Director General Net Zero Buildings and Industry

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


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    Central Government

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  • Expiry date

    28 February 2021

  • Client

    Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ref: GSe70416

BEIS plays a leading role in tackling climate change and driving decarbonisation so there couldn’t be a more critical moment to lead the UK (and indeed the rest of the world) in fundamentally transforming our economy to both reduce emissions and capture economic advantage.

The DG Net Zero Buildings and Industry will make a significant contribution to delivering the Energy, Net Zero and R&D portfolio for the department and will drive the delivery of our Net Zero ambition. A new role, it brings together the majority of the key delivery programmes and projects for Net Zero, aligning strategy and policy with delivery in the Heat and Industrial Energy spaces.

Reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary, and with direct line management for 7, the post holder will lead a wider team of c550 staff based across the UK and have responsibility for a budget of c4.6bn (with likely growth). As a senior figure in the North West, the role holder will also be central to establishing a substantial presence for the Department in Manchester, making sure the programme to deliver the world-changing impact of Net Zero, creates jobs and economic opportunity across the UK

This is a high profile and demanding role that will have responsibility for delivery of the majority of the large, complex delivery programmes across the Net Zero and energy portfolio. The successful candidate will need to be an exceptional leader with extensive senior management experience and a strong track record of delivery to demanding metrics within a policy or strategic environment. Being able to build effective partnerships, to influence, persuade and lead across a complex delivery environment and through others, including within the Energy, Science and R&D sectors, is also key.

If you are seeking a demanding but rewarding opportunity to provide leadership of a large and complex delivery portfolio in a critical policy area at the heart of Government and are looking for an opportunity to achieve something of worldwide significance, then we would be keen to hear from you.

At BEIS we capitalise on difference to solve some of the most important and complex policy challenges facing the country, business, and the environment to build a stronger, greener United Kingdom. We believe diversity and inclusion are the right thing to do, and that they make us a more innovative, welcoming Department which is a better employer, that makes better decisions, and can better protect the economic prosperity of the country. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
23:55 Sunday 14 Feb

Long listing
Friday 19 February

Short listing
Friday 12 March

w/c 15 March and w/c 22 March

Final panel
Monday 29 March

How to apply

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process accessed via the advertisement listed for this role. This should be completed no later than 23:55, Sunday 14 February 2021.

You will be asked to submit the following:

  1. CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
  2. Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Also, only if applying under this scheme, a Guaranteed Interview Scheme Form for disabled persons.

Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. Please ensure that both documents contain your full name.

As part of the online application process, you will be asked a number of diversity monitoring questions. This is a mandatory part of the process but if you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards the Civil Service becoming a more inclusive employer. See the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for more information.

Should you encounter any issues with your online application or are unable to apply online please contact

For more information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson; Duncan Ewart, Julie Myers or Mark Turner on 0113 205 6092 or by email:

Duncan Ewart, Research Lead


Julie Myers, Senior Consultant 


Mark Turner, Managing Partner



  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx