CCUS - Infrastructure Fund and Cluster Delivery


London, Manchester


About the job


This is an exciting opportunity in BEIS to shape the future of the deployment of Carbon Capture , Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) in the UK. You will help the Department deliver on its promises in tackling climate change and reach net zero.

The deployment of CCUS in the UK is essential for us to reach our target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In addition to reducing emissions, delivering large-scale CCUS infrastructure in the UK’s industrial regions will create jobs and export opportunities, and will position the UK as a global leader in a critical global technology and CO2 storage. It will also support the growth of the hydrogen economy positioning the UK as a leader in CCUS enabled hydrogen production.

This is a priority for the Government following the government’s commitment to deploy CCUS in at least two industrial clusters in the 2020's.

We are at a critical and exciting juncture as we build a new, multi-disciplinary team cross-Government team comprising colleagues from BEIS, Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) and the Treasury. The team also works closely with developers of CCUS clusters, regulators, and devolved administrations. This is a high profile work, and an opportunity to work on a key ministerial priority.

Job description

You will be part of a new and growing and multi-disciplinary team consisting of 4 deputy directors and a director. We are looking to fill up to 3 of the deputy director roles.

The directorate roles will be responsible for:

• Developing the funding model that will enable the creation of a new form of economic regulation for CO2 transport and storage networks;

• Developing the funding model for CCUS Power plants;

• Leading discussions with CCUS clusters on the delivery and timeline of the deployment of CCUS clusters. This includes the design and delivery of the CCUS Infrastructure Fund announced by the Chancellor in March 2020; and

• Establishing a programme managemnet function that will play a central role in successful delivery, including responsibility for specific areas such as managing the develeopment of legislation, engagement with the devolved administrations, subsidy control and wider departmental Net Zero objectives.

The work of this directorate will be a key enabler of the decarbonisation of industry, development of blue hydrogen production and clean, low carbon flexible power. This will involve close collaboration with colleagues responsible for the delivery of Industrial CCUS and Hydrogen business models

About the Role - CCUS - Infrastructure Fund and Cluster Delivery

The Chancellor announced the CCUS Infrastructure Fund in March 2020. It will provide funding of at least £800 million to support the development of CCUS infrastructure.

This role will be pivotal in designing and delivering the mechanism to allocate financial support from the CCUS Infrastructure Fund to CCUS clusters.

You will play a critical element in leading discussions with CCUS clusters on their delivery timetables and sequencing of the deployment across the UK of those clusters over the coming decade. It will involve detailed examination of cluster proposals in relation to CCUS infrastructure development and commercial negotiations with individual projects.

As a leader in BEIS you will actively promote and develop an inclusive environment where our people feel safe to challenge and innovate. You will balance the demands of the role with the development of our people while displaying passion for the work. Inspiring the team, and wider stakeholders, to engage with the long term vision for CCUS and Net Zero. A critical measure of our success will be our ability to fully integrate all the work streams that contribute to the development of a CCUS industry into one collective effort with a clear focus on outcomes.

This role would suit an individual with commercial experience including negotiations and a broad understanding of infrastructure development.


Skills, experience and qualifications for all roles

• You’ll be able to demonstrate evidence of strong team leadership, including a strong focus on building capability as the team expands, inspiring the team to perform, delivering at pace but giving people the necessary space and authority to deliver their work, whilst building resilience.

• Excellent commercial policy skills, including the ability to cut through complexity and provide clear direction in an ambiguous and sometimes uncertain context. You will be expected to demonstrate experience of working on previous infrastructure projects (including financing) and have worked in complex environments across multiple teams.

• Strong delivery skills to successfully manage a significant project and contribute to a complex programme, to tight timetables, encompassing financial analysis and commercial negotiations.

• Excellent stakeholder engagement and management skills across a range of interested parties.

• A strong communicator, capable of being able to influence external and internal partners successfully and in a way that secures mutually beneficial outcomes.

Although experience in the energy sector or involvement in government led infrastructure projects is desirable, it is not essential.

Please take time to read the attached Candidate pack for further information about this role and the recruitment process.


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

Apply today!