Chief Executive Officer
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Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

The organisation

The SEAI’s central role, working collaboratively with communities, industry and public bodies, is to bring about a low carbon economy through measures and programmes focused on the transition to a smarter and more sustainable energy future.  In further enhancement of this role, the SEAI will be the key organisation in the implementation of the national retrofitting initiative, as part of the ambitious climate change objectives outlined in the Programme for Government. The SEAI has been given the additional resources to fulfil this role.

The role

The SEAI seeks applications from high-calibre individuals for the position of Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for the leadership and management of the SEAI through a truly transformational phase, and for leading and managing the programmes required to deliver on Ireland’s ambitious decarbonisation targets. The role involves oversight of an annual budget of more than €330 million and a direct workforce expected to grow to more than 230 employees.

Key functions of the role of Chief Executive Officer:

  • Lead, develop and manage the SEAI’s strategy process in accordance with directives laid down by the Board
  • Deliver on targets set out in government’s climate action plans, in collaboration with communities, industry and public sector bodies
  • Perform the executive functions of the SEAI in accordance with the Sustainable Energy Act 2002 and implement the policies of SEAI and Government policy
  • Advise the Government, the Minister of Environment, Climate and Communications and the Department on appropriate policies and measures designed to facilitate the transition to a low carbon society
  • Engage and align key influencers, nationally and internationally, in the development of the sustainable production, use and generation of energy and associated enterprise opportunities
  • Direct, motivate and manage the work efforts of staff in the implementation of policies, programmes and plans as approved
  • Manage the resources and finances and ensure proper financial governance and reporting systems are in place
  • Act as the Accounting Officer of the SEAI and, whenever so requested, account for the performance of the functions of the SEAI to a Committee of one or both Houses of the Oireachtas
  • Ensure that systems are in place to support the Board in the exercise of its responsibilities in relation to good governance, accountability and organisational performance
  • Propose, and upon approval by the Board, implement programmes of action in support of key policy objectives in sustainable energy
  • Develop and monitor the performance of staff in the execution of their assigned duties
  • Represent SEAI on external bodies as appropriate and actively engage with a variety of media to promote the sustainable energy agenda

Application and further information

Applications to be submitted online to and must include:

  • A completed Application Form outlining why you wish to be considered for the post and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position of Chief Executive Officer

For further information and to apply for this role visit and search Ref. SEA0320.

All enquiries relating to this role should be directed to the Senior Executive Recruitment Partner by email to or by telephone on +353 (1) 449 4400.

Mazars will be managing all aspects of this recruitment project on behalf of the SEAI.

No enquiries or canvassing should be made directly to the SEAI.

Deadline for applications: Monday, 07 December 2020 at 5pm.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality at all levels of the organisation.

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The Person 

The successful candidate will combine personal integrity with a progressive public service ethos. They will have familiarity with the public and private sectors and should have a clear understanding of and strong commitment to climate action and the sustainable energy agenda. They will be a leader with the capacity to develop a results-orientated corporate strategy, the ability to set high standards of performance and the capacity to take ownership.

Essential Requirements

The successful candidate will have;

  • Proven experience as an effective leader in a complex organisation in the public, private or not for profit sectors at a senior level with clear accountability for delivering results
  • A passion for and commitment to climate action and the decarbonisation of the energy sector in Ireland
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in a rapidly changing environment to realise organisational goals and meet targets
  • Experience regarding strategic policy formulation, relating to multiple objectives, based on widespread stakeholder engagement and scientific input
  • Experience of the management, development and implementation of programmes and policies in a multi-sectoral environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to manage critical relationships both internally and externally
  • Ability to think strategically about the environmentally and economically sustainable production, supply and use of energy and the related issue of climate change
  • Effective leadership in the planning and execution of strategic organisational change

Desirable Requirements

The following requirements are desirable;

  • A graduate or postgraduate degree and/or equivalent professional qualification in a technical or business related area
  • Ability to negotiate and broker change through other organisations
  • Full driving licence
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