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Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity for a skilled communicator and stakeholder manager to join the South West Net Zero Hub and drive an Engagement Plan to champion net zero delivery in the region, promote wider visibility and lead to better understanding of it’s activity.

The post-holder will liaise regularly with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and support wider communications with Ministers, senior civil servants, senior public staff and other decision makers at national and local level.

Working as a key member of the South West Net Zero Hub team, the role will provide advice and guidance to senior stakeholders on established net zero policy at both a national and sub-regional level, and may include public speaking.

The successful candidate will be an excellent collaborator and facilitator with impressive senior level advocacy skills and a proven ability to forge successful partnerships. They will have knowledge of net zero policy and experience of working with a range of stakeholders, including at senior level, using research, evidence and intelligence to inform engagement.

The ability to demonstrate personal credibility and confidence to stakeholders will be important, as will the ability to work proactively and independently within the Hub region to seek out and strategically develop opportunities. The post holder must also be a positive team player, working with the wider Hub team and BEIS Local Net Zero team to maximise the benefits of Net Zero for the Hub region.

This is a great opportunity for a passionate individual to lead making a positive impact in the transition to a Net Zero future, with the SW Net Zero Hub involved in a number of high value initiatives.   

If you’d like to find out more please get in touch with Jon Rattenbury (SW Net Zero Hub Programme Manager) for an informal conversation about the role on 07436 601947 or   

Location is flexible within the south west of England. 

Package Description

The West of England Combined Authority is seeking to appoint a Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Manager, to join the South West Net Zero Hub team.

This is an exciting time to join the West of England Combined Authority. In the last year nearly three quarters of a billion pounds of new investment has been secured for the region. New plans are in place to deliver on Mayoral priorities to improve transport, skills and housing for our residents, take decisive action to tackle the climate emergency, and to support communities facing the cost-of-living crisis. There is a relentless focus on delivery to put the West of England on the map for regional, national and global success.

Led by the regional Metro Mayor, the West of England Combined Authority brings together three local councils, the Local Enterprise Partnership and works with communities, other public services, and industry to deliver for the region.

You will be a key player in leading our response to tackle the climate and ecological emergency. We are delivering on the West of England’s Climate and Ecological Strategy and Action Plan and making the West of England the bee and pollinator capital of the U.K. as we push to reach our very ambitious net zero targets by 2030. Come and help shape the future of the West of England, a place so many people are proud to call home. 

About the Company

The West Of England Combined Authority is an equal opportunities employer, in line with the Equalities Act 2010, and invite applicants to contact us to identify any additional support they may need during the recruitment process.

The West Of England Combined Authority is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We ensure all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or citizenship status. We are also  proud to have been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

Flexible and Hybrid working.

The Combined Authority is adopting a Hybrid working approach, which enables employees to split their week between working in the workplace and working remotely.

Hybrid Working forms just part of the flexible working options that the Combined Authority is offering as the new way of working. Flexible working is an arrangement that enables employees to have a way of working that suits and employee’s and employer’s needs whilst maintain a work-life balance.


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