Policy Manager

Solar Trade Association

Location: Westminster, London (Greencoat House, Francis Street, SW1P 1DH)

Salary and Benefits: £36-40k (depending on experience) plus 5% contributory pension

Function: To manage, develop and coordinate overall STA policy, economics and financial analysis on behalf of the STA membership. Lead on policy and market analysis for large scale solar and energy storage.
Responsible to: Chief Executive, Solar Trade Association

Closing Date: Midday Wednesday 13th November 2019

Overview

The STA is the voice of the UK solar power, heat and energy storage industries, with an exceptional track record of winning breakthroughs and creating supportive services for companies in the sector.
 

With an exciting year ahead and subsidy-free solar developments now under construction, we are looking for a dynamic candidate to lead our policy team, defining and analysing the policies which will ensure solar and energy storage will play a significant role in the delivering the UK Net-Zero carbon targets. You will be working on everything from how to reshape Ofgem regulation to facilitate decentralised renewables, to constructing the financial business case for investment in energy storage, to understanding how UK carbon pricing will influence investment in solar farms.
 

Applicants must be able to excel in a fast-paced environment of ever-changing priorities. You will need to apply your talents across a wide range of functions, working within a small committed team and with partners across the sector. This is an exceptional opportunity to work at the heart of the UK renewables industry and develop skills across a range of policy, analytical and technical areas.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Strategic leadership of the policy and research work of the STA, as determined by the Chief Executive and Board. Generating ideas for future policy & research work which are both consistent with organisation priorities and have potential for external funding.
     

  2. Line management of Senior Policy Analyst and Policy Officer, and project management of any external consultants delivering policy, technical and research work for the STA.
     

  3. Being the STA policy and technical lead on large scale solar generation and energy storage.
     

  4. STA lead for economics, financial and data analysis across all solar and storage markets.
     

  5. Ensuring STA responds to all policy consultations that have a material impacts on solar and energy storage from government, Ofgem, National Grid or DNOs
     

  6. Keeping on top of policy and technical developments for the STA team and updating members.
     

  7. Developing financial and analytical models
     

  8. Providing strategic direction and executive support for the STA member working groups on Large Scale PV, Operations & Maintenance and Commercial, Industrial and Utility Scale energy storage. This includes developing a long term work plan and prioritising activities.
     

  9. Ensuring member enquiries on the energy sector are responded to by the Policy team.
     

  10. Leading on specific policy areas where required, preparing briefings for members, government, the media and the public to support our lobbying activities.
     

  11. Being a lead author for STA reports on large scale solar & storage, economics and finance.
     

  12. Co-ordination with the communications and public affairs team – e.g. summarising policy developments for press releases or responding to media enquiries where needed.
     

  13. Supporting the development of technical standards and regulations with members e.g. liaising with National Grid and/or DNOs on how the distribution system needs to change to accommodate increased in decentralised renewable power, such as solar.
     

  14. Representing the STA at meetings, events and conferences, including chairing meetings and undertaking public speaking for the STA.
     

  15. Assisting with membership recruitment, communications and events

Skills & Qualifications:

Essential

  • Minimum 2.1 in a relevant undergraduate degree

  • Excellent numeracy, analytical and spreadsheet skills – comfortable working with numbers

  • Experience in sustainable energy industry, regulation or economics

  • Excellent written, spoken and interpersonal skills

  • Confident public speaker

  • Experience with economic modelling and financial analysis

  • Passionate about solar energy and the future of the solar industry

  • Ability to multi-task and remain calm under pressure against multiple deadlines

  • Line management experience

Desirable

  • Technical experience of the UK electricity grid, energy markets and solar industry.

  • Relevant master’s degree

  • Experience in constructing and manipulating financial models

Recruitment process

Please apply with a CV and covering letter, in one pdf file, to chewett@solar-trade.org.uk , stating how you fit the job specification

Deadline for applications is Midday Wednesday 13th November.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday November 19th.

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