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Centre for Digital Built Britain



Closing date: 
Tuesday, 6 August, 2019

The CDBB Policy and Public Affairs Manager will take the lead, on behalf of the Executive Director, Head of Policy, and Head of Engagement, to manage day to day relationships with the Centre's policy network and collaborators. The role-holder will be the bridge between the Centre's policy and public affairs networks and its Head of Engagement and Head of Policy to identify opportunities for influencing and promoting CDBB's outputs in supporting the Centre's policy engagement programme. Due to the high profile nature of the Centre, and the critical service delivery and finite funding involved, it is essential that you already hold, or can very quickly establish the specific key networks required to deliver the Centre's objectives; coupled with recent experience of drafting policy papers at a strategic level.

CDBB's Policy and Public Affairs Manager will provide leadership, oversight and coordination over of the Centre's policy and public affairs work stream, working closely with its Engagement, Research, Change and Knowledge transfer workstreams. The role-holder will be the bridge between key external policy and public affairs stakeholders and the Centre's leadership, managing relationships from a policy perspective, monitoring key networks, programmes and projects and promoting their outputs through appropriate communications channels via white papers and identifying opportunities for influence and engagement, ensuring key messages are given consistently across all communications outputs.

Internally the role-holder will work across the core team, combining detailed policy knowledge with the ability to devise and deliver public affairs work ensuring consistency in messaging that is aligned with the Centre's strategic plan and delivery agendas. The role holder will be required to create and manage the on-going nature of the UK policy development reference library.

The role-holder will have the ability to co-ordinate policy across the higher education, industrial and government institutions. Externally, the role-holder will be expected to liaise and network with key stakeholders listed in the 'Further Information'. The role-holder will also need to represent the Centre and the University as required at external meetings and University of Cambridge networking events including the Policy Impact Network and the KTF Network. The role holder is expected to act with a high degree of independence and discretion, to work proactively and on own initiative.

The University has received funding of £30 million from UKRI as part of the £72 million Construction Innovation Hub partnership with BRE and MTC. The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) at the University of Cambridge will focus on the ongoing digital transformation of the built environment. The Centre is a key element in the digital built Britain programme which has the ambition of delivering a step-change in construction productivity, creating approximately £2.9 billion of net discounted savings for the Exchequer through the delivery of high performing assets in infrastructure and buildings, and driving exports for UK firms.

The long-term vision for the Centre is to develop and demonstrate policy and practical insights that will enable the exploitation of new and emerging technologies, data and analytics to enhance the natural and built environment, thereby driving up commercial competitiveness and productivity, as well as citizen quality of life and well-being. The role holder is expected to act with a high degree of independence and discretion, to work proactively and on own initiative.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2022 in the first instance.

The closing date for this position is Tuesday 6th August 2019.

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Informal enquiries regarding this position should be made to Dr Kate Parsley via email

Please quote reference AK19867 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information