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(Senior) Policy Adviser, Innovation

Role Summary

At a time when technology is rapidly changing the landscape in which businesses operate, and the UK’s decision to leave the EU has created new uncertainties, this role offers a unique opportunity to work with companies to shape and influence innovation policy to support their long-term growth.

Reporting to the Head of Group, the Policy Adviser (or Senior Policy Adviser, depending on experience) will be responsible for developing rigorous, evidence-based arguments and policy recommendations that respond to CBI member needs. The post holder will be expected to engage with senior business representatives, politicians and government officials and, through their work, contribute to the CBI’s income.

The role is based in London at our Cannon Street office and will involve some travel to UK regions and nations and to Brussels.

Key Responsibilities

Lead the CBI’s work on innovation policy

  • The post holder will lead the CBI’s policy work on aspects of UK and EU innovation policy such as investment incentives for R&D, collaboration with universities and business adoption of technology
  • This will include in-depth policy analysis, research, engagement with CBI members and wider stakeholders, organising senior level events as well as writing reports, drafting press releases, articles and blogs.
  • The post holder will also support the broader work of the innovation and digital team when required.

Work effectively with CBI members and colleagues across the business

  • The post holder will engage effectively with CBI members and colleagues across the CBI, including the membership team.
  • This includes involving CBI members in policy formation, keeping them up-to-date with policy developments or changes which relate to their specific interests, helping to secure funding for specific projects or events and working with the membership team to secure new members and help retain existing ones. Keeping the team and management team informed on key issues will also be important.
  • The post holder will also seek innovative ways to maximise our member service and contribute to the innovation and digital team’s commercial goals.

Maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders

  • The post holder will build and maintain positive relationships with external contacts including relevant officials and wider stakeholders with an interest in digital strategy.
  • This will include attending meetings as well as preparing and delivering presentations.

Knowledge & Experience

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

  • Achieved a 2:1 at degree level or equivalent
  • A master’s degree in a public policy related field (e.g. economics, politics) is desirable
  • Knowledge and understanding of UK and EU political institutions and the broad political landscape.
  • Experience of digital policy is desirable.
  • Experience of working with a diverse range of stakeholders, including with senior figures.
  • The level of the role will depend on work experience in a similar role for example, policy or public affairs. More experienced candidates would be considered for a Senior Policy Adviser role.


  • Effective planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to pull out the key narrative
  • Clear oral communication and presentation skills
  • Customer focus
  • Networking and influencing skills
  • Ability to work well with others
  • IT literacy (Microsoft, MS Office)


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.

Person Profile

  • An interest in innovation and technology policy and helping implement solutions to make policy work better for business
  • Proactive/can-do/results focused approach to work
  • Resilience and ability to work in a fast-paced, pressurised environment
  • Ability to think logically when analysing a policy problem.
  • Communicates the key issues involved clearly, concisely and accessibly both orally and in written outputs and with consideration to the relevant audience.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team – particularly teams which include colleagues with different responsibilities and skill-sets.
  • A desire to support others and help them improve understanding of labour market trends and key data sources.
  • Developed business and commercial awareness and ability to showcase this throughout own work
  • A desire to develop, learn from mistakes and constantly challenge oneself.
  • A commitment to the CBI’s values of pride, impact, respect and honesty.

How to apply

For all applications please email your CV and cover letter to The deadline for applications is Friday 23rd March.

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