• Regulatory Affairs Manager

    Salary Details
    Job Type
    Full or Part Time – Permanent (including flexible working arrangements)
    Job Level
    Senior Associate
    Contract Duration
    Closing Date
  • Team Overview

    Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. We regulate the television, radio, fixed-line telecoms, mobile telecoms and postal sectors, plus the radio spectrum over which wireless devices operate.

    The Nations team in Edinburgh is part of Ofcom’s Consumer and External Relations Group. The team reports to the Director for Government and Parliament and the Group Director for Consumer and External Relations. Our role is to support the Board (including Ofcom’s Board member for Scotland), senior management and the wider organisation to ensure Ofcom acts as an effective regulator, by enhancing our effectiveness in dealing with external stakeholders, engaging on and helping to shape policy issues and maintaining Ofcom's reputation.

    Purpose of the Role

    We are looking for an experienced public policy professional with experience of working on policy in or very closely with the Scottish or UK Governments to join the team. Reporting to Ofcom’s Scotland Director, you will help lead and shape the work of the team, manage key relationships with the Scottish and UK Governments, the Scottish and UK Parliaments, industry and other stakeholders, and work with colleagues across Ofcom to help ensure that we are able to deliver and present our objectives effectively. You will have strong experience of working in or with Government, be confident in holding a brief and in understanding, shaping and communicating complex policy issues to a range of audiences, and be accomplished at working across a diverse policy portfolio.

    Requirements of the Role

    • Overseeing and co-ordinating relationships (including of the Chairman and Chief Executive) with high profile stakeholders and groups in Scotland to ensure Ofcom’s UK-wide responsibilities and objectives are fully understood in a devolved environment.
    • Identifying ways to expand the network of key stakeholders in Scotland and promote the work of Ofcom.
    • Personally managing key stakeholder relationships in Scotland, leading engagement and shaping our relationships with industry, consumer groups and MSPs.
    • Safeguarding and promoting Ofcom’s public accountability, as well as independence from the UK and Scottish Governments, and supporting Ofcom’s accountability to the Scottish Parliament in line with Ofcom’s Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government, Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament, including through participation in relevant parliamentary evidence sessions.
    • Ensuring Ofcom teams understand attitudes within the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament, industry in Scotland and among other stakeholder groups to ensure interests of Scottish citizens and consumers are adequately reflected in our policy decisions.
    • Providing direction and shaping policy on regulatory issues in Scotland, taking responsibility for inputting to high profile publications, including Media Nations Scotland and the Communications Market Report.
    • Ensuring knowledge of Scottish Government thinking on a range of reserved policy areas is shared across the organisation, challenging the accepted analysis/modelling of policy teams in the process.
    • Contributing to Ofcom’s governance by working with the Board Member for Scotland and providing support to the Advisory Committee for Scotland (including Scotland members of the Content Board and Communications and Consumer Panel), preparing papers, attending and presenting as required.
    • Collaborating with Ofcom’s international, Government and Parliamentary Business and other Nations teams (in Belfast and Cardiff) to ensure a consistent approach to political engagement in the EU, UK and other devolved governments.
    • Co-ordinating work on wide range of cross-cutting policy issues as necessary, working closely with expert colleagues across Ofcom, helping develop thinking as required and appropriate.
    • Deputising for the Ofcom Scotland Director as and when required, taking responsibility and leading Ofcom’s engagement on broadcasting issues (including broadcasting spectrum) and participating in high-profile public engagements e.g. providing evidence to parliamentary committees and speaking at stakeholder events.
    • Prepare briefing papers and attending high-level meetings with members of the Ofcom senior management team and key politicians (and other stakeholders) as and when required, using knowledge of the wider political landscape in Scotland to help shape the agenda and manage Ofcom’s reputation.
    • Contributing to the development of the Ofcom’s Edinburgh policy and operations hub, taking on specified wider corporate responsibilities.
    • Organise and participate in Ofcom events as required.
    • Lead the implementation of Ofcom’s statutory obligations for and engagement with MG Alba, including recruitment to the MG Alba Board.
    • Provide input and advice as required into broadcasting standards complaints.
    • Lead on Annual Plan activities in Scotland ensuring consultation with the Scottish Government and Parliament.
    • Contribute to the development of internal communications activities for the nations.

    Skills, knowledge and experience

    • Appreciation of and desire to promote Ofcom's values of excellence, agility, empowerment and collaboration
    • Have detailed knowledge of the Scottish political and constitutional landscape, including the ability to navigate sensitive political relationships between the Scottish and UK Governments and the scrutiny processes of the Scottish Parliament.
    • Have knowledge and experience of Westminster and Whitehall to ensure that UK Government’s objectives are understood in a devolved context (and the impact on Ofcom’s work).


    • No formal qualifications are necessary for the role.


    • Have a well-developed understanding of the range and breadth of Ofcom’s regulatory responsibilities, particularly in relation to broadcasting policy and regulation.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to represent and persuade senior colleagues within the organisation and externally.
    • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communications skills.

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