Policy and Public Affairs Officer - Scotland

Scotland- Home Based, Permanent, Part Time (18.5 hours per week)

About us

Would it inspire you to see the tangible impact of your work on the world? To work for an organisation that is committed to making a positive difference for people globally? If so, we could be the organisation for you. We are the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.


About the role

As our Policy & Public Affairs Officer for Scotland, you will undertake research and analysis of Scotland’s constructor sector and lead the development of the Institute’s policy positions in our priority areas in Scotland. You will also contribute to wider CIOB policy development.

Reporting to the Policy and Public Affairs Manager, you will ensure that the Institute is well positioned within the Scottish Government, Parliament, and the wider policy community, and help influence regulation and policy development in construction. You will work across the Institute - with its membership and external stakeholders including Government(s), industry and other professional bodies - to manage the CIOB’s policy profile and drive its reputation and engagement opportunities, with an emphasis on Scotland.


About You

This role would suit someone who has demonstrable experience in a policy or public affairs role, that has consistently demanded thought-leadership, strategic analysis, writing, research, presentation and communication skills. Enthusiastic and flexible with strong interpersonal skills, you will have a lateral mindset, initiative, and the ability to work independently.

We would like you to have knowledge of Scottish and, ideally, UK Government and Parliamentary processes, along with the ability to assess and make recommendations for policy development. You will understand the public interest position of a professional body and how this is distinct from traditional policy making. You will also demonstrate knowledge of the construction industry and the built environment more generally. Experience of working in, or alongside Scottish Parliamentarians and relevant Scottish Government departments is also essential.

Membership of a relevant professional body is desirable. 


Why Work For Us?

We can offer you not only the opportunity to make a real difference with the work you do, but the chance to do that in a friendly, flexible and welcoming working environment, where we’ll show you that we’re committed to your personal wellbeing and to your development within your role. We also hold a Silver Investors in People Award – which we really hope will show you our commitment to you as an employee. 

Last but not least, we’ll offer you a fantastic range of benefits which we are really pleased to list below:

  • Generous Holiday- Your work/life balance is important and time away from work to rest and recharge is vital to your wellbeing and general happiness, so we are pleased to offer when you start 25 days plus bank holidays, which will then increase with service years all the way up to 29 days! We also tend to close over the Christmas period so you could look to see an extra 3-4 days off each year as well, which is on top of your basic holiday as mentioned above.
  • Birthday Day Off- No need to use your base holiday to book your birthday off, we are pleased to add one extra day for you to take on/near your birthday as well. 
  • Length of service anniversary day off- We want to celebrate length of service at the CIOB, so we offer a day off in the year you achieve each subsequent five-year length of service anniversary (for example 15, 20 or 25 years)
  • Pension Contribution and Pension Advice- Alongside your health and wellbeing, we believe strongly that it’s important for all of us to plan for the future, so we are really proud to make a contribution on your behalf via our pension scheme. In addition, we also work with and pay for professional pension advisors to help offer you advice on your pension.
  • Employee Assistance Programme- Sometimes we need help and don’t know where to look for it. The service gives you confidential telephone helplines available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Private Medical Insurance- In addition to all that the NHS can offer, our comprehensive medical insurance cover offers access to private medical treatment and facilities; often leading to a quicker diagnosis and treatment.
  • Health Cash Plan- This scheme allows you to claim cashback for everyday healthcare needs such as dental check-ups, eye tests, physio treatment and much more up to specific annual limits. This scheme also offers other retail and leisure discounts!
  • Life Assurance- we offer a multiple of your Basic Annual Salary, as per your contract. 
  • Learning and Development- We’ll make sure you are constantly learning and developing with us, whether it be a qualification/training course or simply learning from others at team CIOB- your development is important and we invest a lot of time a money into this!

How Do I Apply? 

To read more about the role, you can download our job description on this page. 

To apply for this role please submit a full CV and covering letter by completing our online application. If you would like any further information, please contact us by email on hr@ciob.org.uk.

Please note that we may consider applications as they are submitted and therefore you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.