Our client is an industry body providing a strategic focus for the energy networks sector – electricity and gas transmission and distribution.
Economic regulation is the key commercial driver of their members.
Reporting to the Director of Policy & Gas, the successful candidate will ideally have worked in an economically regulated sector or have dealt with the issues they face on a day to day basis and have a proven track record of building relationships both within their organisation and with external stakeholders at all levels.
Candidates must be able to identify and manage key issues concerning regulation.
They will be given unique contact with key decision makers within the network companies.
An important aspect of the role will be to develop strong relationships with key stakeholders to further the interests of our members.
It will also be important to establish consensus amongst Member Companies on specific issues and to represent member companies in engagement with Government departments as well as Ofgem.
- To set their strategic objectives for Regulation and ensure delivery of these through working with network companies and facilitating working groups;
- Provide strategic overview of policy developments for members - analysing regulatory information quickly and succinctly for network companies, including key risks and opportunities.
- Representing members at key events including collective stakeholder engagement – including championing the work network companies are undertaking both through the association and elsewhere;
- Developing positions on strategic issues including drafting consultation responses and position papers, including working closely with their press and public affairs team to ensure consistency of message and communications strategy;
- Supporting and facilitating a number of working groups and providing guidance where appropriate to ensure that they have clear deliverables and are working towards delivery of those, in line with strategic objectives;
- To act as a link between a number of working groups to ensure they are aware of each other’s work programmes and share knowledge between them.
- Occasionally managing consultants – setting clear deliverables, keeping them to these within the agreed budget and managing the recharging of costs.
This is a key interface role, where the successful candidate is someone who thrives on challenges, has a can-do approach to work and will help other colleagues when their work levels rise.
You will sit on the Senior Management Team and will be responsible for delivering a gas work plan and help prepare their Business Plan within budget alongside the Director of Policy and Gas.
You will also directly manage a team of two.
- Candidates must have proven leadership skills and demonstrable experience in building positive and productive relationships with colleagues, customers, and commercial.
- The successful candidate will need good organisational skills and ability to balance a number of competing priorities.
- Whilst they are ideally would like someone who has relevant experience within the electricity and gas networks distribution/transmission sector, this is not essential.
- They are looking for someone who is able to develop excellent working relationships with our member companies and operate successfully within the Policy Team.
- The candidate will require strong administration and staff management skills.
- Understanding of the key issues facing network companies, particularly connections, charging issues and market reforms (smart metering, HH settlement, faster switching, code governance reforms);
- Understanding of the RIIO regulatory framework and how network companies make money under this framework;
- High level understanding of the commercial framework under which network companies operate, including the industry code framework
- Awareness of Competition Law in GB, including key risks and how to mitigate them.
- Excellent planning and organisational skills, with ability to balance a number of competing actions and priorities with a strong focus on governance processes;
- Good management skills – delegating responsibility where appropriate and providing a supportive environment in which to develop junior members of staff;
- Good communication skills, both verbal and written with the ability to write succinctly and present clearly to audiences;
- Ability to identify and influence stakeholders – building relationships with key stakeholders and communicating the position of network companies to them;
- Political awareness – the ability to identify politically sensitive issues and the risks and opportunities these provide for network companies
- Ability to manage budgets and plan resources.
Benefits include non-contributory pension scheme, 30 days' holiday entitlement, employee assistance service, annual medical assessment, free life insurance cover, Childcare vouchers and interest-free season ticket or bike loan.
Please get in touch with Sally Woods on 01202 888 986. We look forward to hearing from you!
- Head of Regulatory Policy