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Policy lead for flexibility

Deadline by 30 July 2021

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is recruiting a Policy Officer or Policy Manager to support the team in delivering an exciting and ambitious programme of policy development and stakeholder engagement.

Role:           Policy Officer/Policy Manager (depending on experience)

Location:      Remote working and (subject to Government guidance) London, Westminster

Salary:         £27,000 - £34,000

Contract:      Permanent

Start Date:   Immediately

About us

The Association for Decentralised Energy is the UK’s leading advocate for a more local, zero carbon energy system, where households and businesses can truly feel empowered.

The ADE is an exciting and dynamic place to work, engaging with Government and other decision makers at the forefront of energy policy and helping to shape the future energy market. The Association has a growing membership, with more than 150 organisations representing a wide range of energy market participants working in heat networks and low carbon heat, demand-side response, energy efficiency and combined heat and power.

About the role

Achieving the massive build-out of renewable energy in the UK and reaching net zero cannot be done in the current electricity system. Rather, we will need to transform our electricity system into a smart system exploiting to the full flexibility from industrial, commercial and increasingly, domestic demand. This role is an exceptional opportunity to work directly on a transformation that is happening now and will continue to be crucial to 2050 and beyond.

The role will work with suppliers, independent aggregators and innovative start-ups, the Government, Ofgem, the Electricity System Operator and the Distribution Network Operators to put forward the case and remove barriers to the participation of flexibility.

The role will have delegated responsibility for preparing formal position papers, briefings, reports and consultation responses and for managing consultation amongst members and stakeholders. It will be responsible for the appraisal of designated policy proposals and developments arising from governments, local authorities, regulators and other stakeholders, for conducting technical, economic and qualitative analysis, and for the preparation of recommendations.

Finally, this position will also support the policy team’s broader work. This covers a wide area of public policy, including the electricity, gas and heat markets, renewables, energy efficiency, planning and infrastructure.

Depending on the successful candidate’s experience, the role can also include line management of at least one person.

This is a great opportunity to work in a fast-moving and exciting policy area – bringing together industry and Government to put in place the policy and regulation to ensure a thriving flexibility industry and support the UK to achieve net zero.

About you

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive person who can become a key part of the policy team. You will be finding innovative ways to achieve tangible improvements in the law, regulation and public policy that will help deliver a more integrated, flexible energy system that works for the user.

We are looking for someone with strong communication, analytical and organisational skills, who will enjoy working as part of the larger policy team. The candidate should be comfortable analysing and addressing both technical and economic issues and be able to convey complexities effectively to a wide range of audiences. You should be comfortable engaging with new people, making connections, building relationships, and securing support for your ideas. You should also be confident in putting forward arguments and debating in group forums.

The opportunity

Working in a small team is an excellent opportunity to raise your profile and gain leadership responsibilities in one of the most exciting and growing areas of the energy sector. We are looking for someone to join our passionate team in delivering policy that helps create a better energy system.

At the ADE we believe that we only succeed if we have 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.

What next?

If working with us sounds like something you would be interested in learning more about, please contact to ask for a full job description and any other questions you might have.

To apply, please send a CV (of no more than two pages) and covering letter (of no more than one page) setting out how your approach and experience makes you the right person to fill this post – to Dina Kamourieh.

Please note that you must have the existing right to work in UK.  

We are actively seeking applications from every part of the community. The ADE is committed to creating a diverse working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis but must arrive no later than 30th July 2021.

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