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BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT seeks Senior Policy Programmes Manager

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT 5<y Senior Level  Swindon, England, United Kingdom 25 Jul 2018

Job Description

Senior Policy Programmes Manager

Salary Circa £40,000 p.a.

Location Swindon & Greater London

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is committed to making IT good for society. We use the power of our network to bring about positive, tangible change. We champion the global IT profession and the interests of individuals, engaged in that profession, for the benefit of all.

The Senior Policy Programmes Manager represents BCS as a spokesperson in external forums to ensure the organisations view point is expressed and recognised. The role will support the Head of Policy and Campaigns, deputising as necessary, and the Society Board in its oversight of our organisational campaigns.

About the role

This role provides leadership and line management of the Policy team, ensuring full policy support for the BCS Group organisational Challenges, fulfilling the organisations overall strategic objectives, including project management of the BCS policy programmes.

Key responsibilities


  • Work with the Head of Policy and Campaigns in developing strategy, defining operational activity, allocating resource and monitoring key campaign activities;
  • Support the ownership, progression and development of policy campaigns within the context of the overarching BCS Group organisational Challenges and activity programmes, fulfilling the objective of ‘Making IT Good for Society’.


  • Work closely with senior volunteers and stakeholders to progress the strategic and tactical objectives of key BCS stakeholder groups, advising on BCS procedures and processes and making judgements and recommendations on the feasibility of plans and actions;
  • Act as first level filter to ensure that all aspects of campaign activities are relevant and delivering outcomes in line with the organisations strategic objectives;
  • Build and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders to further the aims and objectives of the organisation to steer and drive forward policy aspects of organisational campaigns;
  • Ensure that all aspects of campaign activity are relevant and delivering outcomes in line with the organisations strategic objectives;
  • With guidance from the Head of Policy and Campaigns, monitor and report on progress of campaign activities against plan and budget, recommending alternatives as necessary and for continuous improvement;
  • Produce high quality, impactful policy content to inform and steer the Challenge debate, including Challenge vision documents, hypothesis testing and evidencing, informing relevant position papers and government consultations responses;
  • Ensure generated policy related outputs and content engages members on key issues, manage expectations and ensure quality of delivery, maximising and showcasing output by working with Press/PR, Group Marketing, Community and Product teams to channel appropriately;
  • Work with other functions and departments to deliver on objectives for internal stakeholders as they relate to the Challenge goals;
  • Seek to highlight and advise on opportunities for business development that may arise across the BCS Group;
  • Act as a spokesperson/representative for BCS both internally and in external forums on campaign/Challenge topics, ensuring the BCS viewpoint is expressed and the organisations profile is recognised;
  • Use project management tools and techniques to establish targets and deadlines as necessary, ensuring these are communicated to all stakeholders for achievement within budget, and offering solutions to missed objectives;
  • Manage, lead and support the Policy Programmes Managers and Policy and Campaigns Outreach Manager (across both Swindon and London locations) providing strategic direction and ensuring objectives fulfil requirements of wider BCS strategy, public engagement/policy strategy and organisational campaigns in line with the campaign operating model;
  • Maintain and extend links with external stakeholders; in particular, relationships with policymakers, civil servants and parliamentarians, to ensure BCS becomes the ‘go to’ professional body for thought leadership on societal technology issues.


  • Organise stakeholder group meetings and events as required, including agendas, papers and minutes with support from the wider team;
  • Ensure groups’ compliance with BCS governance and documentation requirements;
  • Continually monitor, review and assess processes, practices and outcomes to ensure quality of service and make recommendations for ongoing improvements;
  • Oversee relevant cost centres and budgets, contribute to setting the budget as necessary, maintain income and expenditure balances and highlight variances as appropriate;
  • Undertake ‘level 1’ oversight and approval of Policy budgets in Netsuite
  • Flexibility is required of all job holders to adjust responsibilities as required from time to time by their Line Manager/Divisional Director;
  • The content and reporting lines detailed in this job description may be reviewed and changed from time to time to reflect organisational requirements;
  • There is an expectation that all staff will live BCS’ values and support our purpose;
  • Continually looking at ways to make improvements to systems, processes and procedures.

Education and qualifications

Degree or higher (or equivalent), especially with essay writing and original research. Politics and Public Affairs particularly relevant.


  • Significant experience of operating in sensitive/complex environments, with demonstrable multiple stakeholder management
  • Proven experience of report writing, dealing with technical/policy and societal issues
  • Significant administrative experience
  • Proven experience of management of staff in a complex and fluid environment
  • Proven success dealing with senior business leaders, academics and policy makers

Competencies and skills

  • Able to manage own workload, take initiative, prioritise under pressure, research and follow through to task completion
  • Project management
  • Ability to think strategically and deliver project goals, producing results to deadlines within short timeframes
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships particularly with volunteers, maintaining a presence and the ability to build close-knit stakeholder relationships within and outside the organisation
  • Very high level of excellence in written communication in the form of reports, position statements etc. presenting evidence and rational argument in a compelling/creative way
  • Budgetary and process management capability
  • Leadership and influencing skills
  • Enquiring and questioning with a sensitivity and awareness of political issues
  • Facility with office applications, social media and web applications


  • Attuned to current affairs affecting the IT profession, particularly with regards to Challenge topic areas – One of the following:
  • Familiarity with IT sector issues and IT-related public policy issues
  • Familiarity with current political ideologies and party policies

Special conditions:

Frequent work outside normal office hours, travel within UK (most frequently between Swindon and London due to split location of team), some overnight stays.

We are dedicated to providing training and development to help all staff realise their potential, and also offer a generous benefit package, including 23 days annual leave, contributory pension scheme, life assurance, PMI and parking.


BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT are committed to promoting equality at every opportunity as an employer. This statement and our policies are designed to ensure our recruitment and employment practices and procedures actively promote equality of opportunity and value diversity.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK upon application.

No recruitment agencies please.

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