London Fire Brigade is one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world and the busiest in the country. As an organisation we are committed to delivering our services in ways that best suit the needs of our communities.
An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Public Affairs Officer to join our busy Communications team. Reporting into the Public Affairs Manager - campaigns, the post-holder will have a strong focus on ensuring that the Brigade’s policy positions and safety messages are communicated effectively in a range of external forums including correspondence, consultation responses and high-level briefings in order to help shape the legislative, regulatory and policy environment and make London safer.
Applicants should have proven experience of working in a large, complex organisation or political environment, and will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the UK’s political systems, parliamentary procedure and how policy is made. Applicants should also have an understanding of the political environment in London and the key issues facing fire and rescue services in the UK.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience of working with policy specialists to agree policy positions and solutions to problems identified, and how best to present these to decision-makers. The ability to write persuasively and with impact is an essential requirement in order to present highly complex issues to stakeholders, including non-expert groups.
The post-holder will also need excellent organisational skills to be able to manage their own projects and core work to very tight deadlines, as well as being able to respond quickly to new and unexpected events associated with working in a fast-paced political environment for a busy emergency service.