UK Government Relations Manager

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Welwyn Garden City AL7 1TW

United Kingdom

Apply by: 27/11/2017

UK Government Relations Manager

Welwyn Garden City AL7 1TW

About the job

This is an exciting role for a dynamic, motivated individual to be an integral part of Tesco's government relations team and engage effectively on political developments and policy formulation, with a particular focus on Westminster and Whitehall.

The post holder will be expected to help shape and deliver Tesco's engagement with government, trade bodies, politicians and policy makers.  They will identify opportunities and risks to the business and respond to these appropriately by planning and implementing effective influencing strategies.


Main Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain an expertise in a number of policy areas.
  • Draft senior level speeches, briefings, presentations, and external communications.
  • Draft engagement materials, including consultation responses and policy positions.
  • Engage with trade bodies such as the BRC and CBI.
  • Represent Tesco at meetings with parliamentarians, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Identify and deliver proactive influencing opportunities, working with internal and external stakeholders, to showcase the business positively and support integrated campaigns.

Ideal candidate

  • Detailed understanding of British politics and policy making processes.
  • An interest in Tesco and the retail sector.
  • Excellent influencing and communication skills.
  • Initiative, drive, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to understand complex issues quickly.
  • Ability to multi-task and juggle competing priorities.
  • Working knowledge of Office IT systems - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook.
  • Demonstrable experience of working closely with political stakeholders including MPs and civil servants.
  • Evidence of delivering and implementing policy and influencing strategies.

Policy development and stakeholder engagement

  • The breadth of Tesco's business means the government relations function covers a wide range of policy areas, so it is a varied, fast-paced and fascinating role for the right candidate. 
  • Candidates will need to be able to grasp the detail of policy quickly, juggle a variety of competing demands, and exercise careful and considered judgement on complex issues.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to take responsibility early and engage with senior stakeholders inside and outside of the business

About the company

We need people who share our ambition to deliver for our customers; Passionate and confident people willing to take the initiative and drive us forwards.

In return we offer the excitement of working in a fast paced and transforming business, a great team, an excellent benefit package, and significant career development opportunities.

Package description

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:

  • An annual bonus scheme which you can achieve up to 3.5% of base salary
  • Privilegecard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 6 months service with 10% off most purchases at Tesco
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day
  • A retirement savings plan - 4%-7.5% contribution rate
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Buy As You Earn Scheme
  • Save As You Earn Scheme
  • Deals & Discounts through Tesco including Tesco Mobile & Tesco Bank
  • Deals and Discounts through many other external businesses

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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