Federation Job Vacancy: Deputy Head, EU and International

December 17, 2018

The Creative Industries Federation is the membership body that represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries.

Through our unique network of more than 1,000 member organisations, our influential policy and advocacy work and our UK-wide events programme, we bring together the many sectors that comprise our world-leading creative industries.

We are stronger together. Through the combined strength and expertise of our members we ensure that our sector is at the heart of political, economic and social decision-making.

Overview of Role

This important, senior role offers the opportunity to make a genuine difference to the UK’s creative industries by leading, developing and delivering the Federation’s ambitious EU and international activity.

The Deputy Head, EU and International, will work closely with creative organisations, businesses and individuals across the UK to advocate on their behalf, holding government to account on important issues such as Brexit, immigration, and trade. The appointed candidate will also take the lead in developing practical initiatives that will benefit the sector, and securing the partnerships and revenue that will make them happen.

This is a unique opportunity to generate new and innovative ideas with our world-leading creative industries, and shape the Federation’s activity in the months and years to come.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and delivery of the Federation’s activity concerning the EU and international priorities.

  • Engage with members across the creative industries to identify, respond and act on their priorities, working closely with them to develop innovative practical and policy solutions. This includes the leadership and management of the Federation’s EU and International working group, which convenes senior leaders from across the creative industries.

  • Monitor key developments on Brexit, immigration, and international trade policy, and work with the Federation’s communications team to develop authoritative and impactful responses.

  • Advocate member priorities on EU and international priorities to key departments, playing both a diplomatic and leadership role to ensure a strong relationship between the sector and government.

  • Respond to government consultations related to EU and International policy on behalf of Federation members, championing an authoritative and coherent view of the sector.

  • Produce practical, accessible, and insightful materials for a range of audiences, including members, government officials and the public.

  • Seek and act on commercial and partnership opportunities to deliver new initiatives and practical support that respond to the needs of the UK’s creative industries.

  • Account manage an appropriate selection of our members and partner with the Federation’s membership team to identify and approach potential new members.

  • Deliver presentations and speeches to members and external stakeholders across the UK to communicate the sector's priorities and the Federation's activity.

Required Experience, Knowledge and Skills:


  • Knowledge of the EU and international landscape and its relationship with industry, including policies, regulation, and practical initiatives

  • Experience of influencing government and informing policy development

  • Highly organised, with strong project management skills and proven experience of managing multiple projects simultaneously

  • Experience of managing multiple stakeholders across all levels, and prioritising their needs

  • Experience of generating ideas and seeing them through to fruition

  • An excellent communicator with strong written skills and the ability to construct accessible, clear and persuasive arguments to a range of audiences

  • Experience of securing and managing partnerships and revenue streams

  • A team player with the ability to act diplomatically

  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate both internal and external contacts

  • A passion for the creative industries


  • Knowledge of policies, regulation, and practical support on immigration, trade, and intellectual property, and their relationship with the creative industries

  • Knowledge of the Brexit landscape in relation to the creative industries

  • Experience of contributing to media opportunities (including written pieces, radio interviews and TV appearances)

  • Network of contacts within key government departments

Benefits of working with the Creative Industries Federation:

  • The Creative Industries Federation is the only organisation that brings together the full range of the UK’s creative industries, from performing arts, music, fashion and film through to advertising, architecture, video games and tech

  • This role offers the opportunity to meet and network with some of the most senior and exciting leaders from our sector, as well as the chance to champion and make a genuine difference to our world-leading creative industries

  • Regular opportunities to attend events hosted by our members, from performances and exhibitions through to conferences, talks and roundtables

  • Light and airy central London offices, based in the heart of Covent Garden

  • A friendly and supportive office culture, with fortnightly Friday drinks



£38,000 - £42,000, dependent on experience. This role is full-time, based in a central London office, but with a requirement for some travel and evening work.

 Next Steps

The deadline for applications is 17 Jan 2019. To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter of between 400 and 800 words addressing why you would like this post and why you are perfect for this role. Please accompany your application with an example of your written work.

The Creative Industries Federation values diversity and promotes equality. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 21/01/19. We are looking to appoint as soon as possible.

All applications and any queries should be addressed directly to Sally O’Keefe, Office Manager, on recruitment@creativeindustriesfederation.com. Date issued: 17/12/18.

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