Deputy Director, Public Affairs (FTC)

  • Location: London / hybrid
  • Salary: £80,000-£100,000
  • Ref: RS-2401-9350
  • 2024-01-30T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield

Lead a high-performing public affairs function in the energy sector

The opportunity
I am working with a leading organisation in the energy sector to find a Deputy Director, Public Affairs for a substantial fixed-term contract (2 years).  This person will act as the key interface between the organisation, parliament, Government and all political parties, leading up to the General Election and beyond.  They will set the strategic direction of the public affairs function and will also be an active member of the wider leadership team to build a high performing, highly motivated and expert organisation.

Main responsibilities

  • Build an enduring Public Affairs Strategy to align, advocate and explain key policy drivers across all of the organisation’s activity with key political and government stakeholders
  • Build a strong understanding of the organisation’s role in NetZero transition with key political stakeholders and government
  • Analyse intelligence and insights from across the organisation, research, external bodies and representative groups to build into the public affairs approach
  • Build out the capability and capacity of the Public Affairs function to carry out a proactive and planned calendar of events/ interactions/ through strong leadership across various teams
  • Be a trusted advisor to Director of Communications, Senior Executive Committee and Board on Political Engagement.

Key skills and experience required

  • A strategic, motivational, and collaborative leader who builds strong, inclusive, high performing teams and cross-team working relationships
  • Used to operating at senior executive level in a large, complex business and able to understand and contribute to the management of key regulatory/business/political issues
  • Experience of operating at senior level in Westminster and or public sector/energy sector in public affairs, and building relationships with key political figures and teams
  • A strong communicator: highly credible communication and influencing skills, both in writing and in person, with experience of building strong stakeholder relationships, high emotional intelligence and engendering trusted relationships that achieve buy-in and commitment
  • A senior advisor: experience of working with Boards, Committees, and senior stakeholders. Can influence and make a positive impact with a range of senior stakeholders both internally and externally, adopting an open approach and unafraid to make decisions when necessary.

This position is offered as a two-year, fixed-term contract to start asap.  Please apply below or contact rachel.s@ellwoodatfield.com for further information.

 
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