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Regional Senior Policy Adviser- Birmingham

Role Summary:

The CBI policy and Campaigns team develops a market leading range of policy ideas and interventions. Historically, these have had a national focus. Increasingly, there is a need to apply these locally, whether in devolved nations or across regions. The CBI has improved our approach in this area but – not least because of devolution and industrial strategy – there is a need to deliver local support now, and build a more effective strategy for the future.

Reporting into the CBI’s Managing director of membership/regions, and linking into the CBI’s Head of regional policy in London, the Senior Policy Adviser will play a key role consulting with CBI members to develop policy positions that represent the view of business in the regions.

It’s a unique position with a view over the breadth of the CBI’s policy work. The individual would join the team in the Midlands, based out of Birmingham, at an exciting time, with potential to shape the role itself, as well as the organisation’s plans in a fast-moving environment.

Key Responsibilities:

Policy Development

  • Working closely with member businesses of all sizes across the UK’s regions and nations to develop policy positions on the UK’s economy taking into account devolution and regional business priorities.
  • Drafting of papers, reports, briefings and CBI responses to political and policy developments within the remit of the CBI’s regional policy team.
  • Regularly providing support to the Director, Head of group and other CBI colleagues, to ensure the CBI’s position on the regional policy is incorporated.

Project working

  • Building on the CBI’s industrial strategy Green paper submission, CBI is planning to engage members locally and facilitate local industrial strategies
  • Working with the Head of regional policy and regional teams, you will help shape delivery of real local insight, using expertise from across CBI’s policy teams.
  • You will need to work closely with the commercial team, policy colleagues and members to understand the region’s economic strengths and weaknesses.

Interactions with members 

  • Our regional offices should be vocal champions for local priorities, have a point of view on devolution and relationships with key stakeholders
  • Consulting with CBI members and stakeholders for their views, both individually for in depth policy discussions, and in larger groups with broader discussion at roundtable events and committee meetings.
  • Working with colleagues across the CBI to build and maintain relationships with CBI members interested in regional business questions to support recruitment and retention activities.
  • Sharing policy and political insights and analysis with members, both individually at member servicing meetings and at briefing events with larger audiences.

Knowledge & Experience

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


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Knowledge of the policymaking process in the UK government
  • Background in policy development and demonstrable interest in public policy
  • Experience of working in a political environment
  • Broad knowledge of the CBI’s policy priorities
  • Knowledge of the UK parliamentary system, including regional and local devolution


  • Knowledge of policymaking in the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish devolved administrations
  • Experience of developing and executing a high level regional political, communication, and campaign strategies


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

  • Analytical mindset ­– able to assess and adapt policy positions for different audiences
  • Strategic planning – including development of business plans and long term strategies
  • Project management – including planning, implementation (including risk management), closure and evaluation
  • Communication and influencing – including excellent personal communication skills (oral and written) and the ability to plan and coordinate the influencing work of colleagues with key stakeholders
  • Customer focus – including managing relationships with key members and other stakeholders to maintain member satisfaction and the CBI’s reputation
  • High personal efficiency/productivity, flexible collaboration and team-working – including ability to work flexibly on multiple projects and tasks in parallel and manage competing (and fluid) priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced, pressured environment. Willingness to support colleagues and contribute to wider CBI activities.

Person Profile

The behaviours and characteristics required in order to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • Able to achieve influence without formal authority
  • Friendly and open attitude, comfortable playing a facilitating in role the success of others
  • Calm under pressure, resilient and flexible in the face of unforeseen events
  • Discreet and able to handle sensitive information
  • Inquisitive and analytical approach

How to Apply

For all applications please email your CV and cover letter to with the subject 'Regional Senior Policy Adviser- Birmingham'. The deadline for applications is Thursday 30th November.