London, Greater London

£36000 - £40000 per annum



About the organisation

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Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. Read more

Job Description

Job Title: Policy Manger
Job Category: Health Influencing
Location: London
Salary: £36,000-£40,000
Agreement Type: Permanent

Job Purpose

Our Influencing Team are seeking a confident persuasive communicator to act as an ambassador for Age UK to influence decision makers and develop public policy proposals. Using his or her excellent writing and presentation skills to manage policy projects, and provide specialist support to colleagues on consumer policy issues based on analysis, evidence and expertise.
This role is essential to deliver on core influencing priorities around energy, scams, consumer affairs and consumer vulnerability.


Main Responsibilities


* Conduct analysis to develop public policy recommendations and to respond to proposals from Government, regulators, professional bodies, international bodies etc. (based on assessment of the political, policy and practice context and wherever possible assessment of costs and benefits).


* Act as a 'thought leader', proactively developing detailed proposals for workable reform and 'big picture' ideas to lead debate.


* Project manage influencing projects, working alone, with colleagues in project teams, or by managing consultants/contractors.


* Act on behalf of a Senior Policy Manager when required, for example by line managing policy officers.


* Apply robust evidence to analysis and influencing, drawing on a wide range of sources (including statistics, external research and older people's views and experiences); work with Research colleagues to commission new evidence and understand the evidence base.


* Apply in-depth expertise to analysis and influencing, including knowledge of sector-specific issues, older people/ageing, and influencing processes


* Write communications for a diverse range of audiences in persuasive, accessible language.


* Be an advocate for older people by developing and managing stakeholder relationships, representing Age UK on committees, speaking at seminars/conferences, and developing effective partnerships


* Support Age UK's influencing through the media by initiating ideas for media work, providing support and challenge to Media colleagues and representing the organisation to print and broadcast journalists.


* Provide support and challenge to Age UK colleagues across the Age UK group




* Policy analysis and developing robust policy proposals
* Project management
* Using statistical and research evidence
* Experience of the subject area and/or older people's issues
* Writing effective, accessible communications
* Policy advocacy


Skills & Knowledge


* Consumer policy expert (or the potential to become one)
* Issues affecting older people/ageing
* Relevant evidence sources, statistical and research methods (awareness not expertise)
* Excellent skills in policy analysis with a focus on robust evidence, understanding political and policy contexts, and finding solutions
* Good numeracy and proficient use of spreadsheet packages for quantitative analysis
* Proactive, flexible approach, identifying and taking forward opportunities, shaping new ideas and developing partnerships
* Ability to project manage complex influencing activities, alone or with colleagues, and to manage a complex workload, set priorities and meet tight deadlines
* Ability to assimilate new policy issues/areas quickly, make connections between different policy areas, and initiate and frame new policy agendas
* Ability to support and challenge internal colleagues, with self-confidence and a commitment to internal communication and helping others meet shared goals.


Additional Information


Degree or equivalent professional experience


Able to travel within London and the UK and occasionally Europe (including occasional overnight stays)
A commitment to equality and diversity, social justice and giving people a voice



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Age UK is an Equal Opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates, regardless of age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital/civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria. We welcome requests for flexible working.


Age UK is committed to safeguarding adults at risk, and children, from abuse and neglect. We expect everyone who works with us to share this commitment.

Age UK politely requests no contact from recruitment agencies or media sales. We do not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

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