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Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible distance learning education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

The Senior Policy Manager works to identify, shape and articulate policy positions for The Open University on a broad range of government policies in England that are of relevance to the University and its students. You’ll be part of a UK government and external affairs team based within its Strategy Office seeking to influence public policy and funding priorities that support flexible distance learning and have a positive impact for OU students. The successful candidate should have a willingness to work flexible hours (some evenings and weekends).

Skills and experience

Can you demonstrate significant experience in drafting impactful responses to UK Government and parliamentary inquiries and consultations?

Have you a talent for working across a range of disciplines to distil complex and technical policy areas into clear and strong messages?

Do you have strong communication, interpersonal and organisational skills and are highly motivated with an ability to manage a complex brief and exercise initiative and judgement across a broad area of responsibilities?

If so, then we would love to hear from you. 

What you get in return

We offer a great range of benefits that support our employees, and any dependants, for the long term.  Benefits include 33 days holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days, and an attractive pension proposition.  

To Apply

Please click on the Apply button below for more information and to download the Job Description. When applying please clearly state that you saw the role through the PubAffairs network.

Closing date: Midday 30 September 2019
Interview date: 10 October 2019

Please note: If you have not heard from us within a week of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions.

Apply online

  • Fill out the short form below and upload your CV.

Closing date

The closing date for applications for this post is 12:00pm on Monday 30th September 2019