Policy Officer

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Contract type
Permanent, full time 35 hours

The Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) is here to connect, support and grow local businesses. Accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce, we have given a voice to local businesses since 1813. GBCC is headquartered in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and covers six geographic divisions and four themed Chambers. GBCC plays a critical role in representing the local businesses community and campaigning on their behalf. The core functions of the team are to Research, Inform and Engage:

Research: understand trends and businesses views’ on key issues

Inform: brief businesses on economic developments, policy changes and best practice

Engage: influence stakeholders and on our members’ behalf

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the GBCC as a member of a growing Policy Team based in the Chamber’s brand new offices in Edgbaston. You can find out more about the GBCC by clicking here

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the delivery of the annual Birmingham Economic Review, including working with the Head of Policy to secure contributions from key stakeholders and members of the local business community, finalise content provided by partner organisations and draft the printed summary of the report
  • Coordinating delivery of value adding events, stakeholder engagement opportunities and resources related to the local and national economy and the recommendations of the Business Commission West Midlands to inform and support GBCC members
  • Supporting the delivery of policy activity surrounding major announcements such as the Spring Budget, the Autumn Statement, business rates activity, infrastructure development and emerging priorities for Greater Birmingham in areas such as across areas such Artificial Intelligence and Innovation
  • Working with the GBCC Media and Communications team on ensuring key messages and Chamber reactions are communicated and shared with regional and national media outlets
  • Contributing to the annual team target on delivery of sponsored and commissioned research and business support
  • Supporting the Head of Policy and Director of External Affairs in delivering public affairs related activity engaging with regional and national stakeholders
  • Overseeing secretariat for the GBCC’s Chamber Council and project managing the delivery of the GBCC’s Annual General Meeting

What we are looking for:

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent)
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Strong IT skills across Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word
  • The ability to handle a varied and demanding workload with drive and enthusiasm
  • A minimum 1 year of experience in a Policy or Public Affairs related role gained in either public or private sector organisations would be desirable

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to ensure that opportunities to work and develop at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce are open to all. We treat all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic.