Energy Transitions Commission – Head of Analysis

SYSTEMIQ

  • Full Time

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SYSTEMIQ was set up in 2016 to drive the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by transforming markets and business models in three key economic systems: land use, materials and energy. By addressing failures in these systems, SYSTEMIQ aims to unlock economic opportunities that benefit business, society and the environment. We do this through five activities:

  1. Convene and support coalitions of leaders to shape policies and business strategies that will rapidly transform economic activity;
  2. Work with companies that want to be pioneers in and drivers of change towards more sustainable systems;
  3. Co-create and incubate the market solutions most likely to build regenerative economic systems
  4. Invest our own venture capital and expertise in opportunities with the biggest potential to drive rapid system change;
  5. Direct larger pools of capital into regenerative economic systems, enabling them to scale and multiply.

To deliver in these areas, we recruit and develop distinctive and varied individuals who thrive to achieve our mission, challenge the status quo and act as change leaders.

Position

The Energy Transitions Commission

The Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) is a global coalition of leaders from across the energy landscape committed to achieving net-zero emissions by mid-century, in line with the Paris climate objective of limiting global warming to well below 2°C and ideally to 1.5°C. Our commissioners come from a range of organisations – energy producers, energy-intensive industries, technology providers, finance players and environmental NGOs – which operate across developed and developing countries and play different roles in the energy transition. This diversity of viewpoints informs our work: our robust and fact-based analyses are developed with a systems perspective through extensive exchanges with experts and practitioners. The secretariat of the ETC is hosted by SYSTEMIQ.

A robust, fact-based approach is the calling-card of the ETC. ETC research covers all key dimensions of the transition to a net-zero GHG economy and is developed in partnership with industry and expert stakeholders. Our technology-neutral insights serve as the basis to align diverse perspectives around our conclusions and recommendations, from which we build our stakeholder engagement with industry and policy decision makers to encourage action.

In the ETC’s Making Mission Possible report, we laid out an integrated perspective on how to achieve a zero-emissions global economy by mid-century, and what energy mix would be required to make it possible. We have now turned our focus to the feasible pace of that transition and how precisely to accelerate progress in the 2020s to ensure mid-century targets are achievable.

 

Position

We are looking for a Head of Analysis to oversee the ETC’s analytical work-programme. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing analyses which answer some of the most complex and challenging questions on the road to a net-zero economy, and for using these insights to help the ETC build consensus on critical actions for the next decade.

The candidate will be the ETC’s go-to expert on the transition, leading a research team of 2-3 analysts to provide insights to multiple stakeholder groups within the Commission and externally. The candidate will craft compelling narratives based on qualitative and quantitative analysis, which motivate senior industry executives and policy stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have an appetite to grip the big picture and the systems-implications of the energy transition, while also understanding the details underpinning analytical work. The candidate will be proactive and able to deliver autonomously, taking ownership for delivery of the ETC’s analytical work-programme. Our ideal candidate is also motivated by coaching a team of highly motivated analysts, helping them to develop their skills and build expertise.

The candidate will have a highly collaborative mindset, using insights developed across a broad set of partners to inform and refine the ETC’s narrative and analytical approach. They will build strong relationships with senior executives and experts from the ETC’s member organisations, and work closely with the analytical teams in the ETC’s regional Chapters and broader network.

This role will report to the Deputy Director of the ETC and work closely with the Director and Chair.

 

 

Key responsibilities

Thought leadership

  • Expert on ETC insights, creating high-quality analytical outputs which develop the ETC’s point of view on the most complex elements of the energy transition, and inform discussions with industry & policy makers
    • Structure and prioritise the ETC’s analytical programme, developing appropriate methodologies / approaches, and synthesising insights
    • Lead a range of quantitative and qualitative analysis, overcoming data gathering & analytical roadblocks and quality assuring outputs produced by others
    • Synthesize analytical insights to bring clarity & structure on complex and disparate topics
    • Refine analyses / narratives in close collaboration with industry players & external experts
  • Articulate analytically robust, high-ambition, compelling narratives based on analytical work, refining for multiple audiences (e.g. senior executives, technical experts, policy makers)
  • Produce workshop materials, policy briefs, technical papers, long-form reports, and other relevant materials with the support of the ETC’s Analytical Team
  • Work with the ETC Communications team to develop communication assets suitable for a broader audience, leveraging ETC analysis and insights

 

Stakeholder engagement

  • Orchestrate stakeholder interactions, including bilateral meetings, workshops and wider industry event participation
    • Prepare and drive discussions with ETC members and external partners to build a high-ambition consensus on steps to be taken to deliver a mid-century net-zero economy
    • Navigate, manage and defuse differences of opinion amongst stakeholders, with the support of the ETC’s leadership team
  • Foster and nurture relationships across the ETC stakeholder community, including senior executives, member experts and relevant external experts (policy, business, thinktanks, academia)
  • Represent the ETC in external meetings, conferences and events

 

Analytical programme management

  • Managing and ensuring high-quality output from in-house analytical team (2-3 analysts), coaching & developing junior team members to help them build expertise and skills
  • Leading joint research projects delivered in collaboration with delivery partners and supervising subcontracted analyses
  • Ensure day-to-day management of multiple simultaneous workstreams and competing priorities, adapting to evolving policy and business landscapes

 

Requirements

 

  • 5+ years at a top-tier strategy consulting firm or equivalent high calibre environment
  • Proactive and self-starter, appetite for working autonomously in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills –confident leading high-quality quantitative and qualitative analytics on a range of different topics
    • Able to structure analysis to solve critical questions and provide insights to senior stakeholders
    • Detail-orientated while also able to understand the big picture and draw conclusions at the system-level
    • Ability to develop compelling narratives based on quantitative and qualitative data, tailoring messages and content as appropriate for audience
  • Experience and appetite for working in a fast-moving operating environment
  • Proven track-record leading and managing an analytical / project team
    • Structing and prioritising a complex, multiple-faceted work programme, including for junior team members
    • Applying rigorous quality assurance (content, narrative and clarity of messages)
    • Coaching and developing direct reports
  • Excellent communications skills (verbal, written, presentation)
    • Confident writing concise, well-structured documents (in both report and presentation formats) conveying clear but subtle messages
    • Experience structuring multi-stage discussions with broad stakeholder groups
    • Comfortable presenting and facilitating discussions in a range of settings
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and collaborative team player:
    • Experience working with senior executives
    • Ability to build credibility and nurture trusting relationships with stakeholders from different organisational and geographical backgrounds
    • Aptitude for managing sensitive group dynamics
  • Subject matter expertise in energy and/or climate – or appetite and ability to go through a steep learning curve over a short period of time
  • Excellent digital skills: Powerpoint, Excel, Word
  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree

 

Desirable

  • Experience working across corporate, finance, NGO and policy spheres
  • Experience developing thought leadership for stakeholder influencing purposes (e.g. long-form reports, infographics, data visualisation, op-eds, digital content)
  • Experience working in a collaborative organisation (e.g. coalitions / partnerships)
  • Experience in fundraising, proposal and bid writing
  • Knowledge of the energy, industry and/or climate policy environment in Europe, India, China or the US
  • Proficiency in Chinese, French or German

Other information

We offer the opportunity to benefit from the world-leading networks of our partners and be part of a high-calibre, driven, and fun/friendly team. We are keen to receive applications from all parts of the global community. Ideally, you have the Right to Work in the UK