Policy Manager (Fixed Term Contract)

Department: Policy
Location: 37 Caledonian Road, London N1 9BU - Hybrid
Salary: £53,000 per annum
Job Advert Description:

We are looking for a talented Policy Manager for a period of 18 months to support us in our mission to transform the physics landscape for the UK and Ireland, and ensure a thriving physics ecosystem that contributes to innovation, discovery, research, growth and debate in the UK, Ireland and beyond. This is a new role, which will play a pivotal part in increasing the visibility and impact of the IOP's policy work.

What is it like working at the IOP?

The IOP is a friendly and ambitious organisation. Inclusion and diversity are central to our work and we have a ‘work anywhere’ policy to make working at the IOP as flexible as possible. Looking after our colleagues and supporting them in life and work is our priority, ensuring they can live their best lives, with competitive salaries and generous benefits.

What will I be doing?

The Policy Manager will play a central role in shaping and responding to policy developments across a hugely diverse portfolio, from education to economic development, from equity to the environment. The Policy Manager will also be responsible for leading high-profile policy projects, and coordinating policy activities across the organisation.

Some examples of the type of projects you will work on are the IOP’s Physics Blueprint report, our Physics and the Economy research, our Paradigm Shift report which looks at drivers for and barriers to innovation within physics-based businesses.

Who will I work with?

The Policy Manager will work with colleagues across the organisation, including at senior level, providing advice and expertise on policy issues and coordinating policy activity.

This is also an external facing role, engaging with key senior policy and political stakeholders.

Ideally, we hope you’ll apply if you:

  • Have substantial experience of working in policy analysis and development, and of developing policy projects and leading them to a successful completion.
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond effectively to rapidly changing policy environments, showing sound judgement, political awareness and sensitivity.
  • Are a thought leader, with strong intellectual influence and innovative thinking.
  • Have experience of networking and influencing diverse and senior stakeholders, including engaging with stakeholders across the political spectrum.


Alongside your CV, please ensure you include a cover letter stating how you meet the person specification. 

How will I be working?

The Institute of Physics is an inclusive employer and our people are at the heart of our approach to delivery. Following the impact of COVID-19, we have developed a new, innovative and exciting trust-based model of flexible working called How We Work. This empowers our staff to choose both individually and as a team how, when and where they work to deliver the goals of the organisation, acknowledging that there will be occasions where in-person meetings, collaborations and events will help generate greater impact. The How We Work initiative is based on the principles of collaboration, trust, flexibility and agility. You will be allocated a ‘base’ office which can also be a chosen place of work. 

Why should I want to work for the IOP?

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland - we seek to raise public awareness and understanding of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society. 

We have an ambitious corporate strategy and you’ll play a part in helping us to deliver it.  There’s never been a more exciting time to join the IOP - watch our film to find out more about our work. 

As well as a competitive salary and professional development opportunities, we offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Generous annual leave (25 days starting as a standard pro rota where required)
  • Gym Membership (Via salary sacrifice)
  • Company closure between Christmas and New Year and much more!  

To apply for this role please click the link below, best of luck with your applications! 

The Institute of Physics is an open and inclusive organisation that welcomes and celebrates diversity.

Employment Type: Full time
Employment Basis: Fixed Term
Closing date for applications: Friday 9 June 2023 Interviews to be held: 15/16 June 2023 (Via Teams)

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