Public Affairs Manager - Parliamentary Relations

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Public Affairs Manager - Parliamentary Relations

We currently have a fantastic opportunity for a Public Affairs Manager - Parliamentary Relations to be based at our BAE Systems site in Stirling Square, London.

As a Public Affairs Manager of Parliamentary Relations, you will be responsible for managing the company’s relationships with parliamentarians, and for promoting the company’s interests to them. You will also be responsible for advising the business on all aspects of its parliamentary activity.

This role will provide you with direct exposure to building relationships with the Public Affairs agency based in Portland, and you will report directly into the Head of Government Relations.

Your main responsibilities as a Public Affairs Manager of Parliamentary Relations will involve:

Identifying MPs and Peers who have an interest in the company’s work, either from a constituency perspective, because they are members of relevant committees, or because defence, engineering, manufacturing and skills development are areas of interest for them.

Establishing and maintaining relationships with that group, and their staffs, and ensuring that they are up to date with company issues, and have a point of contact should they need information.

Making plans for communicating key issues, and especially major announcements, to this group. Advising on messaging and on the company’s approach to the communication of major news, working closely with the Group Communications team.

Developing strategies for engaging MPs and Peers on issues of importance to the company.

Preparing senior staff for any meetings with parliamentarians, or evidence sessions before parliamentary committees.

Keeping up to date, and advising the business on political issues which might affect the company’s interests. Monitoring parliamentary activity and ensuring that it is reported across the business, where it is relevant.

Maintaining relationships with think tanks, and other political organisations which influence policies, and thinking, on issues of interest to the company.

Representing the company in relevant trade association activity.

Managing the relationship with the company’s public affairs adviser.

Your skills and qualifications:


The successful candidate should have a track record in managing relationships with MPs and peers.

They should have strong written and verbal communications skills.

They should have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, politics and current affairs, allied to a good knowledge of the UK political scene.

First rate networking ability.


Experience and knowledge of working in the defence industry

Driving through outcomes and delivering on them – tenacious character.

Experience of driving campaign strategies forward.

What we're looking for in you:

You will be a diplomatic individual, with very good interpersonal skills, and be able to deal confidently with people at all levels.

You will be able to initiate change patiently and have the ability to drive forward responsibilities.

Location: Stirling Square, London

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world’s leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Head Office

If you’d like to make a real difference where it counts, BAE Systems is the place for you.

From keeping soldiers, sailors and pilots safe to helping countries prosper, from developing the next generation of supersonic aircraft to investing in the next generation of super-smart talent – at BAE Systems, we work together to give our customers an essential edge in protecting the things that really matter. Lives, livelihoods, ways of life.

As part of the Head Office team, you’ll be at the heart of this endeavour – working closely with our air, maritime, land and cyber and intelligence businesses to support our customers around the world.

Join us and you’ll be encouraged and rewarded to excel in this important work. Apply your talent where it counts.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.