UK nationals: Project Officer (EU Exit Energy and Climate)

London, United Kingdom
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Job description

About the role:
This is an exciting, high profile role that offers the opportunity to be at the heart of delivering the Government's ambition for the UK's new relationship with the EU. Exiting the EU will impact nearly 20 different aspects of climate and energy policy, and you will be directly involved in coordinating these interests to deliver secure, affordable and clean energy for the UK.

The Project Delivery officer will form a central part of the Directorate's small Programme Management Office, and will support the successful delivery of all Climate and Energy issues within this complex and wide-ranging EU Exit programme. The role will have strong links to the wider BEIS EU Exit programme, whilst focusing on assuring the delivery of climate and energy-specific projects within our portfolio.

About the team:
The Energy and Climate Change EU Exit team is a new directorate, set up to ensure that the UK's aims and objectives in energy and climate change are met in the process of exiting the EU. We work closely with policy teams across the department, many of whom will find their work impacted by EU Exit, across Whitehall and with external stakeholders in our efforts to secure the best outcome for energy and climate change post EU Exit. As a new team, we have spent a lot of effort focused on creating an excellent team culture, welcoming of team members joining us from across government and the private sector. As a result, we have created a high performing, friendly and supportive team (with some of the best staff survey results in the department last year) with a mix of skills and experience including a lot of people who have recently joined government. It is an exciting time to be joining the team, you will be arriving at a crucial time in delivering the Government's ambitions for EU Exit.

The Directorate, and BEIS more widely, is committed to promoting equality and diversity and to offering an inclusive and accommodating working environment, including flexible working opportunities. Many people in the team have flexible working arrangements, including regular working from home, flexi time and compressed hours.

Key Responsibilities:
• Planning and scheduling – Implement and maintain appropriate systems to enable effective planning and scheduling of the ~17 projects in our programme. Support the maintenance a programme-level delivery map and critical path to monitor progress.
• Monitoring and reporting – Maintain project controls and support teams to prepare project performance reports. Challenge colleagues (including at senior level) on inputs to planning and reporting as required.
• Governance - Support with the delivery of reporting to various boards and forums on behalf of the Programme.
Support the briefing, including for senior colleagues, ahead of attending the EU Exit boards
• Stakeholders – Manage professional relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and liaise directly with Stakeholders to gather data as required.
Act as point of contact for governance and reporting.
• Risks and Issues – Manage potential risk areas, working with risk managers and escalating as appropriate.
• Deputise for the Head of PMO by providing guidance, support and insight on the programme, and acts as the source of all programme information and metrics

Person Specification:
• Have a recognised Project Delivery qualification – for example: APM Project or Prince II, or are working towards one.
• Have an understanding of managing risks/issues within a project or programme.
• Have project delivery knowledge and experience of supporting stakeholders to provide them with the service and assurance that they require
• Adept at building and maintaining working relationships to ensure the wider Programme Team remain informed of emerging issues and trends within the project.
• Have a track record of prioritising and delivering outputs in a fast-paced and time-sensitive environment.
• Have a proven ability to organise a complex workload, prioritise, and manage rapidly changing demands and priorities
• Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a proven record of establishing, building and maintaining strong, collaborative and productive relationships across functional and organisational boundaries

About BEIS:
BEIS is a department at the heart of the Government’s agenda, with a vision of an economy that works for everyone. We are responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the Government’s relationship with business; we work to tackle climate change and ensure that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. Our role is vital to lead the Government’s vision in a context of momentous change, responding to both the short-term domestic impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and working to define the next stage.

We feel the department has an exciting remit, and we hope you agree.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

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 and three behavioural statements. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Candidates will be sifted on their behavioural statements and CV.

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using a lead behaviour. This will be the behaviour which is listed first in the job advert.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses.

The interview will consist of behaviour and strength based questions.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sarah Haining

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift dates: w/c 18/03/2019
Interview dates: w/c 25/03/2019
Interview location: London

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

Further information

A reserve list may be held for up to 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

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

Any move to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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

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