be awarded subject to satisfactory performance. 
iii. Opportunity to work remotely up to 3 days per week.
iv. Access to cycle to work scheme.
v. 25 days annual leave on appointment, rising to 29 days after 5 years’ service and 31 days after 10 years’ service.
vi. 10 days bank/ public holiday
vii. Flexible working arrangements
viii. Opportunity to remote work for up to 3 days per week
ix. Tax free bus / Luas to assist with travel costs to and from work. x. Access to Employee Assistance Programme
xi. Opportunity for further education

Application Process

For information on the application process and the full job description, please visit https://www.cru.ie/document_group/recruitment-and-consultancy/ to access the information booklet on the CRU website.

Please note, the CRU have engaged RSM Ireland as a data processor to assist the CRU with this recruitment competition. RSM Ireland will collect application information and assess suitability on behalf of the CRU. Information collected by RSM Ireland will be kept for 12 months after the conclusion of the competition.

A C.V. along with a cover letter which clearly demonstrates how you meet the key requirements of the role should be sent (by email) to CRUcareers@rsmireland.ie.  Please reference the position title in the email subject line.

Should you have any queries, please contact  CRUcareers@rsmireland.ie.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 10th February 2023 (to be received not later than 5pm).

The cover letter should clearly demonstrate how you meet the key requirements of the role. You may also indicate if you have a preferred division(s) in which you would like to work.

• Security of Supply and Wholesale
• Networks and Economic Regulation
• Customer Policy, Protection and Legal
• Decarbonisation
• Energy Safety
• Operations and Organisational Development 

Please note: Successful candidates can indicate if they would have a preference for area of work/division for their initial placement. However, it cannot be guaranteed that candidates will be placed in area/division of preference with priority given to filling vacancies in divisions.

Short listed candidates will be invited to attend for interview and may be asked to make a short presentation on a brief that will be forwarded prior to interview. A two-stage interview process may also be applied.

The CRU Recruitment Privacy Notice sets out how we protect the privacy rights of job applicants and can be found on the Careers page on the CRU Website (https://www.cru.ie/wp- content/uploads/2018/05/GDPR-Recruitment-Data-Privacy-Notice-May-2018.pdf), or alternatively you can contact  CRUcareers@rsmireland.ie who will arrange for this to be sent directly to you. 

Closing Date:
10/02/2023

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