There are two fixed pay points for this role. The successful candidates will receive the salary that is in line with their current level of experience.
The two pay points are - £27,500 and £31,500.
A C.V. and a Covering letter required. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.
Two Stage Interview Process.
Candidates will be required to take part in a written task and a presentation at interview stage.
Deadline for applications – Friday 30th October 2020.
Usually based at our Cannon Place office but presently working from home, the CBI is recruiting two Policy Advisors to join either its Employment or Innovation Policy team. These roles are 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 Employment Policy team, this means influencing the conditions that support jobs and ensure that UK employment is both flexible and fair. The flexibility of the UK’s labour market underpins its competitiveness and supports jobs growth. Equally, being treated fairly by your employer is the biggest determiner of trust in business and core to driving the UK’s productivity. As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic throws the resilience of the UK’s labour market and changing employment relationship into sharp relief, these issues have never been more important.
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.
Candidates should indicate whether they would like to be considered for either one of, or both of, the policy roles.
Respectively reporting to either the Head of Employment or Head of Innovation Policy, 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 employment or innovation issues
- Providing CBI members with political and policy insight and intelligence so that they can make more informed business decisions
- Working with stakeholders and partners, such as civil servants, public agencies and think tanks to support the objectives of CBI members
- Engaging with CBI members to share learning on collective challenges facing UK companies
- 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 Employment and Innovation Policy issues that encourages more businesses of all sizes and sectors to join the CBI
Developing the CBI’s employment or innovation policy positions, both new and existing, including:
- Building a strong grasp of the policy issues affecting employment or innovation policy, including relevant regulation, good practices 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
- Drafting papers for quarterly-meeting Exec-level Policy Boards that inform and mandate the CBI’s policy work
- Drafting 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 employment and innovation plays in evidencing the social impact of business as a force for good
- Distilling political and practical insight on employment or 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 point of contact within the CBI for members, staff, and other stakeholders on employment or innovation policy, including advising your line manager and director of relevant debates in the wider political and media landscape
- Working alongside colleagues in other policy teams as well as commercial, marketing and press to maximise the impact of the CBI’s employment or innovation policy work
- Meeting with officials in key government departments, including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions and HM Treasury
- Meeting with leaders at CBI member companies to ensure that the Employment or Innovation Team’s work meets business’ priorities.
Supporting the CBI’s commercial strategy, including:
- Acting as a representative for the Employment or 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 employment or 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 both role’s requirements
- Demonstrable interest in politics and public policy
- Enthusiasm for working on either employment or innovation issues
- Awareness of the commercial environment facing businesses
- Knowledge of the UK’s policymaking process
- Experience working on employment or innovation policy
- Familiarity with the factors affecting business’ strategic decision-making
Role specific skills
The practical actions required to be able to fulfil both 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 with business to achieve joint policy aims
- Good interpersonal skills – including the ability to maintain member satisfaction and manage external stakeholder relationships, and to collaborate with a range of internal teams to deliver the team’s work
- Organisational skills – including delivering complicated projects with multiple moving parts 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 both 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
Applicants for both roles will be considered at either of the following pay-points, commensurate with their skills and experience
- First pay-point - £27,500 per annum
- Second pay-point - £31,500 per annum
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: BAME, LGBT, Women’s and Working Families and we have qualified Mental Health First Aiders who support our employees in having good mental health.
If the above feels like an organisation that you would like to work for then we encourage you to apply and join our diverse workforce
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