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 EU Negotiations, the Policy Adviser will play a key role in the team which is responsible for:
- Consulting with CBI members to develop policy positions that represent the business view on Brexit on a range of issues.
- Co-ordinating across Brexit-related policy activities led by other CBI teams to help create a unified vision that influences the negotiations.
- Working with UK and EU policy makers to deliver a Brexit that supports the economy.
- Providing CBI members with the insight and intelligence they need to manage uncertainty and make a success of Brexit.
It’s a unique position with a view over the breadth of the CBI’s Brexit 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.
- 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 – particularly with responsibility for the future EU-UK trading of services and level-playing field regulation or EU regional funding.
- 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, Head of EU Negotiations 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.
- 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 – with particular responsibility for supporting the work of a specific policy team, for example the innovation and digital team or the energy and infrastructure team.
- Working with internal and external stakeholders to deliver these policy projects successfully and ensuring proactive sharing of information to achieve that.
- Playing a role in delivering key commercial outputs of the EU Negotiations team, including speaking at quarterly member-only roadshows across the country and organising update webinars for members.
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 and targets 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.
- Writing and distributing the CBI’s fortnightly member-only update with intelligence and analysis.
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.
- Co-ordinate the work and messaging of the CBI’s EU Negotiations team with the other ‘B5’ business representative organisations, including through quarterly formal meetings.
- Representing the CBI at conferences and external meetings.
- Briefing the CBI Director General, President and Deputy-Director General in advance of their meetings with senior Government and diplomatic representatives.
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.
- 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.
Role specific skills
The practical actions required 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 to be able to fulfil the 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
At the CBI we recognise the advantages that flexible working patterns can bring. We’ll always fully consider flexible working and we will aim to facilitate different patterns of work wherever we can. We have great I.T. support which allows our people to work from a variety of locations, and we aim to strike the right balance between work and life.
How to apply
Please submit your CV & Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Policy Adviser – EU Negotiations' as the subject.