- Candidates are required to provide a covering letter and a C.V.
- Location – London
- Deadline for applications – 03 December 2021
The CBI is the UK's leading business lobbying organisation and a powerful voice in UK policy debates. With offices throughout the UK, Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI promotes its members’ interests at regional, national, European and international level. Our 2030 vision is to make the UK the most competitive, dynamic and future-focused economy in the world, where business is at the heart of social progress, working in service of the nation.
Our economic vision is bold, ambitious and focused on opportunities – prizes that the UK could capture by 2030. It is driven by a belief that we can generate better growth in the decade to come than the decade just gone. The prizes are:
- A decarbonised economy – leading the global race to net zero
- An innovative economy - driving an innovation revolution across business, of every sector and size
- A globalised economy - reaping the rewards of UK trade and inward investment.
- A regionalised economy – equipping every UK region and nation to play to its strengths.
- An inclusive economy - harnessing the diversity, skills and potential of the UK’s people to thrive.
- A healthier economy – supporting the health of the nation and improved business performance.
For each of these themes, the CBI will run a programme of work: engaging and inspiring members, identifying enabling actions required by the government and building the policy position to support those, and working to engage wider stakeholders through a ‘crowding in’ mindset to maximise the likelihood that the UK will succeed in the pursuit of these prizes.
Working across all the CBI’s international offices, the CBI’s International team is responsible for developing insight and intelligence on the UK’s international trade outlook and influencing UK trade policy in a business-friendly direction. This includes helping CBI members input into trade deals and opening opportunities for exports via market access work and support for the multilateral system. The International team has an important role working across different CBI policy areas, with international competitiveness a crucial aspect of UK economic success.
The CBI is currently recruiting for two SPA roles in the International team, one reporting into the Head of International Policy and one reporting into the Head of Global Trade. Based out of our London office, the Senior Policy Advisors will be responsible for developing robust analysis, evidence-based policy recommendations and campaign plans that respond to CBI member needs. The post holders will be expected to engage with senior business representatives and government officials, as well as contribute to commercial opportunities in the CBI’s wider work. They will be expected to work fairly and effectively with a small team across three continents, which draws on a diverse range of nationalities and cultures.
Support the CBI’s London-based work on international and trade policy
Working closely with colleagues in other CBI country offices, the post holders will work on:
- CBI member engagement and business input into new UK Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) including India, Canada, Mexico and CPTPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).
- Global market access work, which prioritises tackling barriers to trade and investment in countries where trade deals aren’t yet possible, particularly India and China.
- Multilateral engagement and policy development including with WTO, OECD, follow-up to the B7 summit in 2021, which CBI hosted, and B20.
- CBI support for the UK export agenda, working in partnership with government to deliver its Export Strategy and ensuring companies across the whole of the UK are able to expand their international footprint.
- Ensure the delivery of high-quality briefings for the Director-General and President on trade and international issues for meetings with political stakeholders and CBI members;
- Work alongside colleagues in campaigns, international and press to maximise the impact of the CBI’s trade and international work with key stakeholders in the UK government, G7, G20 and the WTO.
This work will include in-depth policy analysis, research, engagement with CBI members and wider stakeholders including foreign governments and think tanks, organising senior level events as well as writing reports, drafting press releases, articles, tweets and blogs.
Work effectively with businesses and colleagues across the CBI
- The post holder will engage effectively and collaboratively with senior representatives from the business community and colleagues across the CBI, including account managers and staff in CBI country offices.
- This work includes involving CBI members in policy formation, keeping them up to date with policy developments or changes which relate to their specific interests, and producing high-quality analytical work which support CBI campaigns.
- The post holder will be expected to take ownership of specific projects or events and build partnerships to deliver. They will work closely with the membership team to secure new members and help retain existing ones.
- Keeping the team and senior management team informed on key issues will also be essential.
- The post holder will also seek innovative ways to maximise our member service and contribute to the International team’s commercial goals, including ways to generate fee-paid revenue through events or training.
Maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders
- The post holder will build and maintain productive relationships with external contacts including relevant officials within governments, members of parliament and wider business and nongovernmental stakeholders with an interest in trade policy.
- This will include representing the CBI at meetings to influence policy, both in the UK and abroad, 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
- Understanding of UK and EU political institutions and the broad political landscape is essential
- Knowledge of trade policy dynamics and experience of commercial trading is desirable
- Experience of working with a diverse range of stakeholders, including with senior figures is essential
- Demonstrable interest in public policy
- Familiarity with the workings of business and commercial pressures
The practical actions required in order to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- Excellent research and analysis
- Excellent written communication, including the ability to pull out a key narrative and land persuasive arguments, in different formats from tweets to policy papers
- Clear and persuasive oral communication and presentation
- Effective at planning, organisational and time management
- Strong interpersonal, teamwork and influencing abilities
- IT literacy (Microsoft, MS Office)
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
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