Regulatory Business Planning Senior Lead - ESO (12 Month Fixed Term Contract)


Warwick, GB, CV34 6DA

Division:  NESO Regulation
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  56834
Department:  Legal
Job Function:  Legal, Regulatory and Compliance

About the role

Great Britain's electricity system is undergoing an ambitious, exciting and vital transformation. Together with industry, we are creating a cleaner, greener system, one that protects the planet and serves generations to come.


The ESO regulatory team supports and enables the business to operate within our regulatory licenced activities, providing expert regulatory support to the business to maximise benefits for end consumers and Great Britain. The team is also accountable for developing with the business and submitting to Ofgem each two-year regulatory business plan.


The Regulatory Business Planning Senior Lead plays a key role in developing and building support for the future activities and deliverables that underpin the ESO. Working with the Regulatory Business Planning Manager to deliver our next business plan, this role is an important position to help develop regulatory business plans for the ESO. It is an important publication that many industry stakeholders will read and use to make decisions. Therefore, this role is a fantastic opportunity to help communicate the direction and strategy for the ESO, at a time of unprecedented change.


This role can be based from Wokingham or Warwick, and we continue to offer hybrid working from office and home. This is a 12 month fixed term contract.


About us

At National Grid Electricity System Operator (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. 


Becoming the National Energy System Operator
In Summer of 2024, the ESO will transition to becoming the National Energy System Operator, or NESO for short. Previously denoted as the Future System Operator (or FSO), the new National Energy System Operator will be the independent body responsible for planning Great Britain’s electricity and gas networks and operating the electricity system. 

The ESO, including all of its existing roles, will be at the heart of the new National Energy System Operator. As NESO, we will build on our existing roles, capabilities, and ways of working significantly to create an organisation the energy system and its users’ need. Our new capabilities will enable us to look across vectors, including electricity, natural gas and hydrogen, and crucially consider the trade-offs between them. 

The organisation will be set up as a public corporation with its own Board of independent directors, with complete operational independence from government, the regulator and any and all commercial interest. As the ESO are today, NESO will be licenced and regulated by Ofgem through price control agreements and obligated to identify optimal solutions to system operations and planning in the most sustainable, affordable and secure way for all. 


The time to deliver is now. As part of our team, you won’t just be touching the lives of almost everyone in Great Britain – you’ll be shaping the way we use and consume energy for generations to come.



Key accountabilities

  • Coordinating, shaping and managing content development for the business plan, working closely with internal stakeholders from across the business. Including reviewing and challenging content to ensure it meets key stakeholder expectations.
  • Developing content for post-submission activities, as well as facilitating key engagements with stakeholders on our most recent submission.
  • Facilitating and advising on conversations between ESO and Ofgem about the biggest issues facing the company.
  • Objectively prioritising multiple activities across numerous functions and providing senior leadership with a clear understanding of rationale behind it.
  • Using project management tools and techniques to monitor and deliver outputs by specified deadlines
  • Presenting information in a clear and concise manner to a range of stakeholders, from senior leaders to subject matter experts.


About you

What we do isn’t just important – it’s essential. That’s why we look to recruit experts in their field. In this case, we’re looking for someone who has:

  • Strong experience in a regulated industry. 
  • Experience in stakeholder management; excellent verbal and written communications skills are essential to perform in the role. 
  • Project management skills. Multi-task oriented, flexible, positive, and able to adapt effectively to challenging and time sensitive situations in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Experience with the energy regulatory framework is desirable, but not essential.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presenting skills.
  • We actively welcome those not from within the industry but who are passionate about ESO and our journey in facilitating a road to net zero. 



What you'll get

A competitive salary between £51,000 - £55,000pa – dependent on experience and capability.


As well as your base salary, you will receive a bonus based on company performance, 26 days annual leave as standard and a competitive contributory pension scheme where we will double match your contribution to a maximum company contribution of 12%. 


More information

This role closes on 24/07/2024 at 23:59, however we encourage candidates to submit their application as early as possible and not wait until the published closing date as this can vary. 


We work towards the highest standards in everything we do, including how we support, value and develop our people. Our aim is to encourage and support employees to thrive and be the best they can be. We celebrate the difference people can bring into our organisation, and welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and offer flexible and tailored support, at home and in the office. 


We're committed to building a workforce that represents the communities we serve, and a working environment in which each individual feels valued, respected, fairly treated, and able to reach their full potential.