Policy Advisor - Enterprise, Innovation & Trade
FSB is seeking an experienced policy advisor to research, develop & communicate policy in relation to Enterprise, Innovation and Trade.
The Enterprise, Innovation and Trade portfolio covers a range of economic, business and technological policy issues including start-ups and small business growth, innovation/research and development, intellectual property, and trade and industry issues affecting small businesses.
We are looking for a candidate who can exercise high quality thought leadership translated into concrete policy asks - via thorough qualitative and quantitative analysis. You must be confident in influencing Government thinking in these areas through strong expertise alongside highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
The ideal candidate will research, develop and communicate the policy work of FSB, both internally to members and externally to a wide range of high level stakeholders. To ensure that the interests of FSB’s members are powerfully and effectively represented to the UK Government (officials and Ministers), MPs across the political spectrum and other relevant stakeholders.
Key Areas of Accountability:
- To be the authoritative voice within FSB for policy work relating to small business enterprise, innovation and trade issues in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Exiting the EU, HMT and relevant government agencies and regulatory bodies.
- To work at pace to accurately identify political, policy and specific legislative developments in the UK, EU and wider international arena which impact on small businesses and to develop practical solutions based on high quality policy analysis.
- Through an in-depth awareness of the policy environment and via developing deep networks with key stakeholders, to identify the major strategic policy issues potentially facing small businesses and carry out rigorous research and analysis of the policy options related to the brief. This includes developing policy research papers for FSB and articles for both internal and external publications.
- Through in-depth research and understanding of policy, promote FSB’s policy position both to members and to external stakeholders through a variety of channels including representing FSB at meetings with civil servants, Ministers and MPs, and making presentations to internal and external bodies.
- To involve key members in policy development for the brief by providing advice and working in partnership with activist members appointed due to their expertise.
- Provide support, information and make recommendations to FSB’s internal Policy Committee members and Chair, and to the Policy Director regarding relevant policy issues.
- Establish and develop a strong relationship with colleagues in the policy team, and in addition colleagues in the Media/Communications teams, Public Affairs teams, the devolved offices and FSB commercial team - thereby supporting the Westminster Office’s overall aims and objectives.
- Establish and develop good working relationships with a wide range of relevant external bodies, for example think tanks, and using strong policy and communication skills to ensure that FSB is regarded as a credible source of insight.
- To show flexibility in collaborating with other colleagues in the policy and wider Westminster team on cross portfolio work and priorities
Comply with requirements and procedures of the FSB, in relation to administrative and financial processes, and to act with a high level of integrity at all times.
- To undertake other duties relevant to the department’s activities, for example travelling to the FSB’s regional network, and in accordance with the level of the post, as directed by the appropriate line manager.
Skills, Experience and Qualifications
Skills: Excellent analytical skills in relation to government consultation work. High level numerical ability and statistical analysis. Clear and concise communication and presentation skills, utilising methods to engage different audiences. Writing skills in the form of, but not limited, to in-house reports, briefings and publications.
Experience: Policy experience gained from employment in at least one of the following: UK political party, UK civil service, UK Parliament or policy research post (think- tank, etc.)
Qualifications: Educated to Degree level (class 2:1 or above) in a related subject.
As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.
Established over 40 years ago to help our members succeed in business, we are a non-profit making organisation that’s run by members, for members.
Our lobbying arm starts with the work of our team in Westminster which focuses on UK and English policy issues. Further to this, our expert teams in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast work with governments, elected members and decision-makers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
All applicants must be able to provide at interview stage their highest education certificates as listed on their CV and verification of their eligibility to work in the UK
The policy of FSB is that all job applicants and employees shall be given equal opportunities in all the areas of employment. This means that job applicants and employees will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, colour, race, ethnic origin, religious beliefs or disability. Neither will they be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be relevant to the job
Applicants are advised to apply early, we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received. If you are successful and short listed for interview you will be contacted by email.