Director, International Net Zero, Energy, Trade & Analysis

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 09

Position description

Thank you for your interest in the Director of International Net Zero, Energy, Trade and Analysis. With our mission of leading Britain’s recovery by backing business, unleashing innovation and tackling climate change there has never been a more exciting time to join BEIS. We are responsible for building an economy that works for everyone so that there are great places in every part of the UK for people to work and for businesses to invest, innovate and grow. As part of this, achieving net zero and delivering on our international climate and energy policy ambitions is a core priority for BEIS and the Government.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate to be the Director of International Net Zero, Energy, Trade and Analysis in BEIS. This is a key leadership role, driving forward the implementation of the Government’s policy on international climate and energy, ensuring coherence and alignment between domestic and international priorities and pushing for higher and faster real-world, global climate ambition, supporting acceleration of international clean growth and energy transition objectives. This is a demanding role right at the heart of one of the top priorities for Government, delivering international energy priorities including the international strategy for ensuring security of supply, the energy response to Russian’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and ensuring UK leadership of the global transition to clean energy.

This is a pivotal role in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, working closely with Ministers and across government and external partners. This will be a stretching, high profile and rewarding position but in return you will get to join a thriving community with a strong sense of team, and a place where everyone can be themselves and fulfil their potential. I would therefore particularly welcome applications that are representative of the broad range of views and backgrounds we have in our society. Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to an effective modern Civil Service that delivers policies and services for all of our citizens.

If you are excited by the prospect of joining us and think you fit the bill, we would very much like to hear from you! 

Job description

BEIS is the Department responsible for international climate and energy policy, analysis, and programme delivery – pushing for higher and faster real-world, global climate ambition, and supporting international clean growth and energy transition objectives. The Director, International Net Zero, Energy Trade & Analysis leads: UK international energy policy; energy and climate policy and engagement with the EU; and net zero trade and carbon leakage.

This is a demanding role at the centre of one of the top priorities for Government. You will be responsible for leading BEIS’ delivery of international energy priorities, including the international strategy for ensuring security of supply, the energy response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and ensuring UK leadership within the global transition to clean energy. This includes leading the joint BEIS-FCDO International Energy Unit and being responsible for some key COP26 delivery programmes, such as the energy transition campaign and sponsorship of the Powering Past Coal Alliance. You will also lead on energy sanctions policy and global energy market analysis feeding into the cross Whitehall response to the war in Ukraine.

The role also leads the UK’s energy and climate policy and engagement with the EU, which includes being senior responsible owner for implementation of the Energy Title and climate articles of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and related policy on interconnector trading, North Seas Offshore wind cooperation and security of supply cooperation. This is an area with competing priorities and sensitivities where creative thinking is required to forge new relationships.

The net zero trade policy development responsibilities incorporate setting a vision for how trade policy can drive delivery of UK net zero; maximising potential investment opportunities whilst minimising risk from barriers or regulatory burdens. Leadership of the joint BEIS-HMT programme on carbon leakage is a key element of this with the upcoming years particularly crucial to policy development.

The International Net Zero Trade, Energy, Trade & Analysis director role has management responsibility for 6 Deputy Directors. Within the Net Zero Nuclear & International Group, we operate a two-directorate International Net Zero hub to ensure all the related international strategy, policy and engagement work is brought together while retaining clear areas of expertise and responsibilities. As such, you will be expected to work particularly closely with the Director, International Net Zero, Climate, Finance & Strategy and understanding the portfolio as a whole will be key to success.

Given the breadth of policy and international engagement, the role also involves very close collaboration with teams across Government, particularly FCDO, Cabinet Office, HM Treasury and COP Unit. You will need to ensure strong read across between the UK’s Net Zero domestic ambition and international energy policy and therefore having a very strong understanding of the domestic energy and net zero policies and excellent networks within BEIS will also be crucial.

As a Director, you will be a key part of the Net Zero, Nuclear & International Group’s strong, tight-knit leadership team. As a Group we have a supportive and positive culture built around passion, expertise and valuing diversity, where you will have an important role in continuing and growing to enable our excellent teams to thrive. You will also be part of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) across BEIS. The SLT cadre lead the Department in delivering ministerial intent and Government priorities. You will take on corporate responsibilities and play a role in the Department’s broader leadership. 


  • The International Energy unit, a joint FCDO – BEIS team, which leads all aspects of international energy policy including: long term strategic questions such as our international approach to the critical minerals essential for a secure transition to net zero; leading our key energy relationships with producing countries, global energy companies and major economies through the G7 and G20 energy tracks; and the energy aspects of major foreign policy issues – particularly the response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • Energy Transition Team, responsible for shaping and delivering the UK’s international work to accelerate global and country-specific energy transitions. The role is particularly focused on delivering the COP26 Energy Campaign outcomes including across coal phase out (e.g. the Powering Past Coal Alliance), ending fossil fuel finance and the just transition.
  • EU Energy and Climate which leads on: advancing UK Net Zero and Energy Security objectives through new forms of cooperation with the EU under the Energy Title of the Trade & Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and our wider EU relationships.
  • Trade and Carbon Leakage leading on ensuring that the UK approach to trade helps the UK deliver its net-zero commitments, including through the UK’s trade agreements and engagement at multilateral institutions, and, working with HMT, co-leading an HMG programme to manage carbon leakage.
  • International NZ Analysis, working across the whole International Net Zero policy landscape, from monitoring and evaluation of International Climate Finance programmes to global gas market analysis. A team with high expertise, their analysis and skills are used across Government in high profile ways and it is a key part of UK leadership and credibility in both international energy and climate fora.

Person specification

It is important through your CV and Statement of Suitability that you give evidence and examples of proven experience of each of the following essential selection criteria:

  • Confident, empowering, inspiring and visible leader, with experience of building inclusive, productive teams and setting future direction;
  • A strong track record of using analytical and strategic insight to drive policy development and delivery preferably with considerable international and energy and climate change policy experience;
  • An outstanding ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of domestic and international stakeholders. You will have proven networking and influencing skills, and a track record of working across organisational boundaries; and
  • A powerful communicator, who has experience operating across a complex landscape with multiple stakeholders, securing the confidence of Ministers or equivalent C-suite executives and Senior Civil Servants or their equivalents to achieve outcomes through strong relationships and delivering through others.

Desirable Criteria:

A strong understanding of the key drivers to achieve net zero domestically and internationally, and previous experience of energy and climate policy. 


Whatever your role, we take your career and development seriously, and want to enable you to build a really successful career with the Department and wider Civil Service. It is crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead. You’ll benefit from a wide range of training and development opportunities, regular performance and development reviews to ensure this development is ongoing. As a Civil Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a large range of benefits.

This includes:

  • 25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays.
  • A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire;
  • Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers;
  • Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle;
  • The opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable); and
  • Occupational sick pay.

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