The Role and Responsibilities of the Senior Policy Manager

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Job description

Role:                          Senior Policy Manager

Grade:                       B

Directorate:             The External Affairs Team reports directly into the CEO

Team:                       External Affairs

Manager:                 Head of External Affairs

Direct reports:        N/A

Role purpose

The Senior Policy Manager will play a critical role in delivering our policy content and research programme to stimulate demand for high-quality skills across the education and training system and across the economy.

These insights will provide a unique contribution to the development of high-quality technical education and apprenticeships in the UK, informing skills policy and practice across UK skills systems and helping to inform the direction of WorldSkills UK’s careers and skills development programmes.

Key tasks and responsibilities

The Senior Policy Manager will be responsible for the four key areas of work, including delivering the policy research element of WorldSkills UK’s annual plan; developing engaging policy content to help communicate our key messages to external stakeholders; keeping on top of skills and economic policy developments across the four nations of the UK and developing policy content to help deliver our policy events programme.

Managing high-profile research projects in line with WorldSkills UK’s ambition to promote high-quality technical education and apprenticeships

  • Use policy analysis and knowledge of WorldSkills UK’s programmes and international network to develop research proposals that are relevant to the UK policy agenda and help stimulate demand for high-quality skills in key sectors.
  • Help commission and manage research projects through to the reporting and dissemination stages on key research themes such as green skills, innovation, digital skills and advanced manufacturing in line with WorldSkills UK’s annual plan.

Developing engaging policy content to help communicate key messages from our insights to our external stakeholders

  • Responsible for working with colleagues across the organisation to make sure our research reaches key stakeholders by, for example, writing blogs, speeches, media articles and social media content.

Analysing skills and economic policy developments across the four nations of the UK

  • Keep on top of relevant skills and economic policy developments across the UK nations and regions and brief senior colleagues for key meetings.
  • Support the Head of External Affairs in managing a new high-level project for WorldSkills UK – the Skills Taskforce for Global Britain – looking at how high-quality skills are important for attracting inward investment in key sectors of the economy.

Developing policy content to help deliver our policy events programme

  • Working closely with our Events and Projects Coordinator to deliver a number of policy roundtable events and our next International Skills Summit.

Other:

  • Contribute to the successful delivery of WorldSkills UK’s strategic priorities and annual business objectives.
  • All employees are expected to promote and comply with WorldSkills UK’s Employee Handbook and the policies contained therein with particular reference to those related to Health and Safety and on equality, diversity and inclusion. Any other duty as may be reasonably assigned that is consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility. Any significant changes will be made in consultation with the post holder acknowledging experience, education and ability.

Person specification

Key: [E] Essential / [D] Desirable.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Recent experience of working in skills and/or economic policy [E].
  • Experience in scoping and managing policy research projects [E].
  • Experience in leading policy campaigns [E].
  • Experience in managing senior stakeholders [D].
  • Experience in delivering policy events [D].

Knowledge and skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of UK skills systems and recent policy developments [D].
  • Excellent knowledge of workings of government and the policy process [E].
  • Ability to scope and manage complex policy research projects [E].
  • Ability to absorb and analyse complex information [E].
  • Ability to write clear and concise policy content for a variety of audiences [E].
  • Ability to present policy content clearly in meetings with internal and external stakeholders [E].

Personal qualities and attributes:

  • Able to work on own initiative with broad direction [E].
  • Able to think creatively and solve problems [E].
  • Excellent team player with a collaborative approach to work [E].
  • Motivated by impact and outcomes of work [E].

Special circumstances:

  • Prepared occasionally to work outside normal hours [E].
  • Prepared to travel within the United Kingdom [E].
  • Able to spend time away from home [E].