Senior Strategy Advisor - Green Strategy

Department for Business and Trade

Senior Strategy Advisor - Green Strategy


Department for Business and Trade, Adamsdown, Caerdydd - Cardiff

  • Full time
  • Permanent
  • Onsite working

Posted 1 week ago, 15 May | Get your application in now before you miss out!

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: ec33048df8c14498b43d456cbd62748a

Full Job Description

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) oversees the domestic business environment, breaks down international barriers to trade and investment, and helps boost economic growth by ensuring the UK is a country where businesses can succeed.
Climate change is driving the biggest and fastest global industrial transformation seen in a century - a change that will impact the UK economy and international trade for decades. We need to ensure UK businesses are well-placed to adapt, taking advantage of the commercial opportunities from the global green transition and able to thrive in a new economic context. And we need to ensure that DBT’s wider work is aligned with the Government’s climate policy ambitions.
We are therefore recruiting a Senior Strategy Advisor, within our Green Strategy Team, who will take a leading role in ensuring the Department’s strategy is informed by cutting-edge insight on the green transition and that policy design is robust and future focussed. This role sits at the heart of the department working in DBT’s Global Futures Group – a central strategy team focused on driving positive change on long-term issues affecting the UK and global economy.
You will play a multi-functional role in the climate strategy team, including:
+ Expanding and embedding the Department’s institutional knowledge base on the links between climate change, the net zero transition and economic growth;
+ Scanning the horizon for new environmental policy issues that either pose a risk or opportunity for the UK economy and UK business, and developing innovative policy solutions in response;
+ Liaising across Whitehall – particularly with colleagues in DESNZ, HMT and Cabinet Office – to pool insight and ensure policy and strategy alignment.
You will be joining the department at an exciting time, as the Department seeks to build its offer to business across both domestic and international spheres, so the role offers considerable scope to influence strategy and policy for the better., + Horizon scanning and policy development: You will have a keen interest in climate and economic policy and pro-actively track the frontiers of thinking to help spot opportunities and risks to the UK. You will seek out new research and insights to help develop strategy and policy, which you will deliver with the support of the team.
+ Collaborating and influencing within DBT and across Whitehall: You will be active across Whitehall, building networks and representing DBT’s views with other departments, in particular with DESNZ, HMT and Cabinet Office. You will also develop close working relationships with DBT’s strategy, policy and analytical teams to enhance activity across the department on climate change and ensure DBT has a strong external narrative.
+ People Management and Leadership: You will directly manage one SEO and manage cross-cutting projects drawing on resource from multiple teams on a matrix management basis., We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
+ Seeing the Big Picture
+ Leadership
+ Communicating and Influencing, Interviews for this vacancy will be conducted virtually. We will, however, consider in-person interviews by exception.
Please ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.
To apply for this post, you will be asked to complete the following as part of the online application:
+ A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Provide employment history that relates to the Essential criteria, and that any gaps in employment history within the last 2 years are explained. The CV should not exceed more than 2 x A4 pages.
+ A Personal Statement of up to 500 words, explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role in reference to the Essential criteria.
It is likely that the sift will take place 1-2 weeks after the closing date and interviews 3-5 weeks after the closing date though this is subject to change.
In the event that there is a high volume of applicants, a short sift will be conducted based on CV only. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.
Reasonable Adjustments
We are committed to supporting candidates so they can perform at their best throughout the recruitment process. This includes making reasonable adjustments to our process. In order to request an adjustment:
Complete the ‘Assistance required’ section on the ‘Additional requirements’ page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process.
Alternatively contact the Government Recruitment Service at as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
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Candidate Support
You may want to join a virtual Candidate Support Session. These sessions include helpful tips and advice on the recruitment process, from application to interview.
Please see attached Candidate Pack for further information on: Diversity and Inclusion; Benefits; Learning and Development; Working Patterns and what we deliver as a department.
Further Information:
+ A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made. Reserve Lists will be for each location and appointments made in merit order based on location preferences.
+ Any move to the Department for Business and Trade from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments.
+ The Department will not consider sponsoring a visa or issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship. We are unable to offer advice on any Visa and Immigration cases.
+ New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
+ Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty. Any applicant who has details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
+ A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.
+ Terms and Conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.
+ Please note – the successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of 18 months before being released for another role., + UK nationals
+ nationals of the Republic of Ireland
+ nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
+ nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
+ nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
+ individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
+ Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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+ Experience in climate policy, either within the Civil Service or externally;
+ Interest in economic policy making, allowing you to apply your own knowledge and curiosity to help solve complex policy problems;
+ Numerate – comfortable drawing on quantitative and qualitative analysis to make evidence-based arguments.
Desirable criteria
+ Experience in trade policy, business policy or international macroeconomic policy;
+ Line management experience;
+ Experience across multiple Government Departments.
Personal attributes & skills
+ We are looking for a self-starter who is comfortable working in a rapidly developing policy space where uncertainty and change is a feature of the job.
+ You will be comfortable using analysis to make compelling evidence-based arguments.
+ You will be curious – keen to upskill yourself on new policy areas, look for gaps or flaws in existing policy, and be eager to come up with innovative solutions to help solve them.
+ You will be a people person, able to build relationships, inspire and bring people along with you – including where stakeholders are reluctant or have objectives that are at odds with your own., Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Alongside your salary of £53,560, Department for Business and Trade contributes £14,461 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
+ Learning and development tailored to your role
+ An environment with flexible working options
+ A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
+ A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities
Please refer to the attached candidate pack for further information on our benefits.