6 Month Contract to 31 Dec 2020




The UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) is the award-winning trade association for bioscience in the UK. The purpose of the Strategic Policy Advisor is to deliver on the objectives of the Influence work programme.


This will involve demonstrating a clear understanding of the policy landscape of the UK and what it means for the bioscience sector; working with BIA members to represent the sector to stakeholders in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond; and working to shape and influence public policy development that has a direct impact on UK bioscience.


This senior role will lead on our Brexit and trade policy engagement as the UK continues its departure from the European Union. The position will also pivot on other urgent and demanding tasks including responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.



  • Act as director and presenter of BIA webinars on COVID-19, EU/UK relationship and other trade negotiations, planning themes and content of  webinars, helping to secure guests, briefing guests, storyboarding, designing in-event polls and running the events using remote working tools
  • Support government/industry partnerships, working closely with officials across government departments, other trade bodies, BIA members and the broader life sciences community to deliver effective engagement in ministerial and other meetings. Collaborate in the development of agendas, brief speakers and monitor outcomes. Support the BIA’s CEO role in these forums
  • Ensure the BIA continues to be an influential voice on behalf of biotech in the negotiation of the UK’s future relationship with the EU and trade agreements with the US and others. Work closely with BIA colleagues and our network of Brexit and Trade Policy leads
  • Provide strategic counsel to the BIA’s leadership team. Conduct horizon-scanning and recommend future work on COVID-19, UK/EU relations and trade policy
  • High standards of professionalism are required to proactively identify and maintain a range of contacts at varying levels and within a variety of organisations including:
  • Parliamentarians and government officials; bioscience organisations; UK and European trade associations; patient groups; BIA members; and public affairs agencies
  • Occasionally may be called upon on an ad-hoc basis to assist with other matters relating to the smooth running of BIA




Essential Demonstrable Skills:


  • Demonstrable experience of working in a policy, political and/or public affairs environment
  • Deep knowledge of the Brexit processes, the related Industrial Strategy and the implications for the Life Sciences sector
  • Strong public affairs experience including an understanding of Parliamentary and Government processes
  • An understanding of health and bioscience policy
  • Track record of engaging and working with high profile decision makers, developing and delivering project plans effectively
  • Experience of writing clear, concise and persuasive copy for a range of audiences and in a variety of formats
  • Demonstrably excellent communications and presentation skills across a range of media
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Sound analytical and fact-finding skills
  • Ability to work flexibly within a small team, working with colleagues as priorities demand


Please apply with CV and covering letter by 5pm Friday June 26th 2020 to Riana Potamitis, Operations Executive, BIA: rpotamitis@bioindustry.org

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