Purpose of post:
As SMMT’s senior environmental policy expert to provide strategic lead on all aspects of climate change and wider environmental and sustainability policies affecting the UK automotive industry.
- To lead the Environment Team within Public Policy and Vehicle Legislation department, setting strategy, managing talent and ensuring delivery of key objectives within the team.
- To coordinate the development of SMMT positions, analysis and stakeholder engagement across the environment team portfolio, bridging technical, regulatory and policy discussions, evidence and research.
- To take specific responsibility for car, van and truck CO2 legislation, shaping related UK/EU policies, regulatory and economic instruments and SMMT engagement at national, local and international level.
Lead dossiers include but are not limited to:
- Car, van, truck CO2 fleet target legislation plus related regulatory and economic instruments
- Net-zero and decarbonisation of transport policies and analysis (UK, EU, Global)
- Energy policy, including business energy and fuels policies
- To steer the Environment Team’s work in all aspects of the environmental and sustainability agenda through the life cycle of vehicle production, usage and end-of-life as well as associated value streams.
- To develop the evidence base and analysis to inform SMMT strategy, position papers, key reports and stakeholder influence in all aspects of environmental policy and regulations affecting UK automotive.
- To represent SMMT members’ views to UK Government and other key stakeholders at a local, national and international level.
QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS/ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED BY JOB HOLDER:
- Education to degree or equivalent professional qualification in a relevant environmental, policy, engineering or science discipline.
- Significant previous experience in decarbonisation of transport and energy policies and stakeholder engagement within an automotive, engineering, environmental or governmental context.
- Good interpersonal skills, ability to form good working relationships with people of varying backgrounds
- Proven analytical skills, demonstrable knowledge and experience of at least one of the key dossiers. Ability to handle technically-based legislation, analysis and impact assessments to provide interpretation and guidance and inform SMMT positions.
- Good awareness of the commercial and environmental context of all aspects of decarbonisation and climate change policies affecting the automotive industry. Experience and ability to provide overview and guidance across full team portfolio in addition to own field of expertise.
- Effective communicator at all levels (written, verbal and presentational), able to effectively lead meetings, to command authority in technical/legal/political discussions and diplomatically exert influence and persuasion as required.
- Highly motivated, ability to multi-task and work independently, with good management and organisational skills and a clear focus on member value and service provision.
- Flexibility, willingness to learn, be involved and adapt. Competent in the use of digital communication technologies and applications commensurate with duties
- Willingness to travel, both in the UK and internationally, to attend meetings and conferences
MAIN DUTIES WILL INCLUDE:
- To lead the Environment Team, setting strategy and providing team input into departmental and business plans, and ensuring delivery of team objectives within budget.
- To be responsible for direct line management (PDR, Talent Management, regular 1-2-1 meetings); team recruitment and team development & training.
- To lead on car, van and truck CO2 legislation and engage with stakeholders, influencing policies and SMMT engagement at all levels.
- To provide strategic overview and advice on net zero, decarbonisation of transport and energy policies to inform key Committees and SMMT position and communication.
- To develop and coordinate all activities of the Environment Team, empowering team specialists to drive their agendas and provide a holistic view of the overall environmental impact of the industry.
- To lead and provide the Secretariat to the Environmental Policy Committee (EPC) and support other key SMMT committees and sections as appropriate.
- To liaise and consult with member companies, government and key stakeholders on all relevant subjects and documents; to solicit member input and relevant analysis to create an evidence base and draft influential SMMT proposals, positions, responses, papers and presentations as required.
- To represent SMMT views at meetings of relevant industry, governmental and stakeholder bodies in the UK and international arena and influence the work of relevant organisations’ working groups.
- To provide regular updates, briefings and support for members, SMMT colleagues and relevant SMMT committees and trade sections as required.
- To keep abreast of legal, technical, policy and commercial developments in relevant fields and deal with enquiries from industry, the public and outside organisations.
Method of Application:
Prospective candidates should e-mail email@example.com with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.
Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found