Manager Government Relations, Energy Policy, Germany

  • Berlin
  • as soon as possible
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Manager Government Relations, Energy Policy, Germany 

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. The focus is to reduce the environmental impact of transportation and electric energy use by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicle, energy storage, and solar technologies. Using the same battery technology, Tesla’s Energy Products address the increasing need for flexibility in the electricity system, with intelligent stationary battery storage systems and renewable generation. The suite of battery systems developed by Tesla performs a variety of high-value functions for utilities, businesses, and residential customers. It is our corebelief that we urgently need to transform our society into a renewable-based, sustainable one.

The role

You will be part of our European cross-functional policy and business development team. This team is, among other activities, responsible for developing, promoting, and implementing policies and regulations to enable Tesla and the energy storage industry as a whole to accelerate its deployment of sustainable storage solutions across the markets in the European Union, including Germany. As part of this team, the Manager Government Relations, Energy Policy, Germany, will rapidly develop, promote and manage the implementation of Tesla’s political, legislative and regulatory strategies to enable Tesla’s mission in Germany in the area of our energy product suite. You will be responsible for the strategic planning and outreach on German federal and state level. You are responsible for coordinating and executing all German policy activities for Energy. Besides a rock-solid work ethic and a strong team-oriented personality, all members of our team display creativity, passion, and a desire to break new ground in a constantly shifting technology, business, and regulatory landscape. You will be located in Berlin, Germany and directly report into the Head of Business Development, Energy EMEA.

Your responsibilities

Internally, you will

  • develop the (annual) plans for Policy activities for Energy in Germany, in conjunction with all relevant stakeholders
  • develop and provide clear, to-the-point assessment of the impact of (proposed) policy (changes) on Tesla’s energy business, as well as recommended actions, to Tesla’s EMEA leadership
  • provide key regulatory and policy-making insights for the broader business team on a regular basis
  • on an ad-hoc basis support the business team in developing new sales opportunities throughout the region

Externally, you will

  • lead Tesla’s policy engagement in Germany
  • change policies and the regulatory framework to increase the market for energy storage and solar PV in Germany
  • ensure key existing and helpful policies are maintained or strengthened
  • ensure that potential obstacles or issues of discrimination are resolved or softened
  • establish and maintain best-in-class relationships with key elected and appointed officials in the executive and legislative branches of federal and state governments
  • represent Tesla energy in meetings and events and arrange appropriate speaking opportunities and media exposure for Tesla, working in collaboration with Tesla’s communications department

Your background

The ideal candidate can demonstrate excellent performance in corporate development and/or government relations/affairs role, preferably in the energy industry, in Germany. In particular, you demonstrate:

  • Insights into processes, goals and members of the Bundestag, Bundesrat, federal ministries (BMWi, BMU, BAFA, BMBF), political parties, parliamentary groups (Ausschüsse, BNetzA, Clearingstelle EEG) and MPs, industry associations (BDEW, BVES, BSW, BEE, BNE, BDI, VKU, VDE [ETG,FNN] ), scientific institutions (HTW, RWTH, TUM), NGOs (WWF, BUND, NABU, Greenpeace) and think tanks (Agora, Dena, Ökoinstitut).
  • Ability to deploy an existing network of high-level decision-makers in and around Berlin
  • Ability to effectively execute many tasks in parallel, with various teams, within in a fast-moving and team-oriented environment
  • Proven effectivity in interactions with highest-level policymakers and regulators, including the ability to define, strategize, communicate, and deliver against business objectives
  • Best-in-class familiarity with the German public sector objectives, processes and bylaws
  • Familiarity with the fundamentals of European law processes to understand the upcoming transposition of the ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’ package into the member states, Germany, from a legislative and judicative point of view
  • In addition, understanding of the following specific topics are considered a plus: National and European rules for energy storage (EnWG, EEG, StromNZV, StromNEV, ARegV, MSBG, etc.); European and German grid codes (RfG, DCC, etc.); Taxes, levies and fees in the energy sector (EEG, Electricity Tax, KWKG, StromNEV, AbLAV, EnWG, etc.); Rules for grid-connected energy storage (Prequalification for grid services, requirements for PRL, SRL, MRL, EnWG, etc.); Behind the meter energy storage business models (Mieterstrommodell, Eigenverbrauch)

The successful candidate will meet the following requirements

  • MA/MS, ideally PhD (Dr.) or MBA in political sciences or other relevant fields
  • Excellent fluency in German and English
  • Outstanding communicator both orally and in writing
  • An intense desire to be on the leading edge of market and technology
  • 5-8 years or more of relevant work experience
  • Berlin-based (or periphery) with strong and long-standing network or willing to relocate to Berlin if network can be proven
  • Willingness to travel 20 – 30% in Germany and occasionally to our Amsterdam HQ

What we offer

Tesla is a very dynamic and international environment where our world-class teams operate with a non-conventional product development philosophy of high inter-disciplinary collaboration, flat organizational structure, and technical contribution at all levels. We are committed to hiring and developing top talent from across the world for any given discipline. You will be expected to challenge every day and to be challenged, to create, and to innovate. Our jobs are not for everyone and you must have a genuine passion for accelerating the world energy transition toward 100% renewables. Without extremepassion, you will find what we are trying to do too difficult.



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