Closing date for applications: January 13, 2017

The Parliamentary and Campaigns Assistant will provide support in a varied and busy role which will routinely deal with Westminster/Whitehall business and BRC campaign activity. The role will report to the External Affairs Adviser and will support the Corporate Affairs team as required.

The role

Role Purpose

The Parliamentary and Campaigns Assistant will provide support in a varied and busy role which will routinely deal with Westminster/Whitehall business and BRC campaign activity.  The role will report to the External Affairs Adviser and will support the Corporate Affairs team as required.

The role

The role holder will:

  • Support the External Affairs Adviser and other external affairs staff with parliamentary/campaigns/media/PR work. Provide verbal/written briefing on campaign issues, policy, and delivery issues which may impact on BRC campaigns.
  • Help to deliver strategic engagement programmes, which will include preparing political and stakeholder briefs.
  • Ensure efficient monitoring, analysis and internal dissemination of government and parliamentary information, in order that appropriate internal stakeholders are aware of developments in public policy, and contribute towards strategic advice on better engagement with BRC stakeholders.
  • Help formulate and implement the organisations response to relevant emerging issues, including undertaking political and issue-led research.
  • Provide administration and organisation support with regard to political contact events, to include the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail and representing the organisation at such external events to promote the BRC and its members’ priorities.
  • Take part in the External Affairs Team on-call rota for out of hours’ member, media and stakeholder contact. This means responding to media, and other calls, during evenings, weekends, bank holidays and when the office is closed for the Christmas and New Year holiday.  (Anticipated to be ‘on-call’ no more than an average of one weekend per month)
  • Act as a trusted and pro-active External Affairs and BRC team member, supporting team colleagues in driving a culture of continuous improvement.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Ideally has two years’ experience of working in the UK Parliament, public affairs or a related role.
  • Excellent knowledge of the workings of the UK Parliament.
  • Interest in and awareness of current UK business policy areas.
  • Confident communicator with experience of developing and maintaining relationships with people in positions of authority.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience of working closely with a team.
  • Proficient in the use of social media platforms such as twitter.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Willing to work evenings and early mornings as per business needs.

 

Key Skills

  • EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

To create an environment, with appropriate structure and discipline, that promotes two-way communication within and outside own area of responsibility.

  • PLANNING & ORGANISING

To deliver against short, medium and longer term priorities; taking accountability for delivering against personal objectives.

  • IMPACT & INFLUENCE

To be able to influence others through a combination of personal impact, gravitas, knowledge and experience.

  • TEAM WORKING

To willingly share knowledge and information with colleagues and work collaboratively with them to achieve personal, team and organisation goals.

  • FLEXIBILITY & ADAPTABILITY

To demonstrate the ability to change and adapt personal behaviours or work processes to accommodate the changing needs of the organisation.

 

HOW TO APPLY 

If you are interested in applying for the position please send your CV and covering letter giving current salary and notice period to Kerime John-Sankoh, BRC, 4th Floor, 2 London Bridge, London, SE1 9RA. Email: kerime.john-sankoh@brc.org.uk

Or Patrick Callaghan, patrick.callaghan@brc.org.uk

 

For external applicants: if you have not received any feedback within 14 days of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. May we thank you for your interest and wish you every success in your ongoing job search.