Head of Technology
British Gas 352 reviews - London

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Location: Staines (TW18 3BY)

Job Purpose:
To lead the selection, development and implementation of appropriate technology and

associated commercial relationships that will deliver the Home of the Future for British Gas.

Principal Accountabilities

Commercial/budgetary responsibility for the following:
Establishing the detailed BG-wide technology strategy, working with the Director of Technology Strategy, IS, and business units

Identifying key strategic suppliers, developing relationships, identifying and developing commercial relationships with them

Delivery of Ofgem’s £50m Low Carbon Networks project with CE-Electric over 3 years (this will include contracting with and managing delivery by our internal resource owners as well as very large and also small technology and manufacturing companies)

Management of an internal budget of >£400k

Developing equipment for consumer test

Day to day contract management with suppliers - both existing and new.

Commercial responsibility for major projects e.g. LCNF project and meter suppliers

Manage Innovation and Technology’s face off to business units, including agreeing current and future requirements. Technical product specifications, compliance and safety testing, and general technology developments.

Manage technical due diligence exercises to support BG’s investments in technology companies.

Nature & Scope:
The Head of Technology will be recognised outside of the British Gas as an industry expert and will have considerable input in to strategy. He/she must be capable of performing the most highly complex assignments, and of devising original technical solutions.

The Head of Technology will have significant operational responsibility, guided by the timely and efficient delivery of products/services. The role will monitor programmes of development and be characterised by compliance or ensuring regulatory or quality standards are met. He/she will be responsible for laying out a plan to deliver the annual strategic direction across multiple or diverse teams.

The Head of Technology is likely to have significant industry experience. He/she is responsible for the execution of significant and complex executive directives.

The role holder will translate vision in to processes. The Head of Technology has freedom in achieving end results. He/she will oversee multiple or large complex projects: although the problem is clear, the solution is not. The role holder will deliver business focused solutions to the business. He/she will face conflicting priorities and will provide strategic input

The Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experienced leader and manager with a strong background in either technology or utilities. They will possess the vision to take British Gas New Markets to apposition where it is the recognised leader in low Carbon markets in the UK

They will be an inspirational leader with a high level of intellect and emotional intelligence with the ability to play a leading role in a new business with the backing of Centrica plc.

Key responsibilities for the Head of Technology:
LCNF delivery:
stakeholder management

LCNF stakeholders include BGX and business managers within British Gas the MD and senior team within CE-Electric and senior figures within Durham university and EA technology.

Our project is high profile within Ofgem (and possibly within DECC), and will feed directly into the development of business opportunity in the next round of the Distribution Price Control mechanism for electricity distribution in the UK - the regulatory team within British Gas and Centrica are both keen to support the project’s success

Technology providers - our intention is that the project is seen as reference project within the UK and internationally as the energy industry develops commercial models for demand response and smart grid development. Significant technology providers such as Panasonic and GE are involved in delivery of the project and are interested in development of the same opportunities

DNOs and other energy suppliers (our competitors and potential competitors such as Distribution Service Organisations) will receive updates on our progress and will be invited to regular review forums

Local MPs in the region have been engaged and will continue to be interested in the team’s success

Management of £7.5m budget and delivery of £20m worth of domestic renewable generation

Industry engagement on smart metering, smart grids in co-ordination with Centrica Energy and British Gas Regulatory teams (Tim Dewhurst, …) leverage of our learnings from LCNF and our position with technology providers thanks to Smart Metering to identify opportunities and develop our strategy in DR and Smart Grids

Internal presentation and review on our strategy and objectives with senior stakeholders, co-ordination of learnings and plans with Direct Energy

Engagement with and development of joint plans with technology partners such as Vodafone, L+G, GE, Trilliant

Establish strategy and manage business development in Demand Response, including co-ordination of plans and leverage of opportunity with CE and BGB

Strategy and business development in renewable gas; delivery of £50m investments against BGNM market goals

Industry knowledge

thorough understanding of the UK’s energy sector from an economic and regulatory perspective

which players have what role, how opportunities will develop as the industry changes through this decade

Technical knowledge

broad understanding of energy generation, transmission, storage, plus data and communication technologies

degree level qualification in electrical or other engineering discipline will be a significant advantage

Stakeholder management

this is a broad role requiring senior stakeholder engagement and management within Centrica and across partners, suppliers and regulatory bodies

delivery of the LCNF project in particular will require pro-active management of likely issues to ensure success


the areas of demand response, renewable energy and smart grids will play a significant place in Centrica’s future in both the UK and North America

the role has significant strategic content, requiring the ability to understand complex commercial and technical issues and develop clear options or decisions

the role will require successful engagement with key though leaders both with Centrica and across the industry

an MBA and/or experience within an energy-centric consultancy will be a significant advantage


this is a role with significant accountability for delivery of firm business goals under external scrutiny

budgetary responsibility is significant

experience of large scale project or operational management will be a significant advantage


the role will require commercial negotiation and management of 3rd party delivery

the renewable gas role will require delivery of several multi-£m investments

Team management

the role will include management, development, recruitment and career planning of a group of technical specialists - c. 10 at present but likely to grow to around 20 with the development of the renewable gas and demand response business opportunities

This is an excellent opportunity to join British Gas as both British Gas New Markets grows rapidly and the broader business go through periods of change as the low Carbon economy comes to the fore. It is hoped that after a period of two to three years in this high profile post a successful individual will move on within Centrica to a bigger leadership role.

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE by hitting the 'Apply' button. Please upload your cover letter and CV as one document. Applications will ONLY be accepted via the 'Apply' button To request an update on this role, please email alaister.mortlock@centrica.com typing 'Update Required :Head of Technology (BG4714); in the subject title.

This role is being handled by the Centrica recruitment team and NO agency contact is required.

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