Senior Policy Adviser, Climate Change (Range E)

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About HM Treasury 

The Treasury is the United Kingdom’s economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the government’s financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth, and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.


About the Group

Enterprise and Growth Unit (EGU)
The Enterprise and Growth Unit works to promote sustainable economic growth and higher productivity – through private sector investment, enterprise, innovation and the cost-effective transition to a low-carbon economy.  We work with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the Department for Transport, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and the Competition and Markets Authority to ensure that we are spending wisely to deliver these goals.

EGU welcomes, values, and includes people from all walks of life, and is a friendly, open, and supportive place to work. This is a varied and exciting agenda and we need a diverse skill set to help us deliver it. There is no one type of person or particular background we are looking for. We work in a flexible, cross-cutting way with many other teams across EGU and other groups across Treasury. We are committed to work-life balance and flexible working.   If you are interested in a flexible working pattern, please feel free to discuss this with the line manager for this post.

About the Team

The Energy, Environment and Agriculture (EEA) team is responsible for advising Treasury Ministers and securing their objectives across domestic energy, climate change, environmental, and agricultural policy.  The team is 18 strong, organised into three policy branches – energy, climate change, and Defra. We are a friendly and high performing team, dealing with some of the biggest policy challenges facing the UK, requiring a mix of policy, analytical, and stakeholder management skills. Members of the team have come from a wide range of backgrounds, including HMT, BEIS, FCO, Cabinet Office, Defra, and from outside government.


Key accountabilities

The UK has adopted in law the target of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It must also, by the end of 2021, set the 6th Carbon Budget (2033-37). While the UK has made good progress to date, further progress will require transformation across many sectors, including energy, transport, industry, and agriculture, as well as in people’s homes. This shift to a cleaner economy brings significant opportunities for the UK, as well as risks, challenges and costs. The climate change branch is uniquely placed to influence this debate at the heart of government, both from a finance ministry perspective (ensuring that spending commitments are affordable for the Exchequer and good value for money) and from an economics ministry perspective (advising ministers on the broader economic costs and benefits, and the opportunities for UK business).

This Range E (grade 7) position is an important role in a growing team. Whilst the evolving nature of the team’s work means that exact allocations may change, the individual is likely to play a key strategic role coordinating HMT’s response to the challenges of delivering UKG’s commitment to being net zero by 2050, and to lead on key policy issues, such as the multi-dimensional challenges of decarbonising heat and industrial processes.

The Senior Policy Adviser will manage one or two of the three Range Ds and one Range C in the climate change branch, working alongside a second Range E who is already in post, and reporting to the Head of Climate Change Policy. The responsibility, profile and challenges in this role make it a good platform for moving to E2 (grade 6).

Key accountabilities:

1. Net Zero delivery: working with colleagues to provide the Chancellor with policy options for delivering against UKG’s commitment to being net zero by 2050, particularly during fiscal events. This includes helping shape HMT’s response to net zero - working with other relevant teams in HMT to help align their work - and identifying good value for money decarbonisation measures that HMT may wish to advocate.

2. Carbon Budgets: Working productively with BEIS and other departments to support the delivery of Carbon Budgets, representing HMT views in a Whitehall context.

3. Working with BEIS and MHCLG on the decarbonisation of heat and/or the public sector: Developing and promoting cost effective policy interventions to decarbonise heat and improve the energy efficiency of UK buildings. Oversee major policy and spending programmes already in place to decarbonise heat in the UK, such as the Energy Companies Obligation, and the Renewable Heat Incentive.

4. Developing policy options to decarbonise industry: Working with BEIS and relevant HMT teams to develop cost effective options to decarbonise industry and/or explore the potential role for Greenhouse Gas Reduction technologies to deliver net zero.

5. Co-managing the climate branch: in addition to directly managing one or two members of the climate change branch, the individual will be expected to support overall management of the seven strong branch, and have opportunities to contribute corporately to the team (EEA) and Directorate (EGU).
Candidates shortlisted for interview will be assessed against the following criteria:
Behaviours (Seeing the big picture, Making effective decisions, Leadership, Communicating and influencing, Working together, Delivering at pace)

Sift criteria

Candidates – Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.
Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:

1. Proven policy making skills: understanding and experience of government policy formulation and the role of HM Treasury in that, including assessing policy proposals for their cost effectiveness
2. Strong analytical/economic skills: climate policy is complex and analytical, so candidates will be expected to demonstrate strong analytical/economic skills
3. Experience of climate change / decarbonisation / energy policy: relevant sector experience and knowledge will be valuable, but does not have to be in a Whitehall context
4. Stakeholder management: an ability to work productively with stakeholders and secure HMT goals including in a Whitehall context
5. Team management: evidence of providing supportive leadership to a team.

The lead criteria is: Policy making
If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criteria alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.

Complaints Procedure

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of recruitment based on fair and open competition with decisions made on the basis of merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact HMT by email:
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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