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Government Affairs Manager, UK

Government Affairs Manager, UK

  • Location United Kingdom - South East - London
  • Travel required Yes - up to 10%
  • Job category Communications & External Affairs Group
  • Relocation available No
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 123894BR
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary

Responsible for providing government relations support through managing specific government relations projects, carrying out specific pieces of research on policy and political issues, coordinating briefings, managing information holdings and managing relationships, especially with political think tanks and academia.

.Would you like to discover how our diverse, hardworking people are leading the way in making energy cleaner and better – and how you can play your part in our team?

Role Synopsis
This is an operational government affairs role within the UK C&A Team. As part of this team, the role-holder will build relationships with, and advocate bp’s position on, a range of issues and activities to, the UK Government (HMG), Westminster and the wider political and diplomatic community in London and elsewhere across the UK. Strategic projects and initiatives will be managed alongside the unexpected. Unpredicted events may develop very quickly, arising from external forces over which bp has no control. The successful candidate will therefore need to develop relationships that are strong, credible and trustworthy externally as well as internally. Given the bp plc headquarters in London, ‘air traffic control’ of interactions people in bp may have with HMG is a major activity for this team.

The team influences very high-level business decisions but does not take them. The level of influence is often determined by personal relationships and track record. Key decisions can include advice on when and at what level to engage with HMG; the phrasing of requests to HMG; and, to predict the response of HMG to bp business initiatives.

The candidate must keep fully abreast of external political events while maintaining familiarity with bp’s business interests and policies, so that the two can be reconciled.

Key accountabilities

  • Lobby on specific business interests, including international activities, consistent with bp’s strategy and policy positions.
  • In accordance with campaigning priorities, assist and implement a framework for bp’s advocacy in the UK.
  • Flag external political developments that may impact the company and specific business interests along with potential risks and mitigations.
  • Provide advice, support and briefings to bp leaders on UK political/external issues and legislation.
  • Provide political input into the UK C&A plan.
  • Act as an emissary for bp’s leaders in meetings, at events, and functions.
  • Represent bp at trade association meetings and roundtables with think tanks among other external bodies.
  • Develop policy submissions for HMG consultations and select committee inquiries, and other papers for external use as required.
Essential Education
Most likely educated to degree level (or equivalent).

Essential experience and Job requirements
  • Demonstrable experience in explaining policy issues to external non-expert audiences.
  • Political insight, likely developed from a respectful appreciation of, and familiarity with, current/political affairs and the work of Westminster and Whitehall in particular.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to identify and communicate major issues at stake and participate in detailed policy discussions.
  • An appreciation of UK political processes on legislative development and an ability to convene internal discussions to frame corporate views for external audiences.
  • Confidence, credibility and humility; personable, with an ability to establish respect and a willingness to take personal accountability.
  • Demonstrable background building relationships and networking with stakeholders.
  • Comfort dealing with and explaining ambiguity.
  • The courage to speak up and do the right thing.
Desirable experience
  • A Political experience and campaign participation useful. Knowledge of the United Kingdom’s institutions.
  • Understanding of government and politics.
  • Management of non-technical risks.
  • Experience gathering intelligence from ambiguous data.
  • Commercial experience, or exposure to international businesses, would be helpful.
  • Capability to use social media to serve business objectives and for political intelligence-gathering and willingness to attend meetings/functions outside of normal office hours.

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