Senior Public Affairs Officer

British Heart Foundation
Advocacy and Campaigns, Policy & Research, Strategy & Consultancy
Salary Details
£35,000 - £37,000 p/a + benefits
Contract Type
Hours per Week
Closing Date
Do you have previous public affairs experience, delivering change for an organisation? Would you like to make a difference at one of the country’s largest charities? If so, you may be the Senior Public Affairs Officer we’re looking for!

Job Description

The British Heart Foundation's (BHF) Policy and Public Affairs team exists to influence key decision makers so that we can beat heart disease for good. We develop the BHF’s policy position and engage and influence stakeholders to help ensure the UK remains a global leader in heart and circulatory research.

As a Senior Public Affairs Officer, you'll join our award winning team where you’ll develop and deliver key projects across the BHF’s political priorities and provide public affairs expertise to help influence UK Government policy, legislation and the health service in England.

Working arrangements

This is a dual location role, with your working time split between your home and approximately once a week at our London Office. This will allow us to unlock our best work for our cause, blending the best of home and office working.

Here at the BHF we understand that you might need a little help balancing your work and home life. Many of our people work flexibly in many different ways. Please feel free to talk to us about the flexibility you may need; we’re happy to explore what’s possible for you and the role, including part time and flexible working opportunities.

About you

You'll have detailed knowledge of the workings of government and parliamentary procedure as well as a working knowledge of the devolved administrations. With an understanding of the external political environment, you'll have an understanding of the role of the BHF and other health charities in general and particularly in the political arena.

You'll have experience of working in the UK Parliament, a public affairs consultancy, or an in-house public affairs role, and have excellent communication skills. Having previously successfully influenced political stakeholders you'll be able to build strong relationships with key internal and external colleagues.

Able to write clearly, concisely and persuasively for political audiences in a variety of formats, you'll be able to summarise complex information swiftly and accurately for a variety of audiences. You'll be able to plan your own workload, ensure effective time management and meet deadlines.

With a commitment to high standards of relationship management in order to achieve the best outcome, you'll be able to work using your own initiative, proactively seizing opportunities to benefit the BHF.

What can we offer you?

Our Career Academy provides you with support, inspiration, and opportunities to help you unlock your full potential. 

Our generous staff benefits include:

  •  30 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  •  Private medical insurance
  •  Dental health cover
  •  Contribution towards gym membership
  •  Pension with employer contribution up to 10%
  •  Life assurance

We have been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for our Live Well. Work Well. Programme. Heart health is central to our mission, and that starts with you. We provide a programme of activities, opportunities, and guidance to inspire and support you to live a healthy and happy life, at home and at work.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early. Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory basic DBS check. 

As part of our commitment to be an inclusive employer and ensure fairness and consistency in selecting the best candidate for this role, the BHF will use anonymous CV software as part of the application journey. 

To apply: Click the apply link to be transferred to our recruitment site where you can download the full job description and apply online. To help us to manage our advertising resources, please mention Ethical Jobseeker in your application. 

Company Description

At the British Heart Foundation, we are focused on the urgent need to fund more research into heart and circulatory diseases like heart diseases, stroke, vascular dementia and the conditions that cause them, to find answers fit for 21st century challenges. We are independent, have more than fifty years of breakthroughs under our belts and we won’t stop in funding life saving research.

We celebrate diversity and make inclusion part of what we do every day. Diversity and Inclusion forms a main pillar in our People Experience Strategy. Our aim is for all of our colleagues and volunteers to bring their true self to work, so we can continue to fund life saving research.