The Royal Aeronautical Society, the world’s only professional and learned body dedicated to the entire aerospace community, is looking for an experienced, motivated and hard-working Head of External Affairs to join its team in London. The successful candidate will lead the Society’s public policy influencing and external, profile-raising activities. Working with experts from within the Society’s membership, the role involves providing independent, expert advice to policy and decision-makers, including Ministers, parliamentarians, civil service and regulators, as well as EU institutions, to ensure that aviation and aerospace policy is based on the best evidence available. The role will also involve developing the Society’s relationships with international, national and trade media to help increase the Society’s public profile. S/he will report to the Chief Executive.
At an exciting time for the aviation and aerospace sector, the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to work on a wide-range of current issues and future technologies, including Brexit, aviation strategy, airport expansion, spaceports, unmanned aircraft systems, air traffic management and air power, as well as emerging solutions to social challenges, such as autonomous vehicles, urban air mobility and electric/hybrid aircraft.
- Oversee the development and implementation of a Policy Strategy;
- Produce authoritative and informative policy products to stimulate public debate and influence policy and decision makers with practical aerospace and aviation solutions, including response to consultations and submissions of evidence to parliamentary committees;
- Manage the Society’s relationships with UK Government departments, regulators and agencies, UK Parliament and the European Union institutions to achieve public policy objectives;
- Manage the Society’s relationship with the press to achieve media coverage of the Society policy-related and other activities;
- Represent the Society in the media, and at political and industry events;
- Provide specialist counsel to Society members and colleagues on political and policy development and make recommendations on related strategies and tactics;
- To effectively line manage the five-person Publications Team and oversee the production of the monthly AEROSPACE membership magazine and The Aeronautical Journal.
The successful candidate with be a strategic thinker and will have:
- A track record of successfully influencing government policy;
- An excellent knowledge of public-policy making and parliamentary processes;
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
- First-class internal and external stakeholder management skills;
- Experience of building effective political and industry networks;
- An ability to quickly understand, interpret analyse and communicate complex policy and technical issues with impact;
- A proven ability to work independently and drive a policy work programme with minimal supervision;
- Excellent organisation skills, with a capability to manage a challenging agenda often with competing priorities;
- Experience of working in aviation, civil or defence aerospace or space is preferable but not essential;
- Educated to degree level;
- A desire to play an active role in the future development of the Society.