Policy Manager

Job description

You will work in a team that engages directly with political and policy stakeholders across the UK to ensure they understand what we do for our members, and the challenges that face our sector. Led by the Director for Policy and Government Affairs, this great role sits within the PGA team who lead on developing policy in the UK and Europe, to ensure the advertising industry’s voice is heard across the policy landscape.

What you will be Doing (the Role)

The Advertising Association is looking for a Policy Manager to join our brilliant and busy Policy and Government Affairs team. The successful candidate will be someone with energy, enthusiasm, and a strong interest in the political and policy landscape. You will be a problem solver, with a willingness to challenge ideas, and strong drive to help the team achieve its policy objectives for our members.

Our ideal candidates will be responsible for high-quality briefings and proactive engagement with key stakeholders including parliamentarians, regulators and policy makers highlighting the positive impact of the Advertising Association.

Key Responsibilities of the role

Monitor and respond to key policy developments from Westminster and Whitehall, as well as the EU, that will impact the UK advertising and marketing industry.
Prepare high-quality briefings, letters, consultation responses and other communications for key stakeholders including government and regulators.
Support the building and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders, including policymakers, members, regulators, and other interested organisations and opinion-formers.
Co-ordinate and attend member working groups to help build and drive Advertising Association’s policy positions on relevant issues.
Work with colleagues to provide guidance to senior AA team.
Co-ordinate and assist the Advertising Association’s EU public affairs activity.
Work closely with colleagues across the organisation to support the Advertising Association’s wider objectives.

What we are looking for

The role is well suited to someone who has a degree or advance degree level qualification in a related field (politics, political science, public policy, economics, law etc). We will also be happy to consider previous experience in a similar role.

Essential skills and experience needed:

An understanding of UK politics, the Parliamentary and the regulatory making process.
An ability to analyse and synthesise complex information.
An ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgement.
An ability to influence a wide range of senior stakeholders.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
A proactive self-starter who enjoys working in a small, busy team.
A right to work in the UK.

Helpful, but not essential criteria:

A working knowledge of EU institutions and policymaking.
Experience of working in Westminster, government department, think tank or a trade body.
An interest in digital and data policy.

To apply, please click the link to apply on our website:

Applicants should include a cover letter, in their own words (not AI*) that explains what attracted them to the role and what difference they think they can make to the team.

*Think of using AI in your application? Read this first – we understand the benefits of AI (you can even have an AI taskforce discussing its impact on the industry). However, we want to know about the real you, so please ensure your cover letter and application questions are your own thoughts and tell us about the real you.

The Package

What you get

 Private medical insurance.
 22 days holidays (plus bank holidays & Christmas closure, increasing to 25 days with length of service).
 Enhanced employer pension contributions.
 Life Assurance and Income Protection.
 Budget for Learning & Development.
 Mobile phone allowance.

 This is a full-time role and core working hours are from 09:30-17:30 and 16:30 finish on a Friday.
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 Location: London/hybrid – employees are expected at the office a minimum of 3 days a week.

The Agency

It is not often that you have the opportunity to join an organisation that represents an industry that genuinely makes a positive impact on changing consumer behaviour and a significant contribution to the UK economy of over £35 billion. Sports, media, arts and culture depend on advertising as a vital source of revenue. Advertising is what makes the web free and supports quality local and national journalism.

The Advertising Association is the trade body that represents the interests of advertisers, agencies and the media. Its purpose is to promote responsible advertising and its value to the wider society. The Advertising Association acts as a vital link between our industry, government and regulators. We actively engage with key policy stakeholders on issues ranging from digital regulation, the future of skills, AI, public health, the impact of the cost-of-living on business, sustainability, and responsible advertising.