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12 Jul 2022

Full-Time AAT Head of Public Affairs and Public Policy

FJWilson Talent Service (agent for our client) – Posted by FJWilson Talent London, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Job description

Our client, AAT, is the UK’s leading qualification and professional membership body for vocational accountants. AAT pride themselves on providing practical qualifications that meet the needs of both employers and employees.

Term: Permanent

Hours: Full time

Location: Hybrid working in place, with 1-2 days per week, in AAT’s fantastic office in Canary Wharf.

The Head of Public Policy and Public Affairs will contribute to the achievement of AAT’s business plan objectives and the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation by securing public policy change that is in AAT members’ interests – through the initiation, amendment or prevention of legislation, policy and regulations.

They will act as AAT’s primary relationship holder of key relationships across government, Parliament and with other key external stakeholders and will raise AAT’s profile, status and credibility through relevant external engagement and lobbying activity

They will manage the effective strategic development, review and management of AAT’s public affairs and public policy strategy, develop thought leadership initiatives and manage relevant public affairs campaigns.

As Head of PPPA, the successful candidate will secure greater recognition for AAT and its membership within the accountancy and tax profession, the education and skills sector, on the Responsible Business agenda and on a wider public benefit basis.


  • Previous experience in a senior public affairs role.
  • Experience of working in/with the English political system including understanding parliamentary process and legislative systems, with additional experience of the Welsh, Scottish & Northern Irish political systems.
  • Experience of writing impactful briefings for internal and external stakeholders including parliamentarians.
  • Experience of drafting public policy consultation document responses.
  • Experience of networking and developing/managing key external relationships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to quickly assimilate information and develop a strategic approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to regularly make effective decisions under pressure.

What are the benefits?

AAT believe in treating their staff well and this is reflected in wide-ranging benefits, which include:

  • Hybrid working (1-2 days per week in their London office) and opportunities for further flexible working.
  • 25 days’ annual leave, increasing one day per year up to a maximum of 30 days plus bank holidays.
  • Great pension scheme, life assurance and critical illness cover.
  • Health cash plan.
  • Enhanced maternity and shared parental leave contributions of up to 6 months’ full pay depending on length of service.
  • Regular wellbeing initiatives and fresh fruit in the office.
  • Cycle2Work scheme and much more.

It’s an exciting time to join AAT. In 2022, AAT achieved one star company status in the Best Companies survey, and they are currently going through a cultural transformation.

AAT are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming place to work. AAT encourage applications from diverse candidates and make recruitment decisions based on skill and experience. AAT have an equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) champions group, who lead on their EDI strategy and organise events to celebrate and raise awareness. AAT are a disability confident committed employer and have signed up to the Race at Work Charter. AAT have also signed up to the Women in Finance Charter, and in 2020 they exceeded their target for appointing females into senior positions.

How to Apply

Interested? To apply please submit a copy of your CV by the 18th August. If your CV is longlisted for the vacancy, then you will be requested to submit (via FJWilson Talent) a covering letter in either 1) a video or 2) written format , by 1300 on the 24th August.   Your video (or written format) should set out
  • why the role appeals to you
  • what it is about working at AAT that is of interest
  • a summary of how your experience is aligned to the role and
  • what makes you a good candidate.
Please note, applications without a covering letter will not be considered.   Shortlisting will take place on the 25th August, and will be communicated to candidates on the 25th/26th August by FJWilson Talent. 1st Interviews will take place w/c 6th Sept ; 2nd interviews, date TBC soon thereafter.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

Job expires in 8 days.

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