Location: London based, with flexible/hybrid working

Reports to: Public Affairs Manager

Salary: £30,000 plus excellent benefits

Closing Date: 26th July 2022

Join CMI in 2022 and celebrate 75 years of Better Managers!

About the role:

The role is ideal for a highly organised, agile and politically-aware candidate, who is looking for a varied role that will see them develop their public affairs and stakeholder engagement skills and grow their networks. Working closely with teams across the organisation including the Research Team and Policy and Impact Team, the successful candidate will play a key role in supporting CMI’s advocacy activity across the UK.

The Public Affairs Officer will: Develop and support delivery of high quality stakeholder engagement strategies; Monitor and communicate key political developments to CMI stakeholders; Support senior CMI stakeholders with their advocacy activity through precise briefing; and respond in an agile manner to ad hoc requests for support as required.


  • To support CMI’s public affairs activities, in line with the Communications and External Affairs three year strategy. This includes helping to build and maintain relationships with Ministers, MPs, civil servants and opinion formers, as well as supporting the APPG for Management.
  • To help develop and deliver CMI’s stakeholder engagement plans. This includes mapping stakeholders, developing messaging, and maintaining appropriate records to support internal reporting.
  • To monitor policy developments and keep colleagues informed of potential impacts on CMI.
  • To represent and present on behalf of CMI at meetings and events.
  • To draft letters, articles, briefings and reports for internal and external audiences.
  • To provide high quality policy and project support across the policy team.
  • To support CMI’s social media activity with engaging public affairs-focused content.

About you:

We are an inclusive employer and welcome all diverse backgrounds, where individuality is celebrated, creating both a forward-thinking team and a supportive space for everyone in the CMI family. We actively invite applications from diverse cultures and experience.

  • It is essential you will have a working knowledge of the UK Parliament and Government. This may be from relevant experience in an MP’s office, government department, political party or previous public affairs role.
  • Degree level education is preferable but not essential.
  • We are looking for someone who can enhance our culture and align with our core values. We want someone who is ‘Passionate’ in making a positive difference to the skills of managers and leaders, ‘Practical’; with the ability to make quick and smart decisions, ‘Progressive’ about creating a better future and maintaining a ‘Professional’ code of conduct, through being accountable and ethical in everything that we do.

Why CMI:

Are you looking to join a dynamic and ambitious organisation? At CMI, new leadership and management strategies are at the fore-front of what we do. We know the importance of fresh ideas and encourage new perspectives. We are a not for profit, Sunday Times top 100 employer, with a Platinum Accreditation with Investors in People. We offer an engaging, flexible and collaborative culture with a wealth of opportunity for professional development.

It doesn’t stop there. We believe we are only as good as the people that work at CMI and in turn offer a competitive benefits package for all employees:

  • Flexible working – whether that’s from home or in the office; wherever works best for you. We are not a traditional 9 to 5, we are flexible with what hours you work and when you work
  • 24 ½ days’ holiday + 8 days’ Bank Holiday – with annual leave days increasing with length of service and the opportunity to buy and sell holiday
  • Wellbeing and mental health – in-house mental health first-aid trainers, BUPA Employee Assistance for 24 hour support and access to Kooth, an online mental health platform
  • CMI membership – take advantage of our amazing courses and become a Chartered Manager. Plus, CMI will pay your professional membership to one additional organisation of choice
  • Rewards and Recognition scheme – cash prizes awarded to employees throughout the year
  • Socials – with an active social team, we have a book club, yoga classes and regular team outings
  • Pension – we add an extra 6% of your gross salary to your pension pot every month after 3 months

About us:

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) sets the Professional Standard in Management and Leadership. We have worked with businesses and education providers to inspire people to unleash their potential through qualifications, apprenticeships and training to become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders, resulting in Chartered Manager status – the ultimate management accolade, which is proven to boost individuals’ career prospects, management capability and impact in the workplace.

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We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than advertised should we receive a high number of suitable applicants.