12 Month FTCSalary – Up to £75,000Deadline for applications – 29th January 2021Please apply with a covering letter and a C.V. Role summary This is a fantastic opportunity to lead the Economic Policy team through a period of change and growth, working at the heart of CBI policymaking and economic analysis. Reporting into the Chief Economist, the core of the role is to lead the CBI’s policy work on tax and regulation as well as leading on fiscal event delivery and the CBI’s relationship with HM Treasury. Ensuring the right economic support to help businesses through the Covid crisis will be central to the role. The role also has responsibility for the CBI’s microeconomic analysis capabilities to support policy development across the CBI. The role involves regular engagement with government officials, business leaders, executive boards and other business decision-makers to form CBI positions and share intelligence on current economic trends and the policy landscape. The role has regular interaction with the CBI’s Executive Committee and plays a crucial role in shaping policy strategy in response to changes in the economic environment. The individual should have an excellent grounding in economic analysis for policy evaluation as well as knowledge of the UK’s business policy landscape. They will understand fiscal policy and UK public finances and an understanding of regulation policy in the UK would be beneficial. An awareness and understanding of UK tax policy would be beneficial but not essential. They should have demonstrable experience of being able to form and nurture strong working relationships at senior levels both internally and externally across the public and private sector. Excellent people management skills are essential for this role. Key responsibilities Leadership of the Economic Policy team Working with the Head of Tax Policy and Head of Economic Analysis agree and set the annual work plan for the team. Flex this in line with resourcing challenges and changing political and economic circumstances. Represent the work of the team on CBI’s Management Board, Policy Board and other forums as Director ensuring the team is appropriately joined up across the organisation. Lead and manage a diverse, high performing team, setting an example for people managers across the organisation, ensuring that all members of the team have clear objectives and development plans. Work closely with the Deputy Chief Economist, economic intelligence and financial services team to ensure priorities are aligned and resources are shared towards common goals. Responsibility for management of the team’s annual budget. Fiscal events and economic policy development Lead the CBI’s submission to UK Budgets and Spending Reviews. Lead on the development of the CBI’s economic policy response to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, working as part of a cross organisational team to solve issues as they arise. Remain agile to the ever-changing health and economic crisis. Build and maintain strong working relationships with officials, ministers, and other stakeholders in key government departments, including HM Treasury. Advise CBI ExCo on economic policy, including the health of the UK’s public finances. Champion the use of microeconomic analysis in the development of policy across the CBI. Tax and regulation policy Represent the CBI internally and externally on the tax & regulation pillar of the CBI’s policy work. Support the Head of Tax Policy with any issues that arise in the CBI’s tax policy work. Work closely with the team’s Economist lead on regulation and competition, providing advice and support to develop the CBI’s position following the UK’s exit from the EU. Communication Represent the CBI at events including Finance Director Networks and Economic Briefings to present on the outlook for the economy and the future of economic policy. Represent the CBI in media on issues relating to economic policy, working closely with the CBI’s press team on the CBI’s public messaging. Build strong working relationships with stakeholders in key institutions including Treasury, HMRC, IFS and others. Interaction with CBI members Champion the use of the CBI’s digital platform with the team and ensure content is regularly updated. Support with member retention, including quality time with members, championing best practice use of CRM and proactively contributing to retention of at-risk members. Represent the CBI at key member forums including roundtables, regional councils, standing committees and seminars. Knowledge & experience Degree in Economics or related subject with minimum 5 years experience as a professional economist Experience focussed on microeconomics and economic policy and a strong working understanding of the UK’s economic policy landscape, including UK tax and regulation policy. Strong knowledge of the economic outlook and political landscape which influences fiscal and tax policy in the UK and how it sits in an international context. Experience of managing and delivering high impact influencing, thought leadership and policy projects involving a wide range of stakeholders. A proven track record in leading and managing people, with a strong emphasis on development and supporting their wellbeing at work. A high level of understanding of the purpose of the CBI and its mission. Understanding of business tax issues and economic issues in transition to low carbon economy Technical skills on fiscal accounting, cost-benefit analysis or macroeconomic modelling Master’s in economics or related subject. Skills Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a proven ability to explain technical economics to a business audience and senior policymakers and experience presenting on economic topics to different audiences. Track record of influencing skills with senior stakeholders at HMT and HMRC in particular. Strong planning and organisational skills, capable of managing multiple projects at the same time. Comfortable with planning and delivery in an uncertain, rapidly changing environment. Strategic thinking and ability to adapt to take into account various considerations. Outstanding collaboration and an ability to work with people from other disciplines, including tax, commercial, political and policy. Ability to work at pace/under pressure and manage the workload of others. A strong customer focus, prioritising and anticipating member needs and cultivating strong working relationships with business leaders. Diversity & inclusion At the CBI, we are committed to attracting diverse talent that represents the society we live in. We encourage applications from all regardless of age, sexuality, socio-economic background, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, or beliefs. We are committed to building a culture of belonging and inclusion and this is reflected in our policies, practices, and internal employee-led networks and supported by our executive leadership team. We are a family friendly organisation and we encourage flexible working as we want our employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance. Currently our employees are working flexibly (formally and informally) and remotely due to COVID-19, but we offer the opportunity to work in our offices in line with government guidance if somebody should need to. Our employee-led networks are: BAME, LGBT, Women’s and Working Families and we have qualified Mental Health First Aiders who support our employees in having good mental health. If the above feels like an organisation that you would like to work for then we encourage you to apply and join our diverse workforce. 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