Policy/Programme Manager – Digital Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

techUK Overview

techUK is a national membership organisation dedicated to helping its members stay prepared in a changing world. We have a vision for the future built on the positive potential of technology.

We believe that collaboration across business, government and society is central to this ambition. By providing expertise and insight, we support our members, partners and stakeholders as they prepare for the future.

The organisation represents around 850 companies as members. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.

techUK has established itself as the voice of the tech industry in UK and is the ‘go-to’ organisation for industry players, government, regulators and influencers and other stakeholders in the digital economy.

In 2020 we undertook a major relaunch and rebranding exercise to position ourselves and our members as the essential organisation for the UK to become the digital nation of significance and a globally successful tech enabled economy. We want to own the story and set the pace of UK’s transformation to a high skill value country in the next decade.


Role Purpose

This role will support the Head of AI and Digital Identity in delivering a successful programme of work and activities to ensure techUK remains relevant, credible and influential in the AI and Digital Ethics community, debate and discussion. This role will build on techUK’s already established work in this area including the annual Digital Ethics Summit, now in its fourth year, and engagement with key bodies including the CDEI and Ada Lovelace Institute. In particular this role will be responsible for ensuring techUK’s understanding, insight, foresight and views on ethical issues being raised by the development and use of emerging AI and other technologies, including facial recognition, remains up to date, responsive to events of the day and relevant to the public debate happening across the UK and EU.   

The role will develop and deliver thought leadership that continues to position techUK as a leader in the digital ethics community and debate. It will ensure techUK’s point of view and voice on digital ethics and AI issues is clear, compelling, relevant to members and how the AI industry is evolving and can support the development of coherent and relevant policy recommendations for our members.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating, fast-paced, high profile area of techUK’ work. This role requires someone who can consider and analyse the short, medium and long term implications and impact on the UK economy, society and technology sector of development in AI and digital ethics and develop techUK’s overall narrative, messaging and policy recommendations that are responsive and reactive to technological development and shifting trends. Also someone who has the communication skills, confidence and drive to grow their own public profile, reputation and that of techUK in the current AI and digital ethics debate and discussion.


Role responsibilities

  • Lead and drive the development, implementation and communication of techUK’s thought leadership and policy recommendations on digital ethics
  • Become an active participant in the UK’s Digital Ethics community ensuring techUK’s voice on issues of the day are relevant, credible and influential by building an external reputation and stakeholder relationships
  • Delivering value to techUK member companies by leading techUK’s Digital Ethics Working Group and organising the annual Digital Ethics Summit
  • Support the wider work of the Data Analytics, AI and Digital Identity work programme
  • Grow techUK's membership base in AI and Digital Ethics
  • Organise, run and support working groups and liaise with group members
  • Promote programme content through insights, opinions, social media and PR activities;
  • Liaise with other techUK teams to assist in a successful programme of press coverage, events, internal and external marketing and to ensure they are kept fully informed of major policy initiatives;


Key competencies

  • Excellent communications and presentation skills including clear and concise oral and written communications.
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail and demonstrate efficient time management skills when completing multiple tasks within tight timescales
  • Highly motivated, organised and hard working with an eagerness to bring innovative and creative ideas to the programme
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with colleagues internally and externally
  • Ability to take on responsibility for key activities of the programme and be held accountable for actions and outcomes.
  • Strong personal and professional integrity required to develop and maintain trusted relationships and ability to become a point of contact across the organisation.


Person Specification

Essential Knowledge and Experience

  • Knowledge of the current Digital Ethics and AI debate and discussion in the UK
  • Experience of work in a public affairs, advocacy and policy driven environment
  • Engagement with senior public policy and business leaders at board and CEO level
  • Interest in current issues and trends in Digital Ethics, Data Ethics and AI
  • Highly competent with Microsoft and MS Office Suite and able to use social media tools


Desired Knowledge and Experience

  • Knowledge of UK technology sector and UK Government
  • Media and press experience
  • Experience of trade association procedures and activities

This is a full-time role, reporting to the Head of AI & Digital Identity based at techUK’s London offices.

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 [email protected].

The salary pays up to £30,000-£40,000 per annum based upon experience.

Our culture is one of collaboration, inclusivity and empowerment which is reflected in our core values:

Respect:      for each other, our work and our stakeholders

Courage:     when embracing change and transformation

Integrity:     honesty and genuine through our approach

Generosity: in sharing time and knowledge and celebrating great work

Pride:           in our industry and how we represent it