Senior Policy Adviser

London (Westminster) SW1A
£49,207 - £70,302
12 Jul 2019
29 Jul 2019
Contract Type

Market Access and Budget Directorate (MAB)

MAB is responsible for working closely with relevant Government departments to ensure the UK is ready for negotiations on the Future Economic Partnership (FEP) with the EU.     
The role involves dealing with an evolving landscape and being able to respond in an agile way to changing demands. We are looking for highly capable candidates that are comfortable working across Departmental boundaries, dealing with uncertainty, and interfacing with external stakeholders, including in Brussels and the EU’s Member States.

Senior Policy Adviser – Services lead for Professional Business Services, Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications, and Mobility

The role holder will be MAB’s policy lead on Professional Business Services (PBS), Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ), plus the mobility policy as included in the UK-EU Future Economic Partnership. We are anticipating links to be made between these strands of the negotiations and as such, the post-holder will need to be able to demonstrate that they can skilfully manage each policy, communicating effectively as required to the Chief Negotiator, Ministers, senior officials, lead Departments and externally across the sectors.

This challenging and rewarding role will require a considerable amount of cross-Government engagement, in order to secure MAB’s objectives across these policy areas. When negotiations with the EU begin on these topics, the post-holder will be expected to be part of and contribute to the negotiating teams.

Responsibilities in this role include: 

  • Developing the UK’s negotiating positions and lobbying pitches on mobility, PBS and MRPQ in conjunction with the lead Departments, managing relationships across Whitehall and briefing the Chief Negotiator, Ministers and senior officials as required;
  • Maintaining oversight of a complex portfolio in a fast-paced environment ensuring policy areas and negotiating priorities are appreciated and accurately represented across the wider Government portfolio;
  • Forming part of the UK’s FEP negotiating team, hence some overseas travel;

This is a challenging role – the successful candidate will be a strong team player, able to demonstrate personal resilience and an ability to prioritise effectively in the face of competing demands.

A high standard of written and oral briefing skills are required, along with demonstrated expertise in seeing - and diplomatically operating within - the bigger picture.

We are a flexible and disability confident employer