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Government Relations Executive

Reference
1901772
Contract Type
Permanent
Sector
Education, Media & Communications
Location
London, GBR
Expiry Date
30/04/2019
Government Relations Executive Description At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop les...

Job Description

Government Relations Executive

Description

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

About Pearson:

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe.

We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Position Purpose:

Global Corporate Affairs & Marketing (GCAM) communicates Pearson's unique position as the world's learning company, while building strong and enduring relationships with our key stakeholders around the globe. We focus on helping to strengthen our reputation with policy makers, influencers, the general public, and our employees. We ensure that our brand, communication, digital, and marketing efforts are being driven with global consistency. Collectively, our work is anchored in building a strong global Pearson brand with social purpose at its heart.

We are looking for a communications and government relations professional to take on the role of Government Relations Executive, supporting the Director UKGR and the Government Relations Manager (GRM) on all aspects of internal and external outreach and communications, helping to build understanding and excitement around these businesses’ ambitious strategy throughout Pearson. You will also partner closely with others, including key stakeholders in the UK and experts across GCAM, to deliver communications in support of business results.

Reporting to the Director, UK Government Relations, you will be part of a team of government relations and communications professionals to help shape Pearson’s profile overall, specifically across the UK markets. Collaboration, partnership and active stakeholder management is foundational to success in this role. Thriving in an evolving environment, working to drive innovation, and continuous improvement for efficiency and sustainable growth is key.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Working with Director, UKGR and the GRM to support the implementation of a proactive Government Relations strategy for Pearson’s UK business - In the UK Pearson is organised into three core divisions: Schools (including the Qualifications business); BTEC & Apprenticeships; Higher Education)
  • Maintain and update stakeholder engagement systems and structures - including the stakeholder contact database, policy risk register and events calendar
  • Provide proactive support to the GRM to develop strong relationships with key external partner organisations on all aspects of programme delivery - including roundtables, external events, and research projects
  • Support and liaison with media and digital teams to ensure information sharing and consistency of messaging
  • Drafting high-level GR policy briefings, Ministerial and parliamentary correspondence, speech writing, and stakeholder meeting preparation
  • Ad hoc desk research and administrative duties to support the UKGR function

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.

Qualifications

Experience:

  • Previous experience in a policy-focused, communications, or government relations role in the UK
  • Good knowledge of UK political and parliamentary practice, gained from a previous role in Westminster & Whitehall or a relevant in-house or agency role
  • Demonstrable track record of building trust and sustaining excellent internal and external relationships
  • Demonstrable experience managing a busy and fast moving set of issues and responsibilities
  • Strong understanding and experience of evolving social media best practice
  • Understanding of education issues, especially of the UK education policy landscape
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to work well cross-functionally
  • Solid interpersonal skills including experience of briefing and interacting with senior leaders

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience. We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity. The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.

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Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-80 Strand 80 Strand London WC2R 0RL

Job: Marketing

Organization: Global Corporate Affairs & Marketing

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Feb 8, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1901772

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.