Policy Advisor- Downstream Oil Resilience Team

City of Westminster, London (Greater)
£32,750 - £36,000
05 Aug 2020
16 Aug 2020
Contract Type

Do you want to help maintain a resilient fuel supply system through the aftermath of Covid and during the end of the Transition Period?

The Downstream Oil Resilience team sits within the wider Energy Resilience and Emergency Response (ER2) team. ER2 forms the core of BEIS’ emergency response function, working to ensure the department is ready to respond to any incident in the energy, economic shocks, space, post and chemicals sectors. As a member of ER2 you will be trained to be part of this response function, with a specialism in downstream oil. We are an agile team and respond flexibly when risks and incidents emerge, from developing contingency plans to moving swiftly to shift working during a response. We use our relationships with industry, other government departments and ministers to find innovative ways to resolve issues. Working in this team presents a unique mix of policy and operations experience, with the opportunity to develop new skills and ways of working in an exciting and fast paced environment. We have a strong focus on wellbeing because we recognise this can be a different way of working and want to ensure everyone feels supported to meet these challenges.

Job description

About the Team

Downstream Oil is the largest energy sector by final energy consumption! This largely unregulated sector delivers 97% of the UK's road and aviation transport fuels and will remain crucial for least another 20 years. There are also over 1.5 million UK households dependent on oil-based fuels for heating. The sector is highly competitive and efficient, but the thin margins and lean, just-in-time business models leave resilience issues for which BEIS risks facing the consequences.

We are a flexible and knowledgeable team who pride ourselves on our relationship with our partner companies and our ability to respond expertly to the unexpected.

The successful candidate will

• Provide high quality secretariat for industry governance groups/forums.

• Lead on correspondence cases (including PQs/UQs/ FOIs) for the team

• Own a policy area (likely to be one or more relating to heating oil, LPG, fuel prices and drivers' hours)

• Engage with a wide range of partners including industry, trade associations and other government departments.

• Regardless of your overall role, we like to ensure resilience across the team by ensuring we remain flexible in our priorities. The successful candidate would need to be a great team mate, adaptable and willing to build an understanding of the wider team's work, to assist and support others when required (and vice versa).

• Emergencies can occur at any time, therefore you will be a member of the Out of Hours Emergency Rota (roughly 1 week in 7), providing a 24hr/7days a week capability. An additional allowance is provided for this function.

• Candidates will be required to acquire Security Clearance (SC) as soon as feasible after starting the role. This requires 5 years residency in the UK with no absences longer than 6 months and evidence to support this. Applicants will also need to provide past employment and personal details as part of this process. Applicants must meet these requirements and be willing to undergo the SC process, which can be completed in post. (Please contact the vacancy manager if you are unsure whether you meet these requirements).

• We pride ourselves on having a friendly and encouraging work environment. We are constantly looking to diversify our workforce to give us the broadest range of perspectives possible. We want people who will help us promote the value of diversity within our department and really encourage applicants from underrepresented groups to apply. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application or interview process.


Who we are looking for


• A great team player that is flexible and adaptable

• Someone with clear written and verbal communications skills


• Experience in managing spreadsheets / a project delivery role

• Some experience of emergency response or resilience work or be used to working at pace with a willingness to develop response skills and knowledge.


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • 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.