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(Senior) Policy Adviser, Energy (x2)

Role Summary

Based at our Cannon Place office, the CBI Infrastructure and Energy team works with businesses and government to create the right policy environment to enable the delivery of critical infrastructure which underpins the UK economy and supports a more prosperous society.

Energy policy is a varied, dynamic and high profile brief, requiring an analytical mind, strong grasp of complex issues and a flair for stakeholder management. The jobholder will be expected to play an active role in delivering the CBI’s energy and climate change work, driving forward member priorities across a range of policy issues.

Reporting to the Head of Infrastructure and Energy, the jobholder will be expected to work collaboratively with colleagues across the policy, commercial and corporate communications teams to champion the CBI’s energy work both internally and externally, identifying opportunities for synergy with other policy areas, exploiting media hooks and contributing proactively to the CBI’s member recruitment and retention activity.

Within the Infrastructure Pillar, the jobholder will be expected to contribute to better ways of working, helping to share best practice, encourage innovation and support his/her team members.

Key Responsibilities

Developing the CBI’s energy policy positions, both new and existing, including:

  • Demonstrating a strong grasp of a wide range of UK policy issues as well as the wider contextual policy issues such as the Paris Agreement, EU energy and climate policy
  • Working with CBI members to continually develop policy positions, including managing competing business interests on highly commercial topics to produce policy positions with broad support
  • Demonstrating ownership of a policy portfolio, and working on discrete projects (e.g. policy briefs, reports, consultation responses), using strong project management skills to track progress, manage risk and measure success
  • Working with colleagues in the CBI’s regional offices to extend the CBI’s infrastructure and energy work regionally
  • Drafting and presenting papers for the CBI’s Energy and Climate Change Committee and CEO-level Energy and Climate Change Board on strategic issues
  • Drafting internal briefings for senior meetings, demonstrating keen awareness of strategic priorities and political context.

Building strong internal and external relationships, including:

  • Acting as a first point of contact within CBI for members, staff, and other stakeholders on particular issues within energy policy, including advising your line manager and director on your specific policy areas
  • Meeting regularly with officials in key government departments and other relevant bodies, including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, HM Treasury and Ofgem, ensuring that the CBI has influence across energy issues
  • Proactively working with colleagues across the directorate and across all clusters in order to fully exploit synergies with other policy areas, as well as commercial, membership and media opportunities

Knowledge & Experience

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

  • Educated to degree level with at least 1-3 years’ work experience
  • Understanding of public policy development and government institutions
  • Good commercial and business understanding
  • Good understanding of energy policy issues desirable, but candidates with the ability to learn a technical policy area quickly will be considered


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

  • Self-starting, with the ability to lead work-streams with a high degree of independence
  • Takes initiative, with a solutions-focused approach
  • Has resilience and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrates effective planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Demonstrates analytical rigour
  • Excellent stakeholder management, with the ability to sensitively manage competing interests
  • Excellent written communication skills, including ability to tailor for different audiences
  • Clear oral communication and presentation skills
  • Political acumen
  • Customer focus
  • Networking and influencing skills 

How to apply 

For all applications please email your CV and cover letter stating 'Senior Policy Adviser, Energy' as your subject to The deadline for applications is Wednesday 28th March 2018.