Policy and Public Affairs Manager

BioIndustry Association (BIA)

Location: Central London.  Occasional regional travel and early morning / evening work required.

Salary: Competitive (dependent on experience)

The Policy and Public Affairs Manager position is a key role for the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA), the award-winning trade association for bioscience in the UK, representing an innovative sector seen as key to the future success of the UK in delivering new treatments for patients and economic growth.

The primary purpose of the Policy and Public Affairs Manager role is to deliver on the influence objective of the BIA. This involves understanding the policy landscape of the UK and what it means for the sector; working with members to represent the sector to stakeholders in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond; and working to shape and influence public policy development that has an impact on UK bioscience.

This position is one of three roles working on exclusively on Policy and Public Affairs at the BIA. The role sits within the wider External Affairs division of the BIA, which also covers media relations, communications and regulatory affairs.

The Policy and Public Affairs Manager will be responsible for the following:

Public Affairs

Working closely with the rest of the Policy and Public Affairs team, the Policy and Public Affairs Manager will be closely involved with the central components of BIA public affairs activity, including the BIA annual Parliament Day, BIA Party Conference activity and providing support to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Life Sciences.

Policy

Working closely with the rest of the Policy and Public Affairs team, the Policy and Public Affairs Manager will play a key role in policy development on issues important to the needs of BIA members. In particular, this role will take a lead on access to medicines policy, including providing the Secretariat for the Rare Disease Industry Group. The role also has responsibility for providing the Secretariat to the BIA’s Cell and Gene Therapy Committee.

The above responsibilities will include the following types of activity:

  • Keep abreast of policy and public affairs developments in relation to the above and share information with colleagues and members as appropriate.
  • Consult on, draft and finalise key policy inputs such as government consultations, input to independent reviews and submissions to Parliamentary Committees.
  • Develop and deliver public affairs activity in respect of core policy areas and for the central components of BIA public affairs activity.
  • Develop expertise in above policy areas, acting as a spokesperson where appropriate and looking for wider opportunities to communicate policy concerns such as through blogs and events.
  • Support relevant member committees and groups as directed, driving through the work programme of those groups and managing associated budgets where relevant.
  • Play a role in developing the strategic focus of the BIA in respect of above areas, corresponding plans and activity and delivering those in practice.
  • Represent the BIA at external events, policy working groups and fora.
  • Attend weekly policy and public affairs team meetings to update on your work, contribute to team goals and brief colleagues effectively.
  • Contribute to the development of External Affairs quarterly reports.
  • Contribute to stakeholder list/maps and contacts within Dynamics.
  • Ensure BIA website content is kept up to date for the pages you are responsible for.

Delegate Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential
  • Working knowledge of Westminster and Whitehall
  • Demonstrative experience in understanding policy development and how to showcase coherent arguments
  • Excellent written skills with an ability to grasp complex issues quickly and how to distil these for a variety of external audiences
  • Collaborative team-player who is flexible to changing business needs and supports colleagues effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrative ability to work with a variety of stakeholders to build and communicate a consensus view
  • Ability to develop good working relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to represent the BIA and its members in person and through oral and written communication
Desirable
  • Academic background and/or previous work experience in life sciences and/or healthcare

Please apply with CV and covering letter by midnight on Sunday 20th January 2019, to Riana Potamitis, Operations Executive, BIA: RPotamitis@bioindustry.org

 

ABOUT THE BIA

Established over 25 years ago at the infancy of biotechnology, the BioIndustry Association (BIA) is the trade association for innovative life sciences in the UK. Our goal is to secure the UK's position as a global hub and as the best location for innovative research and commercialisation, enabling our world-leading research base to deliver healthcare solutions that can truly make a difference to people's lives.

Our members include:

  • Start-ups, biotechnology and innovative life science companies 
  • Pharmaceutical and technological companies
  • Universities, research centres, tech transfer offices, incubators and accelerators
  • A wide range of life science service providers: investors, lawyers, IP consultants, IR agencies

Talent, Skills and People Manager

BioIndustry Association (BIA)

Location: Central London.  Occasional regional travel and early morning / evening work required.

Contract Details: Fixed term appointment for one year – Salary £35,000 PA

The UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) is the award-winning trade association for bioscience in the UK. Like all innovative and successful sectors, the strength of UK bioscience is underpinned by the people who work in it. A successful sector needs to be led and staffed by a talented team of individuals, meeting the various skills needs of UK bioscience.

This new role will help the BIA better engage in the external debate around talent, skills and people, as well as define and create thought leadership in this area and better engage with our membership to seek their input and expertise into this important area.

Areas of focus and responsibility in this role are likely to include:

  • Engage with policy development on how to build management talent in bioscience and life science. This could also involve the development of policy proposals, perhaps in the form of a report, working with the membership to develop and consult on ideas.
  • Be the point of contact within the BIA to respond to relevant government and Parliamentary developments in the areas of talent, skills and people. This could involve responding to government consultations or Select Committee inquiries on issues such as initiatives to boost the numbers of apprenticeships, how to incentivise greater uptake of STEM subjects by students and the overall skills needs of the sector.
  • Support the Association’s work on Brexit and Industrial Strategy. The UK’s exit from the EU will change the way in which individuals can come to work in the UK. As a global sector dependent on world-leading talent, an immigration system that supports the effective flow is talent is key. People is one of four key areas in the Association’s Brexit work and this role will support the work in this area. Skills is also a key part of the government’s industrial strategy and this role will help develop and support our input into ensuring that skills initiatives that are borne out both of the general and life sciences industrial strategy are effective for UK bioscience.
  • This role will take the lead in informing what type of membership engagement mechanism is best for our work in this area, whether this be through an Advisory Committee, Working Group or online/mailing community. Once established this role will provide the Secretariat/point of contact for this part of our community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Scope out all relevant vocational talent development offerings across the industry
  • Bring together all the special advisory committee activities within this area and help co-ordinate their output with the SMT and Committee Secretariat
  • Work with member companies to understand their specific talent development requirements
  • Support the next generation of talent identified through various BIA and related industry activities
  • Scope out, update and expand a BIA publication on the opportunities and activities that are relevant to skills and career development in the industry and related sectors
  • Engage and assist in policy work in the area, working with the External Affairs team you will be fully briefed across any policy-based activities regarding skills and talent development
  • Work with NGOs such as UKRI, Royal Academies, Academic Institutions and other such organisations to ensure the BIA are aware of, and can expose, their members to any activities and opportunities that would be relevant
  • Be aware of any regulation-based activity that may affect the talent and life science skills development arena
  • Work with the sector skills provider and the Science Industry Partnership to ensure Biotech and Life Science skills and talent development are appropriately accommodated, represented and SMEs have access to these programmes and activities
  • Be aware of and help develop the provision of relevant vocational skills such as apprenticeships across the industry
  • Build demonstrable links with organisations and hubs specifically associated with key talent development – e.g. Centre for Process Innovation, National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and the Biologics Manufacturing Community in the North East

Delegate Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential
  • Degree educated or equivalent
  • Demonstrable knowledge and track record in skills and talent development in a comparable sector and position 
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing priorities
  • Good at working to deadlines
  • Team player with ability to work across departments and skilled when dealing with various internal stakeholders
  • Highly computer literate
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Methodical and organised approach to work
  • Problem solving, solutions-driven attitude
  • Excellent communication skills and experience of dealing with external stakeholders and key opinion leaders in an industrial sector
Desirable
  • Strong written communication skills with the ability to describe complex points in a succinct and accessible way and make persuasive arguments
  • Interest in lifesciences and/or politics/public affairs
  • Knowledge of how a Trade Association or Not-for-Profit organisations operates
  • Experience within formal education and formal skills development programmes

Please apply with CV and covering letter by midnight on Sunday 20th January 2019, to Riana Potamitis, Operations Executive, BIA: RPotamitis@bioindustry.org

 

ABOUT THE BIA

Established over 25 years ago at the infancy of biotechnology, the BioIndustry Association (BIA) is the trade association for innovative life sciences in the UK. Our goal is to secure the UK's position as a global hub and as the best location for innovative research and commercialisation, enabling our world-leading research base to deliver healthcare solutions that can truly make a difference to people's lives.

Our members include:

  • Start-ups, biotechnology and innovative life science companies 
  • Pharmaceutical and technological companies
  • Universities, research centres, tech transfer offices, incubators and accelerators
  • A wide range of life science service providers: investors, lawyers, IP consultants, IR agencies


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