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PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS MANAGER

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Job Title: Parliamentary Affairs Manager 

Full Time 

Reports To: CEO

Salary: £30,000-£32,000

Job Details 

The Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) is an independent, non-lobbying , non-partisan charity that provides a trusted platform of engagement between Parliament and UK business. The IPT is dually supported by cross-party representation of senior parliamentarians on its Board of Trustees, and through the patronage of its industry supporters. The IPT is non-party political and works with all parliamentarians and businesses of any sector or size.

Job Description

The IPT is looking for a Parliamentary Affairs Manager to manage the business Fellowship programme and to coordinate engagement with our supporting business organisations.

The IPT Fellowships programme is designed to provide MPs, Peers and senior parliamentary staff with a unique insight into business and industry. Fellowships are open to all parliamentarians on a cross-party basis, and also open to senior House Staff. Fellows have the opportunity to work with multiple organisations and most Fellowships consist of 12 days of placements over an 18–24 month period.

The ethos of all IPT programmes is educational, non-partisan and non-lobbying. Fellowships are intended to provide parliamentarians with a unique insight into wider issues facing business and the British economy. Each programme is bespoke, tailored to an individual’s specific interests and designed to fit in with parliamentary commitments.

The IPT has organised more than 600 Fellowships since it was founded in 1977, and the hundreds of Fellows currently in Parliament include Ministers, Select-Committee Chairs, Privy Councillors and other senior members.

Main Duties

  • Lead responsibility for the IPT’s engagement with Parliament, all IPT Fellowships and site visits.
  • Independently manage the governance and scrutiny of Fellowships to ensure the compliance of all stakeholders in line with guidelines, ensuring educational ethos and best practice throughout.
  • Coordinate the promotion of the Fellowship programme to corporate and political stakeholders, including website updates, blog posts, press releases, and research briefs.
  • Draft, implement and manage strategy for IPT’s parliamentary relations, including the Fellowship programme and broader parliamentary engagement.
  • Manage the recruitment of parliamentarians onto IPT Fellowships and other IPT programmes through meetings, briefings, and broader recruitment drives with support from the Parliamentary Officers.
  • Lead on liaising with the Whips office, party leadership, Select Committees, APPGs, standing committees and special advisors in order to gain their endorsement and support for the IPT.
  • Manage IPT business relations with supporting business contacts.
  • Provide briefs, background research and speeches as required for the CEO.

Person Specification 

Essential:

  • Previous experience of working within Westminster, Parliament or Government
  • Strong interest in UK politics and current affairs
  • Educated to degree level with solid and demonstrable understanding of the UK Parliament
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to manage workload under pressure using initiative and time-management skills
  • Good familiarity with Microsoft Office package 

Desirable:

  • Experience of managing a team
  • Budget management experience
  • Understanding of database/CRM management
  • High quality research skills 

Please Note: Your right to work in the UK and Parliamentary security clearance is required for this role. 

Closing Date: 7 January 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be scheduled week commencing Monday 10 January, however may take place before depending on applications received 

Application Details

Please email a covering letter demonstrating your suitability for the role (no more than one A4 page) and your CV to:

Angela Hodder

AngelaHodder@ipt.org.uk