• Policy Adviser, Emerging Technologies

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 1 week ago(07/08/2018 17:17)
    Job ID
    Science policy
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Salary Max
    GBP £29,376.00/Yearly
    Pay Band
  • Job Scope

    The Royal Society is looking for an enthusiastic person to join us as a Policy Advisor responsible for managing projects within our emerging technologies programme.


    This position is suitable for an efficient, enthusiastic and versatile person with a confident and mature attitude who enjoys undertaking research, drafting reports and event management and project management. S/he will be expected to work closely with Fellows and experts to provide insights on emerging technology.  An ability to look at issues in novel ways and to create insights using a variety of techniques will be important in this role more broadly. S/he will also contribute to the overall development of the Science Policy team and the delivery of its objectives. A knowledge of basic science which can be applied to emerging technology is important for this role. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of a senior member of the team.


    The Royal Society’s mission is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Royal Society provides independent, timely and authoritative scientific advice to UK, European and international decision makers. The Society derives its authority and expertise from its Fellowship and Foreign Membership.


    Demonstrating the importance of science to everyone is one of the Society’s three strategic priorities and most closely associated with this role. Scientific advice as well as our ability consider emerging technology and create perspectives are more important than ever before. From ocean resources to genetic technology, from air quality to artificial intelligence the questions being asked of scientists by policy makers, the media and the public continue to multiply. The Royal Society has built up an enviable reputation for the quality and breadth of its science policy work. Policy is now one of the most influential of the Society’s activities.


    The Science Policy team’s role is to work with the Society’s Fellows and other experts to develop and promote independent, expert and timely advice to UK, European and international decision makers in matters of science policy. Science Policy’s partners include other academies, learned societies, funding agencies, government, industry and the public sector. It deploys a wide range of channels and approaches, from the delivery of major reports to rapid shorter statements; the creation of influential networks; skilful use of the Society’s media channels; and well-founded programmes of events.


    Full time, Permanent

    Pay Band: C

    Salary: £29,376 per annum



    1. Leading and delivering multiple projects within emerging technology policy issues under the supervision of a senior member of the team. This includes:
      1. Researching scientific and policy issues, particularly on emerging technology issues.
      2. Creating novel approaches to thinking about issues and creating insights using techniques such as “futures”.
      3. Systems thinker and aptitude for strategic planning
      4. Keeping up-to-date with policy and wider developments in the UK, the EU and devolved administrations
      5. Creating programmes and project plans, setting up meetings, writing minutes and agendas for meetings.
      6. Drafting policy briefings and reports, editing, proof-reading and managing the design of external facing material.
      7. Organising the logistics for internal and external policy-related events. This involves liaising with the Society’s internal conferencing and events section, arranging catering, sending out invitations, managing the delegate list, on the day registration, preparing relevant material for the event and expenses.
      8. Management of day to day financial activities such as raising purchase orders, paying invoices, dealing with expenses claims, logging spending accurately and keeping spend within budget.
      9. Providing support such as working with the industry, marketing, communications and website teams to promote policy work to key stakeholders.
    2. Assisting senior members of the team with emerging technology projects as well as the creative use of insights outside of the immediate programme.
    3. Undertaking other duties commensurate with the post such as contributing to horizon-scanning for other teams.
    4. Supporting the Science Policy Leadership Team to develop and implement the overall strategy for the Society.
    5. Build effective working relationships with colleagues and Fellows.
    6. Building national and international networks of contacts with policymakers, scientists and other stakeholders at his/her own and at a higher level of seniority.
    7. Representing the Society and its policy positions in meetings with government, policymakers and others.
    8. Contributing to other activities within the Royal Society as required.

    Key Knowledge and Skills Required


    Educated to a minimum of degree level (or equivalent)                                                              Essential



    Experienced in policy making, ideally related to emerging technology or innovation.                    Essential

    Able to convey complex scientific, technical and policy-related ideas effectively                           Essential

    Effective interaction with people at all levels of seniority and managing professional networks    Essential

    Managing online communities and online outputs                                                                       Essential

    Able to prioritise and manage more than one set of tasks simultaneously                                  Essential

    Excellent management of time and workload to meet tight deadlines                                          Essential

    Preparation of written and oral briefings and of synthesis reports                                                Essential

    Computer literacy (proficient in all MS packages including Word, PowerPoint and Excel)          Essential

    An enthusiastic team player, with experience of collaborative working                                       Essential

    Creative thinking and problem solving                                                                                        Essential


    Preparing minutes from meetings                                                                                              Desirable

    Experience in the production of policy documents                                                                     Desirable

    Organisations of events, workshops or meetings                                                                       Desirable

    Experience of working in a policy environment                                                                          Desirable

    Use of customised database software                                                                                       Desirable

    Managing or running projects                                                                                                    Desirable



    Able to be flexible about working hours on occasions                                                                 Desirable

    Able to undertake national and / or international travel on occasions                                          Desirable



    Pay Band C - Role Descriptor and Competencies

    The competency levels for a pay Band C role are described below.



    • Works unsupervised and can motivate self
    •  Produces results under pressure
    • Can manage in stressful situations
    • Pushes for the best results

    Working with others

    • Contributes ideas and identifies opportunities to work with others both within the team and across the organisation
    • Willing to provide feedback to sectional colleagues when requested
    • Produces succinct presentations and papers for senior colleagues
    • Understands when to seek senior advice on potentially delicate negotiations

    Resource management

    •  Makes the best of internal/external resources and coordinates well with external partners to best meet the needs of the Society
    •  Builds contingency into projects taking into account possible outside factors
    •  Sets and monitors performance against quality and results orientated targets
    •  Focuses on both short and long-term goals

    Critical thinking

    • Determines and clarifies the exact requirements of any situation
    •  Checks information for accuracy and raises concerns if information is inaccurate
    •  Extracts the key points succinctly, clearly and accurately
    •  Puts forward suggestions for improvement concerning current processes or systems
    •  Tries different ways of doing things to get the best results


    • Overcomes obstacles and is not deterred by setbacks; checks assumptions and first principles and works out alternative approaches
    • Reacts proactively to new challenges and works in a flexible manner to produce solutions
    • Provides feedback and participates in discussions surrounding new ideas approaches or projects

    Managing people and relationships

    • Delegates effectively, setting clear expectations and authority
    •  Monitors results and feedbacks to team on a regular basis
    •  Recognises others’ contributions and acknowledges their limits
    • Helps others to identify ways to improve their performance
    •  Prioritises supervisory responsibilities and carries them out in a timely fashion
    • Understands and can identify client/stakeholder/staff needs and looks for opportunities to improve their experience


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