Policy Adviser

London (Westminster) SW1A
£31,494 - £46,464
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, with both domestic and European interests.

The role offers a unique opportunity to work on the UK’s exit from the EU, this Government’s main priority, attracting huge amounts of interest to our work both domestically and internationally. 

Policy Adviser – Professional Business Services, Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications, Mobility, Services Engagement

The role holder will work across a wide services portfolio, including Professional Business Services (PBS), Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQ), and 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 expertise in each policy and their underlying connections, communicating effectively as required to Ministers, senior officials, lead Departments, and externally across the business sectors. The role holder will also be responsible for co-ordinating a cross-Whitehall group at working level, with the aim of improving co-ordination and effectiveness of EU-exit related services engagement across government with both the domestic and European audiences.

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 the negotiating teams, and be seen as a visible authority on services-related engagement across Whitehall.

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 Ministers and senior officials as required;
  • Collaboratively developing a coherent and cohesive cross-Whitehall services engagement strategy to adequately prepare the government for the next phase of negotiations;
  • 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;

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 


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