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Briefings and Research Officer

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Job Introduction

Briefings and Research Officer 

Working closely on a day-to-day basis with the Metro Mayor of the West of England you will provide a proactive and reactive briefing function and support the mayor to raise the profile of the West of England, its strengths and opportunities, nationally and locally. 

The role will include:

  • Coordinating and maintaining factual, accurate, and up-to-date briefing materials on the work of the West of England Combined Authority, policy positions and topical issues
  • Proactively identifying key opportunities to promote the work of the Metro Mayor and the West of England Combined Authority
  • Assisting with organising key visits to develop and deliver communications around consultation and engagement events across the West of England.
  • Researching, writing and editing high quality content for different audiences including news releases, columns, articles, blogs, social media content, video scripts and speeches.
  • Carrying out independent research to write policy papers to aid decision making
  • Drafting written and verbal briefings to the Metro Mayor and other spokespeople
  • Providing a central point of contact for briefing requests to the West of England Combined Authority
  • Conducting other research projects
  • Working with all West of England Combined Authority staff to ensure Metro Mayoral priorities and the positive work of the organisation are proactively promoted
  • Having a top-notch understanding of the national political scene including a knowledge of opportunities and challenges coming from Government policy

This post is fixed term until the 30 April 2025 for the duration of the Mayoral term

Interviews will take part in two stages – you will first have an interview w/c 10 April with a panel from the Combined Authority, followed by an interview with the Metro Mayor, Dan Norris, on w/c 17 April.

About the Company

Our offer

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • 26/31 days annual Leave (from the 1 April 2023)
  • Generous Employer-Contribution Pension Scheme
  • Reduced bus travel across the West of England
  • Flexible and hybrid working options from day one to ensure you achieve the best work/life balance and career goals.

The West of England is an amazing part of the world to live and work. We have recently moved to a new bright and airy office, with all latest technology, just 10-minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads Train Station.

We are committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We ensure all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or citizenship status. We are also proud to have been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

Please contact us to identify any additional support you may need during the recruitment process.

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