Flexibility Product Lead

  • Job Reference: 78308
  • Date Posted: 19 March 2024
  • Employer: UK Power Networks
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Excellent Benefits and Bonus
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description



Flexibility Product Lead

Reference Number - 78308

This Flexibility Product Lead will report to the Head of Flexibility Markets and will work within our DSO directorate based in our London office. You will be a permanent employee.

You will attract a salary of £79,953.00 and a bonus of 10%. This role can also offer blended working after probationary period (6 months) - 3 days in the office and 2 remote

Close Date:.07/04/2024

We also provide the following additional benefits

  • Annual Leave
  • Personal Pension Plan - Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)
  • Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme
  • Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Occupational Health support
  • Switched On - scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.
  • Discounted access to sports and social clubs
  • Employee Assistance Programme.

Context

Smart electricity networks are the foundations to enable low carbon technology like electric vehicles (EVs), heat pumps and renewables generation. Working within UK Power Networks' Distribution System Operator, you'll collaborate with some of the country's most accomplished low carbon engineers and specialists at the heart of this once in a generation transition to help create the flexible, low carbon energy system of the future.

This is a time of unprecedented change for the electricity industry as we move from the old world of large, carbon intensive coal and gas-fired power plants to a much more complex, interconnected world of renewable energy, battery storage and electric vehicles. Energy is one of the most important issues in the country right now, and you will receive an incredible insight into the work that goes in to ensuring sufficient grid capacity to enable the Net Zero transition across London, the East and South East of England, at in a workplace voted one of the UK's best big companies to work for.

Flexibility Markets

As more people opt for low-carbon, electric vehicles and heat pumps, demand on the electricity network is set to double. The Flexibility Markets team works with customers who can change their generation or consumption patterns to keep network costs down and speed up new connections.

We work with many flexibility providers, from start-ups to large energy companies - encompassing flexibility from electric vehicles, batteries, generators and demand response. We are widely viewed as a global leader in this space and have ambitious plans to increase up our use of flexibility and the impact it delivers on the Net Zero transition. We have committed to saving more than £400m in this way over the next five years.

Job Purpose

You will be an important part of the Flexibility Markets Team within the DSO, ensuring that our flexibility products are scalable, aligned with other markets and delivering benefits to the network and its customers.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Improve our flexibility products and systems to attract more flexibility and maximise the assessment of Ofgem's expert panel, balancing the need to innovate with the value of developing industry standard approaches
  • Work with flexibility service providers and colleagues within the Flexibility Markets team to develop an understanding of their challenges and potential solutions
  • Collaborate externally and influence at senior level to establish practical cross-industry approaches to flexibility that encompass our experience and understanding of issues
  • Work with the National Electricity System Operator to influence their priorities and thinking, improving how we coordinate the design, procurement and use of local flexibility within wider markets
  • Work with colleagues to ensure that flexibility products address emerging network capacity challenges and can be used within the control room
  • Represent the DSO internally and externally to share our progress, challenges and lessons learnt, eg through senior-level engagement, events and written outputs
  • Work alongside our leading Innovation team to scope and steer innovation projects aimed at attracting new sources of flexibility or improving whole-system outcomes

Nature and Scope

Given UK Power Networks' pioneering ambition and use of local flexibility, the jobholder will be in a unique position to contribute to the development of commercial frameworks for local flexibility, influencing how flexibility is used to support the Net Zero transition in Britain and internationally.

Your work will deliver strategic value to UK Power Networks and require you to work with, and influence, senior partners (Heads of departments) across flexibility providers, the National Electricity System Operator, other Distribution Networks and Ofgem. You will have a material impact on the delivery of benefits from flexibility and on Ofgem's assessment of our performance.

You'll join the Flexibility Markets team - currently seven experienced professionals with a range of skills in customer engagement, energy markets, data analytics and project management. You will work with colleagues who manage our procurement of flexibility and interact with flexibility providers daily, to ensure that products are fit for purpose and we are listening and responding to market feedback.

You will lead a small team with responsibility for some important projects whilst also contributing to shared targets and programs.

About you

Skills and behaviours

  • You take initiative to deliver targets and find ways around obstacles, even when the context is shifting or ambiguous
  • You build strong relationships and partnerships to get things done, including across different teams and organisations
  • Experience writing detailed product specs and documentation, analytical and committed to continuous improvement
  • You are a great communicator, capable of working with complex concepts to make them simple and tangible

Experience

  • 5+ years commercial experience within the energy transition (essential)
  • Analytical degree, or equivalent work experience (essential)
  • Experience forming and delivering partnerships with external organisations (essential)
  • You have a strong and supportive network within the energy industry (essential)
  • Experience with British energy markets, eg pricing and relationships between wholesale, ancillary services and local flexibility markets (essential)
  • Experience with low carbon technologies (solar, wind, storage, electric vehicles and heat pumps) (desirable)

Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees will ensure they understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and where there are legal requirements, employees will understand those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.

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