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Job description

The primary role of the Heat Networks Delivery Unit is to provide guidance and support to Local Authorities developing heat networks projects. As a Heat Networks Specialist, you will use your heat networks expertise to act as a critical friend to the local authorities you support.

Your sector knowledge and understanding of the team's project portfolio will also be used to support the wider aims of the heat networks team, supporting the Heat Networks Investment Project capital support programme and the development of a sustainable market for heat networks.

Accordingly it is essential that you feel comfortable and confident working in a high performing, closely integrated and dynamic team environment within a large, complex organisation where there is also an expectation of a high level of individual responsibility and adaptability.

It is also worth noting that role will involve regular travel to local authorities across both England and Wales, occasionally at short notice.

The Heat Networks Delivery Unit consists of 11 members. We part of the 30+ strong Heat Networks Team which also comprise of colleagues in the Heat Networks Investment Project and Heat Networks Policy teams. It has a diverse range of work areas in relation to the Government's agenda for heat networks development which includes supporting the work of the Heat Networks Investment Project and other areas of heat policy development within the context of the Government's wider Industrial Strategy and climate change commitments.

As a Heat Network Specialist your key responsibilities as currently envisaged are listed below, however you will also be expected to respond flexibly to changing work stream priorities both within the Heat Network Development Unit and more widely in BEIS should this prove necessary:

• Fully understanding the current heat networks project development and support approach, the resources available to assist local authorities. You will contribute to the future development and refinement of the available support and resources, and identify smarter ways of delivering support to maximise impact.

• Working with local authorities and other stakeholders to identify new potential heat network opportunities that may benefit from guidance and funding support and assisting local authorities to progress suitable funding applications.

• Where assigned, act as the main project lead support for local authorities in England and Wales who have secured support including: responding to email and telephone queries; signposting to appropriate supporting resources; attending key project and stakeholder meetings; evaluating and critiquing procurement documentation for studies and project outputs including external consultancy studies. This may encompass relevant technical, financial and commercial aspects of heat networks development and delivery across the stages of energy mapping, master planning, feasibility, detailed project development and initial commercialisation.

• As required assist with the work of other project leads to ensure the team can respond to resourcing demands as efficiently as possible.

• As required leading on or assisting with the development and delivery of relevant local authority and stakeholder engagement events and activities.

• Leading on or assisting with the development and commissioning of future research activities and evaluation of outputs.

• Disseminating information to colleagues and external stakeholders including through guidance documents, briefing notes, presenting at internal meetings and wider conferences and events.

• To be aware of the strategic context and implications of the team's work and pro-actively seek out and raise opportunities where this could have a wider beneficial impact beyond the team, and engage with the wider Heat and Business Energy Directorate, BEIS and other Government Departments as directed.

• Depending on the organisational structure of the team, there may be line management responsibility of other staff members.

As a Heat Networks Specialist you will have demonstrable experience within the heat networks sector. This could come from technical, commercial or other roles, and from private or public sector organisations. You will have a broad understanding and appreciation of the technical, commercial and legal elements of heat networks projects.

In addition, you will have:

• Excellent communication and relationship management skills, and the ability to influence senior decision makers;

• Project / programme management skills, being highly organised and able to manage a portfolio of projects;

•Good critical thinking ability, numeracy, and the ability to describe complex projects to a non-technical audience; and

• Initiative and ability to pick up and develop projects unsupervised.


• Experience of developing, delivering, commissioning or operating heat network or similar energy infrastructure projects.


• Experience of financial modelling, contracts, procurement and effective corporate structuring in relation to energy infrastructure projects.

Knowledge of Heat Networks

Candidates should demonstrate significant experience in developing and/or delivering heat network projects at one or more of the following stages of development: Heat Mapping & Energy Master planning; Techno-economic Feasibility; Detailed Project Development (Business Case); Commercialisation & Operation

Working with Local Authorities

Candidates should demonstrate a broad understanding of local authority systems and process and significant experience of working within or on behalf of local authorities in relation to capital infrastructure project development.

Project Development/Project Management

Candidates should demonstrate specific project management experience in relation to developing energy infrastructure or other capital infrastructure project


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Knowledge of Heat Networks
  • Working with Local Authorities
  • Project Development/Project Management



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.

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

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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.

Sift/interview dates and location

Week of Sift: 6th January 2020
Week of Interviews: 13th January 2020
Interview Location: 1 Victoria Street, London

Candidates 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 (Managing a Quality Service).

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.

Other information

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

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

A reserve list may be held for up to 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to the BEIS will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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.

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

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 beisrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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 have a hearing impairment, a Language Service Professional

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.

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 circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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£52,075.00 - £58,800.00 / year
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