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Senior Policy Adviser, EU Negotiations

Role Summary

Based at our Cannon Place office, the EU Negotiations Team is responsible for leading the CBI’s activity on the UK’s departure from the EU, influencing the direction of the negotiations on behalf of the CBI’s members, being the public voice of business on Brexit, and providing intelligence and guidance to members on the progress of negotiations and how to prepare for exit.

Reporting into the Head of EU Negotiations, the Senior Policy Adviser will play a key role, working with partner organisations to help CBI members across sectors to prepare for the UK’s exit from the EU, consulting and co-ordinating input into Government from members across the UK’s regions and nations to develop and deliver policy positions that support businesses preparing for Brexit, and supporting senior management in their decision making on this high-profile issue.

It’s a unique position with strategic and commercial importance. The individual would join the team at an exciting time, and will help shape the role, the project and the organisation’s plans in a fast-moving environment.

Key Responsibilities

Media Support

  • Leading a new project preparing CBI members for Brexit. The members will predominantly be small and medium-sized companies, but the CBI’s largest members are also looking for support in this area. Firms will be across the country and in every sector.
  • Producing and providing easy-to-understand materials to members, for example about the Brexit process, and what different potential scenarios and policy changes could mean for their businesses and the business environment.
  • Attending and organising member meetings, roundtable series, webinars and presentations – both those organised by the CBI and by its members on behalf of their internal or external stakeholders – to provide members with the clearest possible understanding of what Brexit means for them.
  • Responding to the views of members raised as new issues emerge, including in correspondence at a senior level to the Director General.

Policy Development

  • Undertaking consultations – through in-depth policy discussions, broader roundtable events and written surveys – with Trade Associations and member businesses of all sizes, sectors and from across the regions and nations to understand what steps Government could take to support members preparing for Brexit.
  • Working to create solutions to the challenges raised by members which enjoy cross-sector support and are politically deliverable.
  • Drafting of CBI responses to political and policy developments, including position papers, speeches, consultations and legislation – from the UK Government, EU negotiators and third parties as relevant.
  • Supporting the CBI senior team in their engagement with Government, ensuring they have high quality briefing and the information they need to persuade senior politicians and policymakers to deliver the solutions that CBI members need

Internal co-ordination

  • Proactively communicating with colleagues within the EU Team to ensure all team members have a full understanding of all work taking place on Brexit.
  • Collaborating with commercial colleagues in the CBI to meet the needs of members across the regions, and ensure the views of members of all sizes, sectors and regions are included in consultations and in information provided by government.
  • 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 Brexit presents

Knowledge & Experience

What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • Experience working with and speaking to business leaders is essential
  • Experience of managing projects and processes involving multiple stakeholders is essential
  • Knowledge of the Brexit process and its impact on business is essential
  • Experience communicating with businesses of different sizes is desirable

Skills

The practical skills which need to be demonstrated in order to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • 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
  • Ability to communicate complex topics clearly – including communicating to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and audiences, in a range of settings – from civil service experts to managing directors of small companies, in presentations, meetings, and a variety of written communications
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively within teams – including on joint projects and to achieve shared goals, both with immediate team members and other policy, commercial and communications teams at the CBI
  • Excellent 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 particular policy solutions supported by CBI members, and the ability to advise internal stakeholders where appropriate
  • Good stakeholder management and interpersonal skills – including the ability to manage relationships with external stakeholders to maintain member satisfaction and good Government relations

Behaviours

The behaviours and characteristics required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • Collaborative – Friendly and open attitude, willing to listen, seek views and share information; constructively challenging when appropriate
  • Taking ownership – Ensuring delivery and holding others to account; can influence, irrespective of hierarchy; willing to go the extra mile when necessary
  • Agile – Proactive and responsive to provide a strong member service; responding positively to shifting priorities; Calm under pressure, patient resilient and flexible in the face of unforeseen events
  • Commercial – Awareness of the wider business environment, and the importance of member engagement
  • 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

How to apply

For all applications please send your CV and cover letter to recruit@cbi.org.uk with the subject 'Senior Policy Adviser,  EU Negotiations'. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 13th March.