• Full Time
  • UK

This post is a high-profile Grade 7 role within the Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP). It will provide opportunities to shape and lead engagement with senior officials, stakeholders and Ministers!

SMIP is a major delivery programme spanning Government and industry, replacing traditional gas and electricity meters with smart meters in homes and small businesses across Great Britain.

Smart meters underpin cost-effective delivery of the government’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, enabling renewable energy sources and new technologies to be integrated into the energy system. Without this flexibility, the costs of delivering net zero by 2050 would be an estimated £16 billion higher each year.

Smart meters are also modernising energy for millions of consumers. They are bringing an end to estimated bills and manual meter reads, enabling prepayment customers to top-up remotely without leaving home, and providing consumers with near-real time information which they can use to save energy and cut their bills.

The External & Parliamentary Affairs Team works at pace, collaborating across team boundaries and with private sector delivery partners on nuanced issues. This includes working closely with the Department’s press office to respond to urgent enquiries. It also delivers Ministerial briefings, correspondence, FOI responses and parliamentary engagement.

SMIP is directorate of diverse skills, backgrounds, experience and personalities. We are a friendly, open, and supportive team who welcome, value and include people from all walks of life. We work on an exciting and complex agenda and we need a diverse skill set to help us deliver it. We are committed to work-life balance and flexible working. If you want to know more about SMIP’s Diversity and Inclusion please e-mail: [email protected]

Job description

The successful candidate will:

• Develop and maintain a strategic picture of departmental engagement plans, cross-government priorities and rollout milestones to embed smart metering in wider policy and energy narratives, such as net zero, and drive consumer uptake;

• Build and lead strong relationships with colleagues and industry partners, including the Data Communications Company, Smart Energy GB and Energy UK, to drive intelligence sharing and navigate differing priorities;

• Work with colleagues across the Programme and in the communications directorate, including press office, to draft accurate, clear and persuasive messages at pace, for example in response to media enquiries;;

• Lead high-profile Parliamentary engagement, including briefing for select committee appearances and UQs;

• Manage the Programme’s reputation by identifying risks, developing comprehensive handling plans and advising the Programme’s Senior Leadership Team (SCS) on how to handle sensitive issues;

• Support an SEO to identify and take opportunities for promoting smart meters;

• Lead a team of two to deliver accurate and timely responses to PQs, OQs, briefings (including Ministerial briefings and speeches), FOI requests and correspondence;

• Line management of one SEO and countersigning officer for one EO, as well as task management of other team members as business needs require.


This role would be suitable for a highly motivated individual who has experience working in a fast-paced environment with senior people. Relevant skills could come from a range of professional backgrounds, but candidates must be comfortable collaborating with policy or technical specialists to understand and explain complex issues in a clear and straightforward manner.

The successful candidate will have:

• The ability to perform effectively under tight time constraints, coordinating across team and organisational boundaries to deliver high-quality results;

• Excellent judgement under pressure, with the capability to devise options at speed and make sound recommendations on the basis of incomplete evidence;

• The ability to grasp the big picture, which they will use to identify reputational risks, develop effective mitigation’s and exploit opportunities;

• Strong stakeholder management skills, with the capacity to build trust, stand their ground and confidently engage industry partners;

• Highly developed written communication skills; able to write clearly and succinctly about complex topics for varied audiences;

• Excellent verbal communication skills; confident in providing advice directly to senior officials, Ministers and key delivery partners;

• The ability to oversee a team to provide a high-quality service, producing consistently accurate work to fixed deadlines and finding opportunities to innovate and improve;

• Leadership experience with the capability to be an encouraging, inclusive line manager who inspires and motivates teams to be fully engaged in their work.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Benefits

    BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

    •A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, home working and compressed hours.

    •Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

    •A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.

    •An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.

    •Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

    Things you need to know


    Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.People working with government assets must complete checks.

    Selection process details

    This vacancy is using , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Your personal statement (no more than 750 words) should outline the following:

    Please explain why you are interested in this role and how your skills and experience match what we are looking for.

    Candidates will be sifted on CV and personal statements.

    In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the lead behaviour (Communicating and Influencing).

    The interview will consist of behaviour and strength-based questions.

    Interviewees will be asked to complete a written exercise; further details will be provided nearer the time.

    Expected Timeline subject to change

    Expected Week of Sift : w/c 12/04/21 and 19/04/21
    Expected Week of Interviews : w/c 19/04/21 and 03/05/21
    Interview Location – MS Teams

    Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

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