About the Role

Whether you’re talking about length, mass, time, temperature, electric current, amount or the brightness of light, the National Physical Laboratory sets the standards by which these things are all measured. Our policy manager is responsible for leading, developing and reporting on government relations and policy engagement across the whole of NPL to ensure we demonstrate NPL’s impact..   At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

A member of the Government Relations team within the Strategy Directorate you will be responsible for developing and managing a programme of government engagement activity to build the profile of NPL within government departments, including political visits, meetings and events.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Work with the PR manager and communications and marketing team to deliver government focused communications activity
  • Build positive and constructive relationships with government stakeholders increasing NPLs network of government contacts. Manage the monitoring and tracking of government stakeholder engagement.
  • Identify and respond to appropriate policy consultations, select committee inquiries and policy announcements. Manage and coordinate the scientific input into policy responses.
  • Working alongside NPL economists, deliver robust, apolitical policy lines backed up by evidence and research to qualify and justify NPL’s position and recommendations including supporting HM Treasury Business Cases.
  • Develop knowledge, skills and experience associated with area of specialism and stay up to date on government policy that impacts scientific research, brief colleagues on areas of policy that impact on NPL
  • Provide all people management processes for the team including performance reviews for staff ensuring that they are completed on time and to company standards. Manage the relationship with our Political Monitoring provider.
  • Responsible for taking reasonable duty of care for Health & Safety of themselves and of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work and always follow direct instructions given with regards to Health & Safety
This is a 12 month FTC (maternity cover)
About You


The ideal candidate will have experience of managing stakeholder engagement and policy development activities within a high profile and fast paced science-led organisation.   You will have a track record leading stakeholder engagement activities, building constructive relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, increasing the influence and profile of your organisation. You will be able to demonstrate the flexible and responsive approach needed to provide positive and appropriate responses to government led consultations and policy development.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent written communication skills with the ability to present complex issues in a persuasive, accessible style to a range of different audiences
  • Good oral advocacy skills and an ability to build productive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders from different organisations and backgrounds
  • Ability to manage complex stakeholder engagement and influencing activities, both individually and with colleagues
  • Ability to manage a complex workload, set priorities and meet tight deadlines.
  • Previous experience within a science/engineering environment would be desirable along with an understanding of policy development within government.

 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.