Policy Analyst

Policy Analyst

Job description (you can download a PDF version of this job description here).

RESPONSIBLE TO

Policy Manager, Solar Trade Association (STA)

FUNCTION

Conducting policy analysis, working with STA members and lobbying government

LOCATION

Our offices in Greencoat House, Francis Street, SW1P 1DH

SALARY

£21k – £24k depending on experience

START DATE

As soon as possible

STA background

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.

Role overview

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

  1. Responding to policy consultations and government calls for evidence as required, e.g. the recent government consultation on a ‘smart, flexible, energy system’
  2. Keeping on top of policy and technical developments for the STA team and updating members
  3. Developing financial and analytical models e.g. showing the financial return on a solar investment
  4. Co-ordinating and providing executive support to the activities of STA member working groups (such as Rooftop PV, Behind-the-Meter Storage, and Grid)
  5. Responding to member enquiries on developments in the energy sector
  6. Leading on specific policy areas where required, preparing briefings for members, government, the media and the public to support our lobbying activities
  7. 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
  8. Supporting the development of technical standards with members e.g. working with members on safety standards for domestic battery storage
  9. Representing the STA at meetings, events and conferences
  10. Assisting with membership recruitment, communications and events
  11. Providing administrative cover and contributing to other areas of the STA’s work where required

 

Skills & Qualifications:

Essential

  • 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

Desirable

  • Work experience in politics, renewable energy, policy or engineering
  • Technical experience of the UK electricity grid
  • Relevant master’s degree
  • Modelling experience

PRACTICALITIES

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 jobs@solar-trade.org.uk 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.