There are two fixed pay points attached to this role. The postholder will receive the correct salary in line with the level of experience demonstrated throughout the recruitment process.
The two fixed pay points are –
All applications must have a C.V. and a 500 word covering letter answering the following “Why you would like to work for the CBI and what you think are the top 3 digital policy issues in 2021”.
Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.
The deadline for applications is Friday 11 December 2020.
Usually based at our Cannon Place office, but presently working from home, the CBI is recruiting a Policy Adviser to join our digital policy team. Digital policy is an exciting field with major debates on the role of technology, major legislation coming down the pipeline and constant business innovation.
The digital team is responsible for supporting a competitive digital economy and developing effective solutions on issues such as to internet regulation, digital infrastructure and the role of technology in society. This role offers a unique opportunity to work with companies across the country to shape and influence digital policy to support the UK’s competitiveness.
Reporting to the Head of Group, you will be responsible for developing rigorous, evidence-based arguments, leading projects and developing policy recommendations that respond to CBI member needs. The post holder will be expected to engage with senior business representatives and government officials and, through their work, contribute to the CBI’s income.
Shape and deliver the CBI’s work on digital policy
- Build a strong grasp of the policy issues affecting digital policy (e.g. internet regulation, digital infrastructure, digital skills, competition) and wider political context
- This will include in-depth policy analysis, research, engagement with CBI members and wider stakeholders, organising senior level events as well as writing reports, drafting press releases, articles and blogs.
- The post holder will also support the broader work of the innovation and digital team when required.
Work effectively with businesses and colleagues across the CBI
- The post holder will engage effectively with senior representatives from the business community and colleagues across the CBI, including account managers.
- Working on multiple discrete projects (e.g. policy briefs, reports, consultation responses), using project management skills to track progress, manage risk and measure success
- This includes involving CBI members in policy formation, keeping them up-to-date with policy developments, helping to build partnerships to deliver specific projects or events and working with the membership team to secure new members and help retain existing ones. Keeping the team and management team informed on key issues will also be important.
Build and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders
- The post holder will build and maintain positive relationships with external contacts including politicians, government officials (for example, Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport) and wider external stakeholders with an interest in digital policy.
- This will include attending meetings to influence policy as well as preparing and delivering presentations.
Supporting the CBI’s commercial strategy, including:
- Acting as a representative for the Employment or Innovation Policy team’s work to support commercial colleagues to recruit and retain CBI members, including strategic accounts
- Contributing to a strong member proposition on employment or innovation policy, including working with commercial colleagues to secure partnerships that grow the CBI’s non-subscription income
Internal Contacts: CBI staff at all levels
External Contacts: CBI members, politicians, civil servants and wider stakeholders
Knowledge & Experience
What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil both role’s requirements
- Demonstrable interest in politics and public policy
- Enthusiasm for working on digital issues
- Awareness of the commercial environment facing businesses
- Knowledge of the UK’s policymaking process
- Familiarity with the factors affecting business’ strategic decision-making
Role specific skills
The practical actions required to be able to fulfil both role’s requirements
- Strong research and analytical skills – including quickly picking up new issues and concepts, assessing new information, proposing solutions and advising colleagues
- Excellent oral and written communication – including the ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences
- Influencing skills – including the ability to persuade policy makers of the benefits of working with business to achieve joint policy aims
- Good interpersonal skills – including the ability to maintain member satisfaction and manage external stakeholder relationships, and to collaborate with a range of internal teams to deliver the team’s work
- Organisational skills – including delivering complicated projects with multiple moving parts in a shifting external environment
- High personal efficiency, proactivity and flexibility, with the ability to work well in a team – including working independently or with others in a fast-paced and at times pressured environment.
The behaviours and characteristics required to be able to fulfil both role’s requirements
- Collaborative – Listening, seeking views and sharing information; constructively challenging when appropriate
- Taking ownership – Ensuring delivery and holding others to account; can influence, irrespective of hierarchy
- Agile – Proactive and responsive to provide a strong member service; responding positively to shifting priorities
- Commercial – Awareness of the wider business environment
- 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
Applicants for both roles will be considered at either of the following pay-points, commensurate with their skills and experience
- First pay-point - £27,500 per annum
- Second pay-point - £31,500 per annum
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.
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