Public Affairs Executive (FTC)

As part of TheCityUK public affairs team’s wider strategy, deliver TheCityUK’s policy and political engagement programme, in support of TheCityUK’s objective to promote the competitiveness of UK financial and related professional services.

Job title: Public Affairs Executive (FTC - six months)
Reporting to: Head of Public Affairs

Key Activities & Responsibilities

  • Manage TheCityUK’s programme of roundtable engagements, identifying and inviting relevant policymakers as required.
  • Manage a 1-1 programme of meetings with relevant political audiences and policymakers.
  • Lead on drafting letters to policymakers delivering key messages and/or inviting them to speaking engagements (with relevant input from the organisation and public affairs team).
  • Provide briefings for TheCityUK CEO and senior team in advance of meetings with politicians.
  • Lead on preparing agendas and papers for all internal public affairs team meetings.
  • Support the secretariat of key PA team committees such as the Public Affairs Group, including drafting agendas and papers for discussion, administering attendee lists and making all necessary logistical arrangements.
  • Lead on updating TheCityUK’s planner with key dates related to internal and external events, and key dates related to the political and policymaking cycle (liaising with internal teams and public affairs agency where relevant).
  • Oversee TheCityUK tracker system for monitoring contact with policymakers.
  • Support the public affairs team in distributing key messages and collateral to policymakers, including through mailings and briefings.
  • Assist with identifying key stakeholders for report distribution and policy formation.
  • Assist in in the coordination of events such as 1:1 meetings, policymaker roundtables, seminars and conferences (liaising with the Events team).
  • Lead on taking notes and minutes at meetings and events and arrange follow-up actions, including drafting blogs, newsletters and thank you letters as appropriate.
  • Oversee the maintenance of key PA contacts on TheCityUK’s CRM system.
  • Perform any other duties as required to fulfil the role and objectives of the PA team. 


Relationships & Interfaces

Internal

  • TheCityUK’s CEO.
  • TheCityUK public affairs team.
  • TheCityUK’s Leadership Team, Events team and Member Insight team and other colleagues.
  • Chairs and members of key committees.

External

  • Policymakers, MPs, Lords, civil servants.
  • Advisers, civil servants and offices of key policymakers.
  • Public affairs agency as required.
  • Key contacts within other member organisations and representatives.
  • Key industry bodies and individuals.

Person Specification

Essential:

  • Experience of a public affairs environment.
  • Understanding of and interest in Westminster and UK politics, including an interest in UK parliament.
  • “Self-starting”/prioritising tasks/attention to detail/conscientious/takes responsibility and ownership.
  • Excellent influencing and communications skills.
  • A collaborative and collegiate style.
  • Experience of a client and/or member service environment.
  • Ability to network, develop relationships and work with senior individuals across a range of organisations.
  • Analytical and writing skills of a high calibre.
  • Ability to develop and learn as policy areas develop.
  • Good understanding of broader communications and stakeholder engagement skills.

Desirable:

  • Academic or career experience in relevant public policy areas.
  • Degree in a relevant subject field.

This role is based in London but may involve travel elsewhere in the UK as required. TheCityUK office is a small and close-knit team with a flexible approach to tasks and responsibilities. It is essential that the candidate appreciates and can work within these conditions.

About TheCityUK                                                           

TheCityUK is the industry-led body representing UK-based financial and related professional services. In the UK, across Europe and globally, we promote policies that drive competitiveness, support job creation and ensure long-term economic growth. The industry contributes nearly 10% of the UK's total economic output and employs over 2.3 million people, with two-thirds of these jobs outside London. It is the largest tax payer, the biggest exporting industry and generates a trade surplus greater than all other net exporting industries combined.

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