Policy Manager - Digital Economy

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    Tuesday26Mar 2019
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    Policy Manager responsible for supporting techUK’s development of digital economic policy

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. Over 900 companies are members of techUK.

techUK's SmarterUK Programme is the champion for smart infrastructure deployment in the UK and for companies operating in that supply chain abroad. It is made up of three areas: Cities & Communities, Energy & Utilities, and Transport. Our Smart Cities and Communities work stream focuses on how technology can help enable healthier, more sustainable and more engaged communities a reality. It involves working with a wide variety of our members and helping engage and develop strategies for increasing the capacity of local authorities to make use of these technologies.


Role Purpose


techUK is looking for a dynamic and committed policy professional to join the techUK Policy Team.

From tech businesses driving innovation and job creation through to how digital tools can boost productivity throughout the economy, the next few years will be critical to the UK’s place as an home for tech. techUK works with our members across the UK to identify the policy interventions that can drive the next generation of growth and to shape the way politicians, officials and others think about the new, digitized, economy.

This role will be responsible for helping deliver on this agenda, looking at issues such as how economic policy can support the UK as a home for digital businesses, the link between digital adoption and digitisation and at how future developments in trade policy may affect the global digital market.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the voice of the UK tech sector, working with
some of the most innovative and leading tech companies that play a vital role in the UK economy. We are looking for a self-motivated and energetic individual who is comfortable working under pressure with competing demands in a fast-paced working environment. The role would suit a confident communicator with a sharp eye for detail, looking to take their next steps in policy, advocacy and stakeholder engagement.


Key responsibilities:


  • Assist the Associate Director for Policy in developing techUK’s economic policy work programme, including but not limited to: successfully leading, managing and delivering internal and external events; the smooth running of meetings; and managing and implementing stakeholder engagement activities; acting as point of contact for techUK members.
  • Researching policy issues and drafting papers and consultation responses for government, Parliamentary committees and others.
  • Provide secretariat support for techUK’s Economic Digitisation Working Group and other working groups as required.
  • Ensuring effective use of web and social media to communicate techUK’s positions and point of view.
  • Supporting techUK’s public affairs work in Parliament and engagement across Whitehall.
  • Supporting techUK’s engagement with other industry bodies, such as the CBI, UK Finance and DIGITALEUROPE.
  • Working with colleagues across techUK to coordinate how economic policy impacts on different areas of the techUK programme.
  • Support in the management and implementation of an effective contact programme, ensuring in house CRM is used effectively.
  • Any other duties as required by the Associate Director for Policy and techUK's senior management.
  • Competencies
  • Highly motivated individual with a positive, “can do” attitude who enjoys taking ownership of new areas.
  • A team player who is comfortable and able to work with relevant teams (membership, marketing and business services) across techUK.
  • Strong interest in current affairs and our mission to make the UK good for tech, make tech good for the UK and make tech good for people.
  • Comfortable working in a high pressure, fast paced environment with competing demands
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to get to grips with complex technical information and to communicate this effectively to a range of audiences (e.g. writing consultation responses, blogs, newsletters, letters and minute taking).
  • Willingness to learn new areas and "get stuck in".


Essential Knowledge and Experience


  • A good understanding of economics and economic policy.
  • Strong knowledge of UK policy and political landscape, particularly from a business perspective.
  • Proven experience in public policy, public affairs, media relations and/or stakeholder engagement with a track record of successfully delivering outputs that meet project objectives.
  • Good grasp of the workings of Whitehall.
  • Proven track record and experience of managing complex relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of coordinating events, ensuring accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Comfortable with and experience of working with senior figures.
  • Good understanding of the role of trade bodies.
  • Strong numeracy skills and familiarity with analysing economic date.
  • Highly competent with Microsoft and MS Office Suite, including Excel and other methods of storing data.


Desired Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience working in a dynamic and external facing role.
  • Experience of economic modelling and costing processes.
  • Experience presenting and speaking in public forums.


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