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Are you an engineer who is passionate about using their expertise to help address climate change?

Heating our buildings accounts for 33% of the UK's carbon emissions today and is one of our biggest climate challenges. You could be part of the team solving this issue, and this is an excellent opportunity to work at the heart of energy policy within BEIS.

The Clean Heat Directorate is tackling arguably the most difficult decarbonisation challenge facing the country. The hydrogen team is leading the department's work to test the safety and feasibility of hydrogen as an option for decarbonising the gas grid. We are working with industry on a joint programme across a wide range of projects. These include assessing the changes required for end-users and gas system infrastructure; laboratory and field testing; and consumer trialling. The programme has developed substantially over recent months.

The successful candidate will play a key role in helping us understand the what the impacts of converting to hydrogen for gas networks and storage infrastructure. We need to strengthen our technical leadership so that we are able to provide effective technical direction and assurance to the programme. This will include work being done in collaboration with the gas network companies and studies we will commission ourselves. They will provide expert scrutiny and challenge and help to ensure the programme is set up to deliver robust answers to our most pressing and difficult technical questions.

The Hydrogen Heating Team is in the Clean Heat Directorate in BEIS. It is a friendly, large, multidisciplinary programme team, including project delivery and policy professionals, analysts, engineers, commercial and delivery specialists. It is sociable and supportive - with a range of regular virtual social activities - and people are encouraged to ask questions and put forward their ideas in a safe environment.

ResponsibilitiesThe role holder will be responsible for providing technical leadership to our work on network infrastructure and storage. This includes work on the feasibility of safely converting the existing gas network and storage sites to hydrogen, and on how much infrastructure will be needed under different scenarios for a hydrogen heating roll-out.

You will work to:

• Provide authoritative technical input to specific areas of the programme, working in collaboration with colleagues in SICE, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the gas network companies and wider industry partners.

• Identify the key technical questions that need to be answered by the programme and supervise the ongoing development of the technical evidence base.

• Provide expert review and scrutiny of work crafted and led by industry and critical analysis of the developing evidence base.

• Be responsible for the work of technical contractors.

• Provide authoritative synthesis and advice to senior colleagues and ministers.

• Ensure our work continues to be informed by the very latest research and development happening outside of government and internationally.

The successful candidate will have:

• Degree level qualification or equivalent in a science or engineering field.

• An engineering background and strong applied knowledge of the gas or wider energy industry.

• Strong analytical and communication skills; the ability to synthesise and present complex information to non-experts and to establish credibility at senior levels inside and outside of government.

Experience working on the development or operation of gas transmission or distribution networks would also be highly desirable.

Technical Skills

1. Building and Applying Knowledge

Understands and rigorously applies scientific and engineering principles to support effective decision making. Develops well-respected and influential scientific/engineering reputation across government and externally. Ensures high quality research is conducted, managing the balance between technical quality, cost and timely delivery.

2. Communicating science or engineering for government

Understands how to provide scientific advice for policy. Communicates science or engineering in a clear and understandable manner to non-specialists within a policy context, including effectively communicating any uncertainty. Provides critical analysis of sources and contributes to the robustness of the evidence base.

3. Technical oversight and management

Identifies the questions to be answered and generates effective technical or methodological requirements/specifications. Directs and reviews technical work of others and provides effective leadership, ensuring integrity of work throughout. Arrives at clear, defensible conclusions, with outcomes expressed credibly and transparently.

Degree level qualification, or equivalent in a science or engineering field.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Building and Applying Knowledge
  • Communicating science or engineering for government
  • Technical oversight and management


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

• A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, home working 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 pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please note - the CV is for information purposes only and will not be scored.

Applications will be sifted on behavioural statements, CV and any technical skills required.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the lead behaviour (Making Effective Decisions). Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

The interview will consist of behaviour and technical questions.

Interviewees will be asked to deliver a presentation; further details will be provided nearer the time.

Expected Timeline subject to change

Sift dates: w/c 27th September 2021
Interview dates: w/c 11th October 2021
Interview Location - MS Teams

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

• Complete the "Assistance required" section in the "Additional requirements" page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Any move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

Please note that BEIS does not hold a licence to sponsor visa applications.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms directly. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.


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

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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£49,075.00 - £59,650.00 / year
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