£80,000 – £90,000. Central London. Permanent.
The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) enables rail companies to succeed in transforming and delivering a successful railway. The RDG brings together all passenger and freight operators with Network Rail and HS2, providing services and support to enable them to succeed by delivering better services for their customers. This ultimately benefits taxpayers and the economy.
The primary purpose of the role will be building and maintaining relationships with government, supporting and advising the Chief Executive, other members of the executive team, and member organisations, and to shape government policy and political engagement. In addition, you will be the deputy to the Director of Communications, ensuring the communications team is delivering its programme of proactive, strategic communications, the reputation campaign, and other business objectives.
You will provide dynamic and proactive leadership of government relations to develop the RDG as an influential voice, to build advocacy for rail among stakeholders, and the public.
- Lead the RDG’s government relations, working with the Chief Executive and executive team to build and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders to shape government policy on rail
- Facilitate policy formulation across the organisation, identifying gaps and honing tasks to support the delivery of key business objectives, and effective engagement with stakeholders
- Act as a member of the communications leadership team, building a high performing directorate, developing its capabilities and ensuring the RDG is a great place to work, and as the director’s deputy in their absence
- Work with colleagues and member organisations to develop and deliver the reputation campaign, a programme of proactive, strategic industry communications
- Lead an exceptional public affairs function, managing engagement with Parliament and devolved assemblies, overseeing a programme of high-quality events and supporting engagement with EU stakeholders.
- Extensive experience of working in politics, public affairs and/or policy formulation, preferably with experience of working in government
- A deep understanding of UK politics and government relations, in particular how UK government departments operate
- Ability to support senior leaders in building and maintaining positive relationships with key stakeholders, particularly ministers and senior civil servants
- Evidence of leadership skills, leading teams, engaging and influencing senior stakeholders, developing and delivering strategic communications, and line management
- Excellent political acumen, first class written, and interpersonal skills, and ability to think creatively and strategically.
If this position is of interest, please click the ‘apply’ button below and use the reference ‘NB-1703-4583’ in all correspondence.
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