Salary - £36,995
Deadline – Friday 30th October 2020
Covering letters and C.V.’s required. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.
Two Stage Interview process.
Candidates will be asked to take part in a written task and a presentation at interview stage.
Usually based at our Cannon Place office, but presently work from home roles, the CBI is recruiting a Senior Policy Advisor for the Innovation Policy team. This is a great opportunity to join the UK’s largest and most influential business representative organisation at a time of unprecedented political and economic change.
The CBI works with businesses and the government to influence policy and business practices that deliver prosperity for all. For the Innovation Policy team, this means working to improve the environment for innovation in the UK, both the adoption of innovation and R&D. Supporting innovation will be essential to recovery; whether that is to drive productivity, resilience and new ways of working or to address major challenges such a successful transition to a net zero economy. This role offers a unique opportunity to work with companies to shape and influence policy and best practice to help businesses and the UK recover, adapt and thrive.
Reporting to the Head of Innovation, the successful candidate will be responsible for:
- Consulting with CBI members to develop policy positions that represent the business view on a wide range of innovation issues
- Working with external stakeholders, such as civil servants and other think tanks, to support the objectives of CBI members
- Providing CBI members with political and policy insight and intelligence on innovation and R&D
- Engaging with CBI members to share learning on collective challenges that helps firms innovate
- Co-ordinating with colleagues in the Policy, Press and Marketing teams to ensure consistency and coherence in our messages to government and businesses
- Contributing to the delivery of a compelling offer on innovation policy issues that encourages more businesses of all sizes and sectors to join the CBI
- Contributing to projects across the Innovation and Digital directorate and more broadly across CBI when appropriate
This role is a great opportunity to join the UK’s largest business representative organisation at a time of unprecedented political and economic change. This is a crucial topic for UK businesses and you will have the chance to bring your own policy knowledge and enthusiasm for driving change in an environment where you can develop your skills and make a real impact on government policy and business behaviour.
Developing the CBI’s innovation policy positions, both new and existing, including:
- Demonstrating a strong grasp of the some of the key challenges facing businesses looking to innovate, the R&D and innovation policy environment and the wider political context
- Developing policy by consulting CBI members to produce positions with broad support from employers of all sizes and sectors
- Working on multiple discrete projects (e.g. policy briefs, reports, consultation responses), using project management skills to track progress, manage risk and measure success and with the expectation of developing and owning a program of work
- Working with colleagues in the CBI’s regional offices to extend the CBI’s innovation work regionally
- Writing and presenting papers for the CEO-level Innovation Council
- Writing internal briefings for senior meetings, demonstrating awareness of political context
Communicating the value of the CBI’s employment or innovation policy work to members and in the media, including:
- Publicly campaigning on the role innovation plays in evidencing the social impact of business as a force for good
- Distilling political and practical insight on innovation policy issues into accessible and engaging content for CBI members
- Providing CBI members with examples of good practices to inform how they respond to shared challenges
Building strong internal and external relationships, including:
- Acting as a first point of contact within the CBI for members, staff, and other stakeholders on relevant innovation policy, including advising your line manager and director
- Meeting regularly with officials in key government departments, including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and HM Treasury
- Working alongside colleagues in other policy teams as well as commercial, marketing and press to maximise the impact of the CBI’s innovation policy work
Supporting the CBI’s commercial strategy, including:
- Acting as a representative for the Innovation Policy team’s work to support commercial colleagues to recruit and retain CBI members, including strategic accounts
- Contributing to a strong member proposition on innovation policy, including working with commercial colleagues to secure partnerships that grow the CBI’s non-subscription income
Knowledge & Experience
What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- Knowledge of the policymaking process in UK government
- Experience working in policy and preferably and understanding of innovation policy
- Demonstrable interest in politics and public policy
- Awareness of commercial environment facing businesses
- Familiarity with the factors affecting business’ strategic decision-making
Role specific skills
The practical actions required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
- Strong research and analytical skills – including quickly picking up new issues and concepts, assessing new information, proposing solutions and advising colleagues
- Excellent oral and written communication – including the ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences.
- 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 work collaboratively and maintain member satisfaction, and internal stakeholders to effectively deliver on CBI’s cross-cutting priorities.
- Organisational skills - including overseeing multiple or complex 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 – including working independently and the ability to work 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 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.
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