Job Description


Policy, Research and Public Affairs Director

  • Location:
    Home Based
  • Salary:
    Competitive + car + bonus + bens
  • Employment Type:
  • Hours per Week:
  • Closing Date:
    27 June 2021
Reporting Group:
  • Group Support Services

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We are Places for People Group; we are placemakers; our work impacts on the lives of people across the U.K. – providing homes to live in, communities to retire to, spaces to stay active, supported homes for independent living, and student accommodation. Our places work when they work for everyone.  

How do we do all this? By surrounding ourselves with strategic people, analytical people and collaborative people. Our people live and breathe our SPIRIT values; we are the place for spirited people.

So, we want you to join us and the 12,000 other colleagues on our journey; colleagues who have helped us create places, maintain 209,000 homes, manage £4.5 billion of assets, deliver £87.9m social value and teach 80,000 children to swim each week.

More about your role

Following an internal move we require a Policy Research and Public Affairs Director to deliver a coordinated and proactive approach to policy development and our engagement with the external world. This strategic role, at the heart of one of the UK's leading property groups, will give you  responsibility for supporting Group Executive in the formulation of policy whilst managing relationships with a wide range of external audiences; policy makers, industry bodies, and campaigning groups.

You will contribute to the leadership of Places for People to build upon our entrepreneurial culture, driving employees to generate new ideas and business streams to grow the business. You will ensure the Group understands the impact of key policy changes and announcements/comments made by Ministers, Members of Parliament and opinion formers and is well placed to capitalise on them.

You will take a proactive view and build Places for People's policy position and promote our aims to key stakeholders, policy makers, media, customers, and the public. Working collaboratively, you will provide public affairs support to all business units with a focus on areas with strategic importance linked to the business plan. You will also design, refine, and deliver the Group's research programme in a timely manner to input into decision making across the organisation.

This role is home based with some travel to our offices across the UK and to our head office in London.

For more information please download our job profile available on our website.

More about you

We are looking for someone who has a strong understanding of the political environment, and workings of central and local government and someone with the gravitas and ability to influence policy makers and politicians. You will develop and help the Group to implement a public affairs strategy, therefore extensive experience in this area coupled with experience of research that translates into policy/action is required.

Strong stakeholder management skills are required as you will be expected to give advice and make decisions under pressure, at an Executive and Director level. You will need to come up with creative and innovative ways of getting our message and policies across to a wide range of external audiences.

The Board is innovative and focused on making a difference; this requires the business to be increasingly agile and responsive to change. Whilst the Group is ‘not for dividend', profit delivery is critical to the successful delivery of the vision, so efficiency and commercial thinking and political astuteness are fundamental.

The benefits

Our ambition gives you all the challenge you could wish for and that's why we can offer you tangible and exciting career progression in a diverse and pioneering business.  

Here people can flourish, thrive, better themselves and work in fantastic communities with inspirational colleagues and customers.

We know that there's always more we can do to make you smile, that's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to help colleagues save money or make their lives a little bit easier; from a pension, generous holiday pay, training, sick pay, and free or discounted gym membership – to a wealth of extra perks including discounts and offers on thousands of retailers, restaurants and leisure outlets and much more.

What's next?

If you meet the criteria and are ready to make the next step in your career then apply following our simple 5 minute application process, upload a CV and a supporting statement which demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the role. If you have any questions please call the recruitment team on 01772 666555.

Please note that we may bring the closing date forward, if we receive a large number of quality applications. If you are interested in this role we would advise applying immediately to avoid disappointment.

If you are using a mobile device such as an iPad then ensure your CV is stored in the cloud, we currently support Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox.

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