Senior Policy Advisor – Exports and Investment - Flexible Working Available

Birmingham, Leeds, London
30 Oct 2020
04 Nov 2020
Contract Type


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Senior Policy Advisor – Exports and Investment

Salary: National (Birmingham & Leeds) - £37,803
London - £42,003

Are you someone that keeps up to date with the latest developments and considers the effects on your area of work?

Would you love to work in a constantly evolving environment?

Are you confident in influencing and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders?

If so, then we are looking for a Senior Policy Advisor – Exports and Investment to join our team within the International and Regulatory Reform directorate at the Department for Transport (DfT), and we’d love to hear from you!

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Exports and Inward Investment team. We are a cross-cutting team focused on what DfT and Government can do to assist the transport and infrastructure sector in increasing trade, exports and investment.

Our team is part of the International Directorate, which is responsible for ensuring DfT supports the Government’s objectives of securing Free Trade Agreements with the EU and with other countries, and of making Global Britain a reality.

You will lead on developing export promotion policy for the Department and preparation for the Department’s participation in Dubai Expo 2020.

This is an exciting role that rewards initiative and a can-do attitude, particularly as it plays an important role in supporting the recovery of the wider economy.

There will be ample opportunity to shape the role according to areas of interest and development need.


Your Role Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

• To work across the Department to champion export and investment opportunities for the UK transport and infrastructure supply chain.
• To build strong links outside of DfT, including with the Department for International Trade and FCO Posts/Embassies to facilitate their contribution to international activities and opportunities.
• To project manage and develop the transport-themed element of the UK’s programme for Dubai Expo 2020 – you will represent the DfT in discussions with the Department for International Trade which is responsible for the UK pavilion at Expo 2020.
• To support Ministerial engagement on exports and investment opportunities and owning cross-Departmental policies such as the Code of Practice for endorsing companies overseas.

Please refer to the attached Role Profile  for an in-depth view of this post.

About you
You are someone who adapts easily to changing environments. You maintain full awareness of how issues and trends can affect the dynamics of key high-profile projects and recommendations.

You have excellent project management skills and the ability to prioritise challenging workloads to ensure maximum performance. You will be adaptable, adjusting to the requirements and strategic direction of the business.

Your excellent communication skills will enable to you to influence and negotiate with internal and external stakeholder to promote the wider agenda. We would love a confident individual to join us who can lead on cross-cutting initiatives. We are on the lookout for a confident communicator who loves to collaborate with others and isn't afraid of challenge.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Working Together. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to interview.

The sift is due to take place 5th November.

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 23rd November.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.