Trainee Metering Engineer Job at UK Government – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in London

Job Description

About the Role:
We are looking for a Trainee Metering Engineer to support our Heat Networks team and provide technical support across the Energy Supply team.

In this role you will work closely with teams across the Office to support our strategic objectives, playing an instrumental role in building our reputation as an exemplar regulator.

You will support the improvement of transparency and accountability to the businesses we regulate and the citizens we serve. Further information can be found on our website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/heat-networks.

The post reports directly to the Heat Networks Team Lead who reports to the Enforcement Manager, Energy Supply.

This role attracts a Government Science and Engineering function technical pay improvement at Specialist level.

Some travel throughout the UK may be expected, therefore flexibility in your work patterns will be required.

Key Responsibilities:
As a technical specialist, you will be responsible for a wide-ranging portfolio of work which includes:

  • Review technical assessments submitted by heat suppliers as to the cost-effectiveness of heat meter and heat cost allocator installs, in line with criteria set by the policy sponsor.
  • Maintain consumer protection by ensuring installed heat measuring equipment (heat meters, hot water meters and heat cost allocators) conform with relevant accuracy standards.
  • Develop specialist knowledge of heat measurement through participation in national and international technical committees and working groups.
  • Support enforcement colleagues dealing with heat meter enquiries and lead on technical engagement with external partners and regulated bodies.
  • Assist senior colleagues develop a process to review technical aspects of the Regulations.
  • Provide technical advice and policy support to OPSS/BEIS colleagues and contribute to wider departmental initiatives.
  • Other enforcement work on The Heat Networks (Metering and Billing) Regulations, as required.


Person Specification

This is an exciting opportunity for a flexible and ambitious individual with the energy to make positive change happen within and beyond OPSS!

Given the nature of the role, we would be keen to hear from people with varying backgrounds, particularly those with experience or understanding of regulation in this area. We want to hear from you if you can demonstrate:

  • A degree (or equivalent) in engineering or a related subject area is essential, together with a keen interest in developing your metering knowledge and technical capability.
  • Ability to readily assimilate the complexities of technical legislation and communicate effectively at all levels, within both Government and a variety of organisations in the utilities sector.
  • Being able to analyse conflicting technical data and make appropriate decisions and recommendations using standard Microsoft Office software to produce reports and briefings that communicate sophisticated information clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships at all levels, including confidence when dealing with a range of partners, using your technical knowledge to support those we regulate.
  • Attention to detail, good analytical and problem-solving skills and an aptitude for long term thinking.
  • A flexible, proactive approach with the ability to take ownership and prioritise work without supervision.


  • Previous experience of delivering technical regulation, operational delivery and/or the delivery of projects in the utilities sector.
  • Knowledge of heat (thermal energy) metering or general utility metering.

Technical Skills:
1. GSE Technical Skills – Overseeing Technical Work this will be tested as part of your application and at interview

Effectively approves, directs and reviews technical / scientific work of others. Champions openness to scrutiny, promotes integrity, collaboration, and manages risk effectively. Provides clear technical or scientific leadership to projects, workstreams or programmes. Helps identify learning and development opportunities for members of their team.

2. GSE Technical Skills – Applying Knowledge this will be tested as part of your application and at interview

Understands and objectively, and effectively, applies scientific and engineering principles with rigour and integrity. This may be through gathering and analysing information, producing effective literature reviews, critiquing techniques, designing or conducting research, undertaking fieldwork, computational modelling, writing evaluations and / or contributing to knowledge sharing including peer reviewed journal papers.


A degree (or equivalent) in engineering or a related subject area is essential.


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

Making Effective Decisions

Communicating and Influencing

Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

GSE Technical Skills – Overseeing Technical Work (this will be tested as part of your application and at interview)

GSE Technical Skills -Applying Knowledge (this will be tested as part of your application and at interview)


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

  • A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
  • Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
  • A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
  • An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
  • Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

About Company

Company: UK Government – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Company Location:  London

Job Category: Engineering Jobs, Mechnical Jobs, Electrical Jobs

About UK Government - Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy