REF1554 - Head of Technical Specialists

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Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy
57994.00 - 69697.00 GBP Annual
26 Aug 2017
23 Sep 2017
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What we do:

The Department brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change.

What we are responsible for:

•Business and enterprise: cementing the UK's position as the best place in Europe to start and grow a business - by supporting local growth, entrepreneurs, and making it easier for businesses to resolve disputes quickly and easily.

•Competitiveness: developing a long-term industrial strategy, supporting competitive markets, cutting red tape and protecting intellectual property.

•Science and innovation: ensuring that the UK is the best place in Europe to innovate, maintaining our world-leading research and science base to drive growth and productivity while reforming the system to maximise value from our investments.

•Labour markets: helping Britain move to a higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare society, tackling illegal practices in the workplace, implementing reform of trade union law, and dealing with abuse of the minimum wage.

•A reliable and resilient energy system: ensuring security of energy supply that families and businesses can rely on, now and in the future. This includes working across the oil, gas and electricity sectors to make sure the UK has a well-functioning, competitive and resilient energy system, and sufficient capacity to meet the needs of energy users in the years ahead.

•Energy bills: keeping bills as low as possible for hard-working families and businesses.
•International climate change and cost-effective carbon reduction at home: taking action on climate change alongside international partners to safeguard our long-term economic and national security. And meeting our national carbon target of at least an 80% emissions reduction by 2050 through efficient procurement of low carbon generation and otherwise in ways that keeps the cost of action as low as possible, to ensure value for money for our families and businesses.

•UK energy legacy: managing the legacy of our energy industries sustainably and responsibly. This means discharging legal liabilities effectively and managing the security risks from the legacies of our nuclear and coal industries, and other energy liabilities.

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Job description

BEIS Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy (SICE) Directorate is looking to recruit a senior engineering/technical specialist to play a fundamental role in ensuring government policies on energy and climate change are based on sound engineering principles and robust technical evidence. The role involves providing engineering & technical leadership and management of a small team of, about ten, scientists and engineers, deploying them across the department's energy related policy areas to meet varied and rapidly changing demands for technical support. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of the overall energy policy landscape and help transform the energy sector to low carbon technologies.

The successful candidate will have excellent engineering & technical understanding underpinned by sound engineering principles and a highly analytical mind, comfortable dealing with ambiguity and novel concepts and ideas. They will be highly motivated and able to work largely independently at senior levels in the organisation, challenging decisions on the basis of all available technical evidence. A key competency will be communication skills, particularly to be able to communicate complex technical matters to civil servants and stakeholders without technical backgrounds, and Ministers. Further, ability to engage, influence and build relationships across disciplines within and beyond the Directorate including with other specialists, policy directors and arms-length bodies e.g. Innovate UK, Research Councils and the professional institutions, will be essential. They will be able to demonstrate sound management skills including the ability to manage and deploy technical specialists in a consultancy or matrix managed organisation.

The post holder's responsibilities will include:

1. Provide support as required for the Head of Energy Engineering and deputise;

2. Support the Head of Energy Engineering, the director for SICE, and the BEIS chief scientific advisor in their Head of Profession role;

3. Recruit, develop, and line manage a team of technical specialist engineers and scientists;

4. Provide expert engineering advice through the team to support the Chief Scientific Adviser;

5. Provide engineering support and challenge across the Department to ensure a sound technical foundation to policies;

6. Ensure that the team are providing sound evidence based advice and challenge within SICE and across the Department;

7. Coordinate and manage the day to day work of the Engineering and Technical Energy Specialists team;

8. Invest in their own professional and personal learning and development.

Occasional travel within and outside the UK may be required for this role.



• Experienced engineering background

• Chartered Engineer status / applying for

• Energy sector experience


A postgraduate qualification in engineering or relevant science discipline or equivalent work experience.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
    Seeing the Big Picture

    Anticipate economic, social, political, environmental and technological developments to keep activity relevant and targeted. Identify implications of Departmental and political priorities and strategy on own area to ensure plans and activities reflect these. Ensures relevant issues relating to their activity/policy area are effectively fed into strategy and big picture considerations.

    Leading and Communicating

    Be visible to staff and stakeholders and regularly undertake activities to engage and build trust with people involved in area of work. Clarify strategies and plans, communicate purpose and direction with clarity and enthusiasm. Confidently engage with stakeholders and colleagues at all levels to generate commitment to goals.

    Making Effective Decisions

    Reaching evidence based strategies, evaluating options, impacts, risks and solutions and creating a security culture around the handling of information. Aiming to maximise return while minimising risk and balancing a range of considerations to provide sustainable outcomes.

    Managing a Quality Service

    Make clear, pragmatic and manageable plans for service delivery using programme and project management disciplines. Create regular opportunities for staff and customers to help improve service quality and demonstrate a visible involvement. Make changes to service delivery with minimal involvement from others Ensure the service offer thoroughly considers customers' needs and a broad range of available methods to meet this, including new technology where relevant.

    Applying scientific and technical knowledge

    Applies knowledge, experience and skills effectively, providing innovative solutions to problems. Understands longer term and strategic issues relating to the projects and programmes. Understands business need and context of the work the organisation undertakes. Identifies and assesses risk, uncertainties and confounding factors, can respond effectively to unforeseen situations, understands the limitations of their own expertise and knows when to call in experts or flag an issue.

    Overseeing the technical work of others

    Effective in taking a strategic view of the technical work of the organisation. Acts as the formal approver and technical decision maker for the most important pieces of work and sets professional standards for science and engineering within the organisation.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

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Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .

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