Catapults

Head of Government Relations and Public Affairs

Communications - Blyth

Ref: 316 Date Posted: 19 July 2021

Head of Government Relations and Public Affairs

Marketing & Communications Directorate

Location: Flexible

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is pleased to be recruiting for a new role of Head of Government Relations & Public Affairs within our Marketing & Communications team.

ORE Catapult is the UK’s leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy. We play a key role in delivering the UK’s net zero targets by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in the offshore renewable energy sector. We use our unique facilities and research and engineering capabilities to bring together industry and academia and drive innovation in renewable energy to create UK jobs and economic benefit.

As Head of Government Relations & Public Affairs, you will strategically build the profile and reputation of ORE Catapult across a wide spectrum of political stakeholders at national, regional and local levels. Key to your success will be the development of strong relationships and influence with UK and devolved Governments, Parliamentarians, and relevant local authorities. You will also co-ordinate public affairs activities with key ORE Catapult stakeholders, including industry and representative bodies.

Tell me more about the position?

Demand for renewable energy continues to grow exponentially and ORE Catapult works at the very heart of this critical and exciting industry. We are pioneering, fast growing and uniquely positioned to help meet the UK’s commitment to net zero. We drive the innovation supporting the green energy revolution, delivering UK jobs, economic growth, exports and cost reduction.

Reporting to our Director of Marketing & Communications, the Head of Government Relations & Public Affairs will be accountable for the development and implementation of an on-going political engagement and public affairs strategy. In practice, this will take the form of identifying opportunities for ORE Catapult to effectively communicate the impact of its activities with senior political audiences and to influence relevant policy and investment decisions. 

Through closely monitoring relevant policy, scrutiny and legislative agendas, you will facilitate the opportunity for ORE Catapult to influence key decisions pertaining to the future of the UK offshore renewable energy sector.  In close collaboration with colleagues throughout the business, you will develop and prioritise political engagement, messages and activity to achieve these goals with maximum impact.

A confident communicator, you’ll be able to quickly grasp and influence ORE Catapult’s strategic priorities and impact, and represent the business widely in areas such as innovation, supply chain and UK economic growth, mature and emerging renewable energy technologies, levelling up, decarbonisation and the path to net zero. As well as elected politicians, their advisors and officials, you will work closely with relevant industry bodies, businesses of all sizes and colleagues from across the Catapult Network.

The preferred candidate will be well-networked within this space, with a depth and breadth of demonstrable knowledge and experience operating in a similar position. Crucial to your success will be an understanding of the whole UK political system, with an emphasis on Westminster.

You will possess the gravitas, credibility and passion to make a lasting difference on behalf of ORE Catapult, the offshore renewables sector and the UK’s green economic growth on the path to net zero.

What do I need to qualify for this role?

  • Experience in public affairs, public relations and politics, with a strong existing network of contacts relevant to renewable energy, science, technology and innovation
  • Understanding of political processes through the UK, with particular emphasis on Westminster
  • Knowledge and experience of the UK renewable energy industry and related policy
  • Outstanding written and personal communications skills
  • A sound communicator at all levels within the organisation and across a range of external connections.
  • Strong organisational and relationship management
  • Strong planning and project management skills
  • Agency management
  • Influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Can work to tight deadlines and within a high workload environment.
  • Make rational and commercially based decisions.
  • Good thinker, adaptable, able to conceptualise and rationalise.
  • Highly motivated team player, comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty and maintains effectiveness while working in such environments.
  • The role holder will be a highly organised individual, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, operate with initiative and minimal oversight.

Who are we?

The offshore wind, wave and tidal sectors are amongst the fast-growing, most innovative and exciting industries in the UK and are at the forefront of supporting our transition to a low-carbon economy and our fight against the climate emergency.

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, is a leading technology innovation and research centre delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy.  With locations across the UK and in China, ORE Catapult works  with industry and academia to identify, develop, prove and de-risk promising new technologies and bring them to market. It is helping to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting the growth of the industry and creating UK benefit.

Our working environment is open, inspiring and multicultural, and we provide great potential for personal and professional development. In return, an excellent remuneration package is offered which includes attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

How do I apply?

If you feel you have the skills and experience to be successful in this role, please take the opportunity to review the attached job description and apply using an updated CV which showcases the skills and experience you have relevant to the role.

Thank you for your interest in Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Closing Date:  2nd August 2021

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

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