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Head of Industry Engagement and Policy

London, UK
Closing date
26 Sep 2020

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Job title: Head of Industry Engagement and Policy

Location: London, Leeds or home based with occasional travel to London / Leeds

Role: Permanent and full time

Salary: £48,270 + £4,000 London weighting (if applicable)

Job Details

We welcome applications for secondment from the health sector and encourage anyone wishing to do this to have advance agreement from their employer.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Industry Engagement and Policy to join the commercial directorate at NHS Confederation, a membership body that brings together and speaks on behalf of all organisations that plan, commission and provide NHS services.

The relationships with Industry form a major part of the NHS Confederation's extensive programme of commercial activities which play a critical role in generating income for the organisation and this role offers a fantastic opportunity to lead the policy work and engagement linking industry with the NHS.

About the NHS Confederation

The NHS Confederation is the independent voice of NHS leadership. Our aim is an empowered healthy population supported by world class health and care services. Our 500+ members span the full range of organisations that provide and commission services including acute, community, mental health and ambulance service trusts; independent providers; clinical commissioning groups; and academic health science networks. We work across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and have a European Office focused on Brexit and international learning opportunities. We support our members to address the policy and strategic challenges facing the health and care system, influence the development of national policy and represent their views at the highest levels and in the public arena. In the last few months we have been working with members to ensure that there has been sufficient Government support to manage Covid-19 and we are now working on how we restore health and care services more widely as part of our #NHSReset campaign.

We are looking for someone who has:
  • Extensive experience in the development of health strategy or policy
  • Successful track record of delivering insightful and influential thought leadership content
  • Experience of developing policy led content for event
  • Experience of managing relationships at a senior level
  • Record of working collaboratively with partner organisations to build coalitions and achieve shared goals.
  • Experience of communicating policy and thought leadership content across a range of communication channels, including media, social media and digital platforms.
  • Experience of liaising with senior leaders in a given field and engaging a policy community
  • Experience of working in a matrix-style organisation and across departments

The role

This role works with policy and comms colleagues across the organisation to provide policy insights to our commercial partners and to develop content for major events. The post holder will have a strong background in health policy.

This position will sit within the commercial team which includes a Head of Commercial and Head of Events who this role would work alongside (as outlined in the structure chart below) Our Head of Commercial leads a team that develop and manage relationships with commercial partners and works with partners to generate approx. £2.5 million from sponsorship, exhibitions and other commercial partnerships. Our Head of Events leads a team delivering over 100 events per year.

This role will work closely with the Heads of both the Commercial and the events team leading on our policy work and playing a key role in building relationships with commercial partners, helping shape proposals and developing new products that support our members and engage commercial partners. You will use insights from internal relationships across the organisation to inform and develop content for our wider events programme.

Finally, you will also work with our events team and colleagues in NHS England / NHS Improvement to shape the programme for NHS ConfedExpo, our major event for NHS leaders. The content from this event really sets the agenda on health policy, so you will have a key role in shaping the narrative that supports this.

To Apply

Please download the job description and complete the application form, then send your application by an email via the button below.

If you wish to discuss the post before applying, then please contact John O'Brien, Commercial Director by an email.

Application deadline: 21st September 2020.

Interview date: 1st October 2020.

The NHS Confederation welcomes all applicants from all backgrounds and is committed to recruiting the best person for the job through a process that is fair, open, consistent, and free from discrimination. We believe it is essential to build a diverse and inclusive company culture where all employees feel valued, respected, and acknowledged.

The NHS Confederation is also committed to being a flexible employer. We understand the value and benefit to our employees being able to work flexibly to respond to changing circumstances and we want to ensure we do as much as possible to help support a work life balance and take care of employee health and wellbeing.
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