We’re looking for a Public Affairs Adviser to join the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and help maintain our effective and influential profile in Westminster and Whitehall.
Join the ABI as we navigate Brexit and you will join an award-winning team at a high-profile trade association, delivering effective parliamentary engagement and political intelligence on key policy areas affecting one of the UK’s biggest and most successful industries.
Representing a huge industry in the UK means you’ll have a whole host of opportunities to network with a wide range of MPs, parliamentarians and government departments – not to mention lots of industry stakeholders. Last year alone, the ABI had 161 mentions in parliament and 10 Select and Bill Committee appearances.
With your finger on the pulse of UK politics, an enthusiasm for hard work and an ambition to build your experience in public affairs, this could be the role for you.
By joining our Advocacy Directorate, you will work in collaboration with the Public Affairs Manager to coordinate briefings for Parliamentary debates and manage high profile events such as the ABI Party conference activity.
Day to day you will:
- Work proactively with the Public Affairs Manager and Head of Public Affairs, in delivering effective parliamentary engagement and legislative monitoring on key policy areas affecting ABI members;
- Influence future policy and legislation through engagement and negotiation;
- Prepare and communicate high-quality and concisely articulated materials for internal and external audiences; including briefings ahead of Parliamentary debates, responding to Parliamentary Questions and Early Day Motions, and co-ordinating the ABI’s work on legislation and Select Committee Inquiries;
- Co-ordinate and implement programmes of engagement with parliamentarians and stakeholders;
- Work with other colleagues in the Public Affairs team and monitoring agencies to ensure ABI staff receive relevant, accurate political information in real time and to proactively reply to developments in Parliament and Whitehall;
- Develop constructive relationships with key stakeholders including parliamentarians, government officials and member representatives.
Where can this role take you?
Wherever possible, we encourage our staff to develop their careers internally. The next natural step for you in this role would be a Senior Adviser, but this is flexible.
With a collaborative environment, the fantastic exposure you have to people and leaders in the industry and the knowledge you’ll build on a range of regulatory and policy issues, the ABI is a great place to build your career.
What training and benefits are offered?
On your first day you’ll be met by our HR team for a full company induction. You’ll then have inductions to get you up to speed with anything from Events to how our finances work, plus one to ones with relevant colleagues. Everyone goes on the CII Introduction to Insurance course and will receive plenty of on the job training. We host various Staff Learning Events throughout the year and you will be able to attend relevant ABI and industry events.
Additional training will be tailored to your own personal needs and aspirations and we have a range of courses as part of our Learning and Development offering.
We’re looking for:
Whether or not you’ve working specifically in public affairs before, you will need experience of lobbying and influencing politicians and excellent knowledge of UK political processes and environment.
Its vital you are an empathetic, confident communication who can build rapport with a wide variety of stakeholders, easily adapting your style to suit your audience. The team are exceptionally busy and work at a fast pace, so you’ll need to thrive in that environment and maintain a strong attention to detail, even when juggling multiple tasks on tight timelines.
Lastly, your research and analytical skills will be second to none and you’ll use these to develop effective lobbying strategies.
In return, you’ll be working at the heart of our advocacy work, representing the ABI and wider industry in parliament and Whitehall on a broad range of issues that are crucial to our members, the industry and the wider UK economy.