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Senior Policy Advisor - Trade Promotion

Company: Wales Office    Location: Cardiff
The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales is the face of the UK Government in Wales and the voice of Wales in Westminster. We support the Secretary of State for Wales and his Ministerial team in representing Wales at the heart of Government. We work in partnership with other Government Departments and other stakeholders to deliver a stronger Wales within a strong United Kingdom.

Our departmental values are Commitment; Collaboration and Quality. These shape how we operate in a challenging, demanding and fast paced environment which requires flexibility, transparency and professionalism.

This is an exciting time to be involved in devolution-related matters. Following the EU referendum, the union is more of a priority than ever to this Government and the need for Whitehall departments to understand how to work with the devolved administrations in the context of legislative change has never been greater. This vacancy is a role at the heart of Government, monitoring Government policy and how it affects Wales and liaising with the whole of Government to influence on a whole range of policy issues.

As a member of the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales the successful candidate would be an employee of the Ministry of Justice, as parent Department. The Wales Office itself is based over two sites, in Cardiff Bay and Whitehall. The job could be based either in Cardiff or in Whitehall but as with any Wales Office role, travel between sites and elsewhere may be required in order to build relations with policy colleagues and ensure a unified and effective department.

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The Wales Office Economy and International Trade team is responsible for advising the Secretary of State on domestic and international economic policy, as well as engaging with businesses in Wales. The team also leads on matters relating to transport infrastructure and welfare reform.

The post holder will work with the Grade 7 team leader to support Ministers to promote trade and investment in Wales. This will include significant engagement with businesses across Wales, as well as working closely with the Department for International Trade and the Welsh Government to ensure businesses have access to all relevant UK Government support.

This post will involve the opportunity to work very closely with Ministers and colleagues across UK Government to shape and drive forward a key priority for the Wales Office.

Job Description

The key responsibilities of the role are:
  • Work with the Grade 7 to effectively support Ministers to represent Welsh interests in the UK Governments trade policy and the UK GovernmentÂ’s interests in Wales.
  • Effectively manage and develop a reliable network of key Stakeholders in Whitehall, the Welsh Government and with businesses and individuals across Wales.
  • Work with Other Government Departments across Whitehall, the Welsh Government, and businesses in Wales to provide advice on Trade promotion and ensure businesses across Wales have access to appropriate support.
  • Work closely with the Wales Office Communications Team and play a lead role in identifying and preparing for relevant trade events and visits for senior officials and Ministers.
  • Play a full and active role in the wider team. Drafting high quality advice and submissions to the Secretary of State, Ministers and senior officials, including on areas that fall outside the portfolio, should the need arise.
Skills & Qualifications

Excellent written and oral skills are vital to this post as you will be responsible for providing a variety briefing to ministers and senior officials on matters related to international trade, including submissions, cabinet committee briefings and parliamentary questions. It is also essential that you have strong communication skills to build relationships with key stakeholders. Oral and written Welsh language skills would be an advantage but not essential.

Given the high level of exposure to Ministers inherent in a small Department like the Wales Office, the ability quickly to win the respect and confidence of UK Government Ministers and senior Whitehall officials will also be important, as will sound judgement and political awareness. Competencies
We´ll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
Seeing the big picture

Leading and communicating

Collaborating and partnering

Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework Benefits Pensions Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates. Benefits Annual Leave

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