Senior Policy Adviser - Employment (FTC)

Location:Greater London

Role summary

Based at our Cannon Place office for a fixed one-year term, the successful Senior Policy Advisor will join the CBI’s Employment Policy team. It works with businesses and the government to influence policy that improves the UK labour market and firms’ ability to hire the people and skills they need. The team’s work is underpinned by the challenge of building public and political confidence in a vision for UK employment that is flexible and fair. The flexibility of the UK’s labour market supports jobs growth and makes it one of the most competitive in the world. Equally, being treated fairly by your employer has a big impact on the UK’s productivity and trust in business. The successful Senior Policy Advisor will join the team at a time when the UK’s departure from the EU brings questions about what the future of work looks like, both domestically and internationally, into sharp relief.

Key responsibilities

Leading the development of CBI’s employment policy positions, both new and existing, including:

  • Being a ‘go-to’ for CBI members and senior colleagues on policy issues affecting employment policy, including relevant employment law, good practices in employee relations and labour market performance
  • Recommending how the wider political context affects the policy development, lobbying priorities and campaign messages of the Employment Policy team
  • Leading consultations with CBI members to develop policy, managing competing commercial interests and recommending positions with broad support from employers of all sizes and sectors
  • Taking ownership of multiple discrete projects (e.g. policy briefs, reports, consultation responses), using project management skills to track progress, manage risk and measure success
  • Proactively using the CBI’s Exec-level Employment & Skills Board as the primary vehicle to inform and mandate the CBI’s work on employment, labour markets, education and skills.

Demonstrating the value of the CBI’s employment policy work to members and in the media, including:

  • Recommending the best communication techniques to publicly campaign on the role employment plays in evidencing the social impact of business and for a labour market that enables firms to hire the people and skills they need
  • Distilling political and practical insight on employment policy issues into accessible and engaging content for CBI members, including in presentations and roundtable discussions
  • Facilitating sessions with CBI members to share learning on collective challenges to inform how firms better attract, develop and engage their staff.

Managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including:

  • Being a point-person for CBI members, staff, and other stakeholders on employment policy, including advising senior colleagues of relevant debates in the wider political and media landscape
  • Enabling colleagues in Press and Marketing to maximise the impact of the CBI’s employment policy work with CBI members and stakeholders in the government, the opposition, and media
  • Building a network of contacts in key government departments, including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions and HM Treasury
  • Proactively engaging with business leaders with responsibly for people issues at CBI member companies to ensure that the Employment Team’s work meets business’ priorities.

Supporting the CBI’s commercial strategy, including:

  • Representing the Employment Policy team’s work to business leaders to support commercial colleagues to recruit and retain CBI members, including strategic accounts
  • Recommending policy content and campaigns that lead to a strong member proposition on employment policy
  • Working with commercial colleagues to secure partnerships that grow the CBI’s non-subscription income.

Knowledge and experience

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

  • Evidence of delivering projects to time and with autonomy
  • Knowledge of the policy formation process in the UK
  • Proven understanding of effective lobbying and campaigning techniques
  • Prior work experience in policy, politics or public affairs; relevant experience in employment, skills or labour market policy is a bonus.

Prior work experience supporting commercial activities, such as engaging with clients/members or working in business.


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.

Equal opportunity employer

Our aim is to create prosperity for all. To do that well, we need a workforce that is more representative of the businesses we serve.

We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more innovative work environment that delivers better results. To support an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas, we’ve encouraged the creation of a variety of Employee Resource Groups - Women, LGBT+, BAME and Working Families.

We recognise the many benefits flexible working can bring. Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking and will accommodate where possible.

How to apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter 'Senior Policy Adviser' as the subject.