• Spectrum Policy Advisor

    UK-Multiple Locations - Across our regional offices
    Spectrum Group
    Salary Details
    Job Type
    Full or Part Time – Permanent (including flexible working arrangements)
    Job Level
    Associate/Senior Associate
    Contract Duration
    Full Time-Pemanent
    Closing Date
  • Team Overview


    Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications sectors and we are globally respected for the work we do. We are recruiting a number of policy roles in the Spectrum Group (SG) which is responsible for allowing access to the electromagnetic spectrum that enables a wide range of key technologies to function, from TV to mobile, from satellite to Wi-Fi, from Bluetooth to wireless cameras. We deliver significant economic value through our work to develop and implement policy that supports changes in the way that spectrum is used as technology and business models evolve over time.


    Purpose of the Role



    We are recruiting a small number of people to support our policy work across the Spectrum Group at Senior Associate and Associate grades. The focus of work will depend on your skills and interests – but we expect our policy people to be able to move between different areas over time in response to changing policy priorities and in support of their personal development. The roles will have an initial focus in the following areas:

    • Broadcast policy, covering both Digital Terrestrial TV and Radio;
    • Spectrum Management and Authorisation, taking care of policy around licensing, licence exemption and trading and working with key spectrum using sectors including satellite, space science, fixed link, business radio and utilities, transport and programme making, news gathering and special events.

    Other roles may arise in the Spectrum Policy and Analysis and in the Enforcement teams which could be relevant for these Policy Advisor roles.



    Requirements of the Role


    We are looking for a flexible individuals who have a creative approach to solving problems and work well in a team. You will have the opportunity to help define our priorities and identify objectives to ensure the optimal use of spectrum and meet current and future requirements for services in the UK. You should be able to grasp concepts quickly and produce written work of a good standard.

    You will be involved in a range of activities, being expected to contribute to, or lead, a range of ongoing programmes of licensing services or specific projects, and will be responsible for a number of tasks including:

    • Providing clear policy thinking and advice, taking into account the impact of our actions on consumers and industry, and our legal duties and obligations.
    • Leading work packages, using the input of technical specialists and lawyers to achieve our policy and strategic goals;
    • Drafting good quality governance papers. This will usually require building up an understanding of complex issues in detail, and expressing them clearly and succinctly.

    Examples of issues that these roles might engage with include:

    • policy for handling interference between future mobile networks and DTT;
    • how the DTT regulatory environment should evolve as broadcasting technologies such as IPTV continue to develop and consumer tastes change;
    • Developing a funding scheme to pay grants for wireless microphone licensees;
    • Developing our spectrum authorisation framework;
    • Leading sectoral strategic reviews;
    • Policy surrounding enforcement against illegal use of spectrum, market surveillance and investigation into radio-transmitting equipment.


    Skills, knowledge and experience



    • Appreciation of and desire to promote Ofcom's values of excellence, agility, empowerment and collaboration
    • Good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to explain complex information clearly, impartially and succinctly to a non-specialist audience.

    • Good analytical and judgement skills, with an ability to identify potentially difficult or sensitive issues, escalating in a timely way.

    • Able to create a detailed project plan and / or an approach to resolve an issue, taking into account any necessary governance process

    • You will also need to enjoy working in a dynamic environment, where we need to be agile in response to changes.


      Experience and understanding of the some of the following would be an advantage (but not essential), depending on the specific policy roles: the sectors that Ofcom regulates: the UK broadcast industry: regulation, including in the context of spectrum policy; knowledge of relevant legislation and experience in the field of criminal justice (for policy work in the enforcement area).






    Most likely to be educated to degree level or to have equivalent experience. 



    Further Information



     Ofcom offers competitive salaries plus pensions and flexible benefits package.   


    Ofcom is an equal opportunities employer and committed to equality of opportunity for all. As an accredited Two Ticks employer disabled candidates who meet all the essential criteria of a job description will be guaranteed an interview. If you have a disability or special need and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please do so by contacting Recruitment@ofcom.org.uk or calling us on 020 7783 4050.











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