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Added 2 days ago

Compliance Lead

Job Reference: 3019_1614102769

  • Location

    Birmingham, England

  • Money

    £30000 - 40000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Compliance Lead Do you have a strong background in compliance within the energy sector? Are you an experienced in dealing with the likes of OFGEM and Citizens Advice? This role could be for you! Compliance Lead – What you’ll do: Oversee compliance in line with industry regulations Conduct reviews of and report on compliance performance […]

Added 3 days ago

Commercial Finance Analyst

Job Reference: 3018_1614012374

  • Location

    Manchester, England

  • Money

    £45000 - 50000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Commercial Finance Analyst Are you a highly analytical finance analyst with experience in extracting and analysing data use SQL and Excel? Consult Energy is working with a growing, forward-thinking business in an exciting sector that are looking for a talented Commercial Finance Analyst. This is a hands-on position, so you’ll need to have strong technical […]

Added 3 days ago

Policy Manager

Job Reference: 3013_1614012336

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £28000 - 33000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Policy Lead Are you passionate about the mission to net zero and the energy transition (e.g. EV, renewable energy)? Do you have experience working on policy and liaising with relevant stakeholders? Consult Energy are working with a growing client looking for a Policy Lead to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! […]

Added 3 days ago

Credit Risk Manager – Strategy

Job Reference: 3017_1613999138

  • Location

    Kenilworth, England

  • Money

    £52000 - 57000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Credit Risk Manager – Strategy Are you an experienced Credit Risk Manager who has taken the lead on Credit Risk/Collections strategy? Do you have experience handling and analysing complex internal and credit bureau data? Consult Energy are working with an exciting client in the Midlands who are looking for a Credit Risk Manager to focus […]

Added 6 days ago

Mid-level Front-End Developer – Edinburgh

Job Reference: 3016_1613759142

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Money

    £30000 - 40000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Mid-level Front-End Developer – Edinburgh We are looking for a Mid-level Front-End Developer to join a growing company. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing business working on exciting projects. Essential Skills/Experience Developing front-end code in line with best practice Testing, bug finding and troubleshooting JavaScript ES6 Significant experience with React.js Git Understanding […]

Added 6 days ago

Mid-level Back-End Developer – Edinburgh

Job Reference: 3015_1613755586

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Money

    £35000 - 50000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Mid-level Back-End Developer – Edinburgh We are looking for a Mid-level Back-End Developer to join a growing company. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing business working on exciting projects. Essential Skills/Experience Strong foundation in security best practices JavaScript Git Developing back-end code in line with best practice Writing unit tests Testing, bug […]

Added 6 days ago

Software Development Manager – Edinburgh

Job Reference: 3014_1613754981

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Money

    £50000 - 60000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Software Development Manager – Edinburgh We are looking for a Software Development Manager to join a growing company. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing business and have real influence on company. Essential Skills/Experience Experience of designing full stack architectures. An API-first approach Ability to explain complex concepts to diverse audiences. Strong foundation […]

Added 7 days ago

Senior Economics Analyst

Job Reference: 3012_1613653141

  • Location

    Coventry, England

  • Money

    £50000 - 60000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Senior Economics Analyst Are you an experienced Economics Analyst within a regulated industry? Do you have proven experience in an analytically driven role, applying economic analysis to support strategy and regulatory policy? Consult Energy are working with a well-established business who are looking for an experienced Economics Analyst to help deliver value to their customers […]

Added 7 days ago

Data Engineer

Job Reference: 3004_1613651476

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Money

    £45000 - 60000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Data Engineer Are you a hands on Data Engineer with experience in managing the integration and deployment of tools? Have you developed data pipelines and worked in a data warehouse within the cloud? Consult Energy is working with a growing, forward thinking business in an exciting sector who are looking for an experienced Data Engineer. […]

Added 7 days ago

Dev Ops Engineer

Job Reference: 3009_1613648785

  • Location

    Musselburgh Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Money

    £30000 - 40000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Dev Ops Engineer – Edinburgh We are looking for a Dev Ops engineer to join a growing company. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with the right attitude and willingness to learn. Essential Skills/Experience Experience using the AWS eco system, especially VPC, EC2, RDS and Redshift and the AWS Cloud Development Kit, Lambda. […]

Added 7 days ago

PMO Analyst

Job Reference: 3008_1613646801

  • Location

    Manchester, England

  • Money

    £20000 - 25000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

PMO Analyst A talented PMO Analyst is required to join a Utility provider in Lancashire currently going through an exciting period of transformation as they look to innovate the way they operate. Essential skills: Ability to bring governance to projects Strong stakeholder management/communication skills Creating effective ways of supporting project documentation Strong attention to detail […]

Added 7 days ago

Test Analyst – North West

Job Reference: 3007_1613646232

  • Location

    Preston, England

  • Money

    £25000 - 30000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Test Analyst – North West We are looking for a Test Analyst to join a growing company. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with the right attitude and willingness to learn. Essential Skills/Experience Strong working knowledge of manual and automated testing techniques, integration, system and user acceptance testing. Testing methods including manual, Web […]

Added 7 days ago

Junior Project Manager

Job Reference: 3006_1613645584

  • Location

    Manchester, England

  • Money

    £25000 - 30000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Junior Project Manager – Lancashire A Utility business going through an exciting period of automation and wider transformation are searching for a Junior Project Manager. This will be a great opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of projects and liaise with external stakeholders as well as internal. Essential Skills/Experience Strong stakeholder management qualities Ability […]

Added 7 days ago

Junior Business Analyst

Job Reference: 3005_1613645473

  • Location

    Manchester, England

  • Money

    £25000 - 29000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Junior Business Analyst – Lancashire A Utility business going through an exciting period of automation and wider transformation are searching for a Junior Business Analyst. This will be a great opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of projects and liaise with external stakeholders as well as internal. Essential Skills/Experience Experience delivering business analysis Ability […]

Added 17 Feb 2021

Cloud Solutions Architect

Job Reference: 3003_1613585635

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £40000 - 50000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Cloud Solutions Architect – London We are looking for a Cloud Solutions Architect to join a leading organisation to become a part of a growing Digital Services team. This is a very interesting role with a variety of client focused project work. Essential Skills/Experience Experience of working with cloud platforms (such as Azure and AWS) […]

Added 16 Feb 2021

Head of Legal

Job Reference: 3002_1613505956

  • Location

    Midlands, England

  • Money

    £70000 - 100000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Head of Legal- Midlands A highly ambitious Utility is looking to fill a position for a Head of Legal, this role will form part of a leadership team looking to facilitate the growth of the business. Head of Legal – What you’ll need: Energy sector experience would be highly desirable Qualified solicitor with experience working […]

Added 16 Feb 2021

ECO Delivery Specialist

Job Reference: 3001_1613476024

  • Location

    Manchester, England

  • Money

    £28000 - 33000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

ECO Delivery Specialist Do you have a strong knowledge of the Energy Company Obligation? Experience maintaining relationships with third parties? Consult Energy are working with a growing client looking for an ECO Delivery Specialist to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! ECO Delivery Specialist – What will you do: Act as […]

Added 16 Feb 2021

Operations Manager (B2B)

Job Reference: 3000_1613474240

  • Location

    Northampton, England

  • Money

    £45000 - 55000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Operations Manager (B2B) – Northamptonshire We are currently recruiting for a confident Operations Manager (B2B) with Energy industry experience, in particular around Flexible Contract operations. The successful candidate will be joining a highly ambitious business looking to dramatically increase it’s market share Essential Skills/ experience: UK Energy experience, from a B2B perspective A thorough understanding […]

Added 12 Feb 2021

Production Technician

Job Reference: 2914_1613143081

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £30000 - 45000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Production Technician Are you an experienced Production Technician with experience in electrical or mechanical work? We are working with an exciting client looking for a Production Technician to join their team. They would be open to seeing a range of abilities/levels of experience, so if you have any knowledge of gas in Energy, don’t hesitate […]

Added 12 Feb 2021

Senior Quantitative Analyst

Job Reference: 2999_1613136060

  • Location

    Newport Pagnell, England

  • Money

    £54000 - 67000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Senior Quantitative Analyst Are you and experienced Quantitative Analyst? Do you have great ability when it comes to developing statistical models and coding? Consult Energy is working with an exciting business who are looking to grow their team with a Senior Quant Analyst. Take a look at the below, and if you think you have […]

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Navigating unconscious bias

Navigating Unconscious Bias as a Jobseeker

By Consult Energy
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Unconscious bias: we all have it, sadly not all of us are willing to become aware enough of it to change it. In fact, most of the time these biases go completely unnoticed for a person’s whole lifetime. Unfortunately recruitment is one of those situations where these biases can often become more apparent, and as a jobseeker you might feel powerless to a hiring manager’s decision that could well be based on bias.

They say knowledge is power, and helping to understand how unconscious bias can crop up in the hiring process can help you to 1. call it out if you see it and 2. know that it’s not your fault you if feel you haven’t gotten a look in because of bias.

It’s worth noting that while a person may have unconscious bias at first, which is ultimately shaped by their unique experience of the world, usually after having those preferences challenged they’ll change their tune. Becoming aware of your innate biases is all it takes most of the time.

Before we get into the fundamentals of unconscious bias, it’s important to remember that having unconscious bias doesn’t mean you’re openly prejudiced towards a certain group of people, nor does it make you a bad person. At the end of the day, it’s unconscious, so the person very likely doesn’t realise that their decisions are being influenced by deep seated beliefs or preferences.

As recruiters, we’re trained to be highly astute at spotting bias in ourselves and our clients. So we’re pretty clued up about what bias looks like and how to challenge it effectively. Having a diverse recruitment process is really important to us, and in our experience our clients reap the rewards of having a more varied workforce. Afterall, if everybody is very similar then that company risks becoming an off-kilter echo chamber which is never a good thing.

Types of unconscious bias

“You mean there’s more than just one?!” We hear you. Unfortunately yes, but to understand the types of bias that can occur should help you to know what you could be up against and how to use it to your advantage.

Affinity bias

This happens when a person is unfairly drawn to a candidate because they share characteristics with them. For instance, an interviewer who loves Aston Villa football club could feel biased towards a candidate wearing an Aston Villa pin – this then clouds their vision and they may miss that this person might not have the right skills for the job. This is a very common form of unconscious bias and is the main reason businesses can often end up full of very similar people in demographic and interests.

Attribution bias

Attribution bias refers to making incorrect or unfounded assumptions about someone’s actions or skills. It’s where we try to find a reason behind why someone has achieved or not achieved something. For example, if somebody has achieved great things in their career and left university with very high grades – a hiring manager might assume that it’s because they are ruthlessly ambitious and might not be a good team player. In actual fact there’s no real evidence for that, and they might prefer working as a team to independently, but because the hiring manager will have already made that connection – their opinion about them is skewed.

Confirmation bias

This is where a person makes an assumption based on something superficial and then looks for deeper evidence to back that assumption up. An example of this could be a hiring manager thinking something like “I would prefer a man for this role instead of a woman” and then searching for reasons to confirm that initial view. So when their female interviewee mentions being a mother is one of the things she’s most proud of, that hiring manager may see this as validation in their initial prejudice as they might make the assumption that she won’t be as committed due to having children. This is, of course, very unfair and is precisely why gender, sexual orientation, age and disability disparity exist in so many companies today.

What can you do about it?

You’re not completely at the subconscious of your hiring manager or interviewer’s mercy here, there are a couple of options open to you to help you avoid falling foul to unconscious bias while looking for a new job.

Don’t get too personal

If you’re concerned about unconscious bias standing in the way of your career goals, make sure you remove any unnecessary personal information from your CV. For example, there’s no reason to include a photo, your age or date of birth, gender or marital status, address or hobbies and interests. Instead, focus on making your CV purely merit-based as it should be.

Speak up

If an interviewer or hiring manager has made it really clear to you that they are biased, it never hurts to point this out to them if you feel comfortable doing so. After all, if becoming aware of your unconscious bias is the antidote to that particular situation – you may be able to change the outcome for yourself. If not, then any hiring manager worth their salt will take the feedback on board and work on making their hiring process more inclusive and bias-free.

Get some help

The beautiful thing about working with recruiters is that we can highlight unconscious bias where we see it and make the businesses we work with aware of any potential pitfalls. Quite often, our clients will hand over to us to ensure their unconscious bias doesn’t impact the diversity of the hiring pool we’re working with.

Having a specialist recruiter in your corner means we’re championing you as the best person for the role based on your skills and experience. Since we’re trusted to do just that, we can have the awkward conversations that you might not feel able to.

Alas, unconscious bias in the recruitment process isn’t something we’re going to be able to tackle overnight. But the more people that  are aware of it, the less likely it is to occur and the closer we are to a more fair and diverse workforce.

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Compliance Lead

Job Reference: 3019_1614102769

  • Location

    Birmingham, England

  • Money

    £30000 - 40000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Compliance Lead Do you have a strong background in compliance within the energy sector? Are you an experienced in dealing with the likes of OFGEM and Citizens Advice? This role could be for you! Compliance Lead – What you’ll do: Oversee compliance in line with industry regulations Conduct reviews of and report on compliance performance […]

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Commercial Finance Analyst

Job Reference: 3018_1614012374

  • Location

    Manchester, England

  • Money

    £45000 - 50000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Commercial Finance Analyst Are you a highly analytical finance analyst with experience in extracting and analysing data use SQL and Excel? Consult Energy is working with a growing, forward-thinking business in an exciting sector that are looking for a talented Commercial Finance Analyst. This is a hands-on position, so you’ll need to have strong technical […]

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Policy Manager

Job Reference: 3013_1614012336

  • Location

    London, England

  • Money

    £28000 - 33000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Policy Lead Are you passionate about the mission to net zero and the energy transition (e.g. EV, renewable energy)? Do you have experience working on policy and liaising with relevant stakeholders? Consult Energy are working with a growing client looking for a Policy Lead to join their team. Interested? Have a look at the below! […]

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Credit Risk Manager – Strategy

Job Reference: 3017_1613999138

  • Location

    Kenilworth, England

  • Money

    £52000 - 57000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Credit Risk Manager – Strategy Are you an experienced Credit Risk Manager who has taken the lead on Credit Risk/Collections strategy? Do you have experience handling and analysing complex internal and credit bureau data? Consult Energy are working with an exciting client in the Midlands who are looking for a Credit Risk Manager to focus […]

Added 6 days ago

Mid-level Front-End Developer – Edinburgh

Job Reference: 3016_1613759142

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Money

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  • Contract

    Permanent

Mid-level Front-End Developer – Edinburgh We are looking for a Mid-level Front-End Developer to join a growing company. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing business working on exciting projects. Essential Skills/Experience Developing front-end code in line with best practice Testing, bug finding and troubleshooting JavaScript ES6 Significant experience with React.js Git Understanding […]

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Mid-level Back-End Developer – Edinburgh

Job Reference: 3015_1613755586

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Money

    £35000 - 50000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Mid-level Back-End Developer – Edinburgh We are looking for a Mid-level Back-End Developer to join a growing company. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing business working on exciting projects. Essential Skills/Experience Strong foundation in security best practices JavaScript Git Developing back-end code in line with best practice Writing unit tests Testing, bug […]

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Software Development Manager – Edinburgh

Job Reference: 3014_1613754981

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Money

    £50000 - 60000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Software Development Manager – Edinburgh We are looking for a Software Development Manager to join a growing company. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing business and have real influence on company. Essential Skills/Experience Experience of designing full stack architectures. An API-first approach Ability to explain complex concepts to diverse audiences. Strong foundation […]

Added 7 days ago

Senior Economics Analyst

Job Reference: 3012_1613653141

  • Location

    Coventry, England

  • Money

    £50000 - 60000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Senior Economics Analyst Are you an experienced Economics Analyst within a regulated industry? Do you have proven experience in an analytically driven role, applying economic analysis to support strategy and regulatory policy? Consult Energy are working with a well-established business who are looking for an experienced Economics Analyst to help deliver value to their customers […]

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Data Engineer

Job Reference: 3004_1613651476

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Money

    £45000 - 60000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Data Engineer Are you a hands on Data Engineer with experience in managing the integration and deployment of tools? Have you developed data pipelines and worked in a data warehouse within the cloud? Consult Energy is working with a growing, forward thinking business in an exciting sector who are looking for an experienced Data Engineer. […]

Added 7 days ago

Dev Ops Engineer

Job Reference: 3009_1613648785

  • Location

    Musselburgh Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Money

    £30000 - 40000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Dev Ops Engineer – Edinburgh We are looking for a Dev Ops engineer to join a growing company. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with the right attitude and willingness to learn. Essential Skills/Experience Experience using the AWS eco system, especially VPC, EC2, RDS and Redshift and the AWS Cloud Development Kit, Lambda. […]

Added 7 days ago

PMO Analyst

Job Reference: 3008_1613646801

  • Location

    Manchester, England

  • Money

    £20000 - 25000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

PMO Analyst A talented PMO Analyst is required to join a Utility provider in Lancashire currently going through an exciting period of transformation as they look to innovate the way they operate. Essential skills: Ability to bring governance to projects Strong stakeholder management/communication skills Creating effective ways of supporting project documentation Strong attention to detail […]

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Test Analyst – North West

Job Reference: 3007_1613646232

  • Location

    Preston, England

  • Money

    £25000 - 30000 per annum

  • Contract

    Permanent

Test Analyst – North West We are looking for a Test Analyst to join a growing company. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with the right attitude and willingness to learn. Essential Skills/Experience Strong working knowledge of manual and automated testing techniques, integration, system and user acceptance testing. Testing methods including manual, Web […]

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