Emissions Trading Policy Adviser (Aviation)

SW1H 0ET, London (Greater)
£32,750 - £36,000
05 Aug 2020
16 Aug 2020
Contract Type

This policy role offers an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of the UK efforts to tackle climate change by helping to deliver a new UK Emissions Trading System (ETS). The new scheme would replace the EU ETS at the end of this year and is aimed at providing a smooth transition for businesses while reducing our contribution to climate change; a crucial part of the UK’s work towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

This role is within the ETS policy team focussed specifically on aviation emissions and so benefits from close collaboration with the Department for Transport. This is a captivating and significant time to join this area as the aviation industry is likely to be the largest contributor to UK emissions in 2050, is the most difficult transport mode to reduce emissions from, and faces the challenge of recovering from the impact of COVID-19.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to captain the development and delivery of key areas of aviation policy. The successful candidate will need excellent communications skills and be able to operate to a sky-high standard in an uncertain and fast-paced environment.

This is a fantastic opportunity be part of the Industrial Energy directorate - our work supports industry to decarbonise, playing a meaningful role in the Government's mission to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050. This is a key moment for driving our work forward as the UK hosts the international climate change conference COP26.

Together, our policies seek to address the challenges of decarbonising industry by supporting businesses to reduce their emissions and invest in innovative, clean technology. Key policies include the Emissions Trading Scheme, the £315m Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, the Industrial Clusters Mission, the Low Carbon Hydrogen Fund, the Clean Steel Fund and Industrial Carbon Capture, Useage and Storage. The successful candidate will be working with partners across all sectors to craft these high profile policies, delivering against the Ministerial priorities set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, and making a real difference on climate change.

A reserve list of suitable candidates will be held for up to 12 months from which candidates may be offered similar roles.

Job description

The role in the UK Emissions Trading Policy team will be responsible for leading key areas of aviation policy and ensuring the successful delivery of a UK Emissions Trading System from January 2021 onwards.

Specifically, the successful candidate will be:

Responsible for the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) policy for aviation in the UK ETS. This involves becoming knowledgeable on the technical detail of the policy area, which you will be fully supported in doing so, and ensuring policy targets are met.

The point of contact for operational and delivery requests of the aviation policy team. This involves responding quickly to requests and ensuring key workstreams are adequately supported by policy.

Responsible for providing policy support for the ongoing EU negotiations where necessary.

Working closely with analyst and legal colleagues to assess policy options and ensuring a comprehensive approach to decision making.

Promoting diversity and inclusion within BEIS and across Government.


To be successful in this role you will:

• Have a passion for action on climate change and a keen interest to work in a detailed area of climate policy.

• Have experience of taking the initiative to solve complex problems and the capacity to think and act creatively.

• Have the ability to quickly build and use effective working relationships with a range of colleagues and partners.

• Have experience of communicating difficult messages in both oral and written form.

• Have the ability to operate effectively in an uncertain and changing environment.

• Organise your time efficiently and the ability to work flexibly and independently.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace


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.