Senior Policy Advisor (Wales) – FSB

FSB seeks a Senior Policy Advisor to assist in driving the FSB Wales policy operation and to lead on identified projects, both internally to members and externally to a wide range of stakeholders and influencers.

The Senior Policy Advisor will support the Policy Manager in identifying, researching, developing and promoting policy positions on Wales policy issues, as well as supporting the External Affairs Advisor in advocating FSB policy to key decision-makers and influencers including politicians, Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers, civil servants, representative bodies and other officials.

This is an opportunity to join an organisation which is one of the largest and most influential voices in the Welsh business landscape.

Senior Policy Advisor Key Areas of Accountability

In support of the Policy Manager

  • Briefs and acts as advisor on key policy issues for the Wales Policy Unit Chair and members.
  • Maintains an awareness of political and legislative developments in Wales, identifying their impact on small businesses. Responds to these developments as appropriate, referring relevant policy issues to the London Office when necessary.
  • Manages FSB Wales commissioned research projects working with the Policy Manager and Wales Policy Unit.
  • Develops subject expertise as it relates to the priorities set out in the FSB Wales Business Plan.

In support of the External Affairs Advisor and the Head of External Affairs (Wales)

  • Represents the FSB on external groups, bodies and forums as required.
  • Organises Wales-wide policy focused FSB events.
  • Provides the secretariat and takes a lead on supporting any relevant Cross-Party Groups at the National Assembly for Wales.
  • Provides briefing and support to the Wales Policy Chair
  • Provides interviews to broadcast media as directed by the External Affairs Advisor or Head of External Affairs.

Key Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree with an award of 2:1 or above in a relevant subject and discipline.
  • Proven policy experience gained from employment in one or more of the following:

Welsh political party, either as elected representative or in a policy function;

Welsh Civil Service or related agency;

National Assembly for Wales Parliamentary Service;

  • Policy or public affairs research and monitoring post in similar organisation or agency.
  • Good analytical skills in relation to government consultation work and other related documents.
  • Good writing skills in relation to the production of in-house reports, briefings and publications.
  • Good numerical ability in relation to survey work and statistical analysis.
  • Good presentation skills, both verbal and written.
  • Good project management skills.

Specific Requirements

  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours (evenings and weekends) as and when required
  • Willingness to undertake travel across Wales and the UK

About FSB

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

Members get an exclusive package of great value business services including advice, financial products and support. These cover a wide range of benefits such as tax, legal and HR, local network groups, business banking and mentoring.

We don’t only provide fantastic membership benefits – FSB is also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed. Our lobbying arm starts with the work of our team in Westminster which focuses on UK and English policy issues. Further to this, our expert teams in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast work with governments, elected members and decision-makers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Other Information

All applicants must be able to provide at interview stage their highest education certificates as listed on their CV and verification of their eligibility to work in the UK

The policy of FSB is that all job applicants and employees shall be given equal opportunities in all the areas of employment. This means that job applicants and employees will not receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, colour, race, ethnic origin, religious beliefs or disability. Neither will they be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be relevant to the job.

Applicants are advised to apply early, we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications are received. If you are successful and short listed for interview you will be contacted by email.

All applications to be received by 07 October 2018, any applications received after this date will be held on file for a maximum of 3 months and reviewed if the first round of applicants are unsuccessful.

To apply for this role please email your CV and covering letter to