Principal Policy Advisor

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 technical reports for publication and supporting policy advisory groups on specialist topics.

Reports to: Manager Policy Department     

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

Band: D

Location: Michael Faraday House, Stevenage

Main Duties and Responsibilities (not necessarily in priority order):

  • To manage and support the Manufacturing Policy Panel and the Transport Policy Panel;
  • To form and maintain expert groups of IET members relevant to these topic areas;
  • 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 as directed by the Manager Policy Department;
  • To prepare reports to members, parliament, Government and the media to inform, influence and advise on significant issues of current importance;
  • To arrange parliamentary briefings and meeting;
  • To liaise with other IET departments relevant to the above topic areas;
  • To ensure the currency of the Departmental web pages relevant to the above items;
  • To engage with key stakeholders, including parliamentarians and civil servants on transport and manufacturing policy issues;
  • To work with other IET departments so that the IET is seen as a thought leader;
  • 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;
  • To comply with data protection legislation and act responsibly on matters of data disclosure both internally and to third parties;
  • 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;
  • Previous experience developing and managing partnerships;
  • Competence in MS Word, email and the Internet.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Understanding and experience of manufacturing and/or transport industries;
  • Experience of policy formation and/or public affairs work including informing and influencing MPs, Ministers and Civil Servants;
  • Membership of the IET;
  • Previous experience developing and managing partnerships.
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