Senior Policy Project Advisor

Harris Hill Ltd
London, South East England
23 Jul 2017
22 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Harris Hill is recruiting a Senior Policy Project Advisor to join the team at Breast Cancer Now for a yearlong contract set to begin as soon as possible for the right candidate. The purpose of the role is to develop policy recommendations, to work with key stakeholders, to develop relationships at senior level external meetings, to support the development and delivery of campaigning strategies to help deliver reform and to act as a source of expertise on issues relating to medicines appraisal and funding.

Key accountabilities
Policy development

- Develop our policy and recommendations for reform to the way that medicines are appraised and funded in England.
- Work closely with the Senior Research and Policy Officer to ensure that ongoing experience with medicines appraisal is fed into policy development on reform.
- Ensure that this work takes account of the interests of people affected by breast cancer and their healthcare professionals.
- Draft policy materials including briefings, documents, letters, and messaging.
- Maintain knowledge of key issues and understanding of the external influencing environment.
- Horizon-scan, monitor and proactively identify issues which require us to take action.

Influencing and external profile

- Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders including other charities, the pharmaceutical industry, government, and key NHS bodies such as NICE and NHS England.
- Work with key stakeholders to seek to generate consensus on reforms, and influence to deliver them.
- Feeding in insight to/gathering insight from, and influencing, external working groups and events.
- Support Public Affairs and Campaigns colleagues to develop and implement an impactful strategy to support our call for reform.

Working across the organisation

- Provide advice on reform of medicines appraisal and funding in response to external events and opportunities to the chief executive, senior managers and other colleagues.
- Work closely with the PR team to provide expert commentary on media stories and act as a media spokesperson.
- Work closely and collaboratively with other teams and directorates to ensure that the work of the team supports, and is integrated across, the organisation.
- Ensure that colleagues across the organisation are informed about policy and influencing work on reforms.

General responsibilities

- Ensure that project plans are in place and that these plans are delivered.
- Ensure effective evaluation and reporting of activities and impact and propose alternative plans and activities when performance is not on track.
- Support the development, implementation and review of policy and campaigns strategy, operational plans and budgets.
- Any other duties as directed by and agreed with line manager.

Person Specification


We would like you to have the following experience:

- of developing credible, evidence-based policy positions and recommendations that deliver significant change
- of developing written policy material
- of networking, building strong external relationships and influencing senior external stakeholders
- of advising on the development of influencing and campaigning strategy
- of working with key stakeholders involved in access to medicines, such as charities, NICE, NHS England and the pharmaceutical industry
- of working on issues around access to medicines


We would like you to be able to:

- demonstrate excellent communication skills, including strong public speaking skills and the ability to translate complex information into accessible language
- undertake research to support policy development and accurately analyse and interpret data
- manage projects including producing plans, working across teams and departments and effectively leading their implementation
- organise your work effectively, prioritising in a busy environment, working under pressure and at times to tight deadlines
- think strategically, with strong analytical, judgement and decision-making skills
- work well as a member of a team, with a wide variety of people
- use Microsoft Office applications and the internet proficiently


We would like you to have:

- an undergraduate degree, preferably with a political, public policy, scientific, medical or other relevant component
- an excellent understanding of the current policy landscape
- confidence when speaking to and influencing senior level stakeholders
- in depth knowledge of the way that medicines are appraised and funded, including - the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS).
- knowledge of the NHS and health structure across the UK
- Prior media training and/or experience working with the media is a plus.

Role Information

Part of the role will include maintaining/developing key relationships including but not limited to: policy and campaigns team, Public Relations team, Research Directorate, the CEO, politicians, NHS, think tanks, pharmaceutical industry, ministers and officials, media, et cetera.