Senior Policy Adviser – Net Zero and Energy

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Closing Date: 14/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Flexible, Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £36,735 - £41,100
Company Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Job Description

Summary

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

Would you like to work at the heart of Government supporting our energy and climate change agenda?

We are currently recruiting a number of Senior Policy Advisers for our teams across our Net Zero and Energy teams. We are seeking a diverse range of skills and experience, and welcome those who bring transferable skills from other fields or sectors.

We are hosting an online event that will provide more information on the roles and process, please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beis-energy-net-zero-policy-career-opportunities-tickets-388113075657

Public policy is the management of the government’s role in improving the welfare, security and prosperity of the nation. It ranges from designing public services to improving education and health, assessing the infrastructure needs for different parts of the country, ensuring the UK is on track to achieve net zero carbon emissions and level up the economy.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-profession-standards

Policy professionals’ work centres around 3 activities:

Developing and improving government strategies
Ensuring democratic accountability
Overseeing delivery

We are committed to developing our staff through our extensive range of training that is provided through our in-house BEIS Academy that is in partnership with Civil Service Learning.

Energy and Net Zero Policy in BEIS

In BEIS we are making once in a generation policy to transform the way we source, generate, supply and use energy to achieve our climate ambitions whilst maintaining security of supply. The way we generate and source electricity will change fundamentally in the next decade as we deliver a low carbon electricity system by 2035. The way we deliver this energy efficiently through market frameworks and the institutions who oversee this will also need to change, and BEIS has a key role in this design. How we use energy across the economy, in our homes and businesses, will change to become low carbon through electrification and the use of sustainable fuels such as hydrogen. Our policy teams are delivering each of these changes through exciting and interesting policy work across a diverse range of sectors and technologies spanning the entire energy system and net zero ambition.

We are recruiting for a range of roles in BEIS to support this critical work.  If you have a passion for shaping the future direction of the United Kingdom and have the drive to solve real challenges to make the UK a more prosperous place, this could be the job for you.

Energy and Security

In the Energy and Security Group of BEIS, we work on a whole host of exciting programmes to ensure the UK has a reliable, low cost and clean energy system. The Group’s work includes ensuring energy security, maximising our indigenous energy supplies, ensuring the UK has a well-functioning and competitive energy system bringing new generation capacity on stream, including low-carbon sources of energy, and making sure that we maximise the economic opportunities for the UK’s energy sector.

Energy Supply

The Energy Supply team was set up to deliver a short-term sprint looking at the resilience of our energy system and stress-testing government-wide response structures as we prepare for Winter 2022/23. Our initial objective and target output was to produce a gold standard mitigation and response plan that is an integrated “best available view” by Summer Recess.

The team has now pivoted to look more broadly at our emergency preparedness plans for Winter 2022/23 and longer-term preparations for Winter 23/24, by examining the current workstreams (energy demand, storage, Liquified Natural Gas, International and electricity) and options in more depth, ensuring contingency plans are in place that address dependencies and considering the risks to supply longer-term.

Net Zero Buildings and Industry

Are you looking for a new role helping BEIS deliver net zero UK carbon emissions by 2050? The BEIS Net Zero Buildings and Industry Group is working on policies and programmes to deliver commitments supporting the UK’s Net Zero target and strategy.

We are justifiably proud of the UK’s track record in clean growth. It is more than a decade now since the Climate Change Act was passed, committing the UK in legislation to cutting its carbon emissions and since 1990, we have grown the economy by 72% while cutting carbon emissions by 43% – a feat unmatched in the G7 countries.  Our next challenge will be to achieve net zero carbon emissions and we invite you to join us in this mission.

Further information is available within the Candidate Information Pack.

Responsibilities

While no two days are ever the same, you’re could find yourself:

  • Supporting your colleagues in developing and delivering innovative policy solutions to difficult problems.
  • Engaging across BEIS and Government to ensure join up of activity, developing realistic policy and ensuring leadership.
  • Looking at complex and varying sources of evidence and data to inform delivery solutions, evaluating throughout the policy project to make changes and to innovate as required.
  • Writing high quality and evidence-based briefings and submissions for Ministers and senior officials to support decision making and policy delivery.
  • Translating government priorities into policy delivery and focus on successful delivery of the outcomes

Skills and Experience

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate complex matters to different audiences.
  • Analytical skills to weigh up sources of evidence to make feasible recommendations.
  • The softer skills to build effective relationships with different partners across government and industry.
  • Proven ability to perform consistently to tight timescales.

Behaviours

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
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