About the Role

Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. When we work across such a broad range of subjects, we need to make our position very clear. As our Policy Coordinator, you'll support the delivery of government engagement activity including the delivery of political visits, meetings & events. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

As part of our Government Relationships team within the Strategy Directorate, you will be responsible for helping to deliver policy activity across the whole NPL. Typically,  you will help to write policy statements, responses to policy consultations and inquiries, working with the policy officer, scientists and members of the strategy and communications team as well as undertake policy research and scanning activities to understand the political landscape and where NPL fits in. Finally, we’ll expect you to keep abreast of any government policy that might impact on our scientific research as well as develop and manage relationships with stakeholders in government departments and other associated organisations. 
About You
As a Policy Coordinator you will need some experience of working on complex policies for a large, high-profile organisation. Superb communication and organisation skills are absolutely essential, as is the ability to build good relationships.  Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need. Together, we’re helping make the impossible, possible.
 Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.
About The Company

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.