Principal, Strategy and Policy

UK-Edinburgh or London
Strategy, International, Technology, Economists
Salary Details
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Full Time - Permanent
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Contract Duration
Closing Date

About the Job

Ofcom is the independent regulator for the UK communications sectors. Our aim is to make communications work for everyone.


The Strategy & Policy team is part of the SITE Group, which also incorporates the International, Technology and Chief Economist teams. The key responsibilities of the Strategy and Policy team are:


  • Market and policy insight – maintaining Ofcom’s understanding of how the communications sector may develop in future, to inform our overall duties and wider policy programme.
  • Delivering Ofcom’s strategic priorities – leading major projects that affect the future strategic direction of the sector or Ofcom. Examples include the Strategic Review of Digital Communications and the public interest assessment of the proposed Fox-Sky merger.
  • Thought leadership on emerging policy issues – working collaboratively with the rest of Ofcom to define Ofcom’s position on new or cross-cutting competition, consumer, or public policy issues.
  • Ofcom’s corporate strategy – working with the Ofcom Board to define Ofcom’s priorities, measuring delivery, and understanding and shaping our future priorities.

There are increasing demands on Ofcom given the growing consensus around the pivotal economic and social role of the communications sector. This context provides the Strategy & Policy team unique opportunities to help shape Ofcom’s and the sector’s future development.

What you will be doing

We are looking for high calibre candidates with experience in strategy, analytical or public policy roles who are keen to grow further. The role is project based: at any one time, Principals in the Strategy & Policy team can expect to lead a portfolio of projects, alongside team management responsibilities. This portfolio will reflect the skills, experience and interests of the individual, within the constraints of the team’s overall workload and priorities.


Your responsibilities could include: 

  • Contributing to the development of a coherent and evolving strategy for Ofcom, informed by a thorough understanding of our regulatory principles, policy priorities, market developments, and stakeholder views.
  • Scoping strategic programmes and projects, identifying the analytical approaches and resources required to deliver successful outcomes and gaining buy-in from decision makers.
  • Leading policy projects that determine Ofcom's position on specific strategic issues. Providing strong intellectual leadership to project teams, managing projects to ensure the quality and timeliness of outputs, and communicating recommendations on complex issues to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Leading the development and application of robust analytical approaches, identifying key issues related to the question at hand, developing hypotheses and showing sound judgement.
  • Taking overall responsibility for the delivery of high-quality, well-reasoned reports and publications, both for internal audiences, and for external publication.
  • Influencing Ofcom's thinking and policy direction across the organisation, by building up strong relationships with Ofcom's various policy groups, making linkages between different policy areas and providing thought leadership on key issues.
  • Representing Ofcom’s position on key policy issues externally with stakeholders (commercial, consumer and public sector) and in other relevant public forums.
  • As a member of the Strategy & Policy Management Team, providing leadership of the team: playing a leading role in developing the team’s programme of work; resourcing new projects; recruitment; ensuring the team remains engaged and motivated; driving the team’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity.
  • Specific line management responsibility for more junior colleagues: helping them address their development objectives and get the most out of their role at Ofcom by providing advice and support.
  • Contributing to initiatives across the SITE Group and Ofcom, ensuring that the organisation is valued by all colleagues as a great place to work.

Essential Skills / Experience

  • Appreciation of and desire to promote Ofcom's values of excellence, agility, empowerment and collaboration.

Ofcom has four core values, which we expect all of our colleagues to demonstrate and promote:

  • Excellence - quality is at the heart of everything Ofcom does, now and in the future.
  • Collaboration - knitting teams together, sharing information and recognising we are all working towards our shared goal.
  • Empowerment - ensuring decisions are taken at the right level in the organisation, and making colleagues feel they are supported to take on that responsibility.
  • Agility - working in a flexible and timely fashion so that we have real impact.

Candidates should have a clear understanding of the role of regulation and public policy in the communications sector, with a strong interest in how it will develop over time. Candidates should also have an appetite for working on challenging issues, with an ambition to shape and influence Ofcom's key decisions.


In terms of specific skills and experience we are looking for:

  • The ability to manage a varied and changing workload, and to quickly pick up new briefs.
  • Experience in scoping strategic programmes and projects, identifying and securing the resources required, gaining buy-in from decision makers.
  • The ability to form, lead and motivate project teams which deliver high quality work in a timely way, and manage colleagues effectively to help them deliver to their highest potential.
  • Experience in strategic analysis and policy development. Proven capability of creative thinking and using sector understanding and analytical tools to reach clear, robust conclusions on complex issues, including understanding the relationship between commercial and policy interests and using this to assess the feasibility of options.
  • The ability to incorporate multiple perspectives, involving colleagues from different disciplines in problem solving, to drive informed and balanced conclusions.
  • Experience operating at the highest level in an organisation, working with and influencing senior internal and external stakeholders, selling recommendations and implementing feedback.
  • Ability to communicate complex and contentious subjects clearly and articulately, both verbally and in written communication.

Desirable Skills / Experience

  • Experience working in, or very closely with, the media and communications industries
  • Experience of economic regulation and/or public policy issues surrounding regulation
  • Experience of managing corporate strategy-setting processes, including annual planning exercises
  • Experience of developing business and financial models, or wider commercial understanding.
  • Experience in applying economics to real world problems.
  • Understanding of communications technologies and technology trends within the communications sectors.


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