Opportunity to work as a Senior Policy Researcher for Matthew Pennycook MP

Closing Date: 9 January 2022
Job Title: Senior Policy Researcher
Location: London
Salary: £36,575 FT per annum
Length of Contract: 1 year fixed term with the potential to extend

Job Details

Matthew is looking for a full time Senior Policy Researcher to work in his busy Westminster office and to support him in his new role as Shadow Minister of State for Housing and Planning. The successful applicant will have a strong record of policy and research work, in particular on issues related to housing and planning; an understanding of Parliament and the political landscape; and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Job Description

  • Advise the Member of policy issues
  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues
  • Horizon-scanning, anticipate what advice or action may be required
  • Maintain and utilise knowledge of relevant legislation, including impact on the local constituency
  • Prepare and present results for the purposes of briefing notes for committees, parliamentary questions and motions, articles and press releases
  • Pro-active and re-active communications with all media
  • Research local, regional or national issues to support the MPs’ work
  • Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from lobbyists and pressure groups
  • To produce and present high quality written reports, briefing notes, and professional advice
  • There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of normal working hours, including assisting with events with the MP as requested

Person Specification

  • An ability to research and provide comprehensive, accurate and objective briefing, in writing and orally, on complex policy issues in relation to Matthew’s frontbench brief and to his constituency.
  • An excellent awareness of the policy and political context affecting Matthew’s brief and his constituency
  • An understanding of parliament, its role, processes, and its relationship to devolved and local government
  • Experience of dealing with and responding to policy stakeholders, the research community, campaigners and pressure groups, and the media
  • Successful experience of influencing decision-makers, campaigning or effecting policy change
  • An ability to develop opportunities for stakeholder engagement and to manage stakeholder events
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proven record of effective working as a member of a small team
  • Sympathy with the values and objectives of the Labour party, including its housing and planning policies

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place via digital link in the w/c 17 January 2022, with the successful candidate starting as soon as possible thereafter.

Please let us know if you need us to make any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the interview process.

Application Details

Please send your CV and a letter detailing your experience and how you meet the requirements of the person specification to matthew.pennycook.mp@parliament.uk using the subject ‘Senior Policy Researcher’ by 9 January 2022.