Policy And Public Affairs Manager

Vacancy posted: Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Salary: 27,00 -29,000
Location: Stirling

Closing date: 27 October 2016

CECA Scotland

Policy & Public Affairs Manager

 Job Description


Stirling with some travel within Scotland on an occasional basis


£27,000 – £29,000 p.a.

Reports To

Chief Executive

Work Pattern

Full Time: 35 hours per week


Starting date: ASAP


The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Scotland represents 110 civil engineering companies across Scotland ranging from large multinational PLCs delivering major infrastructure projects to SMEs delivering smaller civils works in their communities.

CECA estimates that it represents companies carrying out over 80% of Scotland's annual civil engineering outturn of c£3bn with around 30,000 PAYE employees.


No line management responsibilities


Project budget management responsibility


The Policy and Public Affairs Manager will actively contribute to CECA Scotland’s success through supporting the day to day activities of fellow CECA Scotland colleagues.

This role will involve:

  • Keeping abreast of live policy and political developments in particular areas that may impact on or be of interest to CECA members and keeping members informed of relevant issues and developments in various formats using various media.
  • Identifying, assessing and taking forward opportunities to influence, lobby and campaign on such issues in conjunction with and by providing support to CECA colleagues, including supporting the design and delivery of appropriate campaigns and events.

The work of the Policy and Public Affairs Manager will be part of the foundation upon which CECA Scotland will be able to build influence amongst key stakeholders.

Post holders will be expected to work flexibly and be able to adjust and adapt to changing priorities.


Undertake research, reading and other activities to keep abreast of and up to date with the changing policy, political, economic, social and legislative environment that may impact on the work of CECA Scotland and its members and interested parties.

To develop, commission and manage research projects focused on the interests of members using appropriate analytical frameworks, methods and tools.

Gather and present relevant evidence for responding to consultations and for making other submissions as required, filling gaps in knowledge before completing drafts.

Draft briefings for internal audiences and external audiences (including especially CECA members, politicians and public officials) on public policy issues that fall within the scope of CECA Scotland priorities, as directed.

To build and maintain constructive relationships with policy makers, politicians, regulators and other relevant public, private and third sector organisations in order to effectively represent CECA members’ interests and influence change for the benefit of members.

To be an ambassador for, and to represent CECA Scotland externally, speaking at relevant events and providing evidence to parliamentary committees to promote the interests of CECA members.

To work closely with colleagues in other CECA regions and CECA National where appropriate to achieve the agreed strategic outcomes.

To contribute towards improving the quality of data held by CECA Scotland and to work with colleagues to share best practice in data recording, collection and analysis.

Administrator for the CECA Scotland web pages including maintaining relevant content of website and updating website with information where required.


Develop and build relationships with CECA members, politicians, public officials and other key stakeholders and partners, to inform and influence policy and practice and to seek opportunities for joint working and collaboration.

Effectively manage relationships and activity with CECA members and members’ groups.

Identify opportunities to improve engagement with members in policy work.

Represent CECA Scotland as required at external events.


To ensure compliance with and implementation of CECA Scotland’s policies including those relating to health and safety, emergency procedures, equal opportunities, code of conduct and disciplinary procedures.

To undertake any other duties considered reasonable within the scope and purpose of the post as may be instructed by the Chief Executive.

The post holder is responsible for the day to day management and regular review of information held on ICT systems and in data folders within their responsibility.

Responsible for providing a comprehensive first point of contact service, both face to face and via the telephone for CECA Scotland, to all CECA members, visitors and callers.

Ensure the CECA Scotland customer relationship management  system (IMB Notes) is kept up-to-date with relevant information, including:

  • Update IBM Notes with documents, letters or notes as required.
  • Ensure details of customer contact are entered into IBM Notes in a clear and concise manner.
  • Maintain relevant content of IBM Notes.

Experience & Qualifications

Relevant experience in a public affairs, lobbying and campaigning or in a demonstrably equivalent role that included interaction and involvement with the political and policy environments.

Strong and demonstrable interest in the political environment in general.

Understanding of public policy with comprehensive generic knowledge.

Excellent understanding of the operation of the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament.

Firm understanding of the operation of the UK Government and UK Parliament.

A proven ability to quickly gain an in-depth understanding, knowledge and experience of economic sectors and of specific policy and practice issues. This will specifically mean:

  • Civil engineering contractors – how they operate and the issues they face   
  • Public Procurement Policy and practice

Having a relevant degree may aid an application but it will not necessarily be used as a determining factor when assessing applications as CECA Scotland is of the view that there may be people without a degree whose other experience may enable them to fulfil the requirements of this post

Technical Knowledge and Practical Experience of the Role

Excellent verbal communication skills.  An ability to communicate complex technical issues to both internal and external audiences in a non-jargon way.  

Excellent command of English language including spelling and grammar. Ability to tailor writing to different audiences.

Excellent inter-personal, networking and influencing skills and an ability to develop and maintain relationships with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels of the organisation, external contractors, suppliers and members.  

Competent in the use of MS Office Packages.

An ability to work methodically and accurately with excellent attention to detail and robust time management skills.  

An ability to navigate complex, ambiguous and sometimes conflicting issues and provide focus and solutions.

Skills in use of social media in public affairs and campaigning.

Ability to gather, understand, analyse and interpret data and information. 

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