Federation of Small Business
London, United Kingdom

FSB is seeking an experienced Policy and Public Affairs advisor to work within the EU team to research, develop & communicate the policy and public affairs work of FSB. The ideal candidate will work under the Deputy Head of EU/International Affairs to help define FSB’s EU policy priorities and work programme at a critical moment for the UK.

As a key member of the EU team the candidate will assist with the research, development and communication of the policy and public affairs work of FSB, both internally to members and externally to a wide range of stakeholders. The ideal candidate will strive to ensure that the interests of FSB’s membership are represented to the UK Government and relevant EU and international institutions.

Key Areas of Accountability:

Identify, research (including qualitative and quantitative survey work, analysis of economic data and so forth), develop and adopt working policy positions, ensuring the EU staff team and member portfolio leads are well-equipped to respond to emerging issues on an evidential basis.
Promote FSB’s policy and public affairs position both to members and to external stakeholders through a variety of channels. To include representing FSB at meetings with officials and politicians across Whitehall, EU institutions including the European Parliament, European Commission, UKREP and others as appropriate.
Stay thoroughly up-to-date with the developing policy environment, political and legislative developments in the UK and EU, and be able to advise FSB on relevant strategies and actions to take.
Produce high quality, timely policy work, briefing notes and parliamentary correspondence (e.g. amendments) to clearly and professionally communicate the position of FSB within the policy scope of the role.
Support the work of elected members of FSB, in particular the official work of the Foreign Office and EU Chairman, including but not limited to, FSB Policy Director Martin McTague and FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry.
Quickly establish yourself and FSB with key stakeholders as a strong, credible and authoritative voice on the policy issues assigned to this brief. In particular, secure and maintain excellent working relationships with key officials within the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament and their staff as well as key Brussels based stakeholders.
Work with colleagues in Policy, Media and Public Affairs teams to support the London Office’s objectives, providing policy and public affairs input to the press team when handling Brexit/EU-related press, to amplify our influence.
Working with the Deputy Head for EU/ International Affairs, adopt and drive the work programme for the organisation’s Brussels based consultancy, to support the policy and public affairs objectives of the team.
Prepare, plan and deliver presentations and reports on FSB policy at member events and meetings, and external events, workshops and meetings to help promote FSB’s work – and as oral evidence to enquiries; attend internal and external meetings as appropriate and as directed. To include, but not limited to, Portfolio Chair meetings, Policy meetings, Board meetings and National Conference.
Respond to priority calls for evidence and proposals from EU institutions or UK Select Committees on Brexit in a timely and well-thought-through way.
Undertake other duties relevant to the organisation’s activities and in accordance with the level/grade of the post, as directed by the appropriate line manager.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Skills – Excellent analytical skills in relation to EU policy with the ability to present research and analysis orally or in written form. To be capable of managing VIP’s, Ministers, MEP’s, political staff, officials and FSB members either in person, phone or by written means.

Experience – Ideally, policy experience gained from employment in at least one of the following: An EU related organisation, team or role, for a Minister/Parliamentarian in the UK/EU, experience with a UK or EU civil service or related body or experience in a similar policy or public affairs post.

Qualifications – Educated to Degree level in a related subject.

Specific Requirements – Must be willing and able to undertake regular travel to Brussels, Strasbourg and other parts of the EU, as well as across the UK; to include evening work and overnight stays.

All applicants must be able to provide at interview stage their highest education certificates as listed on their CV and verification of their eligibility to work in the UK.

The policy of FSB is that all job applicants and employees shall be given equal opportunities in all the areas of employment. This means that job applicants and employees will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, colour, race, ethnic origin, religious beliefs or disability. Neither will they be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be relevant to the job.

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

Established over 40 years ago to help our members succeed in business, we are a non-profit making organisation that’s run by members, for members.

Members get an exclusive package of great value business services including advice, financial products and support. These cover a wide range of benefits such as tax, legal and HR, local network groups, business banking and mentoring.

We don’t only provide fantastic membership benefits – FSB is also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed. Our lobbying arm starts with the work of our team in Westminster which focuses on UK and English policy issues. Further to this, our expert teams in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast work with governments, elected members and decision-makers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Applicants are advised to apply early, we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received. If you are successful and short listed for interview you will be contacted by email.



Job Posted: April 19, 2017