This role is based at our London office and requires regional travel. The Regional Policy team based across England works with businesses and government at the national and regional level to ensure the business perspective is understood on topics such as closing the regional productivity gap and investing in digital and transport infrastructure.
Reporting to the Head of Regional Policy and working with two Regional Directors the jobholder will be responsible for the CBI’s South East and East of England regional policy work including:
- Consulting diverse set of CBI members to identify business priorities to develop policy positions. This includes providing updates and seeking member input in meetings, roundtables and briefings
- Developing two regional-specific policy campaigns potentially focused on topics such as digital and transport connectivity based on pro-active member engagement, research and planning
- Leading civil servant and stakeholder engagement which involves regularly updating stakeholder maps of decision makers and ensuring the CBI view is effectively communicated
- Distilling regional political and policy insight for CBI members so they can make more informed decisions and developing a compelling offer to encourage more businesses to join the CBI
- Collaborating with colleagues across the team and organisation to ensure consistency and coherence in our messages to decision makers and CBI members.
This role presents an exciting opportunity to shape regional policy as Westminster works to level up places. The role offers the opportunity to work in close partnership with senior leaders to achieve shared prosperity, at the UK’s most influential business representative organisation.
Leading South East and East of England policy and campaigning work including:
- Working with CBI members and colleagues to successfully implement a regional policy campaign for both regions while managing competing business and commercial interests
- Working on discrete projects (e.g. policy briefs, reports, consultation responses), using project management skills to track progress, manage risk and measure success
- Drafting and presenting papers for quarterly Regional Council meetings as well as presenting the CBI member view to external audiences
Building strong internal and external relationships, including:
- Acting as a first point of contact within the CBI for members, staff, and other stakeholders on South East and East of England regional policy, including advising your line manager and director, and helping to shape other work including event programmes
- Meeting with officials such as at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as well as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Strategic Transport Bodies
- Proactively working with colleagues across the team, region and organisation to fully exploit synergies with policy teams on topics such as infrastructure, innovation, education and skills, as well as commercial, membership and media opportunities.
Knowledge and experience
What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements.
- Knowledge of the policymaking process in UK government, regionally and locally (experience with South East and/or East of England policy is a bonus)
- Demonstrable interest in politics and public policy
- Good understanding of and enthusiasm for regional policy issues
- Experience working on topics such as digital connectivity and transport infrastructure is a bonus
- Familiarity with the workings of business and commercial pressures.
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 coordinate the CBI’s wide range of regional policy 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
Equal opportunity employer
Our aim is to create prosperity for all. To do that well, we need a workforce that is more representative of the businesses we serve.
We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more innovative work environment that delivers better results. To support an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas, we’ve encouraged the creation of a variety of Employee Resource Groups - Women, LGBT+, BAME and Working Families.
We recognise the many benefits flexible working can bring. Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking and will accommodate where possible.
How to apply
Please submit your CV and cover letter to email@example.com with 'Policy Adviser, Regional Policy SE' as the subject.