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Public Affairs Manager – Slough – Hybrid – 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date: 25th July 2024

Vidu Group

About this position

Vidu are working on a super exciting assignment in the search for a Public Affairs Manager on behalf of a globally renowned Express Logistics business.

This is a 12 Month Fixed Term Contact with the view to becoming permanent.

£60,000 basic salary, plus car/car allowance, bonus on completion of the contract, holidays, pension, benefits package.

If you have a proven track record successfully managing all aspects of Companies Corporate and Public Affairs, you like the sounds of being a part of a company that connects millions of people worldwide and you have the drive to make a difference, this role will be right up your street!

Our client has engaged with Vidu VIP to commence the initial search.

Our team of dedicated consultants will be your first point of contact when applying for this role.

Key Responsibilities:

As Public Affairs Manager you will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Corporate and Public Affairs function from engaging with third party and political stakeholders, to creating a tactical advocacy programme, and also developing internal communications. This is a key role in developing and maintaining a professional Corporate Affairs function which creates a secure, stable and predictable environment for the business.

Drafting concise and clear written briefing documents for senior management with key messages and evidenced positions on the issues that may arise during meetings with senior politicians and stakeholders.

Initiating and perpetuating excellent relationships and dialogue with key figures and bodies including Ministers, MPs, governmental departments, and local government.

Liaising with trade organisations, competitor organisations, etc to identify, co-ordinate and deliver an industry-wide perspective on complex business critical issues to pitch to relevant audiences.

Maintaining and growing the profile of the business within these governmental circles.

Managing and leading tours of our clients facilities for Government Ministers, MPs, MEPs, officials and other stakeholders. This includes presenting to them about our clients business, delivering key messages on policy and corporate issues, responding to questions and challenges from stakeholders.
Lobbying/written and verbal presentations.

Influencing policy consultations by: reviewing consultation documents and identifying the impact to our client; engaging with relevant specialists across the business in the UK and globally to understand the potential impact; gathering supporting quantitative and qualitative evidence to form our clients position; writing a comprehensive and convincing technical consultation response that promotes our clients position.

The development and dissemination of key information on the company’s relevance to government, alongside Corporate Communications and Marketing teams.

Creation and implementation of influential public affairs engagement strategy with key governmental figures, at Westminster and beyond.

Development of robust stakeholder planning processes for the implementation of agreed direction and accountability for the delivery of the plans.
Regular contact with elected officials including MPs, MEPs, MSPs, and Ministers.

Communicating our clients policies and views to European, national and local political stakeholders.

Evidence gathering to support our clients position on business critical issues.

Successful participation and implementation of corporate role (eg strategic planning and goal setting)

Horizon scanning to identify Government policies that could impact the operations of the business and/or pose political and reputational risk.
Successful influencing of policy development / law change better reflects the needs of our client and their profile is increased with critical Government audiences.  

Our clients promise to You – Benefits:

Competitive salary.
Eligibility to participate in performance related bonus schemes.
Generous holiday entitlement increasing with years completed service.
Company pension scheme with excellent contribution rates.
Life Assurance.
Enhanced maternity pay.
Generous company sick pay.
A competitive package of voluntary benefits including retail, entertainment, gym membership discounts, cash dental plans and more.
Discounted Health Assessments.
Access to professional employee assistance, wellbeing programme and qualified mental health first aiders.
Excellent training and development opportunities with a strong focus on internal promotion.

Skills and experience required

Knowledge of government structure and organisation, and understanding of the political landscape.

Ability to build relationships and work within virtual team environment.

Excellent communication, networking and presentation skills.

Proven ability to influence to a high level.

The ability to learn and assimilate knowledge in a short space of time.

Organised and efficient self-starter with a focus on achieving results.

A sound understanding of Westminster and Whitehall.

Be a confident, flexible self starter with ability to engage across the business and externally.

Significant experience of influencing government policy.

Can effectively build partnerships to be influential, comfortable and effective when working at all levels.