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Senior Policy Adviser - Energy

Role Summary:

Based at our Cannon Place office, the CBI Infrastructure and Energy team works with businesses and government to create the right policy environment to enable the delivery of critical infrastructure – including energy, transport and housing – which underpins the UK economy and supports a more prosperous society.

Energy policy is a varied, dynamic and high profile brief, requiring an analytical mind, strong grasp of complex issues and a flair for stakeholder management. The jobholder will be expected to play an active role in delivering the CBI’s energy and climate change work, driving forward member priorities across a range of policy issues.

Reporting to the Head of Infrastructure and Energy, the jobholder will be expected to work collaboratively with colleagues across the policy, commercial and corporate communications teams to champion the CBI’s energy work both internally and externally, identifying opportunities for synergy with other policy areas, exploiting media hooks and contributing proactively to the CBI’s member recruitment and retention activity.

Within the Infrastructure Pillar, the jobholder will be expected to contribute to better ways of working, helping to share best practice, encourage innovation and support his/her team members.

Key Responsibilities:

Developing the CBI’s energy policy positions, both new and existing, including:

  • Demonstrating a strong grasp of the contextual policy issues affecting energy investment, including the Paris Agreement, EU policy, UK policy (e.g. the Levy Control Framework, Contracts for Difference, Capacity Market, Carbon Price Floor etc.)
  • Working with CBI members to continually develop policy positions, including managing competing business interests on highly commercial topics to produce policy positions with broad support
  • Working on discrete projects (e.g. policy briefs, reports, consultation responses), using strong project management skills to track progress, manage risk and measure success
  • Working with colleagues the CBI’s regional offices to extend the CBI’s infrastructure and energy work regionally
  • Drafting and presenting papers for the CEO-level Energy and Climate Change Board on strategic issues
  • Drafting internal briefings for senior meetings, demonstrating keen awareness of strategic priorities and political context

Building strong internal and external relationships, including:

  • Acting as a first point of contact within CBI for members, staff, and other stakeholders on particular issues within energy policy, including advising your line manager and director on your specific policy areas
  • Meeting regularly with officials in key government departments and other relevant bodies, including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, HM Treasury and Ofgem, ensuring that the CBI has influence across energy issues
  • Proactively working with colleagues across the directorate and across all clusters in order to fully exploit synergies with other policy areas, as well as commercial, membership and media opportunities

Knowledge & Experience

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

  • Educated to at least degree level with at least three years’ work experience
  • Strong understanding of UK energy policy issues (supply-side in particular would be an advantage)
  • Understanding of public policy development and government institutions
  • Good commercial and business understanding

Skills

The practical actions required in order to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • Proactive/can-do/results focused approach to work
  • Self-starting, with the ability to lead work-streams with a high degree of independence
  • Takes initiative, with a solutions-focused approach
  • Resilience and ability to work in a fast-paced, pressurised environment
  • Effective planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Analytical rigour
  • Excellent stakeholder management, with the ability to sensitively manage competing interests
  • Excellent written communication skills, including ability to simplify very complex issues and tailor for different audiences
  • Clear oral communication and presentation skills
  • Political acumen
  • Customer focus
  • Networking and influencing skills

How to apply

For all applications please email a CV and a cover letter to recruit@cbi.org.uk with the subject 'Senior Policy Adviser - Energy'. The closing date for applications is Sunday 23rd April.

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