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 Policy and Public Affairs Manager

  • Location: Bloomsbury Square, London
  • Reports to: Associate Director, Policy, Public Affairs and Investor Relations
  • Salary: Circa £40,000pa

This role will lead our work to support innovative life science and biotech start-ups and scale-up companies by shaping Government policy and promoting the sector to investors.  

It is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious self-starter to make a big impact working across government, the life sciences industry and the investment community. The holder will develop and deliver a comprehensive programme of work including supporting the UK Government’s Life Sciences Investment Envoy, who is currently also the BIA’s Chair, and providing the secretariat to our Finance and Tax Advisory Committee. This will involve close collaborative working with civil servants, CEOs and CFOs from member companies and key investors.

In this role, you will be helping deliver the next generation of medicines and other biology-driven technologies to solve global challenges, from disease to hunger, to climate change. You will be at the heart of a world-leading industry that is recognised by both the Government and the Labour Party as key to Britain’s economic future. 

Policy

  • Monitor, evaluate and communicate government and parliamentary announcements and activity regarding innovation, investment, finance and tax issues relevant to life sciences SMEs
  • Work with BIA colleagues, members and external consultants to develop sector positions on innovation, investment, finance and tax policies, and produce a strong evidence base to support advocacy
  • Provide the Secretariat to the BIA Finance and Tax Advisory Committee and other member/stakeholder meetings, preparing agendas and papers, and producing minutes
  • Working with the Associate Director: Policy, Public Affairs and Investor Relations, support the development of new policy initiatives to increase investment in life sciences and biotech

Public affairs

  • Support the work of the UK Government’s Life Sciences Investment Envoy, working with civil servants to link government and BIA activities
  • Develop and deliver effective engagement campaigns to influence political, civil service and financial services stakeholders
  • Use matrix management to deliver the strategy through joined-up BIA activities across policy, events and communications

Events

  • Deliver a programme of BIA events that raise investors’ understanding and interest in the sector and provide networking opportunities for BIA members with investors
  • Lead on the BIA’s co-organised events with strategic partners, such as the Office for Life Sciences, Department for Business and Trade, the Office for Investment, the British Business Bank, London Stock Exchange, and others

Communications

  • Working with BIA colleagues, help develop online (website and social media) content to make the BIA the go-to organisation for domestic and foreign investors wanting to understand and connect with the UK life sciences and biotech sector
  • Working with BIA colleagues and external data providers, support the production of authoritative and impactful reports to promote investment in and understanding of the sector
  • Working with BIA colleagues to build and manage CFO and investor communities

As a small organisation, flexibility is a key value all members of the team need to work to. As such the above duties and responsibility are subject to change as informed by needs of the team, organisation and changes in the external environment.

Knowledge, skills and experience

Essential

  • Strong interest in and a good understanding of one or more of the following: UK Government and Parliament; the life sciences and biotech industry; or investment, finance or tax
  • Persuasive communication skills adaptable for a variety of audiences
  • Excellent written skills with an ability to grasp complex issues quickly and how to distil these for a variety of external audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrative ability to develop good working relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Proven project management skills to drive projects through from conception to output
  • Collaborative team-player who is flexible to changing business needs and supports colleagues effectively
  • Ability to represent the BIA and its members in person and through oral and written communication

Desirable

  • Experience working in or with government
  • Investor or press communications experience
  • Event management experience
  • Understanding of how financial issues link with wider sector issues (e.g. healthcare, innovation, science and the business environment)

Application process

If you are interested in applying for the position, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining why you feel you are suitable for the role, including your current salary and salary expectations.

Applications should be submitted by email to Nick Gardiner at [email protected] by 11 pm Sunday 25 February 2024.

Manufacturing Programme Manager

  • Location: Bloomsbury Square, London
  • Reports to: Associate Director, Policy, Public Affairs and Investor Relations
  • Salary: £40,000pa; We also welcome proposals for flexible arrangements and secondments

The Manufacturing Development Manager is a key role for the BioIndustry Association (BIA), which is the UK’s trade association for biotechnology and innovative life sciences. We work with incredible entrepreneurs, scientists, business leaders, regulators, policymakers and advisors in a fascinating, vital and booming sector which spans global connections and the entire life sciences ecosystem in the UK.

This new role will provide much-needed support and development of the BIA’s work in BioManufacturing. This significant and growing community is a vital part of the Biotechnology and Life Science industry, and this role will provide direct liaison, support and development of this area; both within the BIA and to a broad range of policymakers and external stakeholders.

The primary role is to assist and support the work of the BioProcessing Community Leader, whilst developing the Association’s policy and public affairs representation in this area. The position will work directly with our Manufacturing Advisory Committee, convening and providing administrative support to this group and its various activities.

It will require direct liaison and network building with the key opinion leaders in this sector. You will also assist in developing the biomanufacturing response to new initiatives in sustainability and new modalities such as mRNA.

Plus, you will develop close knowledge of the support organisations working to grow these companies and build networks and links across all the relevant government and non-governmental organisations in this sector.

The candidate must be able to demonstrate their ability to build networks and work independently bringing multiple partners together. This will include senior stakeholders so the candidate must be comfortable operating at this level. You should have experience of facilitating multiple stakeholder meetings and expect to do this in building a variety of partnerships and the BIA’s manufacturing community.

The candidate will need to be proactive in their approach to the role, demonstrate excellent relationship management skills, be motivated to drive forward activity and new initiatives.

The candidate will be highly articulate – both in person and in written work and be able to demonstrate excellent attention to detail.

The candidate will ideally have demonstrable knowledge and experience of working in the biomanufacturing sector. This could be specific industry experience or working for a relevant industrial support organisation.

Knowledge or awareness of the relevant government departments and how they relate to the biomanufacturing and biotechnology agendas is also highly desirable. Whilst the candidate may not have specific experience of policy work, it is essential that you can demonstrate an interest in this area and in influencing related government agendas.

It is desirable that you have knowledge and ideally experience of the industrial, public sector and academic partners which work across this sector for example:

  • The Catapult Network
  • Innovate UK
  • Relevant industry trade bodies
  • Relevant manufacturing hubs and incubators

For clarity, we would expect the candidate to have EITHER relevant industry experience (with a strong interest in developing policy knowledge and experience) OR to have demonstrable experience of influencing government agendas (with a strong interest in learning about biomanufacturing).

The candidate should be educated to degree level or comparable and show a suitable level of adaptability to comprehend (and articulate) complex frameworks and technologies.

Delivering the role 

The role can be a permanent appointment.

The BIA are also flexible regarding how the role could be delivered and welcome proposals for flexible delivery or secondments.

The correct candidate is the most important element of this person specification and the BIA are willing to discuss specific terms with interested parties.

Application process

Applications (CV and cover letter) and proposals should be submitted by email to Nick Gardiner at [email protected] by 11 pm Sunday 10 March 2024.

 

Skills Programme Executive

  • Location: Bloomsbury Square, London
  • Reports to: Managing Director
  • Salary: £28,000 for the duration of a fixed-term contract. We also welcome proposals for flexible arrangements and secondments.

The Skills Programme Executive is a key role for the BIA’s burgeoning skills agenda and workstream. We work with incredible entrepreneurs, scientists, business leaders, regulators, policymakers and advisors in a fascinating, vital and booming sector which spans global connections and the entire life sciences ecosystem in the UK.  As the sector grows, so does the demand for a skilled and diverse workforce.  BIA is committed to working with member companies and stakeholders to develop relevant skillsets for the sector in the UK and to ensure that the UK is an attractive prospect for international talent. 

This project-based role will provide much-needed administrative support and development to the BIA’s Skills, People and Talent work and will primarily assist and support the work of the Skills, People and Talent Community Leader - acting as a key link into the broader BIA, in particular collaborating with events, marketing, and membership teams.

  • Build an understanding of the current academic and vocational landscape for skills development across the Biotech and Life Sciences industry and develop relationships with all relevant agencies.
  • Work with the Skills, People and Talent Community Leader and other BIA functions to proactively build a Skills community within BIA membership, sourcing and tracking relevant contacts within member companies, informing them of our workstreams and engaging them as relevant.
  • Develop content and agendas for the skills community in a variety of formats: blogs, newsletters, webinars and workshops.
  • Work with BIA functions to develop our DEI programme of work.
  • Provide administrative support to the BIA’s Women in Biotech mentoring programme.
  • Provide administrative support to the BIA’s #BIGIMPACT campaign.
  • Where relevant provide administrative support to the Skills, People and Talent Community Leader as they work with government departments and wider stakeholders to promote the life sciences skills agenda.

Skills and experience

The candidate should demonstrate:

  • A passion for, and experience of developing networks and communities, preferably in a membership/multi-organisational setting.
  • A flair for convening agendas and actively working with/managing groups and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent attention to detail and determination to get the job done.
  • An interest in/awareness of the impact that skills and talent can have on the life sciences.
  • Educated to degree level or comparable.
  • Show adaptability and flexibility.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulately express ideas in writing and in person.
  • Good knowledge of MS Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Ideally the candidate might have experience of:

  • CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems – MS Dynamics
  • Content Management Systems (for web editing)
  • Canva
  • MS Sharepoint

Delivering the role

Ideally this role would be delivered through a contractual approach over a set period of time however the BIA are flexible regarding how the role could be delivered.

The correct candidate is the most important element of this specification and the BIA are willing to discuss specific terms with all interested parties.

Application process

Applications (CV and cover letter) and proposals should be submitted by email to Nick Gardiner at [email protected] by 11 pm Sunday 10 March 2024.

 


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