Deputy Director, Better Regulation Framework

About the job


BEIS was created by the Prime Minister from a merger of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Energy and Climate Change. BEIS has one of the widest remits in Whitehall and a key role to play in making markets work well for business, consumers and workers. 

Our work will ensure that the economy grows strongly in all parts of the country, based on a robust industrial strategy and that the UK has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. It will encourage investment and innovation that fully uses the UK science base; and enable a whole economy approach to deliver our climate change ambitions. We feel the department has an exciting remit, and we hope you agree. 

As a department we draw on the best available evidence to develop policy solutions from investment in innovative companies; to reducing energy bills for households; to promoting competitive markets and consumer interests; to reducing carbon emissions. We create the conditions for companies and consumers to flourish in a green, open, productive economy - which is vital for the future success of our country. 

Through our network of partner organisations we deliver services to thousands of businesses, and customers every day – delivering weather reports by the Met Office, registering new businesses at Companies House and protecting intellectual property at the Intellectual Property Office. The UKAEA carries out leading edge fusion research and the Coal Authority and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) restores and protects our environment.

Job description

About the Roles 

Deputy Director, Better Regulation Framework 

The post-holder will be responsible for the framework within which Government makes decisions about regulation, at the point when Brexit also gives the UK responsibility for former EU regulation. The UK framework is already recognised internationally as a leading example of how to promote better regulation, and domestically as an important part of good policy-making. The postholder will lead further improvements to it, in the light of the 2019 Conservative Manifesto which said: “Good regulation is essential to successful businesses: we will strive to achieve the right regulatory balance between supporting excellent business practice and protecting workers, consumers and the environment.” We expect that the key to this work will be a year-long Review, drawing on public responses to a Call for Evidence supported by a programme of engagement with business, regulating Departments and others. 

The role also manages the operation of the framework, engaging Departments to resolve issues with difficult cases and to improve the efficiency of the system. As part of that work, s/he will sponsor the Regulatory Policy Committee, an advisory NDPB which is responsible for verifying Departments’ assessments of the impacts of regulation. Finally, the post-holder will be responsible for aspects of the implementation of the 2018 White Paper Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which sets out plans to transform the UK’s regulatory system to support innovation while protecting citizens and the environment. 

The post-holder will lead a team of about 15 staff and be part of the wider BRE leadership team. The post requires senior engagement within BEIS, cross-Whitehall, and with external stakeholders. 
Person Specification 

What we are looking for: 

• We will be looking for individuals who are comfortable working as part of a broader leadership team. Experience and understanding of regulatory issues is desirable: for the Strategy and International role, experience of working in an international context is also desirable. 

We are also looking for demonstration of strengths in the following areas: 

• A Strategic thinker, able to lead and manage a complex agenda, maintaining a grip on the bigger picture whilst demonstrating an understanding of the underlying detailed policy issues quickly. 

• An exceptional leader, with an ability to build, motivate and inspire teams through periods of ambiguity in a changing environment.  

• An excellent communicator and influencer, with the ability to build effective partnerships with a broad range of senior stakeholders and the ability to brief on complex issues to a variety of audiences. 

• Strong track record of delivery, with experience of leading on complex projects, ensuring their successful completion to tight deadlines and through periods of challenge and ambiguity. 

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