- Location – Belfast
- Applicants must submit a CV and cover letter
- Closing date for applications – 18th January
- Full-time remote working not an option due to regular NI-based meetings
This role of Policy Adviser will be based in our Belfast office. The Northern Ireland policy team works with businesses and government at the UK and NI Executive level to ensure the business perspective is understood on topics such as Skills, Energy, Infrastructure, Trade and the wider economy. This role presents an exciting opportunity to support the CBI’s policy team.
The role offers the opportunity to work in close partnership with businesses and stakeholders to achieve shared prosperity, at the UK’s most influential business representative organisation. Working in Belfast’s fast paced policy environment and reporting to the Head of Policy, the jobholder will be expected to attend regular Northern Ireland-based meetings. They will provide support for the Northern Ireland team’s policy work including:
- Working with a diverse set of CBI Northern Ireland business members gathering data and information on business priorities and sectoral issues to support policy
- Supporting Northern Ireland specific policy campaigns e.g. gathering data and information through desk research, survey work and planning
- Supporting stakeholder engagement – writing up notes and action points from meetings
- Drafting letters and arranging background
- Distilling Northern Ireland political and policy insight for CBI members communicating main policy messages and information to CBI members
- Collaborating with colleagues across the team and organisation to ensure consistency and coherence in our messages to decision makers and CBI
Supporting CBI Northern Ireland campaign work and communicating the position in Northern Ireland for contributions to UK projects including:
- Supporting the CBI’s policy team with desk research, data gathering and support for meetings, events, and
- Working with the policy team across the CBI to successfully implement Northern Ireland campaigns
- Working on discrete projects (e.g. policy briefs, reports, consultation responses)
- Supporting the Head of Policy and Director in amending, drafting and presenting papers for quarterly NI Council
Supporting strong internal and external CBI relationships in person and virtually including:
- Supporting CBI members with information and data
- Supporting the CBI policy team with research and report writing
- Supporting CBI members in Northern Ireland – signposting information. Provision of information
- Supporting policy meetings – taking notes, background research, planning
- Proactively working with colleagues across the CBI’S policy team to fully exploit synergies with policy teams on topics such as economic strategy, People and Skills, Energy, Climate Change and Covid 19 related
Internal Contacts: CBI staff at all levels including across the devolved nations and the UK policy teams. Primarily working with the Northern Ireland Head of Policy, as well as liaising with the wider NI Team.
External Contacts: CBI members, civil servants, officials, MLAs, Members of Parliament, Northern Ireland Office, sister organisations such as Ibec and wider policy stakeholders.
What experience an individual should have to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- Experience of report writing, desk research, data gathering and interpretation
- Understanding of politics and enthusiasm for Northern Ireland policy issues
- Interest in the workings of the economy, business, and commercial pressures
- Interest in a wide range of topics such as Labour market Skills, Energy, Infrastructure, Innovation, and Climate
The practical actions required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements.
- Strong research and analytical skills – experience of desk research, data gathering, report writing including quickly picking up new issues and concepts, providing supporting research materials for the policy team
- Strong oral and written communication – including the ability to communicate research findings, data interpretation etc
- Good interpersonal skills – working with internal stakeholders and members to effectively support the CBI’s wide range of regional policy
- Organisational skills - supporting complicated projects with multiple moving parts in a shifting external Ability to adapt to internal or external challenges for deadlines and adjusting own workload priorities to fit with changing needs.
- High personal efficiency/productivity and flexibility, with the ability to work well in a team as well as with external stakeholders and networks – including the ability to work in a fast-paced, pressured environment with
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 of Resourceful, organised and can plan effectively.
- Agile – Proactive and responsive to provide strong member support; responding positively to shifting Balancing short and long term priorities to ensure delivery.
- Commercial – Awareness of the wider business environment and the CBI’s commercial targets. Understands how to support CBI
- Innovative – Exploring, sharing and integrating best practice; generating new ideas and challenging a mind-set of “what we’ve always done”
- Analytical – Always using evidence and data to support policy arguments, ensuring that data on which these arguments are based is accessible and up to
Diversity and 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.
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