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London Chamber of Commerce and Industry seeks Head of Public Affairs Team

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry 5<y Senior Level  London, England, United Kingdom 10 Jul 2018

Job Description

Head of Public Affairs Team

Reporting to the Director of Policy and Public Affairs the post holder will be responsible for helping to drive London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) political influencing work, issue advocacy and relationship-building activity within London, at Westminster and Whitehall and beyond.

The post holder will be specifically charged with pursuing a thought-leadership dimension to PPA work and LCCI activity more generally. This will require active, collaboration with LCCI colleagues, key LCCI members and external public policy players. The post holder will be expected to attend and participate in out-of-hours events (i.e. before 9.00am or after 5.00pm) at LCCI offices and other relevant venues.

Key Responsibilities

  • Line managing public affairs activity within the PPA Directorate, including 2 reports
  • Providing timely advice on political developments and recommendations on related LCCI lobbying tactics
  • Preparing submissions and responses to relevant consultations and inquiries
  • Identifying opportunities to maximise awareness of future-thinking/thought leadership activity to the benefit of members
  • Developing high-impact influencing initiatives to shape political and key stakeholder audiences.
  • Maintaining an active programme of government contact with Ministers, advisers and departmental officials
  • Maintaining an active programme of parliamentary contact with MPs, advisers and Westminster officials
  • Ensuring political balance is achieved in LCCI political activity
  • Liaising with LCCI member companies to promote their policy issues in line with LCCI objectives and team priorities
  • Identifying opportunities for, and/or threats to, the LCCI corporate agenda in the public policy area
  • Ensuring LCCI staff are informed on relevant political/public policy development
  • Ensuring research projects of relevance to London businesses are effectively communicated to LCCI members and other stakeholders

General Responsibilities

  • Liaising with other LCCI teams, especially Patron and Marketing to assist with maximum delivery of services to members as appropriate
  • Playing an active part in team briefings, staff meetings and other internal communications
  • Representing the PPA team at Middle Management meetings
  • Working with Chamber colleagues to organise launch events for team campaigns, publications and initiatives
  • Contacting the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) to understand relevance and potential of national network campaigns to LCCI and its members
  • Drafting statements, articles and letters for external publication
  • Providing material for LCCI Board and Council reports as required

Additional Duties

  • Liaising with other LCCI teams, especially Membership, Marketing and Events, to assist with maximum delivery of services to members
  • Drafting of articles for publication within London Business Matters
  • Presenting a professional and positive image of the BCC national network
  • Attending out-of-hours events in London and beyond

Essential Criteria

  • External/public/corporate affairs experience via in-house, consultancy or political party
  • Strong experience of Campaigning
  • Strong knowledge and experience of Westminster and Whitehall
  • Team management and collective target-setting
  • Clear understanding and experience of City Hall and London Assembly workings
  • Proven experience of influencing at a senior level internally and externally
  • Confidence to command respect of political and public policy figures
  • Aptitude for planning and prioritising work and meeting deadlines
  • Commercial awareness
  • Ability to communicate across all levels with strong networking skills
  • Creativity, innovation and strategic thinking
  • Proven experience of developing/utilising strong working partnerships
  • Drive, pro-activity & autonomous working
  • Decision making
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Attendance at out-of-hours meetings and events


  • Experience of working within a membership organisation
  • Understanding of the decision-making processes in Brussels
  • Good knowledge of issues affecting UK business
  • Experience of influencing in Brussels/EU institutions
  • Experience of working with a commercial marketing function
  • Experience of working with a commercial press/media function
  • Budget preparation and management
  • Proficient with databases


  • Contract: Full Time, Permanent
  • Salary: £42-£44k per annum


Closing date for applications: midnight Sunday 15 July 2018

If you wish to be considered for the role above, please send your CV and covering letter to

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