Policy and Research Manager Job Vacancy


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In 2019 we are celebrating our 30th anniversary, we have a lot to be proud of having achieved, and we are also changing to ensure a successful future. An important element of our strategy is the creation of a new position of a Policy and Research Manager who will enable the Portman Group to build on its purpose to reduce harmful drinking and ensure that the drinks industry apply the highest standards to their alcohol marketing. We need to hire the best and we hope that this is you.

The role
As our principal policy professional you will be responsible for ensuring that the group has the highest quality analysis of issues and a robust platform to engage. An exceptional researcher and policy manager will be someone adept in evaluating the political and industry environment and know how to use data to provide content to influence external audiences. You are the key person responsible for analysis, horizon scanning, research and evaluation. You will produce a range of robust, influential, interesting, clear work for external audiences that will ensure that we demonstrate the effectiveness of self-regulation and its leadership within the alcohol sector.

You are most likely to be a policy or research professional for the civil service, a Parliamentarian, charity, member body or company. It is essential that you: 
• Can critically evaluate complex data and information. You will have significant evidence of having evaluated second party data and ideally experience of having created original research. 
• Show experience in being involved in developing policy to demonstrate the case for a sector or issues. This includes delivering whole pieces of work to inform or contribute to a key business or policy debate.
• Demonstrate your high intellect coupled with the ability to learn quickly and think strategically across changing priorities.
• Are an exceptional writer you will have a high degree of accuracy and a love of the written word. You are able to turn statistics into stories and work closely with the team to create compelling, influential work.
• Have enthusiasm for being a team player in a small organisation having a strong self-motivation to take the initiative to drive the policy and research agenda.

It would be lovely if you also happen to have the following, but they really are desirables: 
• Knowledge of FMCG, in particular the alcohol sector and of policies and practices concerned with the social and health aspects of alcohol. 
• That you are medically or numerical literate, possibly shown through graduate level study with such as an economics or medicine.   
• Experience in engaging and influencing civil servants on a policy issue. 
• Experience of commissioning and publishing research, including academic research.

A full job description can be downloaded below.

Download the Job Description here (PDF)

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We are motivated to build the very strongest team and hold that success is more likely when there is diversity of thought, opinion and background. This is not your standard claim. We are taking action to make the changes we want to see. Our senior team are involved in organisations specifically to improve diversity, whether it is as the Chairman of the Women in Communications Career Network or as a board member of the Brilliant Club.

We know that candidates (and research tells us especially women) are often put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. We also know that ‘normal’ office hours aren’t always doable, and while we can’t accommodate every flexible working request we are happy to be asked.  So if you are excited about being our go to policy lead and you believe that you can do much of what we are looking for but aren’t sure if you are 100% there yet… why not have a go?

How to apply
Please send your CV and a brief cover note explaining why you are interested to Nicola Bates at nbates@portmangroup.org.uk . We hope to start interviewing in January, so please apply sooner rather than later.

Good luck!