Market Development Officer - ESO


Warwick, GB, CV34 6DA Wokingham, GB, RG41 5BN

Division:  Strategy
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  31454
Job Category:  ESO
Job Function:  Sales and Commercial

About Us:


At National Grid ESO we’re aiming to operate a zero-carbon electricity system for Great Britain by 2025. This means using wind, solar and hydropower - without relying on any carbon-based generators to balance the grid.


We’ll be the first globally to make this amazing full transformation and we’re exceedingly proud and driven to make it happen.  Come and join our exceptionally talented team at such an exciting time, in revolutionising our energy system for generations to come!


We welcome the recent announcement, by BEIS and Ofgem, to create a Future System Operator that builds on the track record and skills of the ESO with enhanced roles and responsibilities to unlock additional value for consumers and drive towards net zero.

About the Role:


As a Market Development Officer you will be at the heart of market reform, developing new ancillary services, driving competition in the markets and paving the way for new commercial frameworks.  You will drive the key elements of market design by working with SMEs and supporting the Product Manager to implement the new markets as part of the core delivery team.


The Market Change Delivery team play an important role to help the ESO become a better buyer by maximising competition and optimising balancing costs (and ultimately reduces the cost to the end-consumer). The successful candidate will play a crucial role in the team to drive the project delivery and realise these benefits.

Key Accountabilities:


  • To lead on the delivery of new markets to procure balancing services including Reserve, Frequency Response, Reactive power, etc., representing National Grid ESO internally and externally


  • Make recommendations on operability solutions and produce analysis to support this, considering impact on system security, short-term consumer value and long-term consumer value.


  • Leading a virtual team to deliver market change, interfacing with internal SMEs, developers or IT programmes as required to ensure suitable solutions are delivered for the market and Electricity National Control Centre.


  • Enhancing the interaction with our external providers to ensure that there is a collaborative approach to market design


  • Effective planning and project management support to projects including ensuring governance is followed with robust documentation for communication


  • Produce and present internal briefing material for Senior Management / Director level where required.

About You:


  • Ability to challenge and drive change, delivering new and existing products and services as well as the development of new markets


  • Ability to apply project management techniques to drive the delivery and communication of deliverables within challenging timescales


  • Effective communication skills, including ability to produce and deliver accurate written reports and presentation material to internal or external audiences


  • Ability to seek and set challenging goals for themselves; and to work under their own initiative to meet those goals and drive improvements


  • Experience in building effective internal and external relationships combined with strong negotiating and influencing skills


  • Logical, creative and practical approach to problem solving and ability to structure complex problems.


  • Excellent Stakeholder engagement and management, with the ability to influence decisions.


  • A good understanding of electricity market design and development would be highly regarded.


We celebrate the differences people can bring into our organisation - operating in an inclusive culture we welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds.




Educated to degree level (or equivalent relevant experience)

What You'll Get:


  • A competitive salary of between £42,000 - £49,000 (dependant on experience, reviewed annually)
  • Annual Performance Based Bonus (of up to 6%)
  • 25 days annual leave, plus eight statutory days
  • Option to buy/ sell holiday days
  • Generous contributory pension scheme – we’ll double-match your contribution to a max company contribution of 12%
  • Life insurance at 10 times basic salary
  • Career progression: internal vacancies, internal & industry secondments; & professional qualification support
  • Flexible benefits: salary sacrifice car and technology schemes
  • Family benefits like back-up care service (six paid days yearly + option to purchase more)
  • Enhanced sickness and parental paid leave policies
  • Access to numerous apps which support health, fitness and wellbeing


Advert Closing Date:


This advert closes on Sunday 5th June 2022 at 11.59 pm, however we encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible and not wait until the published closing date as this can vary. 


Interviews are due to be held w/c 13th June 2022