Salary circa £35,000 

Location – Southwark with hybrid working 

Contract Type –  TfL

Overview of project/role 

The job holder provides effective support as specified and required to the relevant manager to build and maintain TfL's productive partnerships and relationships with the Government, Parliament, other UK cities, the London Assembly and International partners. 

Key Accountabilities  

The Government Relations Officer will be accountable for: 

1. Being an effective point of contact to stakeholders in Government, Parliament, other UK cities, the London Assembly and International partners to identify ways to increase awareness and advocacy of TfL 's priorities and the Mayor's Transport Strategy and seek opportunities to collaborate for their delivery. Where necessary, any issues of concern should be sought to be constructively resolved, escalating as necessary and contributing to efficient closure and resolution. 

2. Providing effective, high-quality and timely draft responses to Mayor’s Questions, stakeholder correspondence and VIP correspondence for the Mayor/Deputy Mayor as appropriate. Ensuring relevant feedback and intelligence from stakeholders is fed back into the business to inform decision-making and service improvements.   

3. Providing support to manage scrutiny from Government, Parliament and London Assembly including public scrutiny sessions, as appropriate.  

4. Ensuring senior managers and TfL colleagues more widely are well-informed about the policy and political environment by effectively engaging, monitoring and analysing developments and communicating them in a timely way to TfL senior managers and the wider business. 

5. Providing support across the Government Relations team to help achieve departmental objectives. Demonstrating and establishing collaborative relationships across TfL to ensure effective achievement of TfL and Mayoral goals. Representing Government Relations and TfL at appropriate forums as necessary and effective communication of intelligence and insight gathered as a result. 

6. Role model all TfL behaviours - direct, collaborative, fair and consistent, active, accountable - alongside being an open and active listener. 

Skills, Knowledge & Experience  

Skills 

  • Politically astute, with a sound awareness of the key policy issues affecting transport decisions in London. 
  • Able to produce and adapt clear and concise written and verbal communication on complex issues often to tight deadlines, including drafting position papers, briefings and correspondence. 
  •  Excellent organisational skills with attention to detail.  
  • Comfortable with, and capable of, representing TfL in external meetings. 

Knowledge 

  • Educated to A-level or equivalent in a relevant subject or with relevant professional experience; Degree level is desirable. 
  • Understanding of the political environment in which TfL operates, internationally, nationally and regionally. 
  • Understanding of the way that policy is developed and implemented, and how political engagement influences this. 
  • Understanding of emerging policy and trends in transport and cities. 

Experience 

  • Experience writing correspondence, briefings and monitoring notes to an excellent standard and in a timely manner.   
  • Experience dealing with colleagues and political stakeholders with competing interests. 
  • Experience having to prioritise multiple responsibilities and deadlines, sometimes with very tight timescales. 
  • Experience working within the transport sector would be an advantage. 
  • Experience working in a political environment is desirable. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion 

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We want to represent the city we serve, which will help us become a more innovative and efficient organisation. Our goal is to make our recruitment as inclusive as possible. We are a disability confident employer who guarantee an interview to any disabled candidate who meets all of the essential criteria. We also use anonymising software that removes identifying information from CVs and cover letters to make the process fair. 

Benefits

In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow.  Rewards vary according to the business area but mostly include: 

  • Final salary pension scheme  
  • Free travel for you on the TfL network  
  • A 75% discount on National Rail Season Ticket and interest free loan  
  • 30 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays 
  • Private healthcare discounted scheme (optional)  
  • Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme 
  • Retail, health, leisure and travel offers  
  • Discounted Eurostar travel     

To apply:

Please click here to apply for this role, this will take you to the Transport for London career page.

The closing date for applications is  12th February 2023, 23:59

Please note we may close the advert early if we receive a high volume of applicants. 

Please include in your application that you heard about this opportunity through the Taylor Bennett Foundation.