Senior Policy Officer

Department: Policy
Location: Caledonian Road, London
Salary: Up to 40,000
Job Advert Description:

We are seeking a highly experienced professional with a strong background in delivering a wide range of high impact policy programmes, projects and policy documentation.

The role

The science and education policy landscapes in the UK and Ireland are undergoing significant changes, with Brexit, Spending Reviews and regulatory reform colliding with grand societal and economic challenges.

The Institute of Physics, as the voice of the discipline, has a central role in understanding and shaping these changes as they apply to science investment, education and innovation, and in enabling science to play a role in framing new regulation and legislation.

This is an exciting role that will play an integral part in the policy and advocacy work of the institute.  The post holder will lead, develop and manage complex and impactful policy programmes and projects at a national and international level; creating and supporting high level external engagement through an established network of policy contacts. They will need to build and maintain high level relationships to secure influence for the IOP’s policy work in the UK and Ireland. Excellent communication skills are vital as the incumbent will advise senior management on policy and will require significant experience of writing policy documentation as well as ensuring key messages are delivered clearly with impact to relevant audiences internally and externally. Knowledge of the UK and/or Irish political system as well as science, education funding and governance structures is therefore a must.

The Person

We are looking for a pro-active, driven and highly knowledgeable individual with excellent research skills who can identify new project opportunities and develop, lead and successfully deliver programmes to utilise them. We require a professional with robust negotiation and influencing skills who can not only build and maintain relationships but communicate and engage with audiences and stakeholders effectively.  Attention to detail with well-developed statistical, analytical and numeracy skills are a must. We are looking for an individual with excellent organisational skills who is able to plan ahead, prioritise workload and manage projects to successful, timely completion. We require a team player with the ability to influence and work collaboratively with others to achieve common goals but who can also work autonomously.

Why work with us?

We are a charitable membership organisation with a worldwide membership from enthusiastic amateurs to those at the top of their sector in academia, business, education and government.

Our purpose is to gather, inspire, guide, represent and celebrate all who share a passion for physics. And, in our role as a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

This is an exciting time to join the team in our central London office.  We are writing a new five-year strategy, with an integral part of the current strategy completed which was our move to the heart of the redevelopment in King’s Cross. Our offices are close to partners such as Wellcome and Google, and we are seeking new talent to help us create a contemporary organisation that is fit for the future.

In addition to a competitive salary and professional development opportunities, we offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance and generous annual leave. We also offer a range of other benefits including childcare vouchers, gym membership and interest free season ticket loans.

For further information on this role and to apply please visit the IOP Jobs website.

Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: up to £40,000

Closing date for applications: Monday 21 January 2019 Interviews to be held: w/c 28 January 2019

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