Federation Job Vacancy: Policy Insights Manager

November 14, 2018

Overview of role:

This role has been created to support the brand new Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), which will work to support the growth of the UK’s creative industries through the production of independent and authoritative evidence and policy advice. Led by Nesta, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Centre comprises of a consortium of universities from across the UK.

The Policy Insights Manager will be at the intersection of cutting-edge research, the world of public policy, and the creative industries. They will be based at the Creative Industries Federation - the membership body that represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries - which is the PEC’s key industry partner. They will report to the PEC’s head of policy, based at Nesta, and work closely with the head of policy at the Creative Industries Federation.

The successful candidate will be the go-to for policy insights, providing the PEC’s network, policy unit and consortium of universities with regular updates and briefings. They will also play a key advisory role on policy development. Drawing on the extensive network of the Creative Industries Federation and the PEC’s own links to the creative industries, they will relay industry insights, evidence and feedback to the consortium of universities on the PEC’s pipeline of research.

Strong communications and stakeholder management skills are required.


Key responsibilities:

  • Monitoring and analysing public policy in line with the PEC's priorities, including new announcements, changes, and staple events, such as the Autumn Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review

  • Producing in-depth policy briefings and advice for research partners

  • Writing policy insights for the PEC’s consortium network of universities and extensive network of industry partners, ensuring that they are updated on policy developments and key political moments

  • Producing accessible briefing notes suitable for government and parliamentarians to ensure the PEC's work is used for the development of policy and to inform public decisions

  • Attending meetings in Whitehall and supporting the development of strong relationships with officials and policy advisers

  • Supporting the PEC's high profile Industry Panel, supporting its chair at the Creative Industries Federation, and liaising with experts and practitioners across the sector and throughout the UK on matters of top priority

  • Contributing to publications, blogs, and workshops to help ensure the PEC's authority, agility, and impact

Required experience, knowledge and skills:


  • Strong communications skills, with the ability to convert complex policy, research and statistics in an accessible way, both in written and spoken mediums

  • Strong analytical skills, with experience of having to review and report on government documents quickly and accurately

  • Strong organisational and project management skills, with the ability to prioritise tasks and be agile at all times

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

  • A background in and/or good knowledge of government, public policy, and the policy-making process

  • A passion for the creative industries


  • An understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods

  • Knowledge of the creative industries, and policies related to the sector

  • Experience of working with academic partners and institutions

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


£32,000-£35,000. This role is full-time and based in central London.

Next steps

The deadline for applications is 2 Dec 2018. 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 weeks commencing 03/12/18 and 10/12/18. 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: 13/11/18.

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