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Senior Policy Advisors - Semiconductors Team

Senior Executive Officer

Policy, Strategy

Salary Range:

National: £37,470 - £41,925 London: £41,055 - £45,565

Department and Location:

Department for Science, Innovation & Technology

Birmingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, London, Manchester

Advert Closing Date:


Contract Type:

Fixed Term

Available Working Pattern:

Flexible Working, Full-time, Job share, Part Year

Civil Service Jobs Reference:


Job Description:

The DSIT Semiconductor Strategy Unit is responsible for delivery of HMG’s new Semiconductor Strategy - one of the 5 priority technologies set out in the UK’s Science & Technology Framework.

Our work sits at the heart of the government’s technology, international and national security interests.

The team is recruiting for a number of positions across international and domestic policy. These are exciting, fast paced roles on a high-profile issue that sits at the heart of government’s technology, international and national security interests. Given this, the team is regularly delivering to the highest levels in government, with challenge, stretch and variety available to all team members. In conducting its work, the team prides itself on maintaining an inclusive, empowering and fun culture in which individuals are supported not only to perform in their present roles, but also supported to achieve their long-term career objectives.

The International and Security Team is seeking individuals to drive international engagement with key strategic partners (e.g. US, Republic of Korea, Japan, OECD), contribute to shaping a strategic vision for our international work, and engage with government and external stakeholders to ensure our international objectives deliver maximum benefit for the UK. Successful candidates will have excellent judgement and political awareness, a strong ability to tie short-term goals to bigger picture objectives, and a demonstrated track record of establishing working relationships with diverse and often senior stakeholders.

The Domestic and Resilience Team is seeking individuals to lead and shape domestic semiconductor policy, designing and delivering interventions in support of the National Semiconductor Strategy and driving engagement with industry and academia. Successful candidates will have excellent judgement, a good degree of scientific and technical literacy, and an ability to developing strong working relationships.

Person Specification:

Essential criteria

• Excellent judgement, initiative and a proactive attitude to rapidly pick up, set direction and drive forward solutions to complex issues.

• Ability to autonomously organise own portfolio of work and mange projects end-to-end experience of working at pace and balancing different priorities to deliver high-quality outputs to deadlines.

• Consistent focus on “the bigger picture” (e.g. wider policy and political landscape), enabling consistent connections between own work portfolio and wider organisational and team objectives.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to understand and adapt to different audiences, and confidence engaging with senior leaders.

• Exceptional record of building and maintaining positive working relationships with a range of different stakeholders.

Desirable criteria

• Interest or experience in the semiconductor sector and/or other areas of science and technology policy.

• Interest or experience of international policy or engagement.

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