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Title Senior Officer Ministerial & Parliamentary Affairs
Ref HE/3374
Directorate Communications
Preferred Location Guildford
Salary £23,893 - £25,087
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 19 Mar 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government owned company responsible for driving forward our motorways and major A roads. This includes; modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years, investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However, even more is yet to be done.

Certainty of funding and greater flexibility will enable us to become a better business. In our first 5 years alone, we’ll invest £11 billion in motorways and A roads – boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety. At the same time, we’ll improve how we work. That means we will be able to; plan roadworks better to minimise disruption; clear incidents more quickly; and save more than £1 billion by working more efficiently.

For further information on Highways England, please visit our website: www.highwaysengland.co.uk

Job Description

We are currently recruiting a Senior Officer for our Parliamentary Affairs Team to be based in our Guildford office.

The Ministerial and Parliamentary Affairs team is part of the newly established Public Affairs function at Highways England. This team works closely with the Department for Transport (DfT) to manage day to day parliamentary and Ministerial correspondence, as well as providing wider public affairs support where necessary.

The team plays a vital role in ensuring that Highways England fulfils its formal responsibilities to the Department for Transport by providing timely, accurate and high quality correspondence and information on a range of issues.

The job would suit an applicant who has an eye for detail, enjoys working to tight deadlines in an interesting, busy environment, and takes pride in maintaining and enhancing the reputation of Highways England.

 

Role Purpose:

The purpose of the role is to ensure that Highways England is providing timely, accurate and high quality information and briefings to the Department for Transport in support of Ministerial correspondence, Parliamentary Questions and other engagement.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Direct and oversee the drafting of accurate and high quality correspondence and briefings on Highways England activity.
  • Effectively manage all pending DfT requests for information; including monitoring the drafting status of; correspondence, briefing notes and responses to general information enquiries.
  • Perform quality assurance and final review of all pending drafts to guarantee organisation’s high standards.
  • Support the Department for Transport in dealing with Highways England related Parliamentary Questions, Ministerial Correspondence and other briefing requests.
  • Follow established team processes including data entry and maintaining accurate record keeping.
  • Assist the team with (and attend as required) the arrangements for monthly review meetings between DfT and Highways England. Support these meetings as necessary including taking minutes and record keeping.
  • Contribute to the wider activities of the Public Affairs team as required.
  • Ensure all health and safety matters are considered in accordance with Highways England Values and Behaviours.

Stakeholders

  • Director of Communications.
  • Head of Public and Government Affairs.
  • Communications Directorate Senior Leaders.
  • Department for Transport and other UK Government departments.
  • Members of Parliament.
  • Regional/Local Government representatives.
  • Highways England business areas.
  • Highways England Press and Media Team.
  • External corporate stakeholders.

Key Competencies:

  • Evidence of a background in the drafting and preparation of high level correspondence;
  • Demonstrable experience in roles where fine judgements are necessary in a political environment;
  • Experience of working under pressure as part of a correspondence team, demonstrating high levels of personal responsibility and effective time management.

Skills and Experience:

  • This role would suit a candidate with experience of high level correspondence ideally supporting the work of Government/elected representatives.
  • Excellent standards of written communication with experience of the preparation of high level correspondence and briefing notes.
  • Demonstrable experience of exercising excellent judgement within a political environment.
  • Able to independently identify sensitive issues and manage them appropriately.
  • Able to demonstrate strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships.
  • Working knowledge and strong political awareness of UK Parliament and Government Departments.
  • Experience of working in a pressurised environment to tight deadlines.
  • Proactive and willing to take personal responsibility in order to achieve team objectives.
  • High levels of personal integrity and able to manage sensitive information.
  • A dependable team player who can also work independently.
  • Awareness of the UK roads sector would be desirable.
  • Keen interest in UK politics and current affairs.

 

 

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV plus a personal statement which will be used to assess your suitability for the role.

Please ensure all Essential skills, experience and qualifications as outlined above are clearly demonstrated within your CV.

 

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

 

 

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