Vacancies

Vacancies for the post of Senior Policy Analyst and the post of Policy Analyst

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading universities in the UK, is currently seeking a Senior Policy Analyst and a Policy Analyst, both on 12 month fixed-term contracts/secondments (as maternity cover).

Both roles report to the Head of Policy (Research and International) and cover a range of policy areas including immigration and visas, international issues, research and innovation. Specific portfolios will be agreed with the successful candidates depending on their expertise.

More generally, the roles involve (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Feeding into, and shaping, the Russell Group’s policy priorities by developing and drawing on case studies and evidence
  • Working with a broad range of stakeholders to influence the policy agenda including the Department for Education, the Home Office, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UKRI, and relevant think tanks and research organisations
  • Supporting broader work within the policy team as appropriate. 

Candidates will need to demonstrate that they can manage and prioritise a challenging and varied portfolio of work, meet tight deadlines, pick up a range of topics quickly and with authority, and work cooperatively and flexibly as part of a team. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • Experience of working in policy analysis and development
  • Project management skills and experience of leading and owning projects and policy areas
  • Ability to critically analyse policy issues and propose solutions - demonstrating political awareness and sensitivity to different viewpoints
  • A high degree of attention to detail in producing persuasive, evidence-based conclusions across a range of complex policy issues and addressed to a range of audiences
  • Experience of using a range of data sources to inform evidence-based policy development
  • Experience of engaging with and influencing diverse and senior groups of stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate diplomatically in person and in writing, including representing the organisation externally
  • Experience of working in higher education policy and/or science policy is desirable but not essential; experience of working in immigration and visas policy is highly desirable.

Applicants for the Senior Policy Analyst role should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a policy role. They would be expected to lead on all aspects of their policy development work, have the necessary experience to take informed decisions confidently, engage more directly in media activities, and generally require less management support.

Full vacancy descriptions for both roles including detailed lists of key competencies are available here:

Senior Policy Analyst - job description

 

Policy Analyst - job description

 

The salary for these posts will be in the following ranges (dependent on skills and experience):

Senior Policy Analyst             £44,000 - £48,000

Policy Analyst                         £36,000 - £40,000

A higher salary may be available for an exceptional candidate. Applications on a secondment basis are also welcome.

The post is based in Central London. Benefits include a generous career average pension and access to a subsidised canteen.

Closing date for all applications: 5pm, Wednesday 3 July 2019

Only applicants invited to interview will be contacted. If you have not heard by 19 July 2019 your application will not have been successful.

To apply, please clearly state which role you are applying for and submit the following to rg.1@russellgroup.ac.uk by the application deadline:

An up-to-date CV including:

  1. details of your current and past employment including your current salary and your salary expectations
  2. your degree qualification(s)
  3. two references: your current or most recent employer; and a former line manager who could be contacted during the process

A supporting statement (maximum 500 words) addressing the following two points:

  1. how your knowledge, skills and experience meet our requirements of that specific post
  2. why you are interested in working for the Russell Group

For a confidential discussion, please contact Paul Purcell, Senior Operations Manager, on 020 3816 1300.