- A covering letter, C.V. and a sample of writing (a speech, article or other content) is required. Applicants must include all three of the components to be considered for the role
- Deadline for applications – Friday 18 June 2021
- Salary - £31k - £35k.
Reporting to the Head of Speechwriting and Editorial within the Speechwriting team, the Senior Speechwriter is responsible for drafting speeches, and other content (as required), for the CBI President, CBI Director-General, and where appropriate (in line with strategic criteria and capacity) Deputy Director-General on a range of topics, for a range of audiences.
The role requires a strong understanding of the CBI’s strategic priorities and how they are positioned within the broader political and economic environment.
The successful candidate will need a multipurpose writing skill set, with a proven ability to write and achieve impact across different audiences, as well as an eye for detail and clear view of the big picture. Speechwriting experience is important alongside excellent organisational skills, and an openness to feedback.
As well as writing major speeches for the CBI President and Director General, the role involves managing the speech acceptance process, arranging policy meetings prior to drafting to discuss content, and ensuring a rapid response to speech feedback and amends.
The role requires interaction with colleagues at all levels of the organisation to ensure a smooth writing and sign-off process. This includes regular and frequent contact with the CBI President, Director-General and other key members of the CBI team, as well as CBI members and other external stakeholders.
When needed, the Senior Speechwriter also covers for the Head of Speechwriting and Editorial in their absence.
Breakdown of responsibilities
- Write major speeches for the President and Director-General, within the framework of the strategic narrative of the CBI
- Help to lead meetings and communications with the CBI President and Director General, responding to their direction and feedback in an agile manner, and ensuring every speech produced meets their needs (in terms of focus, content and style) and delivers on the CBI’s wider objectives
- Maintain direct contact with other senior CBI executives, policy and commercial colleagues, and external stakeholders, such as speakers’ offices - to manage the speechwriting process, from acceptance to delivery, accurately and effectively
- Support the Head of Speechwriting and Editorial in their work to improve the quality of written communications across the CBI, including writing, editing and reviewing material for mission critical documents
- Assist the Internal Communications team, with producing speaking notes for the CBI Director-General to use a major internal communication events
- Invest time in own development, continually strengthening writing abilities and wider political and commercial awareness.
Knowledge & Experience
What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements:
- Excellent writing skills with at least 1.5 - 2 years’ experience of producing speeches and other content for senior leaders, for a range of audiences
- Educated to degree-level or equivalent
- Experience of research, and the ability to communicate complex information in a clear and compelling way
- Awareness of the broad policy and political context (in the UK and internationally) in which the CBI operates
- Broad understanding of the policy-development process and the CBI’s policy priorities
- An interest in business and good understanding of the priorities of CBI members, alongside the CBI’s commercial objectives
- The willingness and self-confidence to learn from feedback.
Below are the CBI's 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 and organisation - Practicing
- Research and using information - Practicing
- Interpersonal - Practical
- Strategic and business thinking - Developing
- Communication - Practicing
- Managing and leading others - N/A
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; working on behalf of the CBI President and DG across the organisation
- Agile – Proactive and responsive to provide a strong member service; responding positively to shifting priorities; and managing a busy workload
- 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
- Direct reports: None
- Financial budget: None
- Internal contacts: CBI senior leadership team, Corporate Communications, Campaigns and Economics teams, CBI-wide policy and regional teams, commercial colleagues including Regional Directors, Account Managers, events, marketing, etc., and D&P.
- External contacts: CBI members, government officials, think tanks and other policy influencers.
Diversity and 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, Women’s and Working Families and we have qualified Mental Health First Aiders who support our employees in having good mental health.