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Director of Policy

About the role

  • Formative role shaping the future of energy security and transition to net zero
  • Reports to CEO, part of leadership team, manages team of specialists
  • Highly competitive salary
  • London-based with some working from home

Fuels Industry UK (formerly UKPIA) is the trade association that brings together and represents the companies involved in refining, renewable fuel production, terminal operations and filling stations. Our members contribute significantly to the UK’s extensive and resilient fuel supply chain today and they are preparing for the future by planning and investing in projects that reduce emissions for tomorrow’s net zero economy. Our mission is to support our members in leading the delivery of a flexible and resilient fuels supply chain for the UK, both today and in the low-carbon future of tomorrow. 

A Director of Policy is sought ahead of the retirement of the incumbent.

Job purpose

  • To develop robust evidence-based policy positions to support Fuels Industry UK’s advocacy, vision and mission and to deliver the business plan, working constructively with experts from member companies, regulators, government and other stakeholders.
  • To safeguard Fuels Industry UK’s position as expert in the downstream fuels sector and essential to the development of good policy and regulation.

Main responsibilities

  • Develop robust and respected policy positions, visions and plans for the future of the sector.
  • Influence the development of policy and regulation through constructive engagement with officials in government, regulators and other trade associations.
  • Maintain an accurate and sufficient base of evidence and research for policy positions and reporting.
  • Provide expert and engaging content for publications which support our advocacy.
  • Present at selected events to position our industry and influence stakeholders.
  • Line management and develop a high performing team of specialists. Actively input to leadership team to support the CEO in running an effective organisation.
  • Deliver working groups, involving members in policy development and engaging with other stakeholders.
  • The policy areas overseen with will flex over time, but currently include: industrial transformation, carbon pricing, decarbonisation, international business environment, fuels resilience, low carbon fuels, fuels quality, sustainable aviation fuel, taxation, environmental permitting, environmental regulation, safety regulations.
  • Key external stakeholder organisations include: Department Energy Security & Net Zero, Department for Transport, DEFRA, HM Treasury, HSE, environmental regulators, Fuels Europe, Concawe, academia.


  • Degree in chemical engineering (or a related subject or equivalent experience).
  • Significant experience in a business role in the UK’s fuel sector.
  • Significant subject matter expertise in fuel manufacturing/refining, energy transition, and an understanding of process safety.
  • Experience of working with stakeholders, influencing views through evidence and diplomacy and building consensus.
  • People management, developing a high performing team of specialists
  • Practiced in cost benefit analysis and modelling techniques to underpin decision making.


  • Highly skilled in researching and writing clear, succinct, convincing policy positions backed by research and evidence.
  • Confident, articulate, inspiring, driven - able to build credible relationships with senior decision makers.
  • Able to handle a large number of workstreams, delivering high standards to tight deadlines.
  • A strong public speaker with ability to convey complex technical information simply.
  • Actively demonstrate the Fuels Industry UK values (excellence, working together, integrity, professionalism) with a flexible, can-do attitude.

Salary and benefits

  • A competitive salary will be offered reflecting the seniority of the role. For more details please call Elizabeth de Jong on 07771 976388.
  • 30 days annual leave (plus public holidays), private healthcare, defined contribution pension scheme, ability to work flexibly.

How to apply

Please email your CV along with a one page supporting statement and confirmation of your right to work in the UK to Elizabeth de Jong ( The deadline for applications is MONDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2023




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