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Principal Policy Adviser, Employment

Role Summary:

The CBI employment team works with businesses and government to build a labour market that makes the UK an attractive place to create jobs and increase productivity to drive prosperity for all. The team represents member companies on high profile issues ranging from immigration and diversity & inclusion, to employment law, pay and pensions policy.

The Principal Policy Adviser will play a key role in the team – including line and project management, developing key CBI campaigns, and acting as a spokesperson for the CBI, in public and with ministers and officials. In this role you will make an essential contribution to the development of our work and of the team that delivers it.

Key Responsibilities:

Supporting the Head of Employment with the management and leadership of the employment team

  • Work with the Head of Employment, members and the CBI senior team to set priorities on employment policy.
  • Lead the delivery of some of these plans, both through own work, and through project managing the work of policy advisers, senior policy advisers and other CBI colleagues.
  • Directly line manage one policy adviser.
  • Stewarding the development of the policy adviser in support of the CBI’s objective to strengthen the contribution and performance of all staff over time.

Working collaboratively to deliver innovative and compelling campaigns and policy solutions that deliver on members’ priorities

  • Developing a strong grasp of the contextual employment and labour market policy issues
  • Working with CBI members and colleagues to develop policy positions and campaign messages with broad business support
  • Developing and managing a range of contacts, including government and other external stakeholders that help to shape CBI and business understanding of key issues, and enable the business view on these to be heard.
  • Acting as a senior spokesperson for the CBI on employment issues, including at CBI events and other public platforms
  • Working with the CBI’s commercial team to ensure that policy work supports the recruitment and retention of businesses.

Knowledge & Experience

What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements


  • Educated to at least degree level or equivalent
  • Understanding of public policy development
  • Strong interest in employment and labour market issues
  • Record of influencing results in a political environment and leading public policy campaigns


  • Experience of managing and developing people
  • Knowledge of employment and labour market policy issues


The practical actions required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • First-rate planning, organisational and time management skills, including delivering projects to time and sufficient quality.
  • Self-starting, with the ability to lead work-streams with a high degree of independence
  • Proactive, results focused, approach to working in a fast-paced, pressurised environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support the maintenance of internal and external networks, and effective upwards management to the Head of Group and Managing Director
  • Excellent communication & influencing skills – tailoring communications to their audience, including writing effectively in an appropriate style, format and tone
  • Leadership & management skills, including motivating others to achieve shared results and providing constructive feedback to help others develop and improve
  • Analytical rigour.

How to apply

For all applications please send your CV and cover letter to with the subject 'Principal Policy Adviser, Employment'. The deadline for applications is Friday 19th January.