- Salary - £45,000
- Location – Leeds or Newcastle
- Department – Regions
- Process – Cover letter and C.V
- Deadline – Monday 8th November 2021
The CBI, the UK's leading business lobbying organisation and a powerful voice in UK policy debates, has a vision of a regionally thriving economy, ensuring every region and nation has distinctive, global strengths. Shared prosperity is a critical moral, social and economic imperative. And what our analysis as part of our Seize the Moment economic vision has reinforced is that a powerful way for the UK to build competitive regions and nations is to leverage local comparative advantage. This means shifting from the cookie-cutter thinking of the past to building on distinctive local strengths, with a clear and unique proposition for investment. Together, we need to empower regions and nations to find different solutions and figure out what works for them. This comes from areas knowing their strengths, recognising their opportunities and capitalising on them – forging their own path to long-term prosperity.
The role of Principal Policy Adviser, North will be based in either our Leeds or Newcastle offices and will require regional travel as well as hybrid working. For regional travel, a driving license may be advisable when taking part in a range of meetings and engagements but isn’t a requirement. 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 strong local labour markets, regional connectivity and closing the productivity gap. This role presents an exciting opportunity to shape policy as Westminster works to level up the country and local governments seek additional devolved powers.
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. Reporting to the Head of Regional Policy and working closely with three Regional Directors the jobholder will be responsible for the CBI’s Northern policy work linked to achieving regionally thriving economies including:
- Consulting a diverse set of CBI members to identify and act upon business priorities. This includes chairing meetings, providing updates, developing briefings and seeking member input virtually and in person
- Developing regional-specific policy campaigns i.e. mayoral manifestos and engagement with candidates ahead of mayoral elections based on pro-active member engagement, research and planning or advancing a particular time-limited regional campaign based on member need
- Leading civil servant and stakeholder engagement including developing relationships, 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
Leading Northern policy and campaigning work in addition to taking on national-regional projects focused on achieving thriving regional economies including:
- Working with CBI members and colleagues to successfully implement regional policy campaigns i.e. mayoral manifestos 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 in person and virtually including:
- Acting as point of contact at the CBI for members, staff, and other stakeholders on Northern regional policy and future national-regional projects, including advising your line manager and director, networking with stakeholders and helping to shape work i.e. event programmes
- Leading engagement with officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities as well as Mayoral Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Northern Powerhouse and Transport for the North
- Proactively working with colleagues across the team, region and organisation to fully exploit synergies with policy teams on topics such as decarbonisation, innovation, skills, as well as commercial, membership and media opportunities
Knowledge & Experience
What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- Excellent knowledge of the policymaking process in UK government, regionally and locally
- Exceptional understanding of politics and enthusiasm for regional policy issues
- Strong familiarity and interest with the workings of business and commercial pressures
- Understanding and expertise required to start and build upon external stakeholder relationships
- Strong ability to work across different teams and as part of matrix to achieve shared aim
- Knowledge and experience with regional policy
- Desirable: Experience working on topics such as labour markets, decarbonisation and connectivity
The practical actions required in order to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- Exceptional 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 through a mix of presentations, briefings, reports, web copy, etc.
- Proven 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.
- Strong 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 and matrix team environment – 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
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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.
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