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Policy Advisor (FTC)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
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Policy Advisor

Westminster, London

If you have exceptional report writing skills and knowledge of UK engineering, industrial, or energy policy, this is an incredible opportunity to work with IMechE members to inform the public and influence decision makers.

The role is initially offered on a one-year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension.

About Us

With over 115,000 members in 140 countries, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has been at the heart of the mechanical engineering profession since 1847.

We strive to improve the world through engineering by developing engineers, promoting engineering, informing opinion and encouraging innovation.

An integral aspect of our work involves representing the views of our members in public forums, shaping engineering policy and providing advice to the media, employers, government, academic bodies and other institutions.

We are looking for a Policy Officer to join us and support these activities.

The Role

As a Policy Advisor, you will create high-quality engineering and policy content and help to inform opinion in the public engineering arena.

Part of your work will be promoting the views of our members during and after the UN's climate change summit COP26, which is due to take place in Glasgow in November 2021.

You will write and present accurate and engaging policy and technical content to promote engineering and develop and deliver campaigning policy positions to challenge the status quo and generate interest from the media and government.

Specifically, you will:

- Carry out research, including working with expert IMechE members, to create policy content

- Assist or lead on producing policy reports and consultation responses

- Present the results of these reports with authority

- Canvas members to gain a strong understanding of their views

- Provide technically robust content to support speeches and presentations

- Advise on the delivery of stakeholder communications and interactions

- Support the development of our strategy and policy development

- Horizon scan for upcoming reports and policy developments that the IMechE should respond to

About You

To join us as a Policy Advisor, you will need:

- Previous report and article writing experience

- Strong IT skills, including proficiency in MS Office

- The ability to demonstrate some knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, policy

- Competence in presenting to the media and fluency with social media

An engineering or other STEM qualification is desirable but not essential. If you do not have a STEM degree you will need to demonstrate competence or experience in working with and drafting technical policy content.

Experience of working in a policy or strategy development role would be beneficial, as would experience of working in policy roles centred on energy, climate change, transport, and/or infectious disease control.

Knowledge of the UK government and politics, as well as an understanding of the professional engineering agenda, would also be an advantage.

Other organisations may call this role Policy Officer, Policy Researcher, Political Liaison Officer.

The Benefits

- Salary of circa £40,000 per annum

- 26 days' holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays

- An extra day off for your birthday

- Benefits including stakeholder pension scheme, life assurance and private health cover

- Continuous training and career development

- A range of wellbeing benefits to encourage a healthy work-life balance

You will have the chance to help shape the future of our organisation, as well as the future of engineering as a whole, by promoting the interests of our members, providing guidance to influential bodies and campaigning for positive change.

We also offer the ideal environment in which to achieve your goals, including excellent training and development opportunities and a superb range of benefits to support your wellbeing. What's more, you will have the chance to work alongside some of the best in the industry.

Thank you for your interest in this post. We look forward to receiving your application.

Interviews will be held on an ad-hoc basis as suitable applicants apply. An immediate start is available for the right candidate.

We regret that we are unable to reply to each applicant; therefore, if you do not hear from us within 28 days of your application for this post you should assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Webrecruit and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

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