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Policy Manager - Ireland & Northern Ireland

Institute of Physics
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14 May 2021

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The Institute of Physics (IOP) is seeking a Policy Manager for Ireland and Northern Ireland to lead the design and delivery of a high-profile programme of policy work and engagement that will underpin key parts of the IOP's five-year strategy.

Working with colleagues from across the organisation and IOP members, the Policy Manager will spearhead the IOP's efforts to increase the visibility and impact of the IOP's policy work. The role will also serve to inform and influence decision makers and opinion formers in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Key to this will be successfully building strategic partnerships and influential relationships with stakeholders from across and beyond the physics community, with the aim of fostering national debate and long-lasting societal and economic impact.

The role

This is a new role, reporting to the Head of Ireland and Northern Ireland and working closely with the wider IOP Policy Team including the Head of Policy, and Policy Managers in Scotland and Wales.

The post holder will lead, develop and manage complex and impactful policy programmes and projects at a national level; creating and supporting high level external engagement through an established network of policy contacts and an understanding of key priorities within the community.

They will need to build and maintain high level relationships within policy, business and academic sectors, to secure influence for the IOP's policy work in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Excellent communication skills are vital as the incumbent will advise senior management, the Head of IOP Ireland and policy colleagues in IOP on policy. They will also 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 political system in Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as science, education, funding and governance structures is therefore a must.

The person

We are seeking candidates who are dependable, strategic thinkers with proven experience in the sector and excellent attention to detail. They must be dedicated to meeting the expectations and needs of members, colleagues, partners and other stakeholders.

This is an influential role, requiring the experience and confidence to work with a high degree of autonomy, but also the ability to work with colleagues across the organisation. As this is a key role within a new team, the ability to manage the ambiguity that comes from a changing environment is essential, as is the ability to work methodically and establish processes and procedures where needed.

We are looking for someone who has first rate communication skills, experience of leading and delivering successful policy projects, and a track record of building and maintaining relationships with senior internal and external stakeholders.

A demonstrable understanding of the social and economic importance of science, education, research and innovation and familiarity with relevant political strategies across Ireland and Northern Ireland would be advantageous. We welcome candidates with backgrounds in science, politics, economics or industry/business.


Flexible however candidates must have a willingness to travel to IOP's EU headquarters in Dublin City Centre where core team functions are based and key stakeholder meetings/events will be hosted. Additional travel will be required around Ireland and Northern Ireland, and sometimes to IOP offices in London. Remote working is in operation during Covid-19 and it is expected that a flexible, blended model of remote and office-based working will be implemented in the future.

Why work with us?

The Institute of Physics is one of the world's largest professional bodies and learned societies for physics. It is the national body for the UK and Ireland and also has a seat at international bodies including the UN. Our members come from across the physics community whether in industry, academia, the classroom, technician roles or in training programmes as apprentices or students. We are a world-leading science publisher and are proud to be a trusted and valued voice for the physics community.

The Institute of Physics 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 are here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

We have an ambitious new strategy and you will play a part in helping us to deliver it as we build our presence in Ireland and Northern Ireland. There has 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 and generous annual leave.

The Institute of Physics is an equal opportunities employer.
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