Planning Manager – Hydrogen Heat

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Logo
Closing Date: 17/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Flexible, Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £36,375 - £41,100
Company Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Job Description


Our Mission

At BEIS, we are leading the UK’s recovery from coronavirus and are building a stronger, greener country. Our varied work makes a real difference to people across the UK and internationally. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the BEIS team and our exciting mission!

We lead on the UK’s commitments to tackle climate change and drive green economic growth. We support businesses to create jobs and increase opportunity in regions across the UK. We also encourage investment and innovation to make the UK a science superpower producing research that will improve lives.

Our Inclusive Environment

We are building an inclusive culture to make BEIS a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions.

We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.

We actively welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. We will fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process.

Job description

Do you have a passion for helping address climate change? Heat in buildings accounts for 22% of UK emissions and is one of our biggest climate challenges. You could be part of a team solving this issue.

The Clean Heat Directorate is tackling arguably the most difficult decarbonisation challenge facing the country. Heating must be almost totally decarbonised to meet net zero. Currently natural gas is used for heating in 85% of buildings and many industrial processes. The main options for decarbonising heat at national scale are switching to electric heating and/or replacing natural gas with hydrogen.

The Hydrogen Heating Team is leading the department’s work to test the safety and feasibility of hydrogen as an option for decarbonising the gas grid. We are working with industry on a joint programme across a wide range of projects. These include assessing the changes required for end-users and to the gas infrastructure; laboratory and field testing; and consumer trialling.

The hydrogen heating team is a friendly, large, multidisciplinary programme team, including project delivery and policy professionals, analysts, engineers, commercial and delivery specialists. It is sociable and supportive – with a range of regular virtual social activities – and people are encouraged to ask questions and put forward their ideas in a safe environment.

We prioritise learning and development: there is a well-established local L&D programme which receives very positive feedback as well as many wider opportunities. People in the team have flexible working arrangements, including regular working from home, flexi time and compressed hours.

BEIS is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity for all the benefits it brings, and we strive to create an inclusive environment where staff feel they can bring their whole self to work. The Clean Heat Directorate has an active Directorate Diversity & Inclusion group which aims to promote the agenda within the team and beyond – including working with stakeholders, discussion sessions and celebrations, and ensuring everything we do is fair and accessible. In addition to supporting the departmental Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we have developed our own local Race Action Plan which is being implemented.


This role will require regular travel to London.

The hydrogen heating team aims to enable strategic decisions to be taken in 2026 on the role of hydrogen in heat decarbonisation, on the basis of appropriate evidence. The scale and complexity of the Programme requires careful planning to ensure projects remain on track. The  Planning Manager will play a pivotal role in ensuring the Programme is successful.

This role will provide the postholder with exposure to senior leaders and project professionals across a wide range of projects – from safety assessments to consumer trials with key inputs from sub-programme leads, internal and external partners.

This role provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase your skills whilst also broadening your experience of working in a PMO which will undoubtedly enable you to fulfil your potential in a fast paced and exciting programme.

You will:

• Co-ordinate the production, maintenance and monitoring of sub-programme and programme plans.

• Champion best practice planning and change control through the development and implementation of strategies, processes and procedures based on established planning methodologies.

• Provide effective advice on planning to Project/Programme Managers, senior leaders, the Senior Responsible Owner and the wider Heat & Buildings Portfolio.

• Develop a programme of regular planning reviews with key partners, gaining an understanding of any slippage or risk to delivery and report within set tolerances.

• Be a point of professional knowledge and expertise on Programme and project planning for individual project teams.

• Work across the programme to facilitate the identification, analysis and monitoring of plans with particular attention to the critical path.

• Support the development of detailed milestone plans, as part of wider highlight reporting and dashboard reporting for the Programme Board.

• Manage internal and external stakeholder relationships, as appropriate, to support planning management.

Skills and Experience

Essential Skills & Criteria:

• Experience within a project delivery or programme management related environment.

• A strong communicator, able to communicate messages clearly to a range of audiences at all levels.

• The ability to build productive working relationships quickly and to engender confidence among the sub-programmes and projects.

• The authority and knowledge to communicate sometimes difficult recommendations to senior officials.

• A solid understanding of the function of a Programme Management Office.

• The  ability to produce programme and project plans which meet various audience needs at pace.

• Needs to be skilled in Microsoft Project

Desirable Skills & Criteria:

• Experience of working in fast-paced environments.

• Exposure to GMPP projects.


It would be desirable to hold one of the following qualifications:

• PRINCE2 Practitioner
• Agile Project Management Practitioner
• APM Project Management Qualification
• APM Practitioner Qualification


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Project Management: Technical expertise and experience in developing and managing a project or programme plan. here
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