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Policy Director

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Welcome

Thank you for taking time to consider this important new role for a Policy Director at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

At this time of political change and economic uncertainty, it is crucially important that the voice of engneering is properly heard. While the Academy is growing rapidly and delivering greater impact, we know we need to do more. For this reason, we are creating a new Engineering Policy Centre and we are seeking a Policy Director to lead it. This presents a tremendous opportunity for the right person who will lead the Academy’s policy function, including the establishment of the Centre. The successful candidate will also make a significant contribution to our broader leadership as part of the senior management team. Candidates will need a strong track record of strategic management and policy leadership, with experience of working at senior level in public policy. They will also have a clear understanding of the significance of engineering for policymakers and wider society, with specialist expertise in at least one policy area of relevance to engineering. This is a highly significant appointment and I welcome your interest in the Academy and its new Engineering Policy Centre. Philip Greenish Chief Executive

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WHAT WE DO

About us As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook and use our international partnerships to ensure that the UK benefits from international networks, expertise and investment. We have four strategic objectives, each of which provides a key contribution to a strong and vibrant engineering sector and to the health and wealth of society. Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation Supporting the development of successful engineering innovation and businesses in the UK in order to create wealth, employment and benefit for the nation. Address the engineering skills crisis Meeting the UK’s needs by inspiring a generation of young people from all backgrounds and equipping them with the high quality skills they need for a rewarding career in engineering. Position engineering at the heart of society Improving public awareness and recognition of the crucial role of engineers everywhere. Lead the profession Harnessing the expertise, energy and capacity of the profession to provide strategic direction for engineering and collaborate on solutions to engineering grand challenges.

Our total income for the year 2016/17 was £27.4 million. The largest element, core grants from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, was £11.7 million. Income from other grants and contracts was £11.2 million.

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To learn more about our Mission and Vision please follow the link below: http://www.raeng.org.uk/

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WHAT WE DO

About us

Our Values • We are inclusive and open, collegial and teambased in the way we work. • We undertake our role with integrity, transparency and efficiency. • We are committed to excellence, quality, equality of opportunity and diversity. • We strive for continual improvement. • Partnership working is critical to our success.

The Fellowship The Academy’s activities are shaped, led and delivered by its exceptional Fellowship, which represents the nation’s best practising engineers, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs often in leading roles across business and academia. Academy Fellows are elected from across the whole engineering spectrum. Election is an honour and the highest accolade for an engineer from the profession, and it comes with a commitment to serve. Fellows are the heart of the Academy and are critical to all its activities. Today there are just over 1,500 Fellows, most of

whom are active Fellows born or resident in the UK. We also have International, Honorary and Emeritus Fellows. No more than 50 New Fellows are elected in any one year.

The Importance of Policy Policy is at the heart of everything we do and it is our voice in the wider community. At a time of huge political change and economic uncertainty, our policy role is critical in helping to shape the future of the UK. We intend to bring about a step change in our policy impact through the creation of the Engineering Policy Centre.

The Engineering Policy Centre The Engineering Policy Centre will build on the Academy’s record as an authoritative, independent source of advice to government(s) on all policy matters with an engineering dimension – from energy and big data to education and skills; from systems approaches to policy-making to research, innovation and enterprise. The Centre will be the voice of the profession on matters of strategic importance and will transform the engineering community’s impact on national, regional and devolved policymaking, for the benefit of the nation and

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society. As a national academy with a global reach, the Academy’s Policy Centre will have international impact. Key outcomes will include: • A mechanism whereby the Academy exercises its thought leadership role in engineering, drawing on the collective expertise of the profession, engineering business, academia and our wider network. • A whole-organisation, systems approach to tackling policy challenges. • A single voice for engineering on important policy issues.

• Clear signposting for government to the expertise that the Academy can convene and the independent, authoritative advice that we can provide. • Significantly enhanced staff capacity to enable the Academy to leverage the expertise of more Fellows, engage government effectively at the ‘pre-policy’ stage as a trusted collaborator, disseminate policy outputs more effectively and monitor and evaluate outcomes. • The opportunity to build on the Academy’s growing international reputation. • To bring the views of engineering business and industry into the Academy’s thinking on policy.

• A planned and impactful policy programme, with strong alignment and leverage between areas of policy (engineering, research and innovation, enterprise, education and skills and international).

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Organisation chart

Chief Executive Deputy Chief Executive

Finance Director

QEP Director

Development Director

Policy Director

Education Director

Programmes Director

Number of staff at Royal Academy Engineering: 90 To see more information about staff at the Royal Academy of Engineering follow the link below: http://www.raeng.org.uk/ 8


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Role profile Job Title: Policy Director Location: London Reporting to: Chief Executive

Key Responsibilities: To lead the Academy’s policy function, including overseeing and driving the creation of a new Engineering Policy Centre. To contribute to the overall leadership of the Academy as part of the senior management team. The post holder will report to the Chief Executive and be functionally responsible to the Trustee Board and relevant Academy Operating Committees.

Key Tasks: Leadership • To lead the Academy’s policy function, including driving the development of a new Engineering Policy Centre that will provide a focal point for policy advice across the engineering community. • To provide line management of the Academy’s engineering policy team and functional leadership for other policy-related staff in the organisation. • To act as an external spokesperson and ambassador for the Academy’s policy activities. • To work with the other members of the senior management team, the Trustee Board and relevant committees to provide effective leadership for the Academy as a whole.

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Policy • To ensure the successful establishment and smooth running of the Engineering Policy Centre, including mechanisms for effective engagement with the professional engineering community and industry. • To oversee and ensure the successful delivery of all Academy engineering policy outputs, including: 1. Developing mechanisms to support a balanced and high-impact portfolio of policy outputs. 2. Establishing and implementing policies and processes to support best practice in policy development. 3. Using resources efficiently. 4. Ensuring that all commitments to funders and reporting requirements are met. 5. Enabling effective monitoring and evaluation of policy outputs. • To work with colleagues across the organisation to ensure that there are strong and effective links between Academy policy activities undertaken by different teams, as well as between Academy policy work and programmes. • To ensure that policy expertise informs wider Academy outputs, including speeches, events and international activities, and to provide support for these as appropriate. • To ensure that Academy policy positions and activities are promoted and communicated effectively to policymakers and other target audiences. • To put in place effective secretariat support for the Engineering Policy Committee and policy working groups. • To ensure sound budgetary management and decision making that delivers best outcomes, value for money and transparency. Relationship Management and Influencing • To ensure the effective engagement of Academy Fellows and awardees in policy activities.

• To develop and maintain strong and impactful relationships with key policy stakeholders including relevant government departments, Parliament, business and industry, other National Academies and academia. • To establish excellent relationships across the professional engineering community and ensure strong engagement of professional engineering organisations in the work of the Engineering Policy Centre. • To increase the impact and influence of the Academy through its policy activities and ensure that policy activities have a demonstrable impact on public policy. Business Development • To work with the Development team and other colleagues to develop the business of the Academy and secure new income streams. • To put in place a sustainable business model for the Engineering Policy Centre. Key Results • Successful creation and operation of the Engineering Policy Centre. • High quality policy outputs, across all key areas of relevance to engineering, resulting in measurable impact. • Strong engagement of Academy Fellows, industry, the professional engineering community and policymakers in the work of the Engineering Policy Centre. • Maintenance and development of excellent working relations with key stakeholders, both internal and external. • Management of available funds effectively and efficiently, within budget and complying with legal requirements and commitments to funders. • Attraction of new resources to support the Engineering Policy Centre and the Academy’s policy activities. • Demonstrable year-on-year improvements in diversity across the directorate’s activity.

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Person specification Experience & Qualifications

Skills

• A degree or equivalent. • Substantial experience and an excellent track record of working at senior level in public policy. • Substantial experience of working at the interface between experts and lay audiences, and of working with technical material. • Strong track record of partnership working and building alliances. • Significant management experience at strategic level. • Budgetary management experience. • Experience of business development. • A background of working and/ or qualification in a field related to engineering or technology. • Experience of creating significant new initiatives and managing change. • Experience of media engagement. • High-level personal networks of relevance to the role.

• High levels of personal credibility and the ability to act as an effective ambassador for the organisation. • Demonstrable enjoyment and skill in leadership and people management. • An outstanding strategic thinker with the ability to shape strategy, drawing on inputs from colleagues, Fellows and partners. • Creative and dynamic, able to embrace change and drive innovation. • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills. • Strong team worker with the ability to foster a culture of collegiality. • Flexible and responsive, able to produce high quality outputs under pressure and to deadlines. • Well-honed judgement and analytical skills and attention to detail. • Excellent analytical skills. • Strong quantitative skills and familiarity with use of statistics and databases for policy work.

Knowledge • Clear understanding of the significance of engineering for policymakers and wider society, with specialist expertise in at least one policy area of relevance to engineering. • Excellent understanding of parliamentary processes and government. • Good knowledge of research and policy development methodology and best practice. • Familiarity with the structure of the engineering community in the UK. • Broad awareness of engineering businesses. • Knowledge of charity governance.

Personal Style and Behaviour • Very strong personal integrity and commitment to upholding the highest professional standards. • Personal passion for engineering and policy. • Resilient, with a positive attitude. • Personal commitment to the corporate values, vision and objectives of the Academy.

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How to apply To apply in confidence to become Policy Director of The Royal Academy of Engineering, please forward your CV together with a supporting statement outlining why you are interested in the opportunity and how your application addresses the requirements for the role. Please also provide the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees, relevant to this role. References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted. You are also invited to complete and return the enclosed monitoring form. The information on the form will be treated as confidential, and used for statistical purposes. The form will not be treated as part of your application. We would also be grateful if you could let us know if you will require any special provision as a result of any disability should you be called for inter view. Finally please ensure that you have included mobile, work and home telephone numbers, as well as any

Recruitment Timetable Deadline for applications: 14th August Interviews with Prospectus: w/c 21st August Interviews with Royal Academy of Engineering: w/c 18th September Final Interviews with Royal Academy of Engineering: w/c 25th September Queries If you wish to have an informal discussion about the opportunity, have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, or need additional information please contact our retained advisors Thea Robson or Yolanda Zoma. Email: thea.robson@prospect-us.co.uk Email: yolanda.zoma@prospect-us.co.uk

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