Public Affairs Manager

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    Competitive salary

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    5 months ago

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The opportunity: 

A new opportunity has arisen to join the UK Public Affairs Team, which sits within UK Legal, as Public Affairs Manager. In this varied role, you will support the Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability in managing Zurich’s relationships with key external stakeholders.

You will provide strategic advice and guidance around how Zurich interacts with government departments, MPs and select committees, You will be responsible for responding to consultations and inquiries and advising on policy developments, and how they impact us, but also how we respond to and interact with Westminster and Whitehall. You will need to build and maintain external relationships and represent Zurich externally at events and committees.

This role is available part-time, job-share or full time. This is because we want the best people for our roles, and we recognise that sometimes those people aren’t available full-time.

Key Responsibilities:  
  • Conducts research and assures implementation of integrated communications and policy campaigns developed and initiated by the Public Affairs, Media and wider business leadership.

  • Helps develop the organisation’s position and public policy strategy and coordinates with internal & external stakeholders.

  • Undertakes project planning, coordination and integration of activities.

  • Manages strategic relationships with regulators and government officials to ensure a favourable public policy environment for the organisation.

  • Gathers information and analyses key trends and topics and makes recommendations to inform senior leadership on the public policy environment of the organisation.

  • Advises on matters involving public policy being monitored or addressed by Public Affairs to ensure the organisation is cutting edge in this area.

  • Prepares draft papers on public policy issues to ensure regular reporting and positive external communication. Provides specialist advice to internal stakeholders on public policy issues and delivers favourable solutions to current developments facing the organisation.

  • Identifies possible issues/opportunities in the public policy environment and assists in developing/scoping solutions for these.

  • Manages relationships with industry bodies to derive best value from any memberships as well as representing Zurich on relevant committees or working groups.

  • Represents Zurich at external events to share the company’s views and gather insights.

  • Assists in valuation/measurements of public policy engagements to ensure they are in line with the organisations strategy.

  • Develops planning and controlling of budget for area of responsibility in order to maximize business performance in line with set objectives.

  • Model behaviours that demonstrate commitment to corporate values.

  • Provide input into performance management discussions of team members.

  • Coach and provide technical advice and counsel within and outside operating unit.

  • Provide guidance and support for team members.

  • Take action to manage own personal development and encourage others to do the same.

Your skills and experience: 

  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience in a public affairs role or similar either in-house, an agency or in a legislative body

  • You will have detailed knowledge of the UK’s political system and public policy environment

  • You will be adept at building relationships, working cross-functionally and across different policy areas

  • You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to distil complex information for internal and external audiences, as well as being a confident and credible spokesperson when representing the business externally

  • You will have some experience of the insurance or financial services sector

  • You will be highly organised with a strong attention to detail, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and complexity confidently

  • You will be educated to degree level or above with politics or social sciences as a subject

  • Some experience of working and influencing key internal stakeholders across a large organisation/across multiple organisations is desirable

  • Speech writing skills are desirable

The reward:

As well as a competitive salary (up to circa £45,000 depending on experience) we also offer an excellent lifestyle benefits package which includes:

  • 12% non-contributory DC pension scheme

  • Annual company bonuses

  • 25 days holiday plus an additional 3 volunteering days

  • Private medical cover

  • Income Protection

  • Discounted gym membership,

  • Discounted gadget insurance

  • Discounted technology offers

  • Virtual GP appointments

  • Plus much more! 

At Zurich we will consider requests for flexible working on hiring.  Many of our employees work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time, flexible hours, job share, an element of working from home or compressed hours.  Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you may need.

Who we are:

With about 55,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries we aspire to become the best global insurer as measured by our shareholders, customers and employees. If you're interested in working in a dynamic and challenging environment for a company that recognises and rewards your creativity, initiatives and contributions - then Zurich could be just the place for you. The success of our business is built on the contributions of our highly talented employees - people who work every day to position us at the forefront of the insurance industry. We therefore look to hire great people and we encourage those people to give their best.

You’ll feel the support of being part of a strong and stable company. A long-standing player in the insurance industry, we make every effort to address the career development needs and plans of our employees to ensure their success in the future.

Further information:

At Zurich, we aim to have a diverse mix of employees that reflects our customers and the communities in which we live and work. Our diversity and inclusion initiatives are shaping an environment where everyone feels welcome, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, race, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/parental and mental health status. Our approach ensures that Zurich is a place that values different opinions, respects personal needs, and provides equal opportunities for all. We are committed to continuous improvement and we offer access to a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities. Zurich is passionate about supporting employees to help others by getting involved in volunteering, charitable and community activity through the Zurich Community Trust.

So make a difference. Be challenged. Be inspired. Be supported, Love what you do. Work for us.