Head of Policy (Renewables Energy)

Energy
  • UK, London
  • Permanent
  • Full time
  • from £80,000 to £90,000 per year
Our client is a water and energy contractor, they are currently recruiting for a Head of Policy (Renewables Energy) located in London. The Head of Policy, Regulation & Development is responsible for leading the development of policy and insights, managing and developing existing schemes that my client operates...

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Job description

Our client is a water and energy contractor, they are currently recruiting for a Head of Policy (Renewables Energy) located in London.  

The Head of Policy, Regulation & Development is responsible for leading the development of policy and insights, managing and developing existing schemes that my client operates – all from a policy and regulation perspective. This shall involve utilizing sound policy and regulatory experience and capability. This is an evenly balanced internal and externally focused role with significant networking opportunities.  

My client covers multiple energy technologies through the existing schemes it manages, and the role holder will be working across current technologies of low carbon electricity generation, hydrogen, carbon capture utilization and storage and nuclear; as well as new technologies which enter the portfolio through its business development pipeline.  

The role holder will develop company positions on key matters regarding government proposals to influence existing and future policy and implementation, taking the lead in developing an influencing approach. This will involve significant collaboration both internally and externally at all points of the development cycle.  

The role holder will take an impartial and objective view of issues, key decisions and changes across the schemes from a policy and regulatory perspective. This role will look ahead and consider potential improvements and changes to the schemes, and will combine policy and insights expertise to help shape future scheme design.  

This role reports directly into the Director of Strategy & Development and sits within the wider Strategy & Development Directorate and Leadership Team. This is a new role within the Strategy & Development Department and the role holder will have the opportunity to shape, structure and develop this area in the way the successful candidates sees fit, aligned to the company mission, vision and values.  

 

Key Responsibilities  

- Identify impacts and changes arising from policy developments which impact existing schemes across multiple technologies. This shall involve working with policy makers in government, and across multiple stakeholder groups, leveraging private sector influence to gain support from the industry for the development of existing schemes and the company's involvement.  

- The role holder will be expected to communicate effectively both internally and externally, the impacts and changes on the company and the wider industry who engage with their schemes.  

- Develop company positions and strategic insights on key policy matters which support the successful delivery of existing scheme objectives. This will involve working closely with Analytics and Scheme Delivery teams to understand how the existing schemes are performing.  

- Provide feedback to policy makers and other stakeholders including generators on these aspects of the existing schemes to inform improvements or further development of schemes.  

- Oversee the tracking and management of the future policy pipeline. Communicate the pipeline of future policy and sectoral changes to the Board, CEO, and operational teams.  

- Engage with internal teams to input into the CfD change activity, taking a portfolio view of issues and changes.  

- Through collaboration with contract management teams, engage with counterparties on scheme policy and regulatory issues.  

- Lead the policy development of allocation rounds on behalf of LCCC, advising on proposed changes to the standard T&Cs across the different technologies and work alongside internal colleagues to assist in the coordination of scheme applicants, liaising with Contract Management, External Communications and Legal as appropriate.  

- Interpret and translate new policy requirements on behalf of the business and oversee the documentation of LCCC/ESC's interpretation in portfolio wide internal operational guidance and external scheme guidance.  

- Develop team members, ensuring they receive support and training

Requirements

Essential:  

- At least 3 years’ experience of working on large scale and complex contracts, understanding how policy changes and developments impact contractual delivery.  

- At least 3 years’ experience of managing, developing and mentoring a team of 4 or more.  

- Experience in developing and maintaining commercial relationships with key suppliers and stakeholders.  

- Experience explaining and presenting complex technical or financial information, including to senior stakeholders.  

- Strong understanding of how policy effects contractual management, with the ability to communicate how policy and contract changes impact wider team and business processes.  

- Proven commercial contract and negotiation experience.  

- Strong knowledge of relevant legal, regulatory and policy issues  

- Strong understanding of the current UK renewables energy policy landscape and regulations or UK power generation  

- Ability to work across several teams and departments to develop and influence policy – utilizing various skills and expertise through effective collaboration to ensure that the development of policy is rounded and considers all aspects of the business and its stakeholders.  

- Able to prioritise and flex focus in an impartial way, depending on business need and weighing up the relevant commercial, policy, technology and legal risks and benefits.  

- Able to innovate and generate ideas on future scheme improvements, taking into account broader sector and policy implications.  

 

Desirable:  

- Experience drafting and processing contracts would be ideal.  

- Experience of working in the public sector or with government on policy development would be beneficial.  

- Knowledge of the CfD and / or the CM schemes is beneficial.

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