Senior Policy Manager

FSB is seeking an experienced policy professional with a rich understanding of UK small business policy, with experience and working knowledge of employment and pensions policy.

Hours: 35
Salary: £51,700 + competitive benefits package
Location: Westminster, London
Status: Full time, permanent

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What will you do?

This is an interesting and varied role. As a key member of FSB’s lobbying team, the successful candidate will take responsibility and be the lead point of contact for work relating to employment, self-employment and pensions policy. However, this role will not be limited to these policy areas, as we must provide an increasingly holistic approach to small business policy development.

In this role, you will assume responsibility for developing FSB’s policy position on several varied high-profile areas, such as the NLW, self-employment, employment law, pensions and related small business issues. The post holder will be a lead point of contact for relevant policy work emanating from DWP, BEIS and HMT Treasury and other relevant departments and agencies. Working closely with other policy leads particularly those covering tax, skills and immigration policy.

The post holder will be expected to maintain a keen awareness of political and legislative developments in the UK, identifying their impact on small businesses and being proactive in responding to these developments as appropriate. You will also be responsible for the line management and direct the work of a Policy Advisor.

FSB is the UK’s leading business organisation with an unparalleled voice to those in power. You will have the opportunity to undertake primary research and develop published policy reports to be used across the FSB network. As the successful candidate, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with small business members and external stakeholders, including MPs, civil servants and small business owners from across the UK. In addition to this, you’ll be working with FSB’s policy, public affairs, EU and media teams, as well as FSB’s local regional and devolved teams.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate will have experience of:

  • Experience carrying out research and drawing conclusions, including producing written papers and analysing statistical data.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Previous experience of policy or campaigning work.
Job details

The team in the Westminster office are currently working from home in line with government guidance. Long term, the role will be based in the Westminster office with some flexibility around working from home.

  • 35 hours per week – Monday to Friday
  • 33 paid holidays per year including bank holidays

In addition to a fulfilling career with FSB, you’ll also benefit from:

  • Annual Flex Pot* to spend on benefits including additional pension, additional holidays, additional critical illness cover, additional life cover, cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership
  • Group Personal Pension (GPP)
  • Health cash plan*
  • Critical illness, income protection and life assurance insurance*
  • Access to an employee assistance programme and mental health first aiders

*Applicable on completion of probationary period and subject to terms

How to apply

All applications to be received by 20 January 2022. Any applications received after this date will be held on file for a maximum of 3 months and reviewed if the first round of applicants are unsuccessful.

To apply for this role please email your CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the essential criteria to [email protected].  

Who are we?

Established over 45 years ago to help small businesses and the self-employed achieve their ambitions, FSB is a not-for-profit organisation that’s run by members, for members.

Members get an exclusive package of great value business services including advice, financial products and support. These cover a wide range of benefits such as tax, legal and HR, local network groups and business banking.

We’re also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed. With teams across the UK, we work with governments, elected members and decision-makers to make real change happen.

Additional information

All applicants must be able to provide at interview stage their highest education certificates as listed on their CV and verification of their eligibility to work in the UK.

As an equal opportunities employer, FSB is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership. We believe there is a strong case for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace, where all employees can bring their whole self to work. We strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply and join FSB. Candidates with a disability who require reasonable adjustments should contact the HR department at [email protected].

Applicants are advised to apply early. We reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received. If you are successful and short listed for interview you will be contacted by email.

All applications to be received by 20 January 2022, any applications received after this date will be held on file and reviewed if the first round of applicants are unsuccessful.

To apply for this role please email your CV and covering letter to [email protected]