Graduate Programme - HEO Policy Officer

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Closing date: 22 Jan 2019

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£32,200 - £35,628


Higher Executive Officer

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Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time



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City of Westminster, London, SW1H 0ET

About the job

Job description

What is the BEIS Graduate Development Programme?

At the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) there are a variety of areas where you can make a real difference to the development of policies that will have an impact on the UK, Europe and the world for decades to come.

We are looking for outstanding candidates who can demonstrate leadership potential to join our Graduate Development programme. The programme is targeted at recent graduates with outstanding potential, and will entail two 12-month placements, 2-years in total, providing development opportunities which will best place you for a quick progression.

What we’re looking for

We are looking for individuals to lead on policy, strategy and relationship management across their designated portfolio. In your new role, you will help to develop solutions that are fit-for-purpose, and to do this, will have the following abilities:

• Be comfortable conducting independent research and analysing complex information
• Develop and present policy options founded in a clear evidence base
• Juggle multiple priorities effectively and expertly
• Work with resilience in policy areas that can be fluid or uncertain
• Demonstrate good judgement on when to bring up issues, and when to resolve them independently
• Work closely with other departments and partners, collaborating towards common goals
• Provide advice for ministers on your findings and proposals

As a graduate entrant, we do not expect you to have prior experience in a policy field. However, we do expect you to have strong communication, numerical and analytical abilities gained throughout your degree and extracurricular experience.

You should also have an understanding of the UK’s political landscape and share our enthusiasm for devising BEIS policy that will shape the UK’s relationship with business for decades to come.

If you feel the above applies to you but you have had more substantial work experience, you may be interested in applying for our Experienced Entrant Scheme instead.

Our Learning and Development Offer

As a BEIS Graduate you will receive learning and development above that of a standard HEO, with a view to quick progression.

• All BEIS Graduates will complete a Level 4 Policy Apprenticeship. This is an exciting new Apprenticeship which has just been approved for delivery, which will give you the tools to perform exceptionally in a Policy role. The Apprenticeship will take 24 months to complete and is expected to take 20% of your working hours.
• Induction Fortnight: This will be an exciting introduction to working in Policy at BEIS, and an opportunity to get to know the 2019 cohort of BEIS graduates. You can expect an introduction to working in Whitehall and Parliament, writing briefs, correspondence, running workshops and much more.
• Action learning sets: Action Learning Sets (ALS) are small groups of 6-8 people who meet regularly to discuss and share current challenges and issues from their current role. The set discuss, share support and suggest action to address the issues.
• Regular Cohort Meetings: to get to know your cohort better, train, and share insight and challenges.
• You will also be given first access to a range of exciting development opportunities within BEIS, such as seminars, interviewing, and volunteering opportunities.

Progression and Rotation

While at BEIS you will undertake two placements of one year. These will be in two of the different 7 Policy Groups within BEIS. This will give you a breadth of experience of external exposure, working with ministers and Cross-Government policy working.

At the end of the scheme, you will be supported in your application to a SEO (Senior Executive Officer) role in BEIS (currently £38,500 p/a).

About BEIS

At BEIS, we work to deliver the Government’s vision at a time of momentous change. BEIS is a new department at the heart of the Government’s agenda, with an aim to deliver an economy that works for everyone.

In your role at BEIS, you could be directly involved in pivotal projects such as preparing for the UK’s departure from the European Union, leading the way to a low carbon future, or creating an economy which boosts productivity and earning power throughout the UK.

There are a broad range of exciting opportunities available across the department in priority policy. Entrants on our talent programmes will undertake placements in two of the different policy groups across BEIS, which are currently:

• EU Exit & Analysis
• Energy & Security
• Market Frameworks
• Business & Science
• Enterprise
• Energy Transformation & Clean Growth

A learning environment where it is safe to ask questions, receive feedback and self-motivated learning is a key part of fostering this culture. Our employees receive ongoing support and encouragement from the start of their career with BEIS. From leadership potential to empowering under-represented groups with fairer opportunities, there will be something here for you.


• Achieved or are expected to achieve at least a 2:2 Degree classification in any discipline by August 2019. If you have already graduated, you should have done so within the last 3 years.
• At least 5 GCSEs at grade C and above, or the new grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths, or equivalent.
• The Right to Work in the UK.

We are dedicated to equal opportunity and are committed to fairness and ensuring diversity and inclusion (D&I) throughout our recruitment processes and while you work for us. From policy development to Directorate Diversity pledges, D&I is an integral part of BEIS’s core values. To find more about BEIS’s support networks and dedication to diversity please click here to visit Vercida Jobs - BEIS

Would you like to learn more in person?

On the 29th October, we are hosting a BEIS Open Evening, where prospective candidates can learn more about working at BEIS and have the chance to meet individuals working in different policy areas in the department to ask questions. The recruitment team will also be available for questions about the recruitment process.

If you are interested in attending, please follow the link here.

Please Click here to find out more about what BEIS does and why it is a great place to work.


• Achieved or are expected to achieve at least a 2:2 Degree classification in any discipline by August 2019. If you have already graduated, you should have done so within the last 3 years
• At least 5 GCSEs at grade C and above, or the new grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths, or equivalent.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience.
The deadline to submit your basic application is midnight (11:59pm) Tuesday 22nd January 2019.

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete three online tests (Civil Service Judgement test (CSJT) Numerical Reasoning Test (NRT) and the Verbal Reasoning Test (NRT)) You must be successful in each test for your application to progress.

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the deadline to complete all online tests is midnight (11:59pm) Thursday 24th January 2019.

The deadline to complete all online tests is midnight (11:59pm) Thursday 24th January 2019.

The tests are taken online, we will send you an invitation and will provide full instructions on how to complete the tests, for further guidance please refer to the attached test guidance.

Those who meet the minimum required standard in all three online tests will then be asked to provide a 750 word response to the following question: ‘How can you demonstrate the abilities and potential required for a policy role in our department?’

PLEASE NOTE: This section will allow you to input up to 1200 words but you must only provide 750 words maximum. All information provided beyond 750 words will not be assessed. The deadline to provide this response is midnight (11:59pm) Thursday 31st January 2019.

Candidate's 750 word responses will be marked on a rolling basis throughout the advert timeline. Those with the highest scoring responses at this stage will be invited to attend a blended strength and behaviour based interview.

All candidates can expect to hear whether they have been successful to interview by mid February 2019.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For any online application or test queries please contact

When contacting us please include the 7 digit vacancy reference number '1605663' in the subject line of your email.

For queries relating to BEIS, the role or learning offer, please

Online test instructions

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is Midnight on 24th January 2019

Sift/interview dates and location

Candidates applications will be sifted on a rolling basis throughout the advert timeline and are expected to be completed by 15th February 2019.

Interviews will be held w/c 4th and w/c 11th March at 1 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 0ET

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

Further information

A reserve list may be held for up to 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

A minority of candidates may need Security Check clearance, although most will just need basic security checks. If this is the case you will be notified.

Please note – harmonised terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Any current Civil Servants moving across to another Civil Service department on or after October 4th 2018 may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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