Pure Leapfrog - Helping communities decarbonise

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We are currently hiring to a new position of Project Developer to work closely with our head of R&D, helping to develop innovative new projects, from feasibility through to commissioning, for us and our partners. 


Pure Leapfrog

Pure Leapfrog is a sustainability and decarbonisation charity that works nationally across Energy, Green/Carbon Finance, and Natural Capital. We are committed to helping support a Just Transition to a net-zero society, and use our combined skills in renewables development, economics, modelling, technology, social impact, carbon and finance to effect change.

This is an exciting time in Leapfrog’s development as we re-align ourselves to respond to recent and upcoming changes in renewable energy, climate action, carbon finance, regulations and policy. In response to these changes, and as part of our Innovation Programme, we are undertaking a number of funded energy innovation projects, developing new place based net-zero business models with a focus on social impact and the potential for social enterprise and alternative models of ownership and investment.

Project Developer

This is a new role and business line within Leapfrog, and as project developer you will lead on the project development activities within the charity. We are looking for an experienced project developer with 5-10 years experience who can operate independently, reporting to the Head of R&D. You should be familiar with the project development process as it relates to infrastructure and in particular energy projects from the feasibility stage through to design, build and operation.

This is a Fixed Term Contract initially for 1 year that we are creating to deliver a grant funded (BEIS) project feasibility study for a biochar/pyrolysis district heating project. If successful, this feasibility will lead to a fully funded design and build pilot project to be located in North West England. Alongside this the Project Developer will also help support on small scale solar project development work that we will work on with third parties under the Rural Communities Energy Fund (RCEF), bidding for and delivering this work.


  • Lead on delivery of Phase 1 feasibility study for BEIS funded biomass project in collaboration with our consortium partners
  • Responsible for partner and stakeholder management during Phase 1
  • Work with Head of R&D and CEO to prepare bid for Phase 2 pilot
  • Manage internal and external stakeholder relationships to secure support for Phase 2
  • Lead on Phase 2 delivery if bid is successful, continuing to procurement and delivery
  • Contribute to developing the project pipeline, working with our Head of Community particularly on RCEF and other community energy opportunities
  • Support on bid writing for other project development work including RCEF
  • Delivery of other project development related work particularly small scale solar and battery projects
  • Project management responsibility for all aspects of work, including managing budget and delivery
  • Contribute to the wider debate within the organisation about renewable energy and low carbon technologies, policy and regulation, net zero, and social impact.

We are looking for a committed and passionate climate-aware candidate, who is self-starting, motivated, used to working as part of a broader team, and who is driven by their work being impactful and beneficial to society. Someone who has a good understanding of the net-zero challenge and ideas on how to get there.

The ideal candidate will have between 5-10 years’ experience working in the project development of energy or carbon projects.

Who are you?

It is essential that you

  • Have a degree, or significant career experience, in a subject that is relevant to our activities and mission – such as Sustainability, Finance, Economics, Engineering, Energy Systems etc.
  • Have a strong track record of working on thermal energy projects, ideally biomass and district heating.
  • Have experience in solar or other small scale renewables development.
  • Are a strong project manager with a relevant qualification and at least five years experience.
  • Are methodical, have an attention to detail, and take pride in your work.
  • Are a confident and capable communicator – verbal and written, able to communicate with a range of stakeholders, from senior civil servants through to community members.
  • Are a self starter, pro active, and goals & outcomes oriented.

It is desirable that you

  • Have experience of working in community energy or an interest in doing so.
  • Have a good understanding of energy technologies, markets and regulations and have some understanding of carbon mitigation, reduction, and offsetting.
  • Are proficient in financial modelling.
  • Understand what social impact is, and have an understanding of issues such as fuel poverty, economic deprivation and digital exclusion.


Job Type: 1 year fixed term contract

Salary: Up to £35k a year

Location: This position will be flexible/working from home initially, moving to part-time office based (hopefully) towards the end of this year or beginning of next. The future office location will be somewhere in the North West (Liverpool/Warrington/Manchester tbc) so commutable distance for 3-4 days a week is a preference. UK travel, future restrictions permitting, will be required from time to time for partner and team meetings..


How to apply

Please send your CV, along with a covering letter detailing your relevant experience in relation to the duties described and explaining how you meet the overall criteria. Applications should be sent to info@pureleapfrog.org no later than 11am on 4th May 2021.

Please note: Only candidates eligible to work in the UK will be considered.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please note that due to the large volume of applications we receive, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.  We will not respond to enquiries from recruitment agencies.

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