Deputy Directors, EU Exit Energy and Climate Change Programme
SCS1 salary range is £65,000 to £117,500 – The starting salary for this post is likely to be circa £70,000
We are looking for two excellent deputy directors to lead the delivery of the EU Exit Energy and Climate Change portfolio.
The Head of the ‘Home Team’ will coordinate the 13 work streams of the energy and climate portfolio. They will be responsible for:
• Setting strategy;
• Leading coordination across Whitehall to establish and deliver an effective UK negotiating position;
• Assuring the portfolio, ensuring that all projects have plans in place that are resilient to all future scenarios. The programme PMO will report to this post holder;
• Leading stakeholder management of UK-based stakeholders including the Devolved Administrations.
The Head of the ‘Away team’ is advertised as 12 months maternity leave cover. They will be responsible for:
• Negotiating to secure UK energy and climate objectives in Brussels;
• Leading the Brussels negotiating team including coordinating the work stream experts who will negotiate on their dossiers and potentially leading on some dossiers;
• Influencing Ministries across Europe to help ensure that the UK position is understood and where appropriate, supported, by the EU27;
• Lead UK influencing on energy and climate in Brussels with a particular emphasis on industry and the European Parliament;
• Contribute to strategy setting in Whitehall by giving an authoritative negotiations perspective to the policy making process;
• Leading capability building to ensure that all work streams are ‘negotiations ready’.
For both roles
In addition, you will be expected to make a full contribution as a member of the Directorate’s senior leadership team, including by working collaboratively across boundaries and flexing resources in line with overall priorities, leading on elements of our local People Plan, and ensuring the Directorate, which is evolving rapidly, remains a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone to work.
The Directorate is a sociable and fun place to work, and staff are encouraged to put forward their ideas in a safe environment. There is also a well-established local L&D programme which receives very positive feedback and staff are encouraged to take advantage of development opportunities. Other development opportunities will depend on the individual, but in the wider Energy Transformation and Low Carbon Growth Group there will be plenty of opportunities to make a broader contribution to the Department’s efforts to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.
BEIS is committed to promoting equality and diversity and to offering an inclusive and accommodating working environment, including flexible working opportunities. Many people in the Directorate have flexible working arrangements, including regular working from home, job shares, flexi time and compressed hours. Flexible working requests for either role are welcome. We are likely to be more constrained on the scope for any flexible arrangements for the ‘Away Team’ role as the working pattern will need to accommodate significant amounts of time negotiating in Brussels to a timetable that is currently unknown.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate success in the following areas:
For the Home Team:
• A good understanding of project delivery tools and techniques would be helpful. Some UK travel is likely to be necessary e.g. to meet stakeholders and/or the Devolved Administrations and an element of EU travel to Brussels and to EU capitals may be needed.
• Strong delivery skills to successfully manage a significant programme, identify cross-cutting risks, and assure yourself and seniors that the right plans are in place to deliver in all scenarios.
For the Away Team:
• Previous knowledge of international negotiations, preferably in an EU context, would be desirable. The successful candidate should expect to travel extensively in Europe and to spend significant time in Brussels when negotiations are in session.
For both roles:
• Given the uniquely uncertain circumstance that EU Exit brings, a successful candidate for either role will need to be flexible and may need to take on wider tasks as the negotiations unfold.
• It is essential that candidates are: comfortable with ambiguity; flexible as the requirement evolves; and able to set strategy in an uncertain context, bringing their team along with them.
• Strength in leadership – these are high profile role which will require you to lead disparate teams to a shared objective. You will need to manage, motivate and drive a team to deliver in challenging and fast moving circumstances, building capability as you go.
• Excellent policy skills, including the ability to cut through complexity and provide clear direction in an ambiguous and at times uncertain context.
• Excellent stakeholder management skills and the ability to build rapport both inside and outside Government, in the UK and in an EU context.
• Highly developed strategic skills, with the ability to set clear direction and translate strategic priorities into clear outcome focused objectives.
• Demonstrable credibility and gravitas to represent the UK in a highly sensitive, political environment to senior officials in a national and international setting.
We expect all our senior leaders to be:
• Brilliant – inspiring, high performing, with a clear sense of purpose
• Enterprising – creative, open to ideas, well connected
• Inclusive – encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work
• Skilled – expert and committed to development and impact
Please take time to read the attached Candidate pack for further information about this role.