The Competition Group identifies and responds to competition problems in the telecoms, postal and broadcasting sectors, with the aim of delivering better outcomes for consumers. Our recent projects include our review of the wholesale local access market, a key step in our strategy to deliver ultrafast broadband to more UK homes. We work with teams and groups across Ofcom to look at consumer issues from a competition perspective.
The Competition Policy team does two things. As policy specialists, we provide the policy input into projects, working with other specialists including economists and lawyers. We also act as project managers, delivering and implementing the policies we help to develop.
Purpose of the Role
We are looking for someone to join our small Edinburgh team. You will work with cross-site teams, including colleagues from both Edinburgh and London, to develop UK-wide competition policy in the industries we regulate, and make competition work for UK consumers and businesses.
Ofcom’s culture is based on excellence, agility, collaboration and empowerment, and the outputs in our work matter just as much as how we work together. We welcome applications from all people who are keen to contribute to this culture and have the necessary skills for the role, and we support a range of flexible working arrangements including part-time and job sharing. We value diversity as way to make us the best we can be for citizens and consumers in the UK.
Requirements of the Role
You will act as the policy lead or project manager on one or more projects or workstreams.
As the Policy Manager, you will identify policy questions, scope the analysis needed to answer them, and work with your team to develop solutions. You will develop the policy narrative for internal and external stakeholders, leading projects through governance to publication.
As the project manager, you will develop a plan for delivery. You will identify resources, set the timetable, manage delivery, and provide editorial control of the internal documents that support our decision and of the documents we publish to set out proposals and decisions.
You will also contribute to other work supporting Ofcom’s corporate values of excellence, collaboration, agility and empowerment, for example training and development, and diversity and inclusion.
Ofcom is an agile organisation and many project teams involve colleagues based in both Edinburgh and London. We use technology such as video conferencing to work together effectively. To welcome you in the best possible way and to enhance project work, we will also ask you to spend some time in our London office over your first few weeks, and from time to time depending on project needs.
Skills, knowledge and experience
Our policy people come from a variety of different academic and career backgrounds, and have developed their skills in many different roles and sectors. The core skills for the role are:
Experience or understanding of policy development in a regulated industry or government.
Written communications: you will contribute extensively to drafting and editing of internal and published documents, so written communications are very important.
Face to face communication: you will develop our policies through group discussion, so you need to be able to communicate arguments in person, and to be prepared to listen and contribute to debate. You will also interact and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Project management: you will be responsible for leading teams, running projects, defining scope and workstreams, owning timetable, and drafting and editing to ensure accessibility and quality of documents in substance and presentation.
You do not require any specific academic qualifications for this role, but we will be looking for evidence of your ability to solve problems that have legal, economic and technology dimensions, to explain your thinking effectively to different audiences and to deliver projects.
A first degree could be a relevant indicator as could relevant professional experience.
- Planning, project and programme management
- Relationship management (internal and external)
- Communication (written and oral)
- Problem solving and analysis
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