Research Lead (or Senior Associate) – European Power Market

European power markets are undergoing a fundamental transformation as we move to decarbonise the economy through electrification and growth in low carbon energy sources such as renewables and hydrogen. This transition has profound implications for utilities, project developers, investors and supply chain companies – in terms of the financial returns for existing assets, as well as prospects for new investment. The market is constantly evolving through policy and regulatory reforms as well as the emergence of new business models.

We have developed a market leading suite of research services which provide analytics and insights to players across the European power market – helping to shine a light on developments across the power market and industry. Our services comprise Power and Renewable Market Services for the major European power markets, plus dedicated services for Distributed and Flexible Energy. Together these provide insights on the development of power markets and implications for a range of power assets, as well as for policy and strategy. More than 300 companies access these services, representing the vast majority of existing generation capacity in the market and projects in development.

Position

The Research Lead / Senior Associate – European Power Markets is a senior role leading a cross-cutting team (initially including 2 other staff), undertaking research into energy markets, policy and technologies across Europe. Whilst the majority of our research products are organised around specific countries/geographic power markets, the remit of this team is different in taking a Pan-European (and to some extent global) focus. Examples of the types of work the team will deliver include:

  • Producing reports on cross cutting topics in European energy – for example a report on flexible energy markets across Europe; or attractiveness of different markets for investment into renewables
  • Providing regular commentary on key policy topics – for example the Europen Green Deal, European balancing markets, or COP26
  • Developing internal expertise and knwoledge on energy technologies, in order to crystallise the ‘house view’ – for example producing a report on battery technologies, their costs and technical capabilities
  • Working with clients on multi-country valuation reports and customised scenarios – for example this could be a quarterly process to value the wind portfolio of a major infrastructure fund across multiple markets
  • Providing support to Aurora’s CEO and Research Director on an ad-hoc basis to develop presentations to conferences and company boards

 
You and your team will develop data-driven insights into the energy transition for both public and private sector clients, engage widely across the sector, provide thought leadership, and enhance clients’ decision-making.

Successful candidates will work in a dynamic, intellectually stimulating, and demanding yet supportive environment. They will enjoy autonomy and opportunities to substantially influence major decisions in the energy sector.

The position suits an experienced individual from a top-tier strategic or economic consultancy, energy company, financial services company, or knowledge-driven firm or institution. The successful candidate will combine leadership and management skills, a detailed knowledge of energy markets, and demonstrable performance in team-oriented environments.

Key responsibilities

  • Shaping the agenda – engaging with clients and internal stakeholders to define a workplan for the team, focusing on the most value-adding insights
  • Developing analytical insights – working with teams to scope content and draw out insights from the analysis we produce
  • Programme and resource management – working with the team to ensure delivery to timescale and to high quality standards
  • Problem solving – getting to the root of issues, with an eye on the bigger picture
  • Communicating research to senior stakeholders in industry and Government – e.g. through calls, meetings, webinars, events
  • Leading engagement with clients – both existing clients and outreach to potential clients
  • Mentoring and developing junior staff

Required attributes

  • At least 4-6 years of relevant experience at a leading consultancy, energy company, financial services company, or other knowledge-driven firm or institution
  • First class or high second-class university degree in a relevant quantitative subject
  • Knowledge of European power markets, associated policy frameworks and energy technologies
  • Demonstrated success in project and process management in team-oriented environments
  • Ability to analyse, interpret, and derive insight from complex quantitative data and information
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with both technically and non-technically minded parties
  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mind-set, and desire to grow the business
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Native or professional-level competence in English plus at least one other European language

Desirable attributes

  • Demonstrated success in client-facing positions
  • Competence in advanced data analytics (e.g. Python, Advanced Excel)
  • Relevant Master’s degree or PhD
  • Further language skills
  • Established client network in European power markets

What we offer

  • The opportunity to substantially influence major decisions in the energy sector
  • A dynamic, fast thinking, and supportive environment
  • The opportunity to grow into a publicly visible industry expert
  • A fun, informal and international work culture
  • An office in the centre of Oxford with coffee, fruit and snacks available in the office
  • A competitive salary package

 
At Aurora we will consider all requests for flexible working. For most roles, the following types of flexibility are usually possible: a hybrid model of remote and in-office working, part-time hours and flexible start and finish times. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility we could offer and we will explore what’s possible for the role

Applications

The successful candidate would start as soon as possible. We will review applications as they are received. Salary will be competitive with experience.

To apply, please submit your:

  • CV
  • brief cover letter
  • salary expectations
  • earliest possible start date
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About Aurora

Founded in 2013 by University of Oxford professors and economists who saw the need for a deeper focus on quality analysis, we have grown to become the largest dedicated energy analytics provider in Europe.

We provide:

  • Subscription analytics
  • Advisory
  • Software

Our mission is to provide rigorous, sophisticated analysis and energy market modelling to address this increasing market complexity. We cover all key energy commodities, with particular focus on the power sector and low-carbon energy transformation. We are thriving, and rapidly growing in Europe and further afield.