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Heat Networks and Liquid Biofuels Policy Advisers

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Closing date
14 Jun 2021

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One of the successful candidates will work on heat network. The other will work on liquid biofuels, and may also help develop standards for heating installers.

Heat networks are a crucial technology for the UK to meet its net-zero climate target. Almost all the UK's carbon emissions from space heating and hot water will need to be zero by 2050. Heat networks are the key technology for achieving this in dense urban environments. The Climate Change Committee has recommended that the deployment of heat networks should grow from around 2% of UK heat demand currently to roughly 18% by 2050. This role will involve policy development as we prepare to implement the Heat Networks Market Framework. The HNMF will introduce consumer protection rules and regulation of carbon emissions from heat networks. This will be central to facilitating the growth and decarbonisation of the market.

Liquid biofuels are produced from renewable, biological sources such as vegetable oils or energy crops. They provide a potential low carbon alternative to fossil fuels such as kerosene heating oil or liquid petroleum gas. These fuels are not yet widely available on the domestic heating market. But they may present an attractive proposition to some consumers in the future provided they are shown to be consistent with net zero emissions, and compatible with the government's wider objectives on sustainability and air quality. This role will involve policy development and analysis as we look to clarify what role liquid biofuels may play in the future low carbon heating mix. It will also involve considering what policy changes may be needed to enable this, working closely with the Biomass Strategy team.

About BEIS

BEIS is committed to promoting equality and diversity and to offering an inclusive and accommodating working environment, including flexible working opportunities. Many people in the Clean Heat Directorate have flexible working arrangements. This includes regular working from home, job shares, flexi time off work and compressed hours.

Liquid biofuels policy adviser

Responsibilities will depend on the specific experience, skills and interests of the individual but successful candidates should expect to:

• Contribute to the design and delivery of the off-gas grid heating policy, in particular on the role of liquid biofuels;

• Support engagement and communications activities in relation to biofuels under the policy, including a series of engagement activities throughout 2021;

• Work across the team, Department and other Government Departments, including DfT and Defra, and the Devolved Administrations, to coordinate and progress policy development;

• Provide high quality advice and briefings to Ministers, Senior Civil Servants and the Low Carbon Buildings Board;

• Support work to delivery off-gas grid heating policy, as it relates to biofuels, including for example through work on relevant regulations and guidance to industry;

• Support development of policy on standards required for heat pump installations.

Heat networks policy adviser

Responsibilities will depend on the specific experience, skills and interests of the individual but successful candidates should expect to:

• Contribute to the design of heat networks policy, in particular on heat networks regulation. This could involve developing technical standards on the design and build of heat networks and developing policy to account for heat network market failure;

• Support the team's engagement, including attending regular Board meetings held with industry and consumer representation groups and Board meetings with colleagues in BEIS and Government;

• Engage with the team, BEIS, Government, and the Devolved Administrations to coordinate and progress policy development;

• Lead on writing briefings to Ministers and Senior Civil Servants.

We also encourage all staff to contribute to the department, with a number of opportunities to engage with making Clean Heat, or BEIS, an open, inclusive and fun place to work!

ResponsibilitiesTo be successful in either of these roles you will:

• Have a passion for action on energy and climate change and ambition to work in a complex area of energy policy;

• Use strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and be comfortable explaining complex issues succinctly and easily to a range of people;

• Adapt to changing priorities and be able to prioritise your time efficiently;

• Establish, build and maintain collaborative and positive relationships with internal and external teams;

• Use strong reasoning and decision-making skills and evaluate information, weigh up pros and cons and challenge assumptions.

Experience in energy and climate change policy is not essential but desirable.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Candidates will be sifted on behavioural statements.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the lead behaviour (Making Effective Decisions).

The interview will consist of behaviour and strength-based questions.

Expected Timeline subject to change

Sift Dates: w/c 28th June 2021
Interview dates: w/c 5th July 2021
Interview will be held using Microsoft Teams.

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

• Complete the "Assistance required" section in the "Additional requirements" page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Any move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

Please note that BEIS does not hold a licence to sponsor visa applications.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms directly. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

BEIS wants to be accessible for all, and this includes offering assistance to attend interviews. The offer is targeted toward those from a lower socio-economic background, or who struggle to cover the cost of attending an interview. Please see the attached guidance document at the bottom of this Civil Service Jobs advert. Embedded in the document on page 5, are 2 documents that must be completed and returned to the email addresses listed on the forms to claim an expenses payment. If you have any issues accessing these documents please contact us at

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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