Policy Manager – UKSIF

Neera Shah
Neera Shah20th January 2022

Candidate Information

Salary: £40,000

Annual leave: 25 days holiday per annum plus 3 additional fixed days at Christmas/New Year

Location: Subject to Covid-19, the successful candidate will work from a central London office location, with the option to retain a degree of homeworking in the longer term.

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) is the membership organisation for those in financial services committed to promoting a more sustainable and resilient financial system that works for the benefit of society, the environment, and us all. UKSIF represents a diverse range of financial services firms committed to these aims, and our 270+ members, managing over £10trn in assets under management (AUM), include investment managers, pension funds, banks, financial advisers, research providers, NGOs, among others.

UKSIF and our members are hugely supportive of efforts to promote the sustainable finance agenda, and find new ways to overcome the barriers to the growth of sustainability in the UK. Most recently UKSIF was appointed a representative of the UK Government’s Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG) to advise HM Treasury on the delivery of the UK’s ‘green taxonomy.’

UKSIF is now seeking a Policy Manager to drive forward our dynamic policy and public affairs work, and who importantly supports our mission to drive forward rapid progress to a sustainable finance system at the scale and urgency required, and advance progress towards the UK’s 2050 net-zero objective. Working very closely with UKSIF members, government (namely Treasury, BEIS and DWP), and regulators, you will help ensure policy and regulatory change is delivered that can push forward this critical mission while reflecting our members’ views.

You will lead on responses to key policy consultations, manage UKSIF’s thought leadership initiatives, including our work this year to define how the UK can become the ‘world’s first net-zero financial sector’ (announced by the Chancellor at COP26), consider government affairs approaches to deliver on our priorities, lead member roundtables on topical areas of regulation, and draft political intelligence briefings capturing the latest developments for members.

The Policy Manager will work alongside UKSIF’s Head of Policy and Communications. This is an exciting full-time, permanent position, suited to a candidate with a strong passion for driving positive change on sustainability and climate change, both within the financial sector and government policy.

You will ideally have some prior knowledge and background in financial services issues, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills, sound judgement, a flair for driving change, and a passion for achieving UKSIF’s mission, to flourish in our small yet dynamic and highly-motivated team.

Key Responsibilities

The Policy Manager’s main responsibilities will include:

  • Engage with a wide variety of stakeholders to promote and remove barriers to sustainable finance and investment, and build and maintain relationships to further our mission
  • Lead on drafting our regular consultation responses and policy briefings to government and financial regulators (e.g. FCA and Bank of England)
  • Work with UKSIF members to develop and present UKSIF’s positions on key political, governmental and regulatory issues. This will include:
    • consulting members in a variety of ways (in person, by phone, webinar, convened meetings) and then drafting policy statements and preparing responses to consultations
    • direct approaches to stakeholders and decision makers
    • supporting our communications work in areas linked to policy
  • Prepare pro-active policy statements, including managing our thought leadership work on defining a net-zero financial sector in the UK
  • Act as secretariat to UKSIF’s Policy Committee (e.g. drafting agenda/minutes, co-ordinating activity), which provides crucial ongoing support to our policy activity, and our ‘Green Taxonomy Working Group’ comprised of senior industry representatives
  • Convene UKSIF taskforces and working groups on priority topics, and form close relationships with members’ policy and ESG teams
  • In conjunction with the broader team, help to deliver our series of ‘knowledge sharing’ and events activities organised in conjunction with our members to spread knowledge and build capacity in key areas such as modern-day slavery, biodiversity, the Just Transition, retail finance, and net zero
  • Engage with international SIFs including Eurosif, US SIF and the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance on sustainable finance policy developments
  • Support the wider team to deliver UKSIF’s activities, including events and membership support

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have many of these attributes:

Very important

  • A strong passion for UKSIF’s mission and a belief in a more sustainable economy and financial system
  • Experience in one of the following environments: public affairs (e.g. in-house or agency role), public policy, or politics (at least 3-4 years)
  • A strong understanding of government, as well as knowledge of Parliament and wider Government/civil service processes
  • A fast and accurate working style, excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to manage a wide variety of tasks to very tight deadlines, great judgement and diplomacy, and excellent attention to detail
  • Capacity to effectively project manage campaigns and work, including engaging with senior stakeholders in the process

Desirable

  • Some experience in financial services and/or sustainable investment and finance, and managing relationships with financial regulators
  • Experience in responding to an issue or consultation in the context of a membership organisation e.g. member engagement to gather data and views, drafting and publicising the response, and liaising with the relevant issuing department
  • Experience in developing pro-active policy positions
  • A relevant degree or post-graduate qualification

We encourage you to apply if you meet the job specification, already have the right to work in the UK and have enthusiasm for what we do.

UKSIF is strongly committed to maintaining a progressive and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status or disability.

How to apply

Please send a short covering letter explaining why you are suitable for this post (including how your views align with UKSIF’s mission), along with your CV by email to o.warwickthompson@uksif.org, with your name and “Policy Manager” in the subject line.

If you require additional equipment, resources or support in order to participate in the job application or interview process, please let us know and we will work with you to ensure that your accessibility needs are met. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 9 February 2022. Please aim to submit details before this date, the advert will remain open as this may be extended further into February (however this is not guaranteed).

Unfortunately, we are not able to assist with work permit applications for this post.

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