Salary - £36,995
Department - Employment
Closing date - 22 October 2021
Cover letter and C.V. required
Based at our Cannon Place office as a hybrid working role, the successful Senior Policy Advisor will join the CBI’s Employment Policy team. It works with businesses and the government to influence policy that improves the UK labour market and firms’ ability to hire the people and skills they need.
The team’s work is underpinned by the challenge of building public and political confidence in a vision for UK employment that is flexible and fair. Labour market flexibility supports jobs growth and makes it one of the most competitive in the world. Equally, being treated fairly by your employer impacts trust in business and is key to people’s wellbeing and productivity at work. The successful Senior Policy Advisor will join the team at a time when the UK’s economy is adjusting following Brexit and Covid, bringing issues about what the future of work looks like into sharp relief.
Reporting to the Head of Employment Policy, the successful candidate will be responsible for:
- Delivering against multiple government- and business-facing projects with a high degree of autonomy
- Leading policy development by consulting with CBI members to recommend policy positions that represent the business view on a wide range of employment and future of work issues
- Managing stakeholder relationships with CBI members, civil servants and public agencies to leverage the value of CBI networks and intelligence
- Briefing senior colleagues to enable effective lobbying during events like public appearances or Ministerial meetings
- Ensuring CBI members are appropriated briefed with political intelligence and policy insight and so that they can make more informed HR decisions
- Communicating policy messages to public and CBI member audiences, including by working with colleagues in the Employment Policy, Press and Marketing teams to devise and deliver effective campaigns
- Contributing to the delivery of campaigns that active CBI members to embed good employment practices
- Contributing to the delivery of a compelling offer on Employment Policy issues that encourages more businesses of all sizes and sectors to join the CBI
This role is a great opportunity to join the UK’s largest business representative organisation at a time of unprecedented political and economic change. All CBI members are employers so it’s an especially unique opportunity to join the team shaping a top priority for UK businesses.
Leading the development of CBI’s employment and future of work policy positions, including:
- Being a ‘go-to’ for CBI members and senior colleagues on policy issues affecting employment policy, including relevant regulatory changes and good practices.
- Recommending how the wider political context affects the policy development, lobbying priorities and campaign messages of the Employment Policy team.
- Leading consultations with CBI members to develop policy, managing competing commercial interests and recommending positions with broad support from employers of all sizes and sectors.
- Taking ownership of multiple discrete projects (e.g., policy briefs, reports, consultation responses, good practice guidance), using project management skills to track progress, manage risk and measure success.
- Proactively using the CBI’s Exec-level Employment & Skills Board as the primary vehicle to inform and mandate the CBI’s campaigns on employment and the future of work.
Demonstrating the value of the CBI’s employment policy work to members and in the media, including:
- Recommending the best communication techniques to publicly demonstrate the social and economic role good employment plays to the UK economy, and for a labour market that enables firms to hire the people and skills they need.
- Devising projects that facilitate peer-learning between CBI members on collective challenges to inform how employers better attract, develop and engage their staff.
- Distilling political and practical insight on employment policy issues into accessible and engaging content for CBI members, including in written and verbal formats.
Managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including:
- Being a point-person for CBI members, staff, and other stakeholders on employment policy, including advising senior colleagues of relevant debates in the wider political and media landscape.
- Enabling colleagues in Press and Marketing to maximise the impact of the CBI’s employment policy work with CBI members and stakeholders in the government, the opposition, and media.
- Building a network of contacts in key government departments, including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions and HM Treasury.
- Proactively engaging with business leaders with responsibly for people issues at CBI member companies to ensure that the Employment Policy team’s work meets business’ priorities.
Helping to develop a range of products and services that support business decision-making and action on the future of work:
- Gaining a deep knowledge of business initiatives to take advantage of the opportunities associated with the CBI’s economic vision for an inclusive economy which helps businesses adapt to the future of work.
- Working with the CBI Proposition Managers and the wider team to design and deliver products that support practical action by businesses. These could include ‘how-to’ guides, policy explainers, partnerships with expert organisations or workshops.
Supporting the CBI’s commercial strategy, including:
- Representing the Employment Policy team’s work to business leaders to support commercial colleagues to recruit and retain CBI members, including strategic accounts.
- Recommending policy content and campaigns that lead to a strong member proposition on employment policy.
- Working with commercial colleagues to secure partnerships that grow the CBI’s non-subscription income.
Internal contacts: CBI staff at all levels
External contacts: CBI members, civil servants and wider policy stakeholders
Knowledge & Experience
What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- Evidence of delivering multi-stage projects to time and with autonomy
- Evidence of outstanding written and oral communication skills
- Knowledge of the policy formation process in the UK
- Prior work experience in policy, politics or public affairs; equivalent work experience which demonstrates effective lobbying and campaigning will be considered
- Prior work experience engaging/managing relationships with businesses or supporting commercial activities
- Passion for policy issues related to employment and the future of work is a must; relevant experience in employment, skills or labour market policy would be advantageous.
Role specific skills
The practical actions required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- Proven research and analytical skills – including quickly picking up new issues and concepts, assessing new information, proposing solutions and advising colleagues
- Outstanding oral and written communication – including the ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences in written and oral formats.
- Strong lobbying and influencing skills – including the ability to persuade policy makers of the benefits of working with business to achieve joint employment policy aims
- Good interpersonal skills – including the ability to manage external stakeholder relationships, gain policy insight from CBI members, and collaborate with a range of internal teams to deliver the Employment Policy team’s work
- Planning & organisational skills – including delivering complicated projects with multiple audiences in a shifting external environment
- High personal efficiency, proactivity and flexibility, with the ability to work well in a team – including working independently or with others in a fast-paced and at times 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 deliver value to CBI members; horizon-scanning and responding positively to shifting priorities
- Commercial – Awareness of the wider business environment, and an understanding of how it impacts employment policy priorities.
- 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, sometimes with partial information.