Policy Advisor

Organisation
Ofgem
Locations

Cardiff, Glasgow, London

Application Deadline
Salary
£32,498 - £48,561

Shape the policy that delivers a greener, fairer energy system for the UK.

Ofgem as the industry regulator exists to ensure prices are fair, build resilience across the energy sector, facilitate infrastructure investment, and develop and deliver effective market reforms and governance arrangements.

We work for consumers and with many industry partners. Energy fuels our society and our economy - that’s why our policy work is so important, and so rewarding. It protects consumers. It enables businesses. It influences the entire energy industry. And it helps to bring about the seismic societal and infrastructure changes that will be the foundations for a Net Zero future.

In these roles, you will take on a varied and challenging workload, including problem analysis, stakeholder engagement, build valuable relationships and understanding of the expertise and evidence to draft policy proposals, briefings, consultations, and other key documents to support effective decision making to ensure the maximum benefit for consumers.

We operate a Flexible Resourcing model where you will have the opportunity to work across Ofgem supporting on a range of projects or may have a longer deployment within a team where you have and build specialist skills, knowledge, and expertise. We will support you to learn and develop the Policy & Strategy skills and knowledge you need to build your career.

To join us, you will need excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong analytical and problem-solving skills. You will also have demonstrable interest or experience in public policy/energy/net zero and bring experience in collaboration and engaging with multiple stakeholders and project management skills.

The ongoing professional development, training and support of all our dedicated colleagues is at the core of our way of working. You can also expect an excellent benefits package, a great working environment sounded by professional expertise to learn from and with, hybrid working, and a shared sense of purpose.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds, and especially welcome individuals from underrepresented groups. While this is a full-time role, flexible working patterns and job shares are welcome.

Job description

Energy policy is something that touches on every aspect of our lives – at home, at work and at play. Energy fuels our society and our economy. That’s why our policy work is so important, and so rewarding. It protects consumers. It enables businesses. It influences the entire energy industry. And it helps to bring about the seismic societal and infrastructure changes that will be the foundations for a Net Zero future.

Rising prices and security of supply are challenging all parts of the energy sector to consider how we can collectively ensure that this crucial foundation for our society remains accessible to all. And as well as the complexity of the here and now, we continue to look to the future – ensuring that energy policies support a shift away from fossil fuels and that new, renewable energy sources are identified and developed into viable alternatives. And we are challenging the wholesale energy market to do more to ensure more efficient pricing and a better deal for consumers.

Such challenging times require bold action. We are looking for people to meet the challenges we face head-on, and help us deliver a greener, fairer energy system.

Our policy practice is founded on three pillars: Strategy - ensuring that sound evidence and analysis informs our approach; Democracy - giving confidence that robust governance and accountability supports effective decision-making; and Delivery – effective implementation and delivery systems that see policy impact on practice.

The purpose of this specific role is to produce robust analysis to make evidence-based recommendations on technical policy areas to decision makers.

Person specification

Key Responsibilities and Outputs

Policy Development

  • Responsible for high quality, timely, and robust analysis of core issue/s and policy options resulting in evidence-based recommendations.
  • Drafting of clear and concise documents, including briefings, policy documents, consultations, impact assessments, guidance, decision letters and stakeholder correspondence.
  • Supporting and directing key workstreams and projects, including responsibility for internal and external stakeholder engagement by prioritising, scoping and delivering work.

Stakeholder Management

  • Effectively communicating the benefits, challenges and trade-offs of policy proposals to senior colleagues and partners.
  • Ensuring delivery by effective collaboration across teams, supporting professions and other sources of evidence and expertise to understand and manage risks and issues.
  • Responsible for representing Ofgem externally, building constructive and supportive relationships to ensure challenges and issues are identified and resolved in consumers interests.

Essential Criteria

  • Demonstrable interest and experience in public policy/energy/net zero. (LEAD)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrative experience in engaging with/managing multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage different work activities or workstreams to keep projects on track.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Please refer to the Candidate Pack and Role Profile attached for full details.

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 27th May 2024


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