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Campaigns Adviser

Role Summary:

Based at our Cannon Place office, and reporting to the Head of Campaigns, the Campaigns Adviser will play a key role in delivering the CBI’s political strategy at a unique time in the UK’s political history.

Through management of the CBI’s Political Stakeholder Database, they will be responsible for increasing the CBI’s influence across its network of political stakeholders. This will involve working with policy teams to deliver individual campaign goals and to ensure the CBI delivers maximum impact with political stakeholders on behalf of members.

Working with the Head of Campaigns, the Campaigns Adviser will fulfil the secretariat function for the CBI’s Under 35 Committee, ensuring the committee continues to offer a unique perspective on public policy issues affecting the business environment through the CBI’s governance structures.

Alongside this, the successful candidate will play a key role in developing the CBI’s political narrative, strengthening the organisation’s ability to put forward a coherent story across its diverse policy areas in a way that resonates with policymakers, members and the public.

This will include working with colleagues to keep the CBI’s campaigning toolkit up-to-date, guiding teams through engagement with the parliamentary bills as the government enacts its legislative programme and supporting other functions of the Campaigns Unit – including its political and parliamentary affairs operation. In so doing, they will gain a deep understanding of the CBI’s strategic priorities and how they are positioned within the broader political and economic environment.

The role will require interaction with colleagues at all levels of the organisation – including with more junior, peer-level and senior colleagues – so the successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills. A keen interest in and instinct around the political environment in which the CBI operates would also be advantageous.
 

Key Responsibilities:

Helping to embed the development of a campaigning culture at the CBI

  • Developing the CBI’s Political Stakeholder Database, ensuring the tool is recognised as a key resource for campaign planning at the CBI.
  • Working across policy teams to help develop and agree coherent strategic campaign objectives influence government, opposition, backbench MPs and other political stakeholders.
  • Generating new and creative approaches to put across the CBI’s campaign messages and political intelligence offering to key stakeholders including via podcasts, webinars, CBI member briefings and presentations.
  • Keeping abreast of upcoming policy issues to provide input to objective-setting and the organisation’s strategic planning.

Ensuring the Under 35 Committee continues to offer unique perspectives to inform the CBI’s policy positions

  • Managing the CBI’s Under 35 Committee, ensuring the committee continues to deliver for members and broadens the diversity of the CBI’s voice on pertinent business issues.
  • Performing the secretariat function for the committee, ensuring any issues and actions that arise from the quarterly meetings are resolved.
  • Supporting colleagues to maximise the committee’s effectiveness via the annual application window, ensuring the committee continues to showcase the true diversity of the CBI’s membership base.
  • Working with colleagues to ensure greater alignment between the Under 35 Committee and Future Leaders Networks across the CBI’s devolved nation and regional offices.

Supporting the work of the Campaigns Unit

  • Working closely with Campaigns Unit colleagues to support the CBI’s political & parliamentary affairs activities function and the coordination of the CBI’s policy plan, the UK Prosperity Agenda.
  • Providing ad hoc support to senior management via research and political and stakeholder intelligence to support their engagement with government, opposition and other influential parliamentarians.
  • Delivering key commercial outputs of the Campaign Unit, including regular member presentations and webinars.
  • Monitoring events in Westminster and the business community to provide intelligence to Director of Campaigns and CBI Senior Management Team on the opportunities and risks arising from developments in the political landscape.

Helping to ensure effective collaboration across the CBI

  • Working with other policy teams and the CBI’s communications teams to promote information exchange and facilitate joint-working to achieve maximum impact through the CBI’s policy work.
  • Leading collaborative project work with colleagues from other policy teams as appropriate to draw on a wide range of expertise to ensure high quality policy development on the cross-cutting issues the CBI policy teams cover.
  • Liaising with the marketing, commercial, and events teams to create publications and events that attract members, influence politicians and the media, and are commercially viable.

Knowledge & Experience:

  • Knowledge of the policymaking process in the UK government and Brussels.
  • Demonstrable interest in public policy.
  • Understanding of the political sensitivities around the EU negotiations, both in the UK and the EU.
  • Appreciation of the business community’s position on the EU negotiations.
  • Familiarity with the workings of business and commercial pressures.

Skills:

  • Flexible and adaptable – including the ability to adapt workplans based on a rapidly changing external environment, and to change priorities as required by circumstance.
  • Ability to grasp and analyse complex topics quickly – including crafting reasonable and practical solutions to members’ concerns and handling topics in the context of the wider Brexit project
  • Oral and written communication – including the ability to communicate to a wide range of stakeholders and audiences.
  • Good stakeholder management and interpersonal skills – including the ability to manage relationships with external stakeholders to maintain member satisfaction, and internal stakeholders to effectively co-ordinate the CBI’s wide range of Brexit work.
  • Personal efficiency, productivity and time management – including strong organisational skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced, pressured and changing environment, with occasionally short deadlines and multiple responsibilities.
  • Influencing skills – including the ability to persuade policymakers of the benefits of policy solutions supported by CBI members, and the ability to advise internal stakeholders where appropriate.
  • Stakeholder management and interpersonal skills – including the ability to manage relationships with external stakeholders to maintain member satisfaction and good Government relations.

Behaviours:

The CBI has six key behaviours that are expected across the business. For this role, we would expect the individual to role model these behaviours to the team and encourage and review the team using the behaviours as a lens. In practice for this role: 

  • Collaborative – proactively engages with and researches the views of other teams before making key decisions on the programme. 
  • Takes ownership – takes responsibility for successful set-up and delivery of new products, meeting customer expectations and financial targets.
  • Agile – is quick to respond to market opportunities. Ensures that internal processes do not get in the way of you or the team delivering against plans or for the customer.
  • Commercial – actively seeks to ensure the team is doing all they can to contribute to the commercial strategy including taking a lead on new opportunities.
  • Innovative – brings in leading edge industry thinking to advance the team’s contribution to the CBI. Not afraid to do things differently where there are opportunities to deliver better for internal and external customers.
  • Analytical – uses KPIs and other evidence to drive decision making.

Flexible working:

At the CBI we recognise the advantages that flexible working patterns can bring. We’ll always fully consider flexible working and we will aim to facilitate different patterns of work wherever we can. We have great I.T. support which allows our people to work from a variety of locations, and we aim to strike the right balance between work and life.

How to apply: 

Please submit your applications (CV & Cover Letter) to recruit@cbi.org.uk with 'Campaigns Adviser' as the subject.