The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is recruiting a Policy Officer or Policy Manager to support the team in delivering an exciting and ambitious programme of policy development and stakeholder engagement.

Role:           Policy Officer/Policy Manager (depending on experience)

Location:     Remote working and (subject to Government guidance) London, Westminster

Salary:         £27,000 – £34,000

Contract:     Permanent

Start Date:   Immediately

About us

The Association for Decentralised Energy is the UK’s leading advocate for a more local, zero carbon energy system, where households and businesses can truly feel empowered.

The ADE is an exciting and dynamic place to work, engaging with Government and other decision makers at the forefront of energy policy and helping to shape the future energy market. The Association has a growing membership, with more than 150 organisations representing a wide range of energy market participants working in heat networks and low carbon heat, demand-side response, energy efficiency and combined heat and power.

With public and private investment into the sector, a renewed focus on green jobs, and a market-wide shift towards decentralised generation, smart energy services and customer-led innovation, this role is a key opportunity for the right person.

About the role

How we decarbonise the heating in our homes, businesses and industry is one of the most difficult challenges in reaching net zero but also one of the most fascinating. To get there, we will need an enormous uptake of new infrastructure, new and innovative customer service models and new governance frameworks.

Whilst the UK has made significant strides in decarbonising power generation, the vast majority of our heat still comes from natural gas. However, it all starts here: the Government will shortly publish its Heat and Buildings Strategy and Net Zero Strategy which will hopefully kick-start a decades-long transformation.

This role is an exceptional opportunity to work directly on a transformation just as it is really getting going and will continue to be crucial to 2050 and beyond.

The role will work with large companies investing in large-scale and building-level heat networks, shared ground loops and the wider heat sector, their supply chain, the Government, Scottish Government, Ofgem, Local Authorities and the gas and electricity network operators.

The role will have delegated responsibility for preparing formal position papers, briefings, reports and consultation responses and for managing consultation amongst members and stakeholders. It will be responsible for the appraisal of designated policy proposals and developments arising from governments, local authorities, regulators and other stakeholders, for conducting technical, economic and qualitative analysis, and for the preparation of recommendations.

Finally, this position will also support the policy team’s broader work. This covers a wide area of public policy, including the electricity, demand-side response, gas and heat markets, renewables, energy efficiency, planning and infrastructure.

This is a great opportunity to work in a fast-moving and exciting policy area – bringing together industry and Government to put in place the policy and regulation to ensure a thriving zero carbon heat industry and support the UK to achieve net zero.

About you

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive person who can become a key part of the policy team. You will be finding innovative ways to achieve tangible improvements in the law, regulation and public policy that will help deliver heat decarbonisation that works for the user.

We are looking for someone with strong communication, analytical and organisational skills, who will enjoy working as part of the larger policy team. The candidate should be comfortable analysing and addressing both technical and economic issues and be able to convey complex information effectively to a wide range of audiences. You should be comfortable engaging with new people, making connections, building relationships, and securing support for your ideas. You should also be confident in putting forward arguments and debating in group forums.

The opportunity

Working in a small team is an excellent opportunity to raise your profile and gain leadership responsibilities in one of the most exciting areas of the energy sector. We are looking for someone to join our passionate team in delivering policy that helps create a better energy system.

At the ADE we believe that we only succeed if we have happy motivated people, and we will support and invest in a successful candidate. In exchange we look for proactive team players who are ready to deliver on behalf of our members.

What next?

If working with us sounds like something you would be interested in learning more about, please review the full job description and contact us to ask any other questions you might have.

To apply, please send a CV (of no more than two pages) and covering letter (of no more than one page) setting out how your approach and experience makes you the right person to fill this post – to Dina Kamourieh.

Please note that you must have the existing right to work in UK.  

We are actively seeking applications from every part of the community. The ADE is committed to creating a diverse working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis but must arrive no later than 27th October.

For the full job description click here.

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