European Innovation & Policy Analyst

Ervia is a commercial semi-state company which provides strategic national gas and water infrastructure and services in Ireland. Through our regulated business, Gas Networks Ireland, we build and operate one of the most modern and safe gas networks in the world. In 2014, we took responsibility for the operation and maintenance of Ireland's water and wastewater assets through our other regulated business Irish Water. Ervia directly employs over 1,600 people who deliver services to 1.6 million customers daily. We are guardians of the national assets and experts in our field. Our infrastructure supports economic and social development, protects the environment and enhances the health and quality of life of the Irish people.


The European affairs function within Gas Networks Ireland is responsible for the monitoring and influencing of developments at a European level and achieve compliance with EU initiatives as they arise.

The Role

Reporting to the European Affairs Manager, this position will involve active participation in a number of key strategic working groups at a European level to ensure that Gas Networks Ireland can influence and monitor European developments accordingly. The jobholder will work with the European Affairs Manager to ensure that Gas Networks Ireland activities and interests within Europe are represented and adhere to regulatory and legislative requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work-group participation in a number of the European Associations/forums including:
    • ENTSOG Governance, Institutional Framework & Mirroring
    • GIE Innovation & Strategy
    • Eurogas Renewable Gas
    • Eurogas 2030
    • European Biogas Association
    • NGVA (National Gas Vehicle Association)
    • IBEC Energy Policy Committee
    • ENA Gas Futures and Regulatory work groups
  • Monitor funding calls and developments for transport and renewable gas.
  • Develop relationships with potential EU project partners.
  • Meet with EU stakeholders.
  • Monitor relevant policy and new legislation.
  • Contribute to national consultations.
  • Attend/present at key events.
  • Attend and contribute to internal European Developments Task Force meeting briefings.
  • Liaise actively with the GNI Commercial Team.
  • The role will have a minimum requirement to travel to Brussels on a monthly basis
  • Developing and managing the company’s interactions with European Stakeholders in order to optimise relationships
  • Developing key relations and working closely with Regulatory and Commercial colleagues and other functions in Gas Networks Ireland
  • Work across the Gas Networks Ireland organisation with other functions as appropriate on European issues and opportunities.
  • Monitor, review and communicate developments regarding EU Directive activities and considering the impact of any decisions in relation to EU Directives on Gas Networks Ireland.
  • Other duties may be assigned from time to time.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Relevant qualification such as Engineering, Law or Business Degree or equivalent.
  • A minimum of five years post qualification experience. Previous responsibility in the areas of innovation and policy development would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge and understanding nature of European Energy Directives and European Bodies such as ENTSOG, ACER, GIE etc. desirable.
  • Knowledge of the technical and market arrangements for renewable gas and CNG.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Previous experience with initiating and maintaining strategic relationships both internally and externally, using strong influencing skills to achieve business goals
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, coupled with the ability to generate innovative technical solutions as required
  • A good understanding of business operations and the commercial viability and impact of technical / professional decisions on the performance of the organisation
  • Driver of high standards for individual, team and organisational accomplishment and delivering desired results 
  • Proven track record with dealing with complex issues, proactively and in a timely fashion, along with the ability to communicate complex information to others.
  • The ability to ensure professional response/interactions with ENTSOG, GIE and other EU Lobbying groups by building strategic relations with TSOs and regulatory organisations active within such groups will be a key success factor to the role.
  • Irish and European gas industry knowledge, strategic planning and previous exposure or experience working within European activities will be an advantage.

How to apply

The closing date for receipt of applications for this vacancy is the 22nd June 2018

Applications, including a current Curriculum Vitae should be emailed to:

*Please include the Reference Number for this Role when making an application*


Ervia is an equal opportunities employer