Policy Adviser - Stage 1 - £27,500 (Fixed pay point)
Policy Adviser – Stage 3 - £31,500 (Fixed pay point)
Senior Policy Adviser - £36,995 (Fixed pay point)
The salary offered to the successful candidate will be commensurate with skills, knowledge and experience demonstrated throughout the recruitment process.
Department – Innovation
Process – Cover letter and C.V. required
Deadline – Wednesday 10 November 2021
Building an innovation economy is a core theme of CBI’s Seize the Moment strategy, and the next 12 months will be critical in shaping the implementation of the UK government’s innovation strategy. This is a great opportunity to join CBI as a Senior Policy Adviser to lead on innovation strategy and R&D, shaping the policy and funding environment and helping businesses connect and share best practice.
The innovation team exists to help businesses of all sectors, stages and sizes to innovate. This means working to improve the environment for innovation in the UK, making it a place where breakthrough ideas and technologies are created and widely adopted, bringing benefit to all.
Reporting to the head of group, the senior policy adviser, will be responsible for developing rigorous, evidence-based arguments, policy recommendations and best practice that respond to CBI member needs and help businesses innovate. 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.
Lead the CBI’s work on innovation strategy
- Lead the CBI’s policy work on R&D and innovation strategy, in particular measures to enable the UK to capitalise on the potential to lead in industries of the future. This includes direct and indirect funding of R&D and innovation, and levers to improve the environment for innovation in the UK and grow business investment.
- Developing policy by consulting CBI members to produce positions with broad support from members of all sizes and sectors
- The post holder will also support the broader work of the innovation directorate.
Work effectively with businesses and colleagues across the CBI
- Working alongside colleagues in other policy teams as well as commercial, marketing and press to maximise the impact of the CBI’s innovation policy work
- Engage with members on policy formation, keeping them up-to-date with policy developments or changes that relate to their specific interests and helping to build partnerships to deliver specific projects or events.
- Maximise our member service and contribute to the innovation directorate’s commercial goals, including working with the membership team to secure new members and help retain existing ones.
Maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders
- Build and maintain positive relationships with external contacts including relevant officials within government and wider stakeholders with an interest in innovation policy.
- This will include attending meetings to influence policy as well as preparing and delivering presentations.
Knowledge & 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
- Experience working in policy and preferably an understanding of innovation policy
- Demonstrable interest in politics and public policy
- Awareness of commercial environment facing businesses and factors affecting business’ strategic decision-making
- Experience of working with a diverse range of stakeholders, including with senior figures.
The practical actions required in order to be able to fulfil the 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 together with business to achieve joint aims.
- Good stakeholder management and interpersonal skills – including the ability to manage relationships with external stakeholders to work collaboratively and maintain member satisfaction, and internal stakeholders to effectively deliver on CBI’s cross-cutting priorities.
- Organisational skills - including overseeing multiple or complex 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 working independently and the ability to work in a fast-paced, and at times pressured environment.
The behaviours and characteristics required in order 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
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: Race and Ethnicity Equality, LGBT + Network, 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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