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- HEO Policy Advisor, UK

HEO Policy Advisor

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government 

£29,055 a year - Full-time, Part-time, Permanent


The role requires intensive, customer-facing work with colleagues who are based in London only, both internal (policy teams delivering primary and secondary legislation) and external (stakeholders based at BEIS and OGDs around Whitehall). 

Overview of the area of work: 

An opportunity has opened up for an HEO role in the Better Regulation team in MHCLG. We help to shape and influence policies across the department with an impact on business: facilitating conversations between policy leads and economists; promoting the use of evidence in policy decisions and, ultimately, seeking to ensure Ministers’ priorities are delivered at pace. 

This is a fast-moving area offering exposure to a vast subset of the department’s work – from the ban on tenant fees through to leasehold reform, building safety and even tackling rogue parking operators. The role combines stakeholder management and close operational experience of policy development in a way that is unique to a Whitehall policy setting. 

We are looking for a strong written and oral communicator who can build relationships quickly with a range of stakeholders within the department and across Government. We are a small unit reporting directly to MHCLG’s Director of Analysis and Data, so it is an opportunity for the post-holder to become comfortable with a high degree of autonomy and learn how to manage a diverse, changing portfolio of work. The role is ideal for someone looking to develop their communication and programme management skillset and acquire leadership experience. 


Key responsibilities: 

Advising on a cross-Government framework for policies with a business impact, guiding MHCLG teams through the necessary milestones and ensuring legal and Cabinet clearance requirements are met; 

• supporting and maintaining a robust internal system for approving and signing off the Department’s assessments which withstands external scrutiny and adheres to legal reporting requirements. This includes responsibilities for tracking a pipeline of measures and supporting a panel of Grade 7 economists as they review and certify legislative changes with a low impact to business; 

• Influencing cross-Government discussions supporting the team leader to advise MHCLG Ministers on the future of the Better Regulation agenda (including the Business Impact Target and One-In-Two-Out rule, as well as the regulatory assessment framework); and 

• Improving the department’s knowledge of impact assessments and better regulation principles (including alternatives to regulation). 


Key skills/criteria

Civil Service Competencies: Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Leading and Communicating and Making Effective Decisions.


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


Collaborating and partnering

Delivering at pace

Leading and communicating

Making effective decisions

Civil Service Competency Framework



Job posted on 11 August 2018.

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