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Government Affairs Lead Italy

Job Title              Government Affairs Lead – Italy

Reporting to      Head of Government Affairs Europe


About Lightsource bp   


Lightsource bp is a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects. We are a 50:50 joint venture with bp with a mission to help drive the world’s transition to low carbon energy.

With solar set to increase tenfold in the next 20 years, we are well-positioned to capitalize on this growth. By joining the Lightsource bp team, you will ‘be the change’ on the world’s energy transition to a more sustainable future.

We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit as we continue to push the boundaries of an ever-changing energy landscape. By choosing a career with us, you can expect a challenging and fulfilling role surrounded by people who are passionate and have brilliant ideas about sustainable technology, innovation and making the world a better place.


What You’ll do (the role)           



In a new role in the Government Affairs team, you will be acting as key government affairs advisor working in close partnership with the Country Manager and Central Teams to realize Lightsource bp as a local leader within the sector and advance our company goals and ambitions.

Support the development of government affairs strategy in Italy, by acting locally, regionally and at national level build and maintain relationships key stakeholders, internal and external. We look for proactive candidates that can lead a successful public affairs practice and support development of our projects by monitoring energy policy evolutions, legislative developments, analysing their relevance to business and deliver an effective stakeholders’ strategy.


Duties and Responsibilities


As Government Affairs Lead – Italy, you will:


  • Actively tracking and analysing relevant legislation and policy proposals that impact primarily solar PV and storage.
  • Working with central teams to develop policy positions and leading policy and regulatory changes and implementation to support Lightsource bp’s mission.
  • Development and implementation of advocacy strategies, in coordination with local needs and pre-agreed positions, including securing meetings and keeping regular interaction with public and private stakeholders.
  • Support the business team in developing new business opportunities in the region, including ensuring excellent connections between Lightsource, grid operators and public institutions.
  • Build Lightsource bp’s reputation as a solar leader and raise the profile of local teams by creating engaging content. Prepare executive briefing documents for both internal and external audiences.
  • Leverage on and lead Lightsource pb participation in trade associations and building coalitions within the energy and renewable sectors. Manage the work of external resources such as consultants or agencies.


Who we’re looking for



  • Knowledge and understanding of the solar and renewables sector.
  • Committed to working in a fast-paced environment with geographically diverse, global colleagues
  • Ability to adapt and work in a different cultural environment, both operational and office based
  • Demonstrated skills working with leadership; ability to interface with all levels of the organization required
  • Qualifications
  • University degree: economics/law/engineering/…
  • Native in Italian and good level in English




  • Previous experience in renewables/solar energy in energy policy, consultancy, government affairs positions, strategic communication, or public authorities
  • Proven track record of getting regulatory changes and implementation, successful interactions with policymakers, including ability to define, strategize, communicate, and deliver against business objectives
  • Established network of contacts in the sector and in public administration


Why you’ll make a great member of the team    

Personal qualities


  • A team player and collaborator, being able to translate global and regional goals and ambitions into effective localized communication and advocacy strategies
  • Excellent reporting, writing and presentation skills, and strong attention to detail. Ability to digest and summarize complex policy and legal issues
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to handle complex and highly ambiguous scopes of work, while effectively and efficiently prioritize work with minimal required supervision


Why you’ll want to work for us


Our company is a place where you can be yourself and grow; a place where your ideas and opinions matter.


Be you

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive community, where every individual is valued and treated with respect.


Be responsible

Our culture is driven by our core values. From operating safely to ensuring our solar projects are responsible and promote biodiversity. 


Be recognized

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer a variety of benefits including annual bonus, retention bank, health insurance, pension and other local benefits.


Be inspired

Beyond your day-to-day working life at Lightsource bp, there’s a variety of initiatives that will contribute to your own personal development. Initiatives to get involved with including our charitable causes, supporting our solar honey project or our sustainability initiatives.


Our Core Values

Lightsource bp truly cares about creating a sustainable future through safe, responsible and meaningful low carbon energy projects. Our core values of Safety, Integrity, Respect, Sustainability and Drive are the guiding principles for everything we do.