Strategic Stakeholder Manager

Posted 12 March 2024
Salary £52580.00 - £58064 per annum
Job type Permanent
Discipline Professional & Technical
ContactCharlotte Meara

Job description

The Greater South East Net Zero Hub is one of five regional Hubs established in England by Central Government to drive forward the net zero agenda. It consists of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority who, together with eleven Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), are responsible for increasing the number, scale and quality of local energy projects being delivered across the region.
The Strategic Stakeholder Manager will support the Net Zero Hub to champion the objectives and outcomes of the programme through the development and delivery of a Hub Engagement Plan, which will include regular engagement with the Department of Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) as well as wider communications with Ministers and senior civil servants at both national and local level.
As a key member of the Net Zero Hub, the post-holder will contribute to raising awareness of the Hub by increasing its visibility with stakeholders, partners and business leaders and by creating a better understanding of its activities. You will build effective relationships with Directors, Heads of Service, Community leaders etc. and take responsibility for promoting the Hub beyond the achievement of its immediate priorities and project pipeline.
The post-holder will provide advice and guidance to stakeholders on established net zero policy at both a national and sub-regional level and direct consultative support to partners, including Combined and Local Authorities in order to develop appropriate policies and procedures for accelerating the transition to net zero. The post-holder will be adept at managing senior stakeholders with the ability to periodically undertake public speaking requirements.

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop and lead the delivery of a Hub Engagement Plan, containing clear outcomes and success criteria, securing input and buy-in from partners and key stakeholders, including the wider team and Board members;
  • Report on Hub delivery and activity as required by the DESNZ Local Net Zero Team and / or Hub Manager to Ministers and Civil Servants, Hub Board, Combined Authority and other key stakeholders as necessary;
  • Act as the first point of contact and conduit for Ministerial requests into the Hub;
  • Engage meaningfully with DESNZ to represent the Hub within the region;
  • Curate and manage a comprehensive database and mapping of broader net zero activity, networks, partnerships and stakeholders across the GSE Net Zero Hub region;
  • Compile and present a portfolio of case studies demonstrating the direct impact of the Hub and the wider delivery of net zero across the region. Arrange site visits to showcase activity as required;
  • Proactively engage with stakeholders in the public, private and third sectors with a view to promoting the visibility of the Hub's activities and developing future strategic opportunities;
  • Engage with key stakeholders through convened meetings and events to ensure Hub delivery is undertaken with the knowledge, involvement and support of partners, including DESNZ Local Net Zero team, LEPs, Combined Authority, Local Authorities and other key stakeholders;
  • Promote strong relationships between partners and assist effective collaboration, building connections and consensus;
  • Provide advice and guidance to stakeholders to support understanding of and engagement with net zero policy at both a national and sub-regional level. Ensure that local policies and procedures for accelerating the transition to net zero are informed, complementary to national strategy and fit for purpose by providing direct consultative support to partners, including Combined and Local Authorities;
  • Liaise with colleagues and partners to effectively manage messaging around Hub delivery and activity and across all communication channels, ensuring that the Hub is front and centre of communications;
  • Be responsible for the effective and transparent management of funding allocated for Stakeholder Engagement activity, as well as levering funding from key strategic stakeholders into project delivery;
  • Ensure compliance with policy and procedures including Corporate Governance and procurement regulations and the Data Protection Act;
  • Work flexibly and undertake such other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the grading and nature of the post.
Person Specification
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level, or possess the equivalent level of knowledge gained through demonstratable industry/sector experience
  • Experience of working with a range of stakeholders across the public and private sectors and of developing effective partnerships
  • Experience of advocacy with the knowledge and understanding of how to present a compelling case to stakeholders
  • Good knowledge of net zero policy at a national and/or regional level
  • Have experience of successfully delivering public/member meetings/events
  • Previous experience of working within Communications
  • Previous experience of working within the public sector
  • Previous experience of partnership, collaborative working
  • Good knowledge of current innovation, the energy sector, and low carbon policy
  • Knowledge/experience of working with the Civil Service
  • Experience of using research, evidence and intelligence to inform the development and delivery of stakeholder engagement projects
  • Be a collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work flexibly
  • Excellent relationship management skills, able to work with stakeholders at all levels
  • Proactive with the drive and ability to seek out and strategically develop opportunities.
  • Excellent attention to detail, including proof reading skills
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, public speaking and presentation skills
  • Proficient in the use of IT, including MS Office (PowerPoint, Word and Excel etc.)