Job Title: Policy Officer
Organisation: Royal Academy of Engineering
Location: London, United Kingdom
Closing Date: 27 September 2020
Salary: Up to £28,500 per annum
Contract Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
To develop and deliver evidence-based and data driven engineering policy advice which will shape and influence government policy and deliver deep and sustained policy impact.
To support creative policymaking, including the design and testing of new approaches to policy making and finding innovative ways to connect policymakers with engineering policy.
To co-develop engineering advice through partnership working across the engineering profession via the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC), with Academy Fellows, Sister Academies, and policy makers.
To collaborate across professional boundaries, and proactively develop networks which span government, industry and academia, bringing a diversity of perspectives and expertise to strengthen our policy advice.
To raise awareness and understanding of how engineering advice can add value to public policy and to build the profile of the National Engineering Policy Centre with government, Parliament, industry and the wider policy community, establishing it as the “go-to” place for expert engineering advice.
Role and Responsibilities
To support the delivery of the engineering policy work programme through the production of high quality, timely, evidence-based advice, for example reports, papers, workshops, events, briefings and responses to consultations.
To source, collate, analyse and synthesise evidence and insights from multiple sources from across the engineering community and other professions, to ensure the best possible advice is available to inform policymakers.
To develop, test and deliver new exciting and engaging ways to share policy insights, evidence and advice. This includes workshop design, creative use of social/digital media, producing thought-provoking visuals, briefing notes/primers/explainers, and running networking events.
To develop, test and deliver new and creative ways of supporting policy and decision making underpinned by engineering know-how and thinking e.g. systems and design thinking.
To raise awareness of the importance of engineering in public policy. Supporting regional events, facilitating workshops, writing blogs, using social media, networking with partners and stakeholders including government, parliamentarians and learned societies.
To build and maintain an effective network of contacts, including with Academy Fellows and external stakeholders, to enable the effective development and delivery of policy advice and to increase our impact.
To work with colleagues across the Academy to communicate and promote key policy positions arising from the engineering policy work.
Display personal commitment to diversity and inclusion in your conduct and work.
To contribute to a culture of continuous improvement in the department and to support the Head of Engineering Policy in achieving other team and departmental objectives.
Any other duties deemed reasonable by the line manager.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
A passion for public policy
A graduate in science, engineering, or another technical/socio-technical subject or equivalent
Must have experience in a professional policy, science, engineering or research-focused or equivalent role
Experience of evidence-based policy-making and communicating with impact
An awareness and appreciation of the role of engineering in society
Some awareness of parliamentary processes, policy development and the structures of Government
Awareness of the engineering community in the UK
Excellent written/verbal communication skills
Ability to communicate with a diverse audience (both technical and non-technical)
Analytical skills in particular the ability to source and analyse evidence from multiple sources and draw conclusions
Attention to detail: thorough, succinct and accurate in all aspects of work
Excellent organisational and time management skills
Experience of undertaking data analysis, synthesis and/or other research methods in policy
Experience of working in a technical environment or with technical material
Experience of managing research projects
Experience or background in science communication
Understanding of engineering thinking and methods
Understanding of the engineering profession
Skills in numerical and quantitative analysis
Project management skills