Combined Heat & Power, District Heating & Cooling, Demand Side Services


Energy is a fast changing and complex topic, with many different voices seeking to be heard. Are you someone who can turn excellent and complex ideas into great content and engaging communications? If so, we want to hear from you.

Senior Policy Manager

Location: London
Salary: Competitive + benefits including 6% pension contribution, healthcare insurance and cycle to work scheme
Contract Type: Permanent
Start Date: Immediately
Closing date for applications: 31st October 2017

The energy sector is undergoing rapid change, and we need a Senior Policy Manager to help coordinate and lead an ambitious programme to deliver for the decentralised energy sector.

The ADE is the leading advocate of a more local, user-led, efficient and low-carbon energy system. We represent one of the most exciting and fast changing areas of the energy sector. Our members cover a wide range of market participants, from industrial manufacturers, energy service providers, demand response aggregators and technology developers, to local authorities and the wider energy market supply chain.

With a market shift towards decentralised generation and smart energy services, this is a key opportunity for the right person to take on a senior role in representing one of the fastest growing parts of the energy sector.

About the role

We are looking for an experienced, confident and proactive person who can help lead the Association’s electricity policy team to develop and promote combined heat and power, district heating and cooling, and demand side energy services, including demand response, energy storage and energy management.

The role will embrace a broad spectrum of public policy, including electricity markets, renewables, energy efficiency, carbon taxation, planning, and infrastructure investment, and will involve working directly with key government departments, local authorities, regulators and parliamentarians.


The post holder will have responsibility for (but not limited to):

  • Coordinating the Association’s development and delivery of electricity policy and regulatory work across all levels of national and local government.
  • Coordinating services and resources provided to members and key stakeholders.
  • Working closely with Government and regulatory officials in key departments, including HM Treasury, BEIS and DCLG, Ofgem, and No. 10 in the development of policy areas relevant for CHP, district heat or demand-side services, including the Capacity Market, Contracts for Differences, EU Emissions Trading Scheme, and carbon taxation.
  • Monitoring and influencing relevant policy developments at a European, national, devolved and local level, including participation in key senior meetings of European trade bodies and meeting with both MEPs and European Commission members.
  • Influencing the development and direction of relevant primary and secondary legislation, both in Government and Parliament and of relevant local rules and regulations with key local authority Governments, including the Greater London Authority.
  • Undertaking relevant analysis to support designated policy including the development, maintenance and operation of analytical tools, and analysis for market development requirements and tasks
  • Supporting the Association’s working relationships with Parliamentarians, Government officials, local authority officials and councillors, ADE members and other stakeholders at appropriate levels of seniority.
  • Planning and managing for the timely delivery of objectives for policy projects, tasks and work streams including the coordination of internal resources and liaising with other senior staff members.
  • Providing evaluation of progress in advance of management meetings, and reporting on progress at Board level.
  • Ensuring the Association’s policy and communications development meets the ADE’s strategic vision through internal analysis, advising changes where necessary.
  • Identifying and progressing strategic issues of common interest and concern to the Association and its members on both a proactive and reactive basis.
  • Help prepare and manage policy and communication operation and development budgets.
  • Contributing to the Association’s process of continuous improvement through periodic reviews of significant projects, tasks and campaigns.
  • Recruiting, leading and managing direct reports in the policy and communications teams, encouraging the development of team capability, and day-to-day management of nominated reports, including allocation of responsibilities, tasking and reporting.
  • Monitoring, reviewing and managing the performance, welfare, personal and career development of any direct reports.
  • Recording personal progress toward targets and objectives set out in annual and bimonthly reviews. Presenting these to line manager at reviews.

Skills and qualities

The applicant should have at least 5 years’ experience in similar roles, and a good understanding of these policy areas, including technical, commercial and political understanding of electricity markets, and experience in delivering policy and regulatory wins. A degree in a relevant subject would be an advantage.

The candidate will require strong analytical, organisational and communication skills, with the necessary initiative to lead a small team and assume responsibility for leading prominent projects and work packages. The ability to communicate complex topics effectively to a diverse range of audiences, and to work collaboratively and constructively with colleagues and stakeholders, are key attributes.

The office is an exciting and dynamic place to work, engaging with industry leaders and decision makers at the forefront of energy policy, helping to shape the future energy market. You will enjoy engaging within a small office team as well as across a wide number of external stakeholders.

At the ADE we believe that we succeed by having happy, motivated people and we will support and invest in a successful candidate. In exchange we look for proactive team players who are ready to deliver on behalf of our members.

Apply now

If you’d like to learn more about working for us, please contact Jonathan Graham ( to ask any questions you might have.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter, to arrive no later than 31st October 2017.

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