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Job description

This is a new Director role in a fast-paced and exciting group that is at the heart of BEIS Energy and Industrial policy. This group is responsible for strategy, policy and delivery of a range of initiatives aimed at driving reductions in greenhouse gases to enable us to meet the UK's legally binding Net Zero carbon targets. The Director will be responsible for ensuring that we have a Net Zero compliant carbon pricing policy - through the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS). The UKETS was established on the 1st of January 2021 and regulates the emissions from the power and industrial sectors of the UK through a cap-and-trade system. The Director will be responsible both for overseeing the ongoing delivery of the scheme (via regular auctions of emissions allowances) and significant policy work on its expansion and development. This Director will also be responsible for supporting UK industry to make step changes in energy efficiency and decarbonise their energy supplies through delivery of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund and a range of other interventions. There will also be critical work on tailored sector-specific approaches to decarbonisation, such as the steel industry. The work is high profile and requires regular engagement with the Secretary of State, other Ministers, senior officials across Whitehall and industry stakeholders.

ResponsibilitiesThe Director will have responsibility for leading and inspiring a diverse team of c.145 staff. The staff will be a mixture of professional delivery experts, analysts and policy officials, potentially supplemented with industry secondees.
On emissions trading, the key responsibilities will be:

- Oversight of the delivery of the UK ETS by the ETS Authority, which is forecast to secure c £3bn of revenue p.a;

- A substantial programme of analytical and policy development on the potential expansion of the ETS to other parts of the UK economy, as proposed in the recent Energy White Paper;

- Consideration of other developments in the scheme, including international linkage and the setting of future cap levels to support delivery of Net Zero by 2050.

The postholder will also be SRO for the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (£240m funding to 2024). He or she will be responsible for ensuring effective deployment of this substantial capital expenditure on energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation projects, ensuring it secures significant carbon reductions and delivers best value for the taxpayer.

The new Director will also lead on the decarbonisation elements of sector-specific strategies, notably the Government's engagement with the UK steel sector. Across these responsibilities, the Director will need to ensure effective programme management and governance arrangements, working with colleagues to link these into the wider Net Zero Buildings & Industry portfolio, including representation at the bi-monthly Net Zero Delivery Board, chaired by the Permanent Secretary.

The Director will also have responsibility for managing significant senior political interest, vital cross-Departmental relationships (particularly with HM Treasury) and complex stakeholder dynamics on this challenging agenda. Finally, the post holder will be expected to work closely with other Directors in the Group and the wider Department, particularly their fellow Director with responsibility for hydrogen and industrial decarbonisation strategy. There are significant, complex dependencies between the responsibilities of this post and those of colleagues and the new Director will share responsibility for ensuring these are managed successfully.


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.
A hybrid office/home based working model where staff will spend a norm of 40-60% of their time in the office (minimum of 40%) over a month with flex dependent on balancing business and individual need (from September 2021, depending on how the public health guidance evolves).

For the full list and to see our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please see the attached Employee Offer booklet.

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Selection process details

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process accessed via the advertisement listed for this role. This should be completed no later 23:55 on Sunday 26th September 2021 and will involve uploading the two documents outlined below:

1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be provided to the selection panel. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards the Civil Service becoming the most inclusive employer by 2025.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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