Head of Stakeholder Relations

Farringdon, London
£60-65k pa negotiable dependent on experience
25 Mar 2014
18 Apr 2014
Full Time
Contract Type

Seeking a senior professional for a fascinating political and communications challenge.  Our Head of Stakeholder Relations will manage political and wider stakeholder relationships for the independent body delivering consumer engagement during the nationwide roll-out of smart energy meters.

By 2020 all households in Great Britain and approximately two million small businesses will have received a transformation in the technology that lets them control their energy use and costs.

Smart Meter technology will give new power back to consumers and give them the ability to decide how and when they use energy. This particular gateway technology is the key to how we will live our lives in the future – it will transform the way we organise our lives and will change our relationship with suppliers of all types of goods and services.

Rolling out this technology is the biggest programme of national infrastructure modernisation in recent memory.  It is a £12bn programme, led by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, that aims to change the lives of every single person in the country. 

To ensure the successful nationwide roll-out of this radical technology, Government and the energy industry commissioned the creation of a new, independent body to design and deliver the major consumer engagement campaigns that will ensure that the British public understand, and are excited by, the transformation that they are about to experience.

The huge challenge that this body has is to engage with the whole of the British population on a new technology and to tell a compelling story about its immediate and long-term benefits; and to do this in an area, energy, that has historically (and often for good reason) aroused consumer apathy, suspicion and anger.

We are planning the largest and most innovative consumer engagement plan ever undertaken in Great Britain. Our campaigns must:

  • Enlighten consumers on how this small piece of technology is an essential gateway into a power shift in the way we purchase goods and services
  • Transform public opinion on an almost unknown technology into a technology that is commonplace, and used by all
  • Raise confidence, enthusiasm and awareness of this technology and its instillation while illustrating its implications for the medium and long-term future of energy usage

The SMCDB’s relationships with its stakeholders and the wider political community will be key to the success of the campaign.

Closing date 5pm on Friday 18 April - interviews to be held Tuesday 6 May. Please apply using the application form - no CVs please