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Deputy Director, Energy Security

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. A key part of which is ensuring the UK has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. We 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 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.

We support innovative and flexible working in BEIS. The department is underpinned by our shared values of working together to be stronger and more supportive.

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Job description

There has never been better time to bring your skills to bear on energy policy. The Government has legislated to ensure the whole economy is carbon neutral by 2050 – in only thirty years’ time.

This role is one of the highest profile and most important roles in energy policy. You will be responsible for ensuring continued energy security the best value for money in a sector being rapidly transformed by new technology and decarbonisation. This is consistently one of Ministers' non-negotiable energy priorities. You will lead three major areas of work: coordinating the capacity market which ensures we have adequate power generating capacity to meet peak demand through annual auctions; leading on gas security and networks, helping the current system transform to decarbonise heat and industry; and you will be the project director for our work to ensure continued effective market operation and trading arrangements in all scenarios at the end of the transition period.

You will lead a team of 20-30 policy professionals and project managers, and will collaborate closely with analysts, commercial, communications, engineering and legal colleagues. You will be an outstanding leader and manager with a track record of developing high performing teams, supporting individuals in their careers who can sustain inspiring, confident leadership in a fascinating and important area. You will likely have experience in stakeholder management and project delivery.

You would be joining the senior leadership team of the Energy Security, Networks and Markets Directorate (ESNM). We work to ensure we have a reliable, low cost and clean energy system. We are a collaborative and friendly team, committed to fostering an inclusive environment.

We actively encourage applications from candidates from all professional and personal backgrounds - direct experience in energy policy is not essential; your predecessor and other members of the leadership team joined without prior energy experience. We are constantly looking to diversify our workforce to give us the broadest range of perspectives possible to help us promote the value of diversity within our department. This includes applications on the basis of part-time or flexible working patterns, and there are a number of successful existing part-time, job-share arrangements at a senior level in the team.

Key Objectives

• Effective leadership of a team of 20-30 policy and project professionals across a full range of activities including excellent delivery oversight, project management and new policy development. This will include developing your team in response to the People Survey results.

• Contribute effectively to the collective senior leadership of ESNM, including championing one of our staff engagement groups tasked with improving ESNM in priority areas. This could be diversity & inclusion, learning & development, feedback & coaching, and performance management.

• You will lead:

I. On the capacity market, working closely with the Electricity System Operator and Ofgem, to advise Ministers both on continuous improvement of the rules and operation of the capacity market and the target volumes for each. You will also work effectively with others in the directorate and beyond, to contribute to the design of future electricity markets.

II. With the Clean Heat, Hydrogen Economy and Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage team, on ensuring a systemic approach to decarbonising the natural gas network. This will need to preserves energy security and improve gas system operation, particularly in light of the growing interaction between the gas and electricity systems.

III. The legislated closure of coal powered generation by 2024 and BEIS’s input into HM Treasury’s Carbon Price Support mechanism.

IV. As project director for our work to ensure continued GB gas and electricity market operation and trading in any scenario at the end of the transition period.


What we are looking for

Candidates must demonstrate they are:

• An outstanding leader and manager with a track record of developing diverse, inclusive, high-performing teams. You will demonstrate how you motivate individuals to develop to their full potential and sustain inspiring, confident leadership in a fascinating and important policy area.

• Committed to their own development and that of their team, and to ensuring personal and team resilience.

• Able to think strategically across a complex and evolving system, without necessarily having any prior background in energy, and to draw out the opportunities, risks and priorities to meet Ministers’ objectives. You will collaborate effectively across team boundaries.

• Comfortable working with, and developing, evidence and using it to inform strategy, including demonstrating commercial awareness. You will be effective at ensuring analytical specialists and policy specialists work well together in a multidisciplinary environment. You will personally be comfortable working with analysis and explaining its implications clearly to Ministers.

• Effective at working with partners in Government, Ofgem, the electricity system operator and industry.

• Consistently able to deliver professionally through others, using appropriate project management tools.

You do not need a technical background in energy policy.

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