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Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Graduate Programme – HEO Policy Officer
Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Salary: £32,200 - £35,628

Flexible Working

Permanent Full Time

Permanent Job Share

Permanent Part Time


Closing date: 22 Jan, 2019

Date added: 26 Oct, 2018

Job description

What is the BEIS Graduate Development Programme?

At the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) there are a variety of areas where you can make a real difference to the development of policies that will have an impact on the UK, Europe and the world for decades to come.

We are looking for outstanding candidates who can demonstrate leadership potential to join our Graduate Development programme. The programme is targeted at recent graduates with outstanding potential, and will entail two 12-month placements, 2-years in total, providing development opportunities which will best place you for a quick progression.

What were looking for

We are looking for individuals to lead on policy, strategy and relationship management across their designated portfolio. In your new role, you will help to develop solutions that are fit-for-purpose, and to do this, will have the following abilities:

Be comfortable conducting independent research and analysing complex information
Develop and present policy options founded in a clear evidence base
Juggle multiple priorities effectively and expertly
Work with resilience in policy areas that can be fluid or uncertain
Demonstrate good judgement on when to bring up issues, and when to resolve them independently
Work closely with other departments and partners, collaborating towards common goals
Provide advice for ministers on your findings and proposals

As a graduate entrant, we do not expect you to have prior experience in a policy field. However, we do expect you to have strong communication, numerical and analytical abilities gained throughout your degree and extracurricular experience.

You should also have an understanding of the UKs political landscape and share our enthusiasm for devising BEIS policy that will shape the UKs relationship with business for decades to come.

If you feel the above applies to you and also have upwards of three years relevant work experience, you may be interested in applying for our instead.

Our Learning and Development Offer

As a BEIS Graduate you will receive learning and development above that of a standard HEO, with a view to quick progression.

All BEIS Graduates will complete a . This is an exciting new Apprenticeship which has just been approved for delivery, which will give you the tools to perform exceptionally in a Policy role. The Apprenticeship will take 24 months to complete and is expected to take 20 of your working hours.
Induction Fortnight: This will be an exciting introduction to working in Policy at BEIS, and an opportunity to get to know the 2019 cohort of BEIS graduates. You can expect an introduction to working in Whitehall and Parliament, writing briefs, correspondence, running workshops and much more.
Action learning sets: Action Learning Sets (ALS) are small groups of 6-8 people who meet regularly to discuss and share current challenges and issues from their current role. The set discuss, share support and suggest action to address the issues.
Regular Cohort Meetings: to get to know your cohort better, train, and share insight and challenges.
You will also be given first access to a range of exciting development opportunities within BEIS, such as seminars, interviewing, and volunteering opportunities.

Progression and Rotation

While at BEIS you will undertake two placements of one year. These will be in two of the different 7 Policy Groups within BEIS. This will give you a breadth of experience of external exposure, working with ministers and Cross-Government policy working.

At the end of the scheme, you will be supported in your application to a SEO (Senior Executive Officer) role in BEIS (currently £38,500 p/a).

About BEIS

At BEIS, we work to deliver the Governments vision at a time of momentous change. BEIS is a new department at the heart of the Governments agenda, with an aim to deliver an economy that works for everyone.

In your role at BEIS, you could be directly involved in pivotal projects such as preparing for the UKs departure from the European Union, leading the way to a low carbon future, or creating an economy which boosts productivity and earning power throughout the UK.

There are a broad range of exciting opportunities available across the department in priority policy. Entrants on our talent programmes will undertake placements in two of the different policy groups across BEIS, which are currently:

EU Exit & Analysis
Energy & Security
Market Frameworks
Business & Science
Energy Transformation & Clean Growth

A learning environment where it is safe to ask questions, receive feedback and self-motivated learning is a key part of fostering this culture. Our employees receive ongoing support and encouragement from the start of their career with BEIS. From leadership potential to empowering under-represented groups with fairer opportunities, there will be something here for you.


Achieved or are expected to achieve at least a 2:2 Degree classification in any discipline by August 2019. If you have already graduated, you should have done so within the last 3 years.
At least 5 GCSEs at grade C and above, or the new grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths, or equivalent.
The Right to Work in the UK.

We are dedicated to equal opportunity and are committed to fairness and ensuring diversity and inclusion (D&I) throughout our recruitment processes and while you work for us. From policy development to Directorate Diversity pledges, D&I is an integral part of BEISs core values. To find more about BEISs support networks and dedication to diversity please click to visit Vercida Jobs – BEIS

Would you like to learn more in person?

On the 29th October, we are hosting a BEIS Open Evening, where prospective candidates can learn more about working at BEIS and have the chance to meet individuals working in different policy areas in the department to ask questions. The recruitment team will also be available for questions about the recruitment process.

If you are interested in attending, please follow the link .

Please Click to find out more about what BEIS does and why it is a great place to work.