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Job description

BEIS is seeking an exceptional Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to lead on the use of scientific and engineering evidence to help shape the Department's economic and climate strategy and inform the Department's resources and plans for investment in science. They will provide advice to senior officials and Ministers.

Knowledge of the latest science and engineering developments is very important to BEIS for creating the best conditions for companies and consumers to flourish in a green, open, productive economy. The CSA will therefore need to provide independent and objective scientific advice to the Department and Ministerial team on a range of policy solutions: from investment in innovative companies, to reducing energy bills for households, to promoting competitive markets and consumer interests and reducing carbon emissions. The CSA will ensure that science and evidence continue to drive and underpin the Department's work. The CSA will advise on emerging research and innovation and support horizon scanning, bringing together insights from across disciplines to advise BEIS on strategic opportunities and risks.

BEIS's new CSA will be a highly credible scientist or engineer. You will need to be able to synthesise information so that it is useful for policy makers and have strong communication skills in order to have credibility with challenging audiences who do not necessarily have a scientific background, the outside scientific and engineering community and a wide network of scientific colleagues. You will work collaboratively with the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, the cross-Government community of CSAs, heads of Research Councils and other high profile national and international bodies to share best practice, further develop partnerships and ensure access to a wide knowledge base.



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.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting .

Selection process details

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency adviser to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference OADAGD

Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).

Applications should be received by 23:55 UK time on 9 April 2020.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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