Policy Advisers

Wales Office

Cardiff, Wales

£24,002 - £38,873


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Why work at the Wales Office? The exposure to Ministers is second to none in Whitehall and so these roles will really suit individuals who want to hone their policy experience skills and are not daunted by working with senior officials and Ministers. Being the smallest department in UKG we pride ourselves on our success of punching above our weight and covering multiple portfolios.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales is the face of the UK Government in Wales and the voice of Wales in Westminster. We support the Secretary of State for Wales and his Ministerial team in representing Wales at the heart of Government. We work in partnership with other Government Departments and other stakeholders to deliver a stronger Wales within a strong United Kingdom.

Our departmental values are Commitment; Collaboration and Quality. These shape how we operate in a challenging, demanding and fast paced environment which requires flexibility, transparency and professionalism.

This is an exciting time to be involved in devolution-related matters. Following the EU referendum, the union is more of a priority than ever to this Government and the need for Whitehall departments to understand how to work with the devolved administrations in the context of legislative change has never been greater. These roles are at the heart of Government, monitoring Government policy and how it affects Wales and liaising with the whole of Government to influence on a whole range of policy issues.

Being part of a small team delivering the Secretary of State’s priorities you will get unparalleled access to Ministers and suitable candidates will have the right type of attitude to work in a fast paced and varied policy environment

As a member of the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales the successful candidate would be an employee of the Ministry of Justice, as parent Department. The Office is based over two sites, in Cardiff Bay and Whitehall. The job could be based either in Cardiff or in Whitehall but travel between sites and elsewhere may be required in order to build relations with policy colleagues and stakeholders and ensure a unified and effective department.

Policy Branch Descriptions

The Group supports ministers and senior officials to ensure that Wales' interests are fully represented in UK Government policy-making and implementation, and to promote a wider understanding of UK Government policies in Wales. There are several teams in the Policy Group each headed by a Grade 7 Team Leader.

HEO posts provide an excellent opportunity for individuals looking both to develop strong policy and briefing skills and gain experience of working closely with Ministers.

The Teams

The Economy, Trade & Investment team is responsible for advising the Secretary of State on domestic and international economic policy, as well as engaging with businesses in Wales. The team also leads on matters relating to welfare reform.

The Regional Growth Team is responsible for delivering a range of UK Government policy priorities in Wales such as City and Growth Deals, Digital infrastructure, Energy, Broadcasting and Defence.

The EU Exit Team is responsible for ensuring that the UK Government’s policy on EU Exit has taken into account the unique circumstances and requirements of stakeholders in Wales.

The Transport Team is responsible for engaging with stakeholders across Wales to understand the case for further rail investment, ensuring appropriate UK Government investment and that the voice of Welsh stakeholders is heard as policy is developed in Whitehall.

Job Description

As the Wales Office is not a direct delivery department we rely on our ability to influence to deliver Ministerial priorities. You will need to quickly establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders both within Whitehall and outside. You will also need to be prepared to challenge and stand your ground or push back when under pressure as you deliver Secretary of State’s priorities. You will need to work at pace to often challenging deadlines with an ability to draw together different sources of information and make sense of it for busy Ministers. There will be a need for an excellent political antenna and so you will be proficient in keeping abreast of the latest developments in Welsh and the wider UK political scene and how this affects your delivery priorities. You will need to show leadership not only in the way you drive forward progress on your particular area of expertise but also to members of the team as some of these roles will include line management responsibilities.

The key responsibilities of the role may include:

  • Work with the team leader to effectively support Ministers to represent Welsh interests in UK Government policy and the UK Government’s interests in Wales.

  • Effectively manage and develop a reliable network of key Stakeholders in Whitehall, the Welsh Government and with businesses and individuals across Wales.

  • Work with Other Government Departments across Whitehall, the Welsh Government, and wider external stakeholders in Wales to ensure that Welsh interests are fully reflected in UK Government policy.

  • Drafting high quality advice and providing a variety of briefing to ministers and senior officials, including submissions, cabinet committee briefings and parliamentary questions, including on areas that fall outside the portfolio, should the need arise.
  • On occasion work closely with the Wales Office Communications Team and play a lead role in identifying and preparing for relevant events and visits for senior officials and Ministers.

Closing Date: 7 Jan 2020


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