Ofcom's mission is to make communications work for everyone. We regulate broadband and mobile services, postal services, TV and radio, and the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. Our remit will also extend to regulating a safer life online.
Policymaking forms a critical part of what we do at Ofcom. Our role (in the Networks and Communications Group) is to help ensure the traditional and online communications services we all use every day and rely on for nearly everything we do works in customers' best interests. As far as possible we do this by promoting competition in the industries we regulate, to help drive innovation and make sure people and businesses can get the services they need. And we are also focused on protecting customers using broadband, mobile and other digital communications services.
Colleagues in our team also work closely with other teams across Ofcom, other regulators, Government, and a range of external stakeholders to address problems that affects people or businesses, designing options and solutions to solve it.
Working at Ofcom is about changing communications for the good. It's an opportunity to take on the issues that matter to people using communication services and answer the big questions in technology.
Purpose of the Role
These are important roles in our team developing policy to promote the interest of consumers in the communications services we rely on across the UK. You will help to analyse and solve complex problems, working closely with specialists such as economists, lawyers and technology experts.
- You will be able to feed your curiosity by building the strength of your experience on a broad scope of projects and programmes by working as part of different project teams, taking ownership of overall progress of the project as well as leading the delivery of a workstream or an aspect of the project.
- You will lead policy development and group discussions, presenting your analysis and collaborating with specialist colleagues to develop policy options.
- Produce internal documents that support our policymaking process and draft parts of our published documents. This will require you to produce high quality written material tailored to different audiences appropriately, as well as collating information from a range of different sources and communicating legal, economic and technical information clearly.
- Contribute to other work supporting Ofcom's corporate values of excellence, collaboration, agility, empowerment and respect.
Skills, Knowledge and experience
Our Policy Advisors in the Networks and Communications Group come from a variety of different career and academic backgrounds and have developed their skills in many different roles and sectors. The core skills relevant to the role are:
- Project management: You will be able to take ownership of your own work and produce workplans, assist with managing internal governance, and manage input from other colleagues to deliver outputs on time.
- Policy development: experience of policy development in a regulated industry, in government or another policy-focused organisation, or of problem-solving in a commercial organisation.
- Problem-solving and analysis: developing logical approaches to research and analysis, responding to new information and generating options.
- Written communication: experience of, and a willingness to develop your skills in, drafting and editing professional published documents.
- Oral communication: we develop our policies through group discussion, so you will need to be able to communicate arguments clearly and concisely, and be prepared to listen and contribute to debate, both in person and online.
No specific qualifications are required for this role.
These posts can be based in London or Edinburgh. Ofcom supports hybrid working and you'll be expected to spend around half of your time in the office.
Applying for the role
If you are interested in the role, please submit your CV and a covering letter (up to 500 words) explaining your relevant skills, knowledge and experience and why you want to join the Networks and Communications Group at Ofcom as a Policy Advisor. Please let us know if you would like to submit your application in another format.
We welcome applications from candidates who would like to work flexibly or part time, so please tell us what your preferred working arrangements are.