• Salary range - £50,000 - £57,000
• Deadline for applications – Friday 26 March 2021
• C.V. and covering letter required
• Candidates will be required to travel around Scotland to attend functions.
This role is an opportunity to represent the voice of business in Scotland during a period of political change in Scotland and the UK as a whole, immediately after a parliamentary election in Scotland with many senior politicians due to step down. With considerable powers over tax raising and revenue, the Scottish policy environment presents unique challenges and opportunities for business.
As the Head of Policy at CBI Scotland you will take the lead on developing CBI policy for Scotland in collaboration with CBI policy colleagues around the UK, the CBI Scotland Council, and CBI members headquartered and with operations in Scotland.
You will be the main point of contact for a range of Scottish and UK government representatives, both civil service and ministerial, as well as nurture relationships with senior CBI members and external stakeholders in Scottish public life. The post holder will also be responsible for managing budget spend as well revenue raising.
Policy Development and Lobbying
- Work with policy colleagues across the UK to develop policy positions to support the CBI’s Economic Vision and develop and lobby on specific policy related to devolved matters in Scotland, guided by the CBI membership and particularly the Scotland Chair and Council.
- Utilise your understanding of the political and economic environment to engage businesses in CBI activity, primarily in Scotland but also around the UK.
- Lead the completion of the CBI/KPMG Scottish Productivity Index series, including managing the business advisory group, report drafting and launch.
- Continue to develop networks within wider Scottish stakeholders and across business community by maintaining the profile of the CBI in Scotland.
- Provide regular insight and guidance to press colleagues on relevant proactive and reactive policy issues concerning business in Scotland.
- Line manage and support the Principal Policy Adviser to develop in their role and coordinate priorities and workload between the two.
- Identify emerging policy issues impacting business to CBI colleagues across the UK and internationally and alert policy makers of the implications of these changes in the business environment.
Collaboration and Stakeholder Management
- Work with colleagues in the other devolved nations to maximise understanding of devolved issues, share best practice and contribute to the continued development a devolved nation offer for CBI members operating across borders.
- Work with the Director and CBI Scotland Chair to deliver the CBI Scotland Council, prepare the papers and briefing notes.
- CBI Scotland run several steering groups and committees, for example the North East Committee, People & Skills Committee, Future Leaders Committee, FD Network and Government Affairs network. The Head is responsible for providing the policy content and will work with the Scotland team to deliver them.
- CBI Scotland has an active events programme, the Head of Policy will work with the events team to create content and lead some of these events.
- Work with commercial colleagues to grow and retain our membership, attend strategic member meetings to provide policy context and collate member views to develop CBI policy, as well as develop own relationships with relevant contacts within members for example with the government affairs teams.
- Lobbying successes
- Quality of network and profile within Scotland
- Customer satisfaction from senior executives in membership
- Integration with wider CBI policy priorities both in London and across the devolved nations.
- Place of work: CBI Scotland, 160 West George Street, Glasgow G2 2HQ (after WFH restrictions lifted)
- Line Manager: CBI Scotland Director
- Direct Reports: CBI Scotland Principal Policy Adviser
- CBI Directorate: Primarily Policy but part of Regions and Nations
- Financial Budget: N/A
- Internal Contacts: Devolved nations policy colleagues and policy specialists across the policy directorate in London, as well as operational and commercial colleagues in CBI Scotland, Cannon Place and across the English regions
- External Contacts: Senior level politicians and policy makers, business members and targets and related stakeholders across the business community and the media.
Knowledge & Experience
What an individual must know or have experienced to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements:
- Knowledge and experience of working with Scottish politics and the policy making process.
- Previous experience of working across a range of different policy areas concerning business and producing high-quality outputs with short turnaround.
- Relevant degree/professional qualification or equivalent experience.
- Experience in dealing directly with senior business executives in a policy development capacity.
- Understanding of the economic, social and commercial pressures on business in Scotland, and a desire to influence the policy agenda.
- Experience with public speaking and representing the CBI in public forums – e.g., roundtables, working groups and committees.
- Political neutrality and trust with confidential information.
The practical skills required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements:
- Self-motivated and proactive.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively manage and develop a range of stakeholder relationships.
- Clear and accurate writing skills – both in terms of producing own content and providing editorial support to colleagues.
- Excellent planning and organisational skills with the ability to work and keep focus across a range of different policy issues, as well as take decisions on prioritisation.
- Supportive and dedicated to helping colleagues, especially in a line management capacity.
- First class networking and influencing skills.
- Confidence and credibility to develop good working relationships at a senior level.
- Comfortable with public speaking.
- IT literate.
Diversity & Inclusion
At the CBI, we are committed to attracting diverse talent that represents the society we live in. We encourage applications from all regardless of age, sexuality, socio-economic background, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, or beliefs. We are committed to building a culture of belonging and inclusion and this is reflected in our policies, practices, and internal employee-led networks and supported by our executive leadership team.
We are a family friendly organisation and we encourage flexible working as we want our employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance. Currently our employees are working flexibly (formally and informally) and remotely due to COVID-19, but we offer the opportunity to work in our offices in line with government guidance if somebody should need to.
Our employee-led networks are: BAME, LGBT, Women’s and Working Families and we have qualified Mental Health First Aiders who support our employees in having good mental health.
If the above feels like an organisation that you would like to work for then we encourage you to apply and join our diverse workforce.