Policy Advisor (3 month FTC)

Working with IET volunteers, IET staff and staff from other engineering institutions to provide expert understanding and analysis on a wide range of engineering policy issues of interest to the IET, including preparing submissions, producing technical guidance to members of the public, preparing reports for publication, media presentation and supporting policy panels on specialist topics.

Reports to: Principal Policy Advisor (Education and Innovation)   

Accountable to: Manager Policy Department

Hours: 35 hours per week, exclusive of meal breaks, plus as many as required to fulfill the needs of the post

Location: Savoy Place, London / Michael Faraday House, Stevenage

Main duties and responsibilities

To assist the Principal Policy Advisor for education, skills and innovation.

  • To support of the Education Policy Panel and the Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel;
  • To prepare submissions on matters of concern to the IET and its members for Government and other decision-making bodies, as part of public consultations or otherwise;
  • To produce and maintain technical fact sheets and guidance as required to members and the public and prepare technical reports for publication;
  • To prepare reports to Government and the media to inform, influence and advise on significant issues of current importance, including the key topics of:  technical and vocational education in the UK and engineering skills;
  • To arrange parliamentary briefings and meetings;
  • To undertake any other duties and projects at the request of the Manager Policy Department;
  • To be familiar with the Health and Safety and Fire policies for the organisation and to attend mandatory updates where required.

This job description is intended as a general guide to the scope of the post and may change in line with the needs of the service or at the request of the line manager.

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • Educated to degree level in Engineering or Social/Political Science, together with a broad engineering interest and wide-ranging technical knowledge;
  • An interest in, and knowledge of public policy, politics and government issues;
  • Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to assimilate complex information quickly and produce written papers to a high standard of presentation and argument;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish credibility with senior personnel from industry, academe and government;
  • Competence in MS Word, email and the Internet.


  • Understanding and experience of UK education and skills policy and/or innovation policy;
  • Experience of policy formation and/or public affairs work including informing and influencing MPs, Ministers and Civil Servants;
  • Previous experience developing and managing partnerships.


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