Energy Affordability– Portfolio Management Office Various Roles – HEO x 5 – Department for International Development – Darlington

Department for International Development

Job summary

Our Mission

At BEIS, we are leading the UK’s recovery from coronavirus and are building a stronger, greener country. Our varied work makes a real difference to people across the UK and internationally. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the BEIS team and our exciting mission!

We lead on the UK’s commitments to tackle climate change and drive green economic growth. We support businesses to create jobs and increase opportunity in regions across the UK. We also encourage investment and innovation to make the UK a science superpower producing research that will improve lives.

Our Inclusive Environment

We are building an inclusive culture to make BEIS a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions.

We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.

We actively welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. We will fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process.

Job description

The Energy Markets & Supply Group is responsible for ensuring effective plans are in place across government to:

1. Manage and mitigate the impacts of high wholesale energy prices for consumers and businesses including delivering the Energy Price Guarantee scheme.

2. Manage security of supply risks in Winter 2022/23 and Winter 2023/24 and effectively respond if risks materialise.

3. Ensure energy markets deliver the right outcomes for consumers and drive the future transformation of the energy system.

4. Ensure a whole systems approach to the energy system and legislate for secure, clean and affordable energy for the medium to long term.

These roles sit within the Energy Affordability Portfolio Management Office within the Energy Affordability Group. The Group helps to support UK energy consumers and businesses to manage the impact of increase energy cost in both the short and longer term. It brings together government, industry, funding agencies, regulators, and finance to make rapid decisions on the energy prices and affordability.

You will work in the PMO and your suitability and interests in the roles will be considered. Each of the teams within the PMO will provide you with the opportunity to work in a fast paced and challenging environment, with the potential for line management. The roles will involve you working with internal and at times external stakeholders across the Portfolio, BEIS and wider HMG.

This is a high performing and friendly team who are working on supporting the whole of the Energy Affordability portfolio. It is a high profile role which involves engagement with senior officials across the Department.

Person specification

PMO Support:

To deliver proactive project management support to G7’s in the Energy Affordability portfolio.

Stakeholders – Build and nurture professional relationships with a wide range of partners. You’ll liaise directly with these partners, bringing together information and knowledge as required.

Risks and Issues – Supporting the identification of threats to delivery working with risk managers to monitor and evaluate risks and managing reporting on issues and risks as appropriate.

Building Capability – Using your project delivery experience and knowledge to provide guidance and support to colleagues.

Planning and scheduling – Implementing and maintaining appropriate systems to enable effective planning of the projects in our programme.

Monitoring and reporting – Maintain project controls and support teams to prepare project performance reports. Challenge colleagues (including at senior level) on inputs to planning and reporting as required.

Governance – Support function of various boards and forums on behalf of the Programme. Act as a point of contact for governance and reporting.

Communication – Support briefings to senior colleagues, ahead of attending Delivery boards.

Briefings and Correspondence Manager:

Support the head of briefing team in managing day to day delivery of the briefing hub; ensuring timely, relevant and up-to-date briefing on high profile portfolio of energy price support; including coordinating stakeholder briefings, parliamentary engagement, PQs, correspondence etc.

Stakeholders – Build and nurture professional relationships with a wide range of partners. You’ll liaise directly with these partners, bringing together information and knowledge as required.

Communication – Develop briefings across the Department to senior officials and Ministers.

Forward planning – Supporting the Head of the Briefing Hub in developing a forward look of comms and stakeholder engagement as required.

PMO corporate support:

To support and lead on corporate and people activities for the PMO, working closely with the Deputy Director

Lead on people activities, including L&D, team priorities, In-Year Awards, events

Lead on raising the profile of the PMO, including teach-ins on what the PMO does, its strategy and forward look

Develop and monitor a PMO forward look and lead on engaging the team to deliver to targets and deadlines

Consider and embed better ways of working within the PMO, including engaging the team to buy in to the priorities and be part of the process


To deliver proactive finance support joining a friendly team of three with an opportunity to learn and grow financial skills

Lead on Finance reporting for the Energy Affordability Portfolio, producing weekly (finance) and monthly reports to the Perm Sec and HMT as well as the Delivery Board. This will include designing reports and embedding better ways of presenting and utilising systems available to enhance finance and resource reporting, such as Power BI.

Support team to create process maps based on newly designed ways of working

Build strong communication with finance leads with each scheme to create 2-way flow of finance information

Act as point of contact for responding to requests for financial information, including commissioning and clearing responses with scheme finance leads, Head of Finance and SCS

Monitor and progress financial priorities and activities, delivering through others to meet targets and deadlines.

Skills and Experience

PMO Manager and Corporate Support:

– Project delivery experience, including risk and issue management and governance (for PMO manager role only)

– Effective delivery style with demonstrable experience of fostering excellent team and stakeholder relationships.

– Experience monitoring and tracking activities, including prioritising and horizon scanning to keep delivery on track

– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Briefing and Correspondence Manager:

– Strong written communication skills and experience.

– Attention to detail to draft quality responses to correspondence and briefing requests.

– Experience as a team-player, supporting colleagues and team members to delivery key objectives.

Finance Officer:

– Experience in a Finance role (this can be operational, or within a central finance function) and good finance understanding

– Good written communication

– Comfortable with figures and analysing data and information

– Confidence building relationships with colleagues and stakeholders


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

Working Together

Communicating and Influencing

Managing a Quality Service

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.

A hybrid office/home based working model where staff will spend a norm of 40-60% of their time in the office (minimum of 40%) over a month with flex dependent on balancing business and individual need (from September 2021, depending on how the public health guidance evolves).

Things you need to know

Selection process details

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As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Applications will be sifted on behavioural statements and CV.

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