Public Affairs Officer - (Part-Time, Job-Share and Full-Time)

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  • Sector:

    Financial Services, Insurance

  • Salary:

    Competitive salary

  • Published:

    4 months ago

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The opportunity: 

A new opportunity has arisen to join the UK Public Affairs Team as Public Affairs Officer.  You will report to the Public Affairs Manager and support the UK Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability in managing Zurich’s relationships with key external stakeholders.

You will support the team in Zurich’s interaction with government departments, MPs and select committees. You will assist in responding to consultations and inquiries and providing internal briefings on political stakeholders and events. You will proactively analyse political developments and their impact on the business and alert relevant internal stakeholders in a timely manner.

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 supports 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.

  • Supports the team’s strategic relationships with regulators and government officials to ensure a favourable public policy environment for the organisation.

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

  • Prepares draft papers on public policy issues to ensure regular reporting and positive external communication.

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

  • Assists in managing relationships with industry bodies to derive best value from any memberships.

  • Model behaviours that demonstrate commitment to corporate values.

  • Provide support for the rest of the team.

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

Your skills and experience: 

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

  • You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to distil complex information into explanatory briefings

  • You will have an ability to pick up and decipher information across a range of policy areas

  • You will have some experience of building and managing relationships

  • You will be a self-starter, highly organised with a strong attention to detail

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

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

  • Speech writing skills are desirable 

The reward:

The salary offered for this role is up to circa £35,000 per annum, depending on experience. As well as this we 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 are proud of our culture. We are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion. We want you to bring your whole self to work we have a diverse mix of customers and we want our employee base to reflect that.

Our diversity and inclusion initiatives are creating an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of protected characteristics.

With the above in mind we accept applications from everyone regardless of your background, beliefs or culture however we especially welcome applications from women, people from ethnic minorities, people with a disability and people who are LGBT+ as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

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.