Parliamentary Affairs Advisor

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a great opportunity for a Parliamentary Affairs Advisor to join us on a permanent full-time (35-hour week) basis.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a great opportunity for a Parliamentary Affairs Advisor to join us on a permanent full-time (35-hour week) basis.

Chemistry is at the centre of everything you can see, smell, touch and taste. Whether studying the chemistry of life, or developing the advanced science behind modern technology, chemical scientists use their expertise to improve our health, our environment and our daily lives. Collaboration is essential. The Royal Society of Chemistry connects scientists with each other and society as a whole, so they can do their best work and make discoveries and innovation happen. We publish new research. We develop, recognise and celebrate professional capabilities. We bring people together to spark new ideas and new partnerships. We support teachers to inspire future generations of scientists. And we speak up to influence the people making decisions that affect us all. We are a catalyst for the chemistry that enriches our world.

As a Parliamentary Affairs Advisor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, you will report to our London-based Parliamentary Affairs Manager and will be a key part of our wider Science and Communities team responsible for our public affairs activities, including engagement with elected representatives across Westminster and the devolved nations.

We are looking for:

  • Degree or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Experience of applying project management techniques to design and deliver public affairs activity and outcome-focused campaigns. Ability to coordinate a wide range of team members and activities, including for traditional and new media, parliamentary and civil service meetings and activities, and member advocacy, to achieve measurable objectives.
  • Experience of working closely with, or in, any part of the UK political system, including understanding of the full range of public affairs activity and key Parliamentary processes and  how events held in Parliament are managed.
  • A proven ability to successfully manage internal and external relationships, develop networks and create opportunities with tact and diplomacy and excellent communication skills, critical judgement and composure under pressure.
  • A desire to promote and enable the positive impact of science on social, political and economic issues.

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we offer a great work environment and excellent benefits. The contractual base for this role is our Cambridge or London office, however we are currently embracing hybrid working, and therefore you will have the opportunity to work from a location other than this, as agreed with your line manager. There is an expectation that employees will attend the offices as needed for their role. If based at our London office, you will travel to the Cambridge office approximately 1-2 days a month. If based at our Cambridge office, you will travel to London approximately 4-6 days a month. Some home working will be possible, whichever office location is chosen.

If you are interested, please apply before the end of our closing date.


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