Connecting Talent to opportunity

Connecting Talent to opportunity

Senior Policy Advisor


Job Description:

Summary At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

HMRC is the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority, and we have a vital purpose; we collect the money that pays for our public services and help families and individuals with specific financial support.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

This is an exciting time to join HMRC as we continue our journey to become one of the most digitally sophisticated tax authorities in the world. To achieve our ambition, we are investing in ground-breaking initiatives and programmes to transform our tax systems, building a dynamic organisation with a culture that focuses on and significantly invests in the continual development of our people. This role based in Indirect Tax will be a key part of this transformation. The team is responsible for delivering strategic and insight-led improvements to the successful operation of VAT as well as delivering key and high-profile policy projects. The team is based in Liverpool. Job description We are looking for a creative, driven and politically aware SO who is a confident policy-writer and is motivated by building new teams, greater capability, effective networks and a strong brand.

What can you expect from us?

VAT Infrastructure prides itself in being a highly-skilled, flexible, confident, forward-looking policy team built around the following principles:

• Forward-looking and influential – crafting and integrating with the wider programme of transformation in HMRC and adopting a long-term strategic approach to support UK businesses.

• Skilled and knowledgeable - supporting and encouraging our people to develop their skills and technical expertise across VAT Infrastructure and Soft Drinks Industry Levy.

• Well connected – Comfortable in crafting an environment where all our people are connected and contribute to HMRC’s key objectives.

• Customers - You love working with customers while using data and behavioural insight to transform and develop our policies to support our customer’s needs.

• Building capacity - building our policy capability so that we can work more flexibly across teams, as well as produce more career opportunities for our people.

• Driving up quality and the speed of delivery - enabling us to rise to current challenges and be ready to respond to future ones.

You will also gain:

• Valuable experience of working in a high-profile and recognisable policy area.

• Experience of a cross-cutting policy area and exposure to senior staff and Treasury colleagues.

• Your career development as a priority: your ambition and skillset will be woven into this role from the beginning.

Responsibilities • Contribute to a selection of high-profile and government minister driven policy areas.

• Engage and support a team of policy analysts to deliver common, wide-ranging objectives and strategy.

• Use evidence, analysis and political insight to identify gaps in current policy and strategy and to flesh out emerging proposals.

• Produce well-rounded policy options and share them across the stakeholder base to ensure a holistic, detailed and joined-up approach and clear policy proposals that senior staff and ministers can agree to.

• Underpin your policy work in legislation and good guidance.

• Forge and support networks and connections across HMRC to support governance and collaborative working.

• Work with HM Treasury Policy Partners to ensure parity and support of approach across HMT and HMRC.

• Work actively with corporate partners - lawyers, HR and analysts.

Essential Criteria

You will:

• Have a strong and collaborative approach to engagement and will build networks across the department to facilitate policy and operational changes.

• Use information and insights to design and deliver evidence-based policy.

• Be adept at solving sophisticated problems whilst ensuring decisions are pushed to the right level and are inclusive of all relevant partners.

• Have strong experience in partner leadership – this role will mobilise several parts of HMRC to come together and deliver for businesses, the citizen and the Exchequer.

• Have strong and impactful written and verbal communication skills – this role will require routine briefing of senior leaders, working with Press Office, working with HM Treasury to brief ministers and key senior partners across HMRC.