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Policy Advisor, CCUS Programme

Senior Executive Officer

Policy, Project Delivery

Salary Range:

£37,470 - £45,565 National: £37,470 - £41,925 London: £41,055 - £45,565

Department and Location:

Department for Energy Security & Net Zero

Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, London, Salford

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Contract Type:


Available Working Pattern:

Flexible Working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

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Job Description:

Would you like to help deliver critical policies for addressing climate change? In 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to legislate to have “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050, meaning we will no longer be a net emitter of greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change.

Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) is critical for Net Zero, underpinning our 2035 decarbonised electricity system commitment, decarbonising hard to abate industrial sectors and supporting the development of a new Hydrogen economy. We have an ambitious target to establish 4 carbon capture clusters capturing 20-30 Mt p.a. of CO2 by 2030 from a mixture of gas dispatchable power plants, existing industrial emitters, new blue Hydrogen production facilities and engineering greenhouse gas removals.

We have identified the location of the first 2 carbon capture clusters and have developed a suite of business models to support the development of both the capture projects and the CO2 Transport and Storage network. Each of these business models has distinct impacts for government finances which need coordinating at programme level. We are now entering a period of complex multi-dimensional negotiations and getting ready for delivery.

You will be joining the System Architecture Team. We are responsible for developing a system-wide view of the marketplace and therefore play a crucial role in managing various integration issues across policy teams and our delivery partners. We will also develop an approach to rigorously testing the system, providing assurance to the programme’s Senior Responsible Owners that the marketplace will in fact operate as intended.

You can find out more about what we mean by a system here:

Note we are also currently recruiting at HEO-grade on Civil Service Jobs.

Person Specification:

Person specification
Essential skills

• Strong experience building effective relationships with stakeholders inside or outside of government, bringing them along when implementing change.

• Ability to apply system-wide thinking to problem-solving, considering the implications of changes across stakeholders.

• Ability to absorb and distil complex policy information and data to make clear process/delivery recommendations to senior management, both orally and in writing.

• Ability to plan effectively and manage competing priorities, working flexibly and to tight deadlines.

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