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(Senior) Policy Adviser - EU Negotiations

Role Summary:

Based at our Cannon Place office, the EU Negotiations Team is responsible for leading the CBI’s activity on the UK’s departure from the EU, influencing the direction of the negotiations on behalf of the CBI’s members and helping policy makers and members prepare for exit.

Reporting into the Head of Group, the (Senior) Policy Adviser will play a key role, consulting with CBI members to develop policy positions that represent the business view on Brexit, and co-ordinating across Brexit-related policy activities led by other CBI teams to help create a unified vision that influences the negotiations. The (Senior) Policy Adviser will work to influence policymakers both in the UK and the EU27.

It’s a unique position with a view over the breadth of the CBI’s policy work. The individual would join the team 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 country to develop cross-cutting, whole-economy policy positions on the UK’s evolving relationship with the EU.
  • Drafting of papers, reports, briefings and CBI responses to political and policy developments within the remit of the EU Negotiations Team.
  • Regularly providing support to the Director and other CBI colleagues, to ensure the CBI’s position on the UK’s relationship with the EU is unified and takes account of the political sensitivities involved.

Project Working

  • Participating in and leading collaborative project work across policy teams to continue developing a unified CBI position on the UK’s relationship with the EU.
  • Managing internal and external stakeholders to deliver these policy projects successfully, and ensuring proactive sharing of information to achieve that.

Interactions with members 

  • Consulting with CBI members 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 in the CBI’s commercial team to build and maintain relationships with CBI members interested in the UK’s relationship with the EU 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.

Communication & Lobbying

  • Influencing policy decisions by lobbying UK MPs, civil servants, regulators and EU institutions, including through building and maintaining your own network of political and government contacts.
  • Representing the CBI at conferences, external meetings and potentially through the media.

Knowledge & Experience

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

  • Knowledge of the policymaking process in the UK government and Brussels
  • Background in policy development and demonstrable interest in public policy
  • Understanding of the political sensitivities around the EU negotiations, both in the UK and the EU
  • Appreciation of the business community’s position on the EU negotiations
  • Familiarity with the workings of business and commercial pressures


The practical skills which need to be demonstrated in order to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • Strong research and analytical skills – including quickly picking up new issues and concepts, crafting solutions and advising senior colleagues
  • Excellent oral and written communication – including the ability to communicate to a wide range of stakeholders and audiences
  • Influencing skills – including the ability to persuade policy makers of the benefits of working together with business to achieve joint aims
  • Good stakeholder management and interpersonal skills – including the ability to manage relationships with external stakeholders to maintain member satisfaction, and internal stakeholders to effectively co-ordinate the CBI’s wide range of Brexit work
  • Organisational skills - including overseeing complicated projects with multiple moving parts in a shifting external environment
  • High personal efficiency/productivity and flexibility, with the ability to work well in a team – including the ability to work in a fast-paced, pressured environment


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

  • Collaborative – Friendly and open attitude, willing to listen, seek views and share information; constructively challenging when appropriate
  • Taking ownership – Ensuring delivery and holding others to account; can influence, irrespective of hierarchy; willing to go the extra mile when necessary
  • Agile – Proactive and responsive to provide a strong member service; responding positively to shifting priorities; Calm under pressure, patient resilient and flexible in the face of unforeseen events
  • Commercial – Awareness of the wider business environment, and the importance of member engagement
  • Innovative – Exploring, sharing and integrating best practice; generating new ideas and challenging a mind-set of “what we’ve always done”
  • Analytical – gathering information and using logic to analyse, problem solve, evaluate risk and make decisions

How to apply

For all applications please email a CV and cover letter to with the subject 'Senior Policy Adviser - EU Negotiations'. The closing date for applications will be Monday 22nd May.

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