About the job
Birmingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, London, Salford
About the job
At BEIS, we are leading the UK’s recovery from coronavirus and are building a stronger, greener country. Our varied work makes a real difference to people across the UK and internationally. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the BEIS team and our exciting mission!
We lead on the UK’s commitments to tackle climate change and drive green economic growth. We support businesses to create jobs and increase opportunity in regions across the UK. We also encourage investment and innovation to make the UK a science superpower producing research that will improve lives.
Our Inclusive Environment
We are building an inclusive culture to make BEIS a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions.
We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.
We actively welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. We will fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process.
Hydrogen is one of a handful of new, low carbon solutions that will be critical for the UK’s transition to net zero. As part of a deeply decarbonised, renewable energy system, low carbon hydrogen could be a versatile replacement for high-carbon fuels used today – helping to bring down emissions in vital UK industrial sectors and providing flexible energy for power, heat and transport.
As set out in a raft of recent policy documents – the Hydrogen Strategy, Hydrogen Business Model Consultation, Net Zero Strategy, and Energy Security Strategy – significant deployment of hydrogen production capacity is needed by 2030 to meet our deployment ambition of 10GW, put us on a pathway to Carbon Budget 6, and create a more resilient and affordable UK energy supply.
The proposed Hydrogen Business Model aims to overcome the initially higher cost of low carbon hydrogen compared to high carbon counterfactual fuels. We are now developing policies to fund the business model, and the Net Zero Strategy set out the intention that all Hydrogen Business Model contracts will move to being levy funded.
The SEO Hydrogen Funding role will sit within the Analysis and Funding Strategy Team, within the Industrial Energy Directorate. This is a great opportunity to join a fast-growing team responsible for delivering critical net zero policy for some of the most exciting technologies needed to decarbonise the economy.
We pride ourselves on having a friendly and encouraging work environment. BEIS is committed to promoting equality and diversity and to offering an inclusive and accommodating work environment, including flexible working opportunities. We support team members to develop their careers. We are keen to hear from a diverse range of people!
This stretching and exciting role will involve a mix of strategy, policy, and delivery work.
Key Areas Of Work Include
- Leading on aspects of policy design on the hydrogen levy and agreeing positions on specific policy issues and levy mechanics with colleagues across BEIS, HMT, No10 and delivery partners. To do this you will need to assess levy design options, build expert evidence working with technical, analytical, financial, and legal colleagues, and develop clear recommendations.
- Supporting the Grade 7 team lead to develop the regulations for the hydrogen levy and assist the legislative passage of the secondary legislation needed to deliver the levy in the timeframe required to meet our deployment targets, working closely with legal colleagues.
- Supporting wider work on hydrogen funding such as the delivery of a cross-cutting business case and a consultation on the new hydrogen levy.
- Providing advice to Ministers and senior officials, drafting submissions and briefing, and contribute to wider hydrogen strategy work and products.
The post provides an opportunity to take the lead on developing new areas of policy, and gain experience across a range of work, including working directly on delivering a consultation and legislation.
Skills And Experience
As a team we work flexibly and welcome those who have varied working practices.
The skills and experiences that we hope to attract include:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to describe, explain and make the case for evidence-based policy decisions. The ability to communicate complex and technical issues clearly and concisely to colleagues, stakeholders and ministers is essential.
- To pick up new and complex information and use strong analytical and numerical skills to understand the technical and financial elements of the hydrogen levy work.
- Experience of polic organisational skills to lead the work, which will have to be progressed to a tight timetable.
- Excellent collaborative skills. You will be working closely with technical, financial, commercial, analytical and legal advisors both within and external to BEIS to craft new policy.
- While not essential, experience of working on energy or decarbonisation policy is desirable. Previous experience working on consultations, legislation, or delivering a levy framework would be desirable due to the technical nature of the role.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Seeing the Big Picture
We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
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
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).
Things you need to know
Selection process details
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As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement.
Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please use your personal statement (in no more than 250 words) to show why are you interested in this role, and what skills and experience would you bring.
Candidates will be sifted on behavioural statements, CV, and personal statement.
In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the lead behavioural statement (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 strength-based 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 17th October 2023
Interview dates: w/c 7th November 2023
Interview will be held using Microsoft Teams.
Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.
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- 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
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- certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
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The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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- Name : Emily Dowdeswell-Downey
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