This is an exciting time to join the Department as it has a crucial role to play in transforming the British economy as we transition following the departure from the European Union and drive the country towards a stronger, greener future – creating jobs, growth and opportunities across the UK. With our mission of leading Britain’s recovery by fighting coronavirus, backing business, unleashing innovation and tackling climate change there has never been a more exciting time to join BEIS.
We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to join the Department’s Energy and Security Group senior leadership team as Director of Nuclear Power and Decommissioning. Energy and Security Group’s vision is to ensure the UK has a reliable, low cost and clean energy system.
This is an exciting time for the Group as it continues the work to decarbonise the energy system in line with the legislative target to achieve Net Zero by 2050. The publication of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and the Energy White Paper towards the end of last year set out Government’s commitment to a renaissance in the civil nuclear sector and the role it can play in power generation. Specifically, the Director of Nuclear Power and Decommissioning will be responsible for leading Government’s work in maximizing domestically and internationally the full range of opportunities that arise from renewed investment in civil nuclear and for sponsoring the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to ensure that progress on managing our nuclear legacy responsibly goes in lockstep with our ambition for growth in the sector.
The successful candidate will have excellent strategic thinking skills and will be a confident leader with the ability to lead a diverse, high performing team and champion talent development. They will need to be highly articulate and credible at the most senior levels with the ability to communicate complex issues and successfully negotiate and influence both across Whitehall and with key stakeholders. They must also have a commercial mindset, and the ability to appreciate the needs of multiple parties (both private and public sector) and balance delivery with protecting the interests of the taxpayer and the consumer.