Corporate Affairs Specialist

Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time

Do you want to use your extensive experience in politics and policy to make an impact in the UK’s ever-changing political context? Are you excited by working as part of a diverse international team to drive change globally on behalf of the fast-moving technology sector? Do you have a growth mindset and see each day and every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow? You might be the person we are looking for. We are searching for a creative and driven Government Affairs Manager with an excellent network to join our Corporate Affairs team.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more by driving advances in cloud computing, developing new ways for people to interact with technology at home, at work and on the move, while transforming education and public services. Over the last three decades, Microsoft UK has consistently impacted the way that people live, work, play, and connect through great technology. We are inspired every day by the genuine belief that we can change the world for the better. As company we deeply value diversity and inclusion and are committed to helping our employees develop their careers through training.

The Government Affairs team is contributing to this by helping our customers succeed through digital transformation, strengthening Microsoft as a globally-trusted provider of technology to everyone in the UK and contributing to local opportunities and economic growth. contributing to initiatives that shape the direction the company takes

Role Purpose

Contribute towards growing the Microsoft business in the UK by developing and implementing an effective government affairs strategy, contributing to initiatives that shape the direction the company takes and delivers our long-term plan for the business in the UK.

Team/Department Mission

Leverage Microsoft’s business assets and strengths to promote the reputation of Microsoft with political audiences and those who influence them. Protect Microsoft from a regulatory environment which would hamper us growing our business in the UK.


Key Accountabilities

Working with colleagues in the UK, US and internationally to develop Microsoft’s policy position on core issues of concern including artificial intelligence, digital skills, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection standards, lawful access to data, intellectual property, public sector delivery and online safety in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Brussels.

Following relevant policy and legislative initiatives on the above topics and leading Microsoft’s outreach to communicate the company’s views on proposed policy and legislation in consultation processes.

Leveraging the government affairs function to support the company’s public sector sales team in their engagement with government departments.

Directing initiatives to leverage Microsoft’s philanthropies and corporate responsibility activities to build a positive reputation with decision-makers and influencers.

Supporting the Microsoft Ltd senior leadership team in preparing for meetings with politicians and influencers including cabinet ministers, MPs, MSPs, AMs and Government officials.

Leading the company’s engagement with trade associations and think tanks such as the CBI and techUK.

Organising creative and effective events to complement Microsoft business and policy priorities, including a party political conference programme.

Managing policy queries from internal sources and external audiences.

Implementing an effective contact programme with policy decision-makers and influencers.

Representing the Government Affairs function at internal meetings within the Corporate Affairs team and with other Microsoft Corporate, External and Legal Affairs colleagues worldwide.

Key Success Criteria

Ability to quickly understand Microsoft’s key policy areas, including technical policy.

Willingness to take responsibility for specific areas of Government Affairs activity and work with a high degree of autonomy to deliver tangible results.

Quickly develop a clear understanding of how Government Affairs fits into the broader business and build impactful working relationships with colleagues in both the UK and global Corporate Affairs teams, the UK communications team and the broader UK business.

Language skills helpful but not required.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

1) Essential Experience

You should have eight to ten years of experience of UK politics or policy development either from having worked for a UK political institution and/or in government affairs in a business, trade association or consultancy. A demonstrable insight into the policy and regulatory challenges faced by technology businesses operating in the UK would be an advantage.

Through direct experience you should have a first-rate understanding of how the UK Government and the EU institutions work as well as a genuine interest in and passion for politics.

You should have experience of using your government affairs skills to support companies in the public procurement process. Ideally this should be in IT but it could be in defence, outsourced services etc.

2) Technical / Functional Skills

A knowledge of technology policy issues is a strong advantage.

An understanding of Microsoft technologies would be helpful but a passion for technology and what it can do for society is essential.

An established network within the UK Parliament and Government departments and an understanding of how to grow it is essential

3) We would like someone to join our team who:

Has a growth mindset with a desire to use every opportunity to learn and grow

Thrives in a dynamic, complex and sometimes ambiguous environment

Has excellent relational skills and who leaves a lasting positive impression on others

Has superb written and oral communication skills in English

Is a self-starter with lots of positive energy and an ability to work to tight deadlines

Has great collaboration skills

Special Requirements/Additional Information e.g. Language skills

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

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