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Policy Manager, Solar Trade Association (STA)
Conducting policy analysis, working with STA members and lobbying government
Our offices in Greencoat House, Francis Street, SW1P 1DH
£21k – £24k depending on experience
As soon as possible
The STA is the UK’s most influential solar trade body with an exceptional track record of winning breakthroughs for the UK’s solar industry. We represent both the solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal industries.
This role involves shaping and analysing the policies which will ensure solar can play a significant role in the UK energy system. You will be working on everything from consultations on the future of the grid, to coordinating groups of industry experts on energy storage, to understanding how UK carbon budgets will ultimately inform solar policy.
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 solar industry and develop skills across a range of political, analytical and technical areas. With a challenging year ahead in the industry and subsidy-free solar in sight by the end of the decade, this is an exciting role for a bright candidate who shares our passion to see solar move even further into the mainstream.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Responding to policy consultations and government calls for evidence as required, e.g. the recent government consultation on a ‘smart, flexible, energy system’
- Keeping on top of policy and technical developments for the STA team and updating members
- Developing financial and analytical models e.g. showing the financial return on a solar investment
- Co-ordinating and providing executive support to the activities of STA member working groups (such as Rooftop PV, Behind-the-Meter Storage, and Grid)
- Responding to member enquiries on developments in the energy sector
- Leading on specific policy areas where required, preparing briefings for members, government, the media and the public to support our lobbying activities
- Providing support to the STA communications and public affairs team – e.g. summarising policy developments for press releases or responding to media enquiries where needed
- Supporting the development of technical standards with members e.g. working with members on safety standards for domestic battery storage
- Representing the STA at meetings, events and conferences
- Assisting with membership recruitment, communications and events
- Providing administrative cover and contributing to other areas of the STA’s work where required
Skills & Qualifications:
- Minimum 2.1 in a relevant undergraduate degree
- Office-based work experience
- Excellent written, spoken and interpersonal skills
- Excellent numeracy, analytical and spreadsheet skills – comfortable working with numbers
- Passionate about solar energy and the future of the solar industry
- Ability to multi-task and remain calm under pressure against multiple deadlines
- Work experience in politics, renewable energy, policy or engineering
- Technical experience of the UK electricity grid
- Relevant master’s degree
- Modelling experience
This is a full-time position, and will report to the Policy Manager.
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to do a written exercise.
Please apply to firstname.lastname@example.org including a:
- covering letter of one page maximum setting out why you are an ideal candidate for this job
- a CV of two pages maximum
The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday 21st February.