Policy Manager – Growth, Productivity and Innovation

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    Wednesday12Jun 2019
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    Policy Manager responsible for supporting techUK’s development of initiatives aimed at supporting a tech driven industrial strategy and promoting innovation in the UK...


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 a 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 the UK’s Industrial Strategy can support the tech sector and help tech businesses start, invest and grow in the UK. The Policy Manager will also lead on work to explore the link between digital adoption, digitization and productivity and how the UK can ensure all businesses take advantage of digital tools.

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 positioning on industrial strategy and economic policy, 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 the point of contact for techUK members.

• Research policy issues and draft papers and consultation responses for Government, Parliamentary committees and others.

• Provide secretariat support for techUK’s Economic Digitisation Working Group, Innovation Policy Working Group and other working groups as required.

• Ensure effective use of web and social media to communicate techUK’s positions and point of view.

• Support techUK’s public affairs work in Parliament and engagement across Whitehall.

• Support techUK’s engagement with other industry bodies, such as the CBI, UK Finance and Innovate UK.

• Work with colleagues across techUK to coordinate how industrial strategy and 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.



• 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".


Person Specification

Essential Knowledge and Experience

• A good understanding of economics, economic policy and the UK’s current Industrial Strategy.

• 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, in particular, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Treasury.

• 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 analyzing 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.


This role profile is a guide to the work that is required but does not form part of any contract of employment and may change from time to time to reflect changing circumstances.

The successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK prior to the commencement of employment.

To apply for this role, please send a short cover letter (max. 500 words) and a copy of your CV together with your salary expectations to:

  • Atika Zahra

    Atika Zahra

    Recruitment Manager
    T 020 7331 2047

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