Manager - Government and Parliament

Salary Details
£40,000 to £60,000 (depending on skills and experience)
Job Type
Full Time - Permanent
Job Level
Senior Associate
Contract Duration
Full Time - Permanent - Welcome flexible working arrangements
Closing Date

About the Job

The Government and Parliament team sits at the centre of Ofcom. The team is the central unit in driving Ofcom’s engagement with Government and Parliament. We act as the bridge between Ofcom and its work as an independent body, and the wider public policy and political developments that affect the sectors we regulate.


The team’s role is to support the Board, senior management and the wider organisation to ensure Ofcom acts as an effective regulator which understands and participates in public debates about how best to make communications work for consumers. The work of the team is fast paced, and in that context we are tasked with improving the effectiveness of Ofcom’s dealings with external stakeholders and with maintaining Ofcom's reputation.


We are looking for an experienced policy or public affairs professional to join our team. You will help lead and shape the work of team in relation to a portfolio of Ofcom’s work, and directly manage relationships with some of our key stakeholders in Government and Parliament. You will work collaboratively with colleagues throughout Ofcom to shape, deliver and present our work effectively.

You will have experience of working in or very closely with Government, have an understanding of shaping and communicating policy and be accomplished at building strong relationships quickly.

We are a team which embraces flexible working, and are also open to applications from job shares and part-time applications.

What you will be doing

Design and implement a programme of business and communications with Government and Parliament within your portfolio:

  • Keep abreast of Ofcom’s work in your portfolio and the internal decision-making process.
  • Contribute to policy-making by providing expert advice on the external context for our work.
  • Use excellent judgment and knowledge of the wider policy and political context to identify any issues and to resolve or escalate these as appropriate.
  • Engage directly and confidently with officials in Government, and Parliamentarians and help co-ordinate Ofcom’s wider external relationships
  • Provide accurate and plain English written materials and briefings and manage correspondence with MPs ensuring that it is of a consistently high standard
  • Organise events and initiatives as appropriate to update Government and Parliamentarians, and attend events to keep abreast of developments in the field
  • Contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Government and Parliament team supporting cross cutting projects and other work, where relevant/appropriate
  • Work with colleagues in Ofcom’s offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure a joined-up approach, including development of joint handling plans for major projects and publications

Essential Skills / Experience

  • A keen practical intelligence, with demonstrated ability to master a broad and complex policy brief; and experience of horizon scanning to identify risks and opportunities early
  • Excellent political/governmental understanding and aptitude
  • Strong discipline, organisational skills and ‘client-focused’ approach to work: someone who is able to work autonomously to pre-empt and cover off the detail
  • Fluent communicator, both spoken and written, with strong presentation skills and proven ability to represent and persuade at senior levels inside and outside an organisation
  • A flexible approach – willingness to respond to changing timescales and priorities and the capacity and willingness to occasionally work varied hours when necessary for events or deadlines
  • Good judgment, and high levels of integrity
  • Creativity
  • Proven ability to gain the respect and trust of senior colleagues and stakeholders; ability to manage upwards/sideways
  • Strongly team-orientated
  • Direct experience of working closely with or in Whitehall/Westminster
  • Desirable but not essential: Knowledge of consumer focussed policy, regulation, or the broadcasting and digital communications sectors.

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