techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. About 950 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ more than 800,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE-100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium sized businesses.
techUK is committed to helping its members grow, by:
- Developing markets;
- Developing relationships and networks;
- Reducing business costs;
- Reducing business risks.
techUK's Communications Infrastructure Programme (CIP) is one of more than 20 programmes focussed on particular sectors (e.g. Defence) or groups of related technologies (e.g. Cloud and Data). The CIP works to ensure, on behalf of our members, that industry, Government, international and regulatory challenges are addressed effectively and coherently and that all stakeholders work together effectively in the common interest. To this end this role will entail engagement with Ofcom and Government Departments (most often, DCMS).
techUK often works closely with sector-specific trade associations and professional bodies (e.g. the Institution of Civil Engineers) where there are common objectives. As part of the Programme, the Satellite work stream works closely with our partner trade association, UK Space, to support the UK space sector.
Additionally, the CIP provides the secretariat for the Spectrum Policy Forum, which is an industry-led 'sounding board' to UK Government and Ofcom on future policy and approaches on spectrum and promotes the role of spectrum in society and its value to the UK. The Steering Board of the Spectrum Policy Forum has a membership separate from that of techUK, and its purpose is to determine the work programme for the Spectrum Policy Forum and to ensure its delivery.
This role reports to the Executive Director, Telecoms, Spectrum & Satellite and its purpose is to support the creation, implementation and administration of the various work streams within the Communications Infrastructure Programme and the Spectrum Policy Forum, which together currently comprise:
- Communications Infrastructure Council and Group;
- Future Connected Rail;
- Satellite Telecommunications Committee;
- Positioning, Navigation & Timing Committee;
- Spectrum Policy Forum Plenary, Steering Board and working groups: Clusters 1, 2, 3 and 4 (each focussed on a specific type of spectrum use).
The person appointed will show capability and potential to build on a strong foundation of a solid programme, strong member engagement, and good external reputation and stakeholder relationships. He/she will need to have, or a propensity to develop quickly, a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the use of Communications Infrastructure, including the terms on which spectrum is made available.
This role requires someone who has the communication skills, confidence and drive to grow their own profile and that of techUK.
Support the development, implementation and communication of techUK’s Communications Infrastructure Programme in a way that meets the needs of existing and potential members;
- Support the inception, set-up and execution of programme events and meetings;
- Promote the programme through insights, opinions, social media and PR activities;
- Draft reports, papers, articles, consultation responses and meeting notes;
- Support relevant techUK working groups and maintain liaison with group members;
- Assist in maintaining all relevant parts of the techUK website to a high standard;
- Maintain all relevant records on techUK’s CRM system (Microsoft Dynamics 365);
- Identify and exploit market development opportunities, for example on joint events, with other Programmes within techUK, chiefly Cloud/Big Data, IOT Council, and SmarterUK;
- Liaise with other techUK teams to assist in a successful programme of press coverage, events, internal and external marketing and to ensure they are kept fully informed of major policy initiatives;
- Deputise for Executive Director in their absence;
- Any other duties that might from time to time be required.
Skills and Capabilities
- Strong interest in technology, innovation and the tech industry and keen desire to learn;
- A self-motivated individual with positive can-do approach who is comfortable working in a high pressure, fast-paced environment with competing demands, and responding to tight deadlines;
- Good organisational skills and attention to detail;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to get to grips with complex technical information and to communicate this effectively to a range of audiences;
- A team player who has experience of managing relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders and is comfortable working with senior individuals in Industry and within government;
- Ability to identify, propose and negotiate new opportunities and services for techUK;
- Ability to carry out agreed objectives with a minimum of supervision;
- Capability to use the tools and technologies techUK provides, including but not limited to Microsoft Office, CRM, Social Media, Web tools;
- Demonstrates a broad understanding of the technology industry landscape and the positioning and role of trade bodies.
- Good high-level knowledge of technology and spectrum (which supports wireless technology);
- Understand the economic, social and political environment, members’ business sectors and business models, stakeholders and their drivers;
- Comfortable with public speaking.
This is a full-time role based at techUK’s London offices.