- Salary - £36,995 (Fixed pay point)
- Location – London
- Department – Commercial (London & South)
- Process – Cover letter and C.V. required
- Closing date: 26 July 2021
This is a fantastic opportunity to work within the CBI London team, leading on our policy and campaign work for the capital. The role will involve co-ordinating business member positions on key London issues such as, transport, skills, housing and infrastructure and trade. A core element of the role will be developing positions and working closely with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Mayor of London’s team to influence policy. This requires strategic thinking and thought leadership, as well as an ability to activate messaging and campaigns via traditional and social channels.
Reporting into the CBI’s Head of Policy for London, your work will feed into the CBI’s economic vision, Seize the Moment. This 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. These prizes are defined as:
- 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.
Policy development & stakeholder engagement
- Working with business to draft clear and compelling CBI submissions to London-specific consultations and calls for evidence. This will involve working with CBI relationship managers to identify specific industries and thought leaders to attend roundtable discussions to feed into CBI work
- Working in collaboration with policy teams across the CBI to ensure that London-specific policy positions and campaigns are aligned to the economic vision and wider work
- Finding innovative ways of presenting and evidencing our policy asks or positions – as well as building the narrative tying them together – maintaining a focus on press and media pick up alongside policy impact
- Provide briefing for senior CBI staff meetings and events – and lead meetings and sessions personally to support the Head of Policy and Director
- Represent CBI London personally at external forums, working groups, boards, and committees
- Continue to develop the CBI brand in the London policy sphere and deepen relationships with the GLA, the London Assembly, London MPs and Central Government officials.
Senior business engagement & communication
- Work with the London Chair and the Head of London Policy on the strategic direction of the London Regional Council – working with councillors (business leaders across London) on lobbying or policy campaigns
- Personally manage the relationship with a small number of strategic London stakeholder members – ensuring they’re well engaged across both the capital brief and the CBI’s wider work
- Identify recruitment opportunities among current non-CBI members and work closely with the CBI London team on encouraging new members to join
- Gather member input for policy development (through Regional Council sessions, 1-2-1 engagement and roundtable/workshop sessions) and brief members on the CBI’s political engagement personally
- Effectively communicate our policy and campaign work by drafting the regular ‘London Update’, MyCBI articles and the CBI London Twitter and LinkedIn pages.
Delivering high-impact outputs
- Assist the events team and the Head of Policy to build a programme of London-specific events bringing members and non-members closer to the CBI’s work and engaging civil society and cultural stakeholders
- Work with the partnerships team to deliver a successful Summer Reception annually – leading on political engagement and attendance and delivering key outcomes based on the external environment
- Project manage the delivery of CBI policy reports or surveys such as the London Business survey. This includes assisting with partner management, timetable planning, and leading on data analysis, drafting, press release writing and launch.
Knowledge & Experience
What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- An awareness of the policy landscape and key issues facing business and society in the capital
- An understanding of the policymaking process in London and the political landscape
- Commercial acumen – reflecting the business ‘need’ for policy work related to their sector or industry
- Experience of policy writing, insight gathering, collating feedback from a wide range of stakeholders with differing agendas
- Experience of working with senior stakeholders in government, civil society, and business
- Experience of planning and delivering policy or influencing campaigns is desirable as well as panel and discussion chairing
- Experience of relationship management is desirable
Below are the CBI skills and levels of skills expected for this role based on the pay band it sits within. View the CBI Skills Framework for further information, including descriptions and indicators of each skill.
Planning & organisation
Research & using information
Strategic & business thinking
Managing & leading others
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
Diversity & 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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