CCSA Vacancy: CCSA Policy Officer

Closing Date: 12 May 2021

Job Title: Policy Officer

Working For: The Carbon Capture & Storage Association (CCSA)

Location: Westminster, London

Salary: Competitive

Length of Contract: Permanent


Who are we?

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) is the trade association representing organisations developing Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) projects to reduce CO2 emissions and support the transition to a zero-carbon economy. We work with members, governments and other organisations to ensure CCUS is developed and deployed at the pace and scale necessary to meet net-zero goals and deliver sustainable growth across regions and nations.

The CCSA also coordinates the Zero Emissions Technology and Innovation Platform (ZEP) under the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, and leads the consortium that supports the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) group with responsibility for CCS and CCU.


The role

The CCSA is seeking a highly motivated Policy Officer to support the policy, communications, and engagement activities of the Association at this very exciting time in the development of the carbon capture and storage industry.

The Policy Officer will play a critical role in meeting the needs of the CCSA members by developing CCSA reports, briefing notes, consultation responses and coordinating and managing the active and influential CCSA Technical Working Group. The individual should be comfortable building a network of CCUS professionals and representing the interests of the association at networking events.

The Policy Officer will also support the CCSA’s communication and engagement activities by developing promotional materials and newsletters, developing content for the CCSA event programme including webinars and the CCSA annual conference and assisting in the delivery of the stakeholder engagement programme.

The Policy Officer will be comfortable working to tight deadlines and able to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have prior experience of policy or technical activities within the energy or environmental sectors and a keen interest in addressing climate change.


Essential criteria

  • A relevant undergraduate degree in an area such as engineering, environmental sciences, geology, or environmental economics/ politics.
  • An understanding of CCUS technologies and their importance in tackling climate change.
  • Experience in developing policy and influencing government decision-making with a proven ability to research and critically analyse scientific and political content.
  • Strong influencing skills and a collaborative approach with an ability to work with a range of diverse stakeholders and build trust and good working relationships.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with strong attention to detail and an ability to see action through to delivery.
  • Exceptional organisational skills, including ability to manage own workload, deliver at pace and balancing both immediate term priorities and longer-term goals.
  • Competent in the use of IT applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Comfortable working remotely with autonomy.

Desirable criteria

  • A post-graduate qualification, such as a Masters Degree in engineering, climate change, environmental or social science, political or other related discipline.
  • Previous experience of working in energy and climate change or in a political environment.
  • An understanding of UK and EU policy making processes.
  • Experience of using Adobe creative suite programmes, such as InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator

To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter to Charlie Garner at charlie.garner@ccsassociation.org  by 5pm Wednesday 12 May 2021.  Interviews are planned to take place in mid-late May 2021 with appointment shortly thereafter.