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£65k per annum + benefits
London and remote working
Applications assessed on a rolling basis
David Watson
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Are you searching for an opportunity where you can support the transformation to net-zero, in a way that is just and works for all customers?

 Heat Trust is the independent, not-for-profit consumer champion for the heat network sector.  We are looking for a Director to lead the organisation in its mission to protect heat network customers and support the heat network industry with the transition to regulation, and its role in heat decarbonisation.

Launched in 2015, Heat Trust has grown to cover 11% of the market.  Our work has been recognised by BEIS, Scottish Government and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  This is an outstanding opportunity to shape an entire sector!

Scope of the role and main responsibilities

The primary focus of the Director will be to oversee the management and operation of the company. Reporting to the Board, the Director will be accountable for all the company’s functions, ensuring it is delivering in line with the Company Byelaws and the objectives set by the Board of Directors.

The Director will be responsible for:

Strategy, business development and operations

Designing and executing the strategy and business plan as approved by the Board.  Setting and handling the budget including targets, financial reporting and preparing and presenting board papers at quarterly meetings will be pivotal in your role.  Maintaining relationships and service contracts with third parties will play a meaningful role in your day to day activity, which will involve engaging with independent auditors, Energy Ombudsman and Energylinx.  You will also lead a small team that is expected to grow in the next 12 months.

Policy, advocacy and stakeholder engagement and communications

Leading Heat Trust’s engagement and involvement in wider policy and regulatory discussion, with the aim of influencing the future design of a sector currently undergoing material change.  Representing the organisation with Government, at external events and industry working groups, and leading all internal and external communication including press releases and media engagement.

Compliance and scheme development

Overseeing all aspects of the delivery of compliance and auditing functions, as well as the development and maintenance of analytical tools, databases and reports to support the organisations monitoring and compliance activities in order to assess the performance of heat networks against the standards Heat Trust sets.

Person specification

You will have:

  • Experience of leading and implementing change in an organisation and/or market;
  • A sound understanding of one or more of the following: regulated energy markets and consumer policy/practice, consumer protection, district heating;
  • Experience in development and execution of strategy and communications;
  • A track record in business development or project management with multiple stakeholders;
  • Experience of financial management preferably with experience in profit and loss;
  • A track record of developing and maintaining effective stakeholder relations;
  • Excellent public speaking and ability to deliver high-quality presentations; and
  • Appropriate degree level qualification and/or appropriate professional qualifications/membership and/or significant demonstrable and relevant experience.

The applicant will require strong organisational, analytical and communication skills, with the drive and initiative to assume full responsibility for day-to-day management from day one.

Benefits and next steps

In addition to £65k per annum, we offer 25 days annual leave, an interest free season ticket loan, an interest free bicycle loan and will match pension contributions up to 8%.

If working with us sounds like something you would be interested in, please apply by sending a CV and covering letter setting out how your approach and experience makes you the right person to fill this post.  Please limit your covering letter to no more than two sides.

Due to resource limits, we will only be able to respond to applicants that are called for interview.  The interview process will include a telephone interview and face-to-face interview.  Applications will be processed on a rolling basis.  Please note that you must have the existing right to work in UK.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact David Watson.