Commercial Analyst
Rutherford Cross
April 7, 2022
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Job Type
Scotland:, - Edinburgh
Industry and Commerce
Commercial Finance


The company 
Bute Energy is a developer of large-scale onshore renewable energy projects in the UK, with a development pipeline in excess of 2GW of generating capacity.

Their portfolio comprises projects at various stages of development, with the first projects expected to commence construction in 2024. In total, the portfolio of onshore wind farms, solar PV projects and co-located battery energy storage systems could have an installed capacity in excess of 2,000 MW by 2030, making a substantial contribution towards meeting the renewable energy targets of the Welsh Government and the net zero carbon objectives of the UK Government.

The projects are expected to attract significant investment and deliver substantial socio-economic benefits to the local and regional economy. Bute Energy will submit their first planning application in the summer of 2022 for the Twyn Hywel Energy Park, located largely within a Pre-Assessed Area for Wind Energy in Southeast Wales. All of their sites can be generating power by 2028, helping to support the Welsh Government’s 2030 targets on the path to Net Zero.

They have partnered with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), whose investment will allow them to accelerate the development of their portfolio and bring significant supply chain and economic benefits to Wales.

Bute Energy are now growing their team to support delivery of the portfolio. They are looking for candidates who will bring the expertise, determination and passion to help deliver their vision for the future of renewable energy in the UK.

The role

Bute Energy is looking for a highly motivated individual to support with their continued growth in the renewable energy sector. You will report to the Commercial Manager with regular interaction with the Development and Technical teams. This specialist role will provide key support in the valuation assessment of Bute Energy’s projects, as well as play a key part in the development of appropriate tools and systems designed to improve commercial processes.
The position requires a technical thinker with strong analytical problem-solving skills to maintain financial models for the portfolio of wind, solar & storage projects, where you will be managing and updating project and market inputs to ensure assessments are kept fully up to date. This role will also involve conducting financial valuation analysis of existing portfolio projects and new feasibility opportunities, reporting timely and accurate valuation assessments to the development team and management on the progress of portfolio projects, as well as development of new financial models to assess emerging and innovative project opportunities, specifically solar & storage co-location and hydrogen facilities.
Working closely with colleagues amongst the development and commercial teams, you will work on  permitting commercial optimisation of project designs, conducting extensive scenario analysis to understand the range of potential commercial opportunities and assist the Finance Team with the development and maintenance of spreadsheet tools for portfolio budget management.
This is an enormously exciting opportunity to join a high growth business and play a key role in its continued success.

The individual

The successful candidate will need to be a highly professional and aspirational Analyst with a strong interest in the renewable energy sector, whilst being driven to deliver commercial excellence to match Bute’s ethos.

You will be an effective technical thinker with strong analytical problem-solving skills, excellent attention to detail and a collaborative approach. You will be keen to develop your skills, seeing this opportunity as a fantastic way to progress in a fast-growing commercial team. As an exceptional communicator, you’ll be formulating ideas and communicating these clearly to your internal and external stakeholders, as well as demonstrating your well-developed report writing and presentation skills with acute attention to detail.

Key candidate requirements 

• Degree educated in a science, mathematics, engineering, or economics discipline degree
• Strong understanding of financial valuation concepts and techniques and their practical application in financial modelling
• Experience in completing commercial assessments of renewable energy projects – ideally solar and energy storage facilities
• Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel with the ability to undertake complex analysis and produce spreadsheet tools that can be used by other team members
• Practical programming experience, ideally proficient in Excel based VBA
• The ability to present assessment outcomes in a thoughtful, clear, and concise manner to support the business’s decision-making requirements
• Knowledge of the GB power market and relevant regulatory matters, with the ability to follow complex and evolving issues
• A passion for renewable energy and sustainability issues
• Excellent Word and PowerPoint skills with strong written and verbal communication skills
• Likely sitting within a professional services, consulting or renewables business


Attractive package commensurate with background and experience required for the role.

What to do Next

To find out more on remuneration, the role or to see a full Position Profile, please contact their retained advisor, William Dodds at Rutherford Cross by emailing [email protected]
Please note that any direct or third party approaches will be sent to Rutherford Cross for review and assessment.


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