Policy & Public Affairs Manager (2 positions available)

UK Bioindustry Association

Closing date 13 June 2021
Location London
Position type Permanent
Role Operations
Education Bachelor's
Experience >2 years
Salary GBP 36,500–38,500
Benefits See below

Job description

The UK BioIndustry Association is looking for two experienced and motivated policy and public affairs professionals to join our fantastic and influential external affairs team, working in one of the most exciting, innovative and economically important industries in the UK. These roles are ideal for someone excited by the opportunity of what Britain’s life science industry can do, as evidenced by the work of the Vaccine Taskforce,  with multiple years’ experience ready to step up in their career.

In this role you will network together some of Britain’s most innovative life science companies (our members), secretariat expert committees and ad-hoc groups, to develop and communicate new policies to deliver our mission to secure the UK's position as a global life sciences hub. You will also proactively monitor, triage and respond to government initiatives and work closely with parliamentarians and civil servants to represent our industry.

In a fast paced environment the precise nature of the policy agenda you will work on is likely to be as dynamic and fluid as the innovative pace of our industry, and be reactive to high profile government initiatives, with team working vital. You will need a passion for our sector and what it can do and be able to translate that passion into the policy landscape of the UK, Europe, the US, and international organisations our sector works in.

The primary purpose of the Policy and Public Affairs Manager(s) role is to build and deliver on the influence and objectives of the BIA.

Scope of Role

To give some idea of the scope of the roles, the issues that have been core to our work in recent months and these roles are likely to focus on are: 

  • Digital and heath data agenda to support groundbreaking innovation at the intersection of drug discovery and development and AI
  • Innovation policy and Sector Visions including R&D investment, including UKRI and NIHR budgets, and the Biomedical Catalyst
  • Building a sector narrative and campaign ahead of Government Spending Reviews, for support of life science start up and scale up companies in the context of the 2.4% R+D target 
  • Engineering Biology (including providing the secretariat to this committee)
  • Genomics (including providing the secretariat to this committee) 
  • The future of the UK-EU relationship and the Northern Ireland Protocol
  • Developing UK Life science asks ahead of global trade deals including Intellectual Property (including providing the secretariat to that committee)
  • Access and Benefit Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol
  • Pandemic response and future preparedness

Candidates should have a strong working knowledge of Westminster and Whitehall and experience of policy development. You will need to form coherent arguments on complex issues quickly and distil them down for a variety of audiences. You will also need to understand how policy issues link with wider sector issues (e.g. healthcare, innovation, science and the business environment) and have proven project management skills to drive projects through from conception to output.

The BIA is the UK’s trade association for innovative life science companies, we have a productive relationship with Government and a phenomenal track record of successful public affairs campaigns delivered by a small, dedicated and focused team. These positions are two of five roles working in Policy and Public Affairs at the BIA. These roles are at the beating heart of a dynamic not for profit Trade Association of 20 people delivering everything from events, business solutions, media relations, communications and regulatory affairs, and you will be expected to play an active part in making the BIA a great place to work.

Working closely with the wider team as appropriate, the Policy and Public Affairs Manager(s) will support the BIA’s influence activity by leading in the following areas, the details of which will be set out in workplans and appraisal objectives. Policy and public affairs responsibilities will include the following types of activity:

  • Keeping abreast of developments in relation to the above issues and share information with colleagues and members as appropriate.
  • Consulting on, drafting and finalising policy inputs such as government consultations, input to independent reviews and submissions to parliamentary committees.
  • Developing and delivering public affairs activity in respect of core policy areas and for the central components of BIA public affairs activity.
  • Developing expertise in above policy areas, acting as a spokesperson where appropriate, and looking for wider opportunities to communicate policy positions such as through blogs and events.
  • Supporting relevant member committees and groups as directed, driving through the work programme of those groups.
  • Play a role in developing the strategic focus of the BIA in respect of above areas, corresponding plans and activity and delivering those in practice.
  • Represent the BIA at external events, policy working groups and fora.
  • Attend weekly policy and public affairs team meetings to update on your work, contribute to team goals and brief colleagues effectively.
  • Actively contributing to and participating in making the BIA a great place to work through whole organization events and awaydays.
  • Contribute content to the quarterly reports and edit colleagues’ copy.
  • Work with the events team on delivery of event content related to your policy area.
  • Contribute to and maintain stakeholder list/maps and contacts within the BIA CRM.
  • Ensure BIA website content is kept up to date for the pages you are responsible for.

As a small organisation, flexibility is a key value all members of the team need to work to. As such the above duties and responsibilities are subject to change as informed by needs of the team, organisation and changes in the external environment.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Passion for UK life sciences and the role companies play in turning science breakthroughs into products and services of benefit to the world
  • Working knowledge of Westminster and Whitehall
  • Demonstrative experience in understanding policy development and how to showcase coherent arguments
  • Excellent written skills with an ability to grasp complex issues quickly and how to distil these for a variety of external audiences
  • Understanding of how policy issues link with wider sector issues (e.g. healthcare, innovation, science and the business environment) with proven project management skills to drive projects through from conception to output
  • Collaborative team-player who is flexible to changing business needs and supports colleagues effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrative ability to work with a variety of stakeholders to build and communicate a consensus view
  • Ability to develop good working relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Ability to represent the BIA and its members in person and through oral and written communication


  • Academic background and/or previous work experience in science

How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Riana Potamitis rpotamitis@bioindustry.org