Practice Manager – Heat Policy and Local Energy

Energy Systems Catapult

  • Full Time

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About us

Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.


Meeting the UK’s 2050 climate change targets will require fundamental transformation of our entire energy system, raising huge challenges for policy reform, market design and the regulatory frameworks across the entire energy sector.

Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) takes a whole systems approach to understanding and analysing the transition to low carbon energy encompassing:

  • the entire energy value chain from large scale production all the way to end consumers
  • all energy vectors (e.g. electricity, heat and transport fuels)
  • joining up physical requirements with policy, market and digital arrangements

A crucial facet of the transformation of the energy system is unlocking action on heat decarbonisation and at local-level. As part of the Markets Policy and Regulation team is the ESC, you will lead the heat and local energy/place-based policy practice, establishing and growing the Practice to ensure the ESC has the capability and capacity to effectively contribute to the emerging policy and regulatory debate in heat and local energy system transformation, and to build a portfolio of advisory projects in this space.

The Markets Policy and Regulation team is a key source of policy, regulatory, and market knowledge for the ESC. We work extensively with all  ESC capabilities to develop evidence-based analysis to inform key industry stakeholders and undertake radical thought leadership work, principally in four key areas: electricity market design, economy-wide decarbonisation, low-carbon building and local area energy planning. The areas we work on change in response to industry development and policy requirements, so your role can evolve over time to incorporate aspects such as skills, hydrogen economy and transport. . Engaging and collaborating with sector expertise is central to the work of the Practice and includes: bringing knowledge into the ESC; collaborating on projects and other activities; and supporting or leading dissemination of findings and insights from a whole system perspective back into the sector.

We now seek an experienced and committed energy policy / regulatory professional to strengthen the MPR team (currently 6 strong), to lead key projects, to co-ordinate ESC’s corporate policy positioning.  The successful candidate will also provide deep subject matter expertise and industry experience to inform a range of work on policy and regulatory reform.

Role purpose

  1. To lead the development of the ESC/MPR Heat & Local Energy Policy Practice capability to deliver high quality insight and analysis in identified thematic domains, including growing and managing policy analysts & advisors who work within it.
  2. To scope and lead delivery of major policy projects relating to the UK’s Net Zero transition and heat and buildings strategy (both thought leadership and commercial projects).
  3. To co-ordinate the articulation of ESC corporate policy thinking on heat and local energy policy issues in responses to consultations, inquiries, in key reports, and other media.
  4. To develop and lead strategic relationships on heat and local energy policy, regulation and institutional governance issues with key energy sector and local government stakeholders.

Key Deliverables

This role requires identification of areas where the ESC can deliver maximum value to catalyse the commercial application of low carbon technology, solutions and systems. The Practice Manager – heat and local energy policy takes responsibility for:

  • Delivery and strategic leadership of thought leadership on policy development for Local Area Energy Planning, smart local energy systems, heat policy and local energy.
  • Lead, manage, and grow the Heat and Local Energy Policy Practice, including the policy advisors and analysts that work within it.
  • Manage development and delivery of MPR knowledge assets in heat and local energy policy and institutional governance.
  • Identify and secure revenue generating opportunities for the Heat and Local Energy Policy Practice as part of the Markets, Policy and Regulation Business Plan. Such opportunities could include leading bids, contributing to bids, or direct consulting and similar propositions.
  • Manage ESC strategic engagement with BEIS, MHCLG, devolved administrations, and CCC for heat and local energy policy and ensure impact is achieved through landing compelling messages and communication with these key audiences.
  • Build credibility and provide specialist knowledge as the ESC expert on heat and local energy policy and related institutional governance issues, bearing in mind emerging ESC and/or Government priorities.
  • Deputise for the Head of MPR and Strategy & Performance Director in managing engagement processes with senior professionals in line with emerging ESC policy priorities.
  • Manage development of policy landscape scanning/knowledge building and exchange for ESC Board and Senior Leadership in heat and buildings decarbonisation policy and local energy planning and governance.
  • Manage and lead delivery of high quality ESC policy positions, consultation responses, and evidence submissions, as required in heat and local energy policy, including co-ordinating and articulating ESC insights and expertise from across the business through the Zero Carbon buildings group.
  • Facilitate understanding of the role that heat and local energy policy along with the role of local energy and local government in enabling the UK to meet its Net Zero emissions target.
  • Represent ESC as a key heat and local energy policy expert on relevant industry and government advisory bodies and academic groupings.
  • Line manage, mentor, and promote the career development MPR team members, ensuring their professional growth and building of subject matter expertise, knowledge, and skills.

Key Work Activities

  • In addition to the above, the [job title] will typically: Line management of at least one member of MPR team staff, ensuring a balanced and deliverable portfolio of work, providing professional guidance and quality assurance, and enabling professional growth.
  • Leading project management across corporate, thought leadership, stakeholder, and commercial work in heat and local energy policy including delivery of a balanced and deliverable portfolio of work, including identifying and co-ordinating inputs from key ESC colleagues.
  • Strategic and intellectual leadership of ESC’s positioning on policy and regulatory issues relating to heat and buildings decarbonisation, local area energy planning, the role of network companies in LAEP, regulatory arrangements for LAEP and the planning system and institutional governance priorities.
  • Representation of MPR function within key ESC management processes (e.g. ESC Delivery Group and planning processes).
  • Lead key aspects of MPR team management, including contributing fully to team planning and leadership of team processes (e.g. team ‘problem solving’ process, quality assurance, etc.)
  • Delivery of strategic policy analysis and knowledge, as required to deliver against MPR work plans.
  • To synthesise understanding of economic policy issues on heat and buildings decarbonisation policy challenges.
  • Manage interactions with key stakeholders including running workshops and delivering high quality presentations, webinars, etc.
  • Lead authorship of key MPR and/or ESC deliverables as identified, including lead authorship of commercial project deliverables, consultation responses, thought leadership reports, blogs, op-eds, and articles.
  • Attendance at key industry fora/events and presentation of ESC positioning and policy thinking.
  • Leading and contributing to ESC bids, contributing and scoping relevant MPR expertise and inputs as appropriate.
  • Horizon scanning and maintaining ESC knowledge and insight in carbon policy and industrial decarbonisation policy, relevant to ESC’s corporate strategy and delivery plan

What credentials are we ideally looking for?

You will need to be results orientated and self-motivated with extensive analytical, presentation, planning and organisational skills and with substantial client facing experience, able to lead, facilitate and persuade through your personal authority and approach. A willingness to work in a fast-paced environment and experience of leading the specification, development and delivery of policy research projects will be critical.


Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline (preferably with a higher degree in an analytic subject, environmental, climate or energy policy)

  • Significant relevant professional experience including a significant component of energy sector policy and regulation, either within government, consultancy, industry or academia – with experience of project and/or team leadership responsibilities. Experience from another relevant regulated sector (e.g. water, transport, telecommunications) will be considered.


  • Demonstrated project leadership experience in policy and/or regulatory analysis and delivery of strategic policy.
  • Demonstrable experience with stakeholder engagement and relationship building, well versed in engaging with external stakeholders to learn, persuade and identify mutually beneficial opportunities.
  • Experienced writer and presenter, capable of communicating engagingly, confidently with accuracy & clarity with a range of generalist and specialist audiences at all levels of seniority
  • Experience in commercial role or innovation support role would be an advantage.
  • Experience in business and/or finance will be an advantage


  • Economically literate and numerate, statistically/scientifically literate, with sound understanding of public policy principles and issues relevant to the energy transition
  • Proven skills and/or qualifications in public policy, environmental policy, utility regulation, competition policy and/or economic analysis
  • Versatility and adaptability in relation to subject matter and working styles (thought leadership to commercial consultancy), open-minded, resilient and intellectually creative
  • Ability to structure, engage with and solve complex, multi-dimensional problems
  • Strong teamworking skills and ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Able to understand, interpret and effectively communicate analytical outputs and the wider implications of these.
  • Confident at constructively challenging the established norms and an ability to ask the difficult questions whilst maintaining relationships.
  • Able to anticipate requirements, consider implications and work effectively with others to identify productive routes forward and resolve issues in a timely manner with consideration of the wider needs of the team.
  • Strong communication and associated IT skills with an ability to produce clear, compelling, concise and accurate written documentation; deliver engaging and informative presentations; and provide reasoned and persuasive arguments and explanations.

Other requirements:

  • Interest and literacy in social, economic, legal, regulatory and public policy issues
  • In depth knowledge of one or more significant energy technology domains (e.g. electricity generation, gas markets, etc)
  • Demonstrated versatility and intellectual adaptability to span a broad range of policy and regulatory topics, with clarity and competence.
  • Understanding of planning and local energy policy issues

Would you like to Apply?

The closing date for applications is 22nd April 2021.

Please note that at this time we are unable to provide UK visa sponsorship.

Energy Systems Catapult undertakes innovative and exciting work that will help shape the future of energy, with this in mind we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible, as we do reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

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“We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.”

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