Job title: Policy manager
Salary: Up to £30,000 p.a.
Location: Swindon / Remote
Closing date: 5 April 2021

 

About the role

The Policy and PR team plays a vital role that is growing in importance as BCS places a greater emphasis on developing and communicating its opinions on the critical issues of the day. Visibility and impact make members proud of their institute, attract new members to join and most importantly help the institute to deliver on its mission to make IT good for society.

This role will support the Policy and PR Team in delivering a successful programme of work and activities to ensure BCS remains relevant, credible and influential in the IT and digital technology community, debate and discussion. This role will build on BCS work on professionalism, standards, ethics, diversity and inclusion in IT and engagement with key bodies including UK Government departments, devolved administrations, higher education and research institutes, civil society and a broad range of experts across a wide field of topics.

The role will support the development of coherent and relevant policy recommendations and thought leadership for our members to position BCS and our members as leaders in the international IT and digital technology community and debate. In particular this role will support BCS to have an up to date understanding, insight and foresight on issues being raised by the development and use of IT, data and digital technologies, is responsive to critical events and relevant to the public debate happening across the UK and internationally.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating, fast-paced, high profile area of BCS’s 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 developments in IT and digital technology and develop BCS’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 BCS in the current IT and digital technology debate and discussion.

Key responsibilities

Strategic

  • Own, develop and progress policy initiatives, research and campaigns within the context of the overarching BCS Group programmes, fulfilling the objective of ‘Making IT Good for Society’;

Tactical

  • Raise awareness in key strategic areas, including the UK and devolved parliaments and governments of IT and computing issues, influence policy accordingly.
  • Work across teams to raise awareness and increase the involvement of BCS, its members and member communities in policy development and PR.
  • Engage with and influence relevant Select Committees and All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) across Westminster and devolved nations.
  • Ensure ministers, politicians and senior civil servants are made aware of BCS research findings where relevant for policy and legislation.
  • Build relationships with business leaders and community/voluntary sector organisations to enable effective campaigning and scrutiny of parliaments.
  • Produce high quality, impactful policy content to inform and steer the policy and campaigns agenda. Writing blogs and articles’ informing relevant position papers and government consultations responses and engaging BCS staff, members and external audiences on key issues, managing expectations and ensure quality of delivery.

Administrative

  • Organise events as required, manage and develop agendas, papers and minutes and monitor actions.
  • Work cross-functionally with BCS departments, and where appropriate, across organisations, to collaborate and use BCS resources effectively, minimising cost and maximising impact.
  • Flexibility is required of all job holders to adjust responsibilities as required from time to time by their Line Manager/Divisional Director;
  • The content and reporting lines detailed in this job description may be reviewed and changed from time to time to reflect organisational requirements;
  • All staff will live BCS’ values and support our purpose;
  • Continually looking at ways to make improvements to systems, processes and procedures.

Who are we looking for

Education and qualifications
  • Degree (or equivalent) desirable, Politics and Public Affairs particularly relevant but not essential
Experience
  • Significant experience in public policy, public affairs, regulatory affairs and stakeholder engagement
  • Significant experience of operating in sensitive/complex environments, with demonstrable multiple stakeholder management
  • Proven experience of report writing, dealing with technical/policy and societal issues
  • Proven project management experience is desirable
Competencies and skills
  • Highly motivated with a positive, can do attitude
  • A team player, comfortable working with diverse teams and stakeholders
  • Comfortable working in a 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 it effectively
  • Familiar with office applications, social media and web applications
  • Track record in managing complex relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Experience in coordinating events, ensuring accuracy and attention to detail
Special conditions
  • Frequent work outside normal office hours, travel within UK (most frequently to London), some overnight stays.
How to apply

Please send your CV to hr@bcs.uk