Transport for London seeks Assembly Relations Manager
Assembly Relations Manager
OVERVIEW OF ROLE
You will lead the process of developing TfL’s relationship with the London Assembly to achieve and realise TfL’s public affairs strategy.
It will include supporting the Government, Parliamentary and Assembly Relations Lead in realising policy, legislation and funding decisions as appropriate, and in high-level interactions with politicians and officials to build trust and confidence, establish strong partnerships and activate third-party advocacy.
- Effectively delivering the day-to-day implementation plan for a comprehensive public affairs strategy for all relations with the London Assembly (individually and via membership bodies).
- Collaborating effectively across the public affairs teams, Customers, Communication & Technology (CCT) and wider TfL to ensure joined-up communication and effective achievement of TfL and Mayoral goals
- Lead and develop a team ensuring appropriate resourcing, deployment, performance management and development and ensuring high quality outcomes are delivered
- Build and maintain relationships with the London Assembly and ensure that plans are effectively translated into meaningful, joined-up geographic engagement with Assembly Members
- Oversee the systems in place that manage scrutiny from the London Assembly, including committee scrutiny, as appropriate. This includes managing Mayor’s Questions, MP and Assembly correspondence and casework and VIP correspondence for the Mayor/Deputy Mayor as appropriate
- Lead on communicating an in-depth appreciation of TfL strategy and agenda in relation to the development of policy and legislation and decision-making about funding from the London Assembly
- Managing the process of ensuring political and policy developments are effectively communicated within TfL
- Representing TfL at appropriate forums as necessary, and effectively communicate intelligence and insight gathered as a result to enable TfL to commence its action planning at the earliest possible opportunity
- Effectively prepare senior managers to build successful relationships and attend meetings with London Assembly members Successfully deploying, developing and leading the performance and quality of direct reports
SKILLS EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE
- Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject, or with relevant professional experience.
- Deep understanding of the political environment in which TfL operates, internationally, nationally and regionally, including relationships with Government, Parliament and the London Assembly as appropriate.
- Understanding of the way that policy is developed and implemented and how political engagement influences this.
- Understanding of the challenges London faces and TfL’s corporate strategy.
- Understanding of the relationship between the Mayor’s priorities, business strategy and public affairs strategy.
- Able to produce and adapt clear and concise research on complex issues often to tight deadlines, including drafting position papers and correspondence.
- Proven ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing on complex issues, to edit and improve the written work of others.
- Politically astute, with a sound awareness of the key policy issues affecting transport decisions in London.
- Experience of working in a mainstream public affairs environment, working with a number of stakeholder audiences, including politicians and government officials, and EU contacts as appropriate.
- Experience of proactively engaging with external audiences and political institutions, and also of encouraging third-party advocacy and mitigating criticism.
- Experience of working in a political environment, specifically within the transport sector would be an advantage.
In return for your dedication and expertise, you will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow. Rewards vary according to the business area and role, but may include:
- Final salary pension scheme
- Free travel for you on the TfL network
- A 75% discount on National Rail Season Ticket and interest free loan
- 30 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays
- Private healthcare discounted scheme (optional)
- Tax-efficient childcare payments
- Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme
- Retail, health, leisure and travel offers
- Discounted Eurostar travel
Please apply using your CV and a two page (maximum) covering letter. Think carefully about the skills, knowledge and experience outlined in the job description and ensure your CV and cover letter reflects the requirements of the role you are applying for. Short listing will be carried out on the basis of answers to any pre-screening questions and the information on your CV and covering letter.
The closing date for applications is 12th March 2018 @ 23:59
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability status.