This is a great time to be joining the CBI: As the UK economy reacts to the current cost of living challenges, labour and supply chain pressures as well as rising energy prices all set against a backdrop of a post-pandemic recovery and adjusting to life outside of the EU, the CBI is centre placed to provide business-led solutions to these challenges whilst harnessing the opportunities which come with transitioning to a net zero world and harnessing the technological revolution around us.
Our ##### vision is to make the UK the most competitive, dynamic and future-focused economy in the world. Where business is at the heart of social progress, working in service of the nation.
Reporting into the Director of Europe based in Brussels, the Head of EU Trade will own and drive the development of the CBI's EU trade policy, working with the EU Trade team in London and the wider Europe team in Brussels, to set a co-ordinated, business agenda on the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU.
The new Head of EU Trade will be joining at a pivotal moment, leading the CBI's work on a range of high-profile issues: from the future trade in services to the largest change in the UK's regulatory landscape for over a generation. The successful candidate will work across the entire CBI international team to help deliver the 'Trade' pillar of the CBI's Seize the Moment strategy, helping to deliver export driven growth with Europe.
This is a unique position with significant strategic and commercial importance. The role presents an exciting opportunity to maintain the CBI at the vanguard on post-Brexit thinking on EU trade. Through your leadership of a high performing team, you will have the opportunity to shape the role, the project and the organisation's plans in a fast-moving environment.
Management & leadership responsibilities will include:
First line manager for a policy team of two, with a mixture of experience and skills
Defining project, task and resources allocation within the team
Leading on projects, including the Europe Team's work on the Seize the Moment strategy
Approving team written work
Naturing talent, undertaking performance appraisals and supporting training and development of team membersWorking with the Europe Director:
Key management position in Europe Directorate
Inputting into regular strategy meetings
Advising senior staff on team policy issues
Internal CBI staff consultation as Head of Group
Deputising for Director of Europe on policy matters and engagement as appropriateEU Trade team responsibilities include:
Leading the development of long-term strategies and yearly work plans balancing the delivery of proactive policy campaigns and thought leadership with reactive activities arising from a wide-ranging political and regulatory agenda.
Work across the organisation to help deliver the 'Trade' pillar of the CBI's Seize the Moment strategy, tying in the work of the EU Trade to help drive export driven growth with Europe.
Developing and delivering innovative policy solutions that are influential with government, the EU and other stakeholders
Briefing senior CBI staff to lobby on these issues
Lobbying senior civil servants, parliamentarians and diplomats in London and Brussels on these issues
Monitoring political developments on EU negotiations in real-time
Promoting business interests in the media and on other public platforms
Working with CBI members nationally and regionally, including relevant committeesSuccess Criteria:
Maintaining a highly motivated, collaborative and highly performing team
Achieving business-friendly policy outcomes in the team's areas of operation
Building and maintaining a high-quality network of contacts to deliver key policy outcomes
Working with colleagues across the business to ensure high impact communications via traditional and social mediaKnowledge & Experience
Experience of successfully delivering high impact policy projects that involve balancing the views of a wide range of stakeholders
Strong knowledge of business issues arising as a result of the UK's exit from the EU, and a general understanding of the broader political landscape at UK and EU level
Experience with developing and delivering policy strategies and projects
Provided advice/guidance and influence at senior level
Highly effective team management
Senior-level networks within UK and EU policy-makers and regulators (desirable)Diversity & Inclusion
At the CBI, we are committed to building a culture of belonging and inclusion. We know that talent is everywhere and so we welcome applications from people regardless of age, disability status, ethnicity, gender, marital status, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, or caring responsibilities. We support flexible working as we want our employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance