The CBI is the UK’s leading lobbying organisation for business. We represent 190,000 companies across the UK and work on their behalf to create a business environment that drives economic growth and prosperity for all. Based at our head office in the City of London, sector advisers capture and contribute industry expertise that enables the CBI to speak on behalf of businesses operating across the whole economy. Our advisors lead CBI support for a sector, ensuring businesses benefit from the CBI’s unrivalled influence, insight and access around public policy.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and commercially-minded individual to become the CBI’s Principal Sector Adviser for Healthcare & Life Sciences, at a crucial time for the industry and the wider economy. This is for approximately nine months, with opportunity for secondment.
Reporting into the Managing Director, the Principal Sector Adviser’s role is highly varied, encompassing commercial and policy responsibilities as well as overseeing the CBI’s Manufacturing sector work and direct line management of the Senior Sector Advisor, Manufacturing to ensure a unified CBI approach across sectors.
The Principal Sector Adviser is responsible for leading policy development and lobbying for the industry, as well as driving membership growth, managing major accounts, and being our key external representative for the sector.
The successful candidate will collaborate across the CBI’s policy teams – including on issues including skills, innovation, and public procurement – to develop targeted lobbying campaigns for the sector. He /she will need to engage with CEO and board level executives in the sector and develop and drive commercial strategies for serving the CBI’s life sciences membership.
Leading lobbying campaigns
Lead development of CBI policy positions that respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, including production of original research and analysis of policy that affects the sector.
Working closely with other CBI policy teams to ensure the sector’s perspectives are represented in cross-cutting policy areas of relevance, particularly innovation policy and people & skills issues.
Drafting of papers, policy briefs and CBI responses, for example supporting engagement between the CBI leadership team and senior government ministers.
Driving membership growth
Developing and driving strategies for improving the value sector members derive from the CBI, including by ensuring that policy work reflects the changing priorities of the sector, and that benefits are clearly communicated to current and potential members.
Discussion with CBI members individually and at committee meetings, including by establishing networks of contacts across the sector and facilitating roundtable events with senior sector leaders.
Supporting members by sharing CBI policy insight and analysis, both by developing proactive communication strategies and responding to member queries in a timely and professional manner.
Manging member accounts
Managing approx. five major CBI member accounts from the Healthcare & Life Sciences sector and working with these accounts to ensure they secure full value from their membership.
Building and strengthening relationships with each account, including at the CEO level, and monitoring the member’s changing expectations of the CBI.
Manging government and stakeholder relationships
Establishing relationships with senior government leaders taking strong and close interest in the healthcare & life sciences sector, leveraging the full range of CBI policy, networking and intelligence to drive increased membership retention and satisfaction.
Managing relationships in the wider sector, including with trade associations, think tanks and other thought leaders, to ensure effective information sharing and coordinated lobbying.
- First line manager for the Senior Sector Advisor, Manufacturing.
- Defining project, task and resources allocation within the team.
- Approving written work.
- Staff appraisals, training requirements etc.
Knowledge & Experience
What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- Prior work experience in an environment driven by politics and/or public policy.
- Prior work experience in relation to leading or supporting commercial activities, for example managing sponsors, managing or engaging with client/member accounts, sales, or business development.
- Interest in and enthusiasm for the healthcare and life sciences; prior work experience in or around the sector is not essential but would be an advantage.
The practical actions required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- Commercial awareness
- Strong research and analytical skills
- Excellent oral and written communication
- Persuasive influencing skills
- Stakeholder management
- Good interpersonal skills
- Tact and diplomacy
- Organisational skills
- IT literacy
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 email@example.com with 'Principle Sector Adviser' as the subject.