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Head of Energy & Climate Change

Role Summary

Energy is essential for the UK's economy to function and grow. Ensuring that we maintain a secure, affordable and low-carbon supply is vital to British business. Additionally, we must continue to use energy more efficiently across our homes and industry. The CBI is lobbying for government to provide a long-term, stable policy framework to enable continued business innovation and investment in the UK's low-carbon transition. Working with our members and the CBI senior team, the Head of Energy and Climate Change is responsible for leading a team that develops and delivers our work on this topic. From securing investment in fuels and technologies to helping businesses to transition to a low carbon economy, the CBI seeks to be influential and focussed on solutions that meet the needs of our members, and society at large.  

Key Responsibilities

Developing a motivated, effective team

  • Effectively leading a team of policy professionals focussed on improving policy to ensure the UK maintains a secure, affordable and low-carbon supply of energy to consumers and businesses
  • Setting direction for individual members of the team, and investing time in ensuring effective professional development for team members.
  • Using supportive challenge to encourage member-focus, innovation and quality in the team’s work.
  • Contributing to the success of the wider CBI through the leadership group of our Infrastructure team.
  • Ensuring effective collaboration with CBI policy teams in the devolved nations and English regions on energy and climate change issues.

Developing CBI work in consultation with our members

  • Setting priorities for the CBI in the field of energy and climate change, working with members and CBI colleagues.
  • Developing work plans that are influential and effective in achieving the goals of business.
  • Advising and guiding members on key issues that will affect the business community – or their individual business – and possible responses.
  • Working with commercial colleagues to recruit and retain new members with an interest in energy and climate change issues.

Effective lobbying and campaigning designed to improve outcomes

  • Acting as the CBI’s senior specialist on energy and climate change issues – speaking on platforms including CBI events and in the media.
  • Advising and supporting the CBI’s senior team on issues related to energy and climate change.
  • Using effective campaign planning to deliver persuasive messages in a variety of media.
  • Developing and managing a range of senior contacts within Government and key other stakeholders and working with these partners to influence positive change in UK policy.
  • Developing a network in business and politics that supports the work of the team and helps to demonstrate the value the CBI adds to businesses.

Knowledge & Experience

What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

Essential

  • Record of effectively delivering results in a complex and political policy environment
  • Strong understanding of the energy and climate change policy environment in the UK

 

Desirable

  • Experience of managing and developing a team of policy professionals.

Skills

This role is at level three in the CBI’s structure – Management – and all of the CBI skills framework requirements for that level of the organisation apply, along with certain additional requirements specific to this role:

Planning & Organising

  • Can plan and allocate the work of a team to align with organisational goals and timeframes for delivery
  • Can manage cross-functional workstreams effectively, utilising and organising resources from across the organisation
  • Can use business planning tools alongside their own judgement to make trade-offs which deliver the best for the organisation
  • Role models good time management to their team and colleagues
  • Has a healthy approach to work life balance and flexible working
  • Empowers and supports the team to prioritise, push back and say no.
  • Takes a leadership role in directing and coordinating whole team/business group workplans to deliver on CBI objectives
  • Proactively forecasts for appropriate budget and resource in line with the CBI strategy and workplan for their area
  • Strategically plans work to align with the external operating environment to get the best outcome for the business
  • Takes a lead role in communicating to the business when delivery is compromised or workplans should change
  • Calls out and steps in when they see the CBI approach to flexible working and work-life balance not being upheld.

Research & Using Information

  • Proactively and effectively shares and deploys relevant information across the organisation
  • Can robustly analyse complex information or data, drawing on the relevant expertise of self or others
  • Predicts or forecasts outcomes based on information or data and propose solutions that best support the CBI’s objectives.
  • Uses internal and external research and intelligence to shape/create strategic direction of the CBI
  • Always supports people internally and externally to understand highly complex analysis
  • Can translate technical analysis into non-technical language
  • Can draw out big picture trends from detailed, complex data.

Interpersonal skills

  • Proactively utilises extensive internal and external network to the wider benefit of the team and CBI outside of own role
  • Develops positive relationships across their industry that build the profile of the CBI Influences groups of people or organisations internally and externally to achieve CBI objectives
  • Supports less experienced people to prepare for and engage in negotiations, providing guidance and feedback to help them improve
  • Can manage and resolve conflict with and between individuals and groups
  • Can manage upwards, often influencing those more senior
  • Throughout all decision making and communication remains approachable and empathetic
  • Effectively upward manages, communicating value of team and pushes back against unnecessary initiatives.

Strategic & business thinking

  • Plans strategically –scenario planning, anticipating potential future situations
  • Advises the organisation on risk mitigation and commercial opportunities
  • Can use understanding of CBI and/or member financial data (e.g. balance sheets, profit and loss) to focus activities that ensure return on investment
  • Has a deep understanding of and can articulate the CBI’s commercial objectives that goes beyond short term targets
  • Supports others to see the bigger picture, encouraging thinking that goes beyond own role and team
  • Where relevant, can manage budget and maintain accurate and transparent financial information.
  • Makes business decisions based on the needs of the entire organisation, not just own business area

Communication

  • Can articulate and respond to challenge on the CBI’s economic and political narrative to senior member/public/political audiences of all sizes
  • Acts as a regional/trade press spokesperson agreeing media lines
  • Uses a wide range of communication channels to reach audiences, and proactively explores new and innovative ways of conveying messages
  • Ability to convey complex and multi-faceted information to a range of audiences simultaneously, keeping key messages front of line
  • Supports less experienced people to shape and deliver communications.
  • Can speak and present to large audiences, delivering messages with impact and conviction
  • Provides expert guidance to the organisation on what information is communicated to external stakeholders how, and when
  • Ensures their team always receive consistent, timely and accurate internal information.

Managing & leading

  • Motivates a team to meet a common goal
  • Delegates work appropriately and empowers team members to work autonomously
  • Understands and is aware of unconscious biases, taking steps to minimise these and their impact on decisions
  • Understands and knows how to apply employment law principles to role as a manager
  • Can effectively manage difficult conversations and conflict, working to achieve positive and constructive outcomes
  • Supports development of team members, providing on the job opportunities to improve and grow
  • Proactively supports the wellbeing of team members.

Behaviours

The behaviours and characteristics required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • Collaborative – Listening, seeking views and sharing information; constructively challenging when appropriate
  • Taking ownership – Ensuring delivery and holding others to account; can influence, irrespective of hierarchy
  • Agile – Proactive and responsive to provide a strong member service; responding positively to shifting priorities
  • Commercial – Awareness of the wider business environment
  • Innovative – Exploring, sharing and integrating best practice; generating new ideas and challenging a mind-set of “what we’ve always done”
  • Analytical – gathering information and using logic to analyse, problem solve, evaluate risk and make decisions

How to apply

For all applications please email your CV and cover letter to recruit@cbi.org.uk. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8th August. 

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