Programme Director - Smart Metering Implementation Programme


London, Salford

  • Location

    London, Salford

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    21 February 2022

  • Client


Ref: GSe82137

The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has a mission to lead Britain’s recovery by fighting Coronavirus, backing business, unleashing innovation and tackling climate change. The Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP) is a core BEIS delivery programme, part of the Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) and is a fundamental enabler of the cost-effective delivery of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The SMIP is modernising the energy system and transforming the consumer experience by replacing traditional meters with smart meters. It is delivering accurate billing, advancing competition in energy provision, enabling faster and easier switching, and improving customer service and information.

BEIS is now seeking an experienced Programme Director, to build on the successful roll-out of smart meters to domestic and non-domestic customers across Great Britain at scale, overseeing c.£13bn of private energy sector investment, delivering benefits of c.£19bn, and supporting 15,000 jobs.

Operating as a part of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) of the BEIS Net Zero Buildings and Industry Group and reporting to the Smart Metering Senior Responsible Owner (SRO), the SMIP Programme Director is central to the success of the Programme in providing overall leadership and direction to the SMIP team. The role is responsible for the stewardship of multiple delivery partners, including the Datta Communications Company and their supply chains as well as ensuring delivery by industry of effective, secure and core infrastructure that operates at scale and provisions for future smart systems innovation.

The successful candidate will be a highly capable programme director with extensive  major programme delivery skills, and an awareness of the energy sector.  They will possess strong commercial acumen and practical knowledge of suppliers and industry matters. Robust communication and influencing skills, including the ability to win the respect and trust of external/ industry stakeholders and high profile internal senior stakeholders, is also sought.

If you have the skills and commitment to help lead in the delivery of the most significant change programme in the energy industry for more than 40 years, we would like to hear from you. We would particularly welcome applications that are representative of the broad range of views and back-grounds we have in our society. In return, BEIS can offer you the challenge and stretch to develop your career. 

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Noon, Monday 21st February 2022

Long listing
W/C 28th February 2022

Short listing
W/C 21st March 2022

W/C 28th March 2022

Final panel
W/C 4th April 2022

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 noon on Monday 21st February 2022.

You will be asked to submit the following:

  1. A 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. A 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;
  3. A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. 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 an inclusive employer and a great place to work.
  4. If relevant, a Disability Confident Scheme Form for disabled persons

Failure to submit your CV and Statement of Suitability will mean the panel members have only limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification

For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment advisers at GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6092 or via email:

Olivia Robinson, Principal Researcher


Darra Power-Mooney, Consultant

Mark Turner, Manging Partner

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