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Deputy Director – Energy Engineering and Research

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Birmingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, London, Salford
£73,000 - £117,800
Closing date
4 Dec 2022

Job Details

Innovation is key to tackling climate change – you’ll help unleash it

The challenge

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has a vision to build a stronger, greener future and to make the UK a great place to work and do business.  The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio is a £1 billion fund to accelerate the commercialisation of low-carbon technologies, systems and business models in power, buildings and industry. It will decrease the costs of decarbonisation and set the UK on the path to a low carbon future. You could be part of it.

About the role

Reporting to the Director of Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy, you will lead a team of specialist engineers, scientists and policy professionals to deliver engineering advice on energy policy across Government. By using robust technical evidence, analysis and engineering support, and building collaboration across domestic and international networks, you will support the Government’s mission to tackle climate change. You will your team will have particular focus on disruptive innovation where you will support energy entrepreneurs exploring energy efficiency, power generation and storage. Working closely with Chief Scientific Adviser, you will also help develop the science and engineering profession within BEIS.

About you

We’re looking for a highly qualified professional engineer who combines research management expertise with strategic oversight and commercial awareness. You’ll bring in-depth scientific and technical knowledge in the field of energy demand and supply. Meanwhile, your excellent communication skills mean you have the ability to influence stakeholders at senior level, including ministers, both in the UK and internationally. You’ll be ready to manage long-term, complex commercial relationships with a range of suppliers and partners. You’ll also demonstrate strength in leadership, including the ability to manage, motivate and develop a technical team.


We offer a range of benefits including a generous leave allowance, flexible working options, learning and development tailored to your role, and a Civil Service pension.


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy and climate change. Our work is huge in its scope - from leading the government’s relationship with business, to championing world-leading research and tackling climate change.

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