Senior Policy Adviser - Digital Infrastructure

National Infrastructure Commission

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 30th January 2022


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£50,000 - £64,498
If the successful candidate is a current Civil Servant joining on level transfer, NIC will honour their current substantive salary if higher


Grade 7

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Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

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The post will be based in London (Finlaison House, 15-17 Furnival Street) or in Leeds (location to be confirmed). We will operate a dual site from 2023, with one site in London and a second site based in Leeds. We are therefore starting to accept applications for Leeds based roles. Please note that if the successful candidate is based in Leeds they will temporarily be on a home worker contract until office accommodation in Leeds is secured. During this time there may be a requirement to occasionally come to the London office, based on business need. All staff follow government guidance about working from home during the pandemic. Once Covid-19 restrictions ease, most NIC employees will be working a hybrid pattern, spending 2 days a week (pro rata) in an office, on average.

About the job


Do you want to be part of ensuring that the UK is equipped to meet its long-term infrastructure needs? Do you enjoy solving complex problems? Do you have experience working in the digital infrastructure sector?

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is looking for a Senior Policy Adviser specialising in digital and telecoms infrastructure, to provide expert advice on policy development in a challenging and innovative environment. This is an opportunity to work creatively and rigorously on some of the most pressing issues for UK infrastructure over the long-term, shaping how digital infrastructure and utilisation of data will support our society and economy into the future.

To date, the Commission’s main focus in the digital infrastructure sector has been on the mobile and broadband access networks. The Commissions primary recommendations have focused on deploying full fibre broadband, extending 4G mobile coverage, and deploying 5G mobile infrastructure. Going forward, the Commission will consider the potential benefits of applying digital infrastructure to cut costs and improve quality in the other infrastructure sectors within its remit, such as transport, energy or water.

About NIC

By joining us, you’ll play a key role in delivering independent advice to government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs. We do this to help support sustainable economic growth across the whole of the UK, improve competitiveness and ultimately improve the quality of life of UK citizens.

In fulfilling our purpose and objectives, we:
- Set a long term agenda – identifying the UK’s major economic infrastructure needs, and the pathways to address them,
- Develop fresh approaches and ideas – basing our independent policy recommendations on rigorous analysis, and
- Focus on driving change – building consensus on our policy recommendations, and monitoring government progress on their delivery.
Our core responsibilities include:
• producing a National Infrastructure Assessment once every five years, setting out the Commission’s assessment of long-term infrastructure needs with recommendations to government on how to meet them.
• carrying out in-depth studies into the UK’s most pressing infrastructure challenges and making recommendations to government, and monitoring the Government’s progress in delivering infrastructure policy recommended by the NIC and influencing the policy debate.

We are a small, friendly organisation where policy experts, economists and analysts work together intensively in project teams, rather than silos. We work to support the Commissioners to push for action on and endorse our recommendations and to monitor government’s progress in implementing them.

Job description

This role sits within the Commission’s policy team which compromises of around 20 staff. The Secretariat is led by our Chief Executive, supported by a Senior Management Team, comprising the Chief Economist, Directors of Policy and Chief Operating Officer. The Commission is chaired by Sir John Armitt, with seven other Commissioners at present.

The role requires existing knowledge of the digital infrastructure system and desire to broaden your knowledge.

The role will entail a blend of policy development work, project management, strategic thinking, and detailed drafting, and require direct experience of scoping, developing and delivering high-profile digital policy projects. The work will be wide-ranging and evidence-based, requiring the ability to think strategically and to identify and implement creative approaches to policy-making. To perform the role successfully it will be essential that you effectively relationships with key Whitehall departments and external stakeholders from industry, academia and wider, whilst protecting the Commission’s independence.

The successful candidate will play a key role in the development of the digital recommendations for second National Infrastructure Assessment, by leading projects considering how the digital transformation of infrastructure could impact on future trends and opportunities across the economic infrastructure sectors within the Commission’s remit.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

1. Conduct research that identifies, scopes and supports delivery of policy projects that are aligned to the Commission’s objectives and builds the Commission’s reputation
2. Analyse and summarise numerical and potentially complex data that will support the Commission’s understanding of the digital sector
3. Providing rigorous assessment of the large volumes of information on digital policy topics and having an eye for what is important to the Commission and what is not.
4. Project manage the delivery of your own work and the work of others on the team and/or external consultants. This will include making use of project management tools such as milestone plans, risk registers, engagement plans.
5. Build and manage relationships with stakeholders so that the Commission keeps on top of the digital policy landscape, and use these relationships to shape and drive forward the Commission’s priorities.
6. Communicating clearly to a range of audiences including presenting your work to Commissioners and seeking opportunities to share the Commission’s work with external audiences at industry meetings and conferences.
7. Produce high-quality written material that succinctly summarises the detailed research conducted. Audiences for such material will include the senior management team, Commissioners and our external stakeholders.
Full details of the role are available in the download document of the Role Profile when candidates apply.

If you would like further information, please get in touch with Nathan Wyatt (



Candidates – Please note, you will be asked to give evidence in your application of how you meet these criteria.
Required Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills:

1. Making effective decisions: can analyse and accurately interpret data and information from various sources, including grasping technical detail. Uses this information to effectively identify options and drive forward evidence-based decision making.
2. Communicating and influencing: You communicate in a clear, confident, and enthusiastic fashion, explaining complex issues in a way that is easy to understand. You consider the impact of the language you use, and continually monitor the effectiveness of your own and your teams communications, taking action to improve them where needed.
3. Seeing the Big Picture: You ensure that your work reflects your organisation’s strategic priorities and take the initiative to influence future approaches. You can seek and represent the views of a range of stakeholders to understand and communicate issues.


You will be asked to complete a 250 word statement of suitability setting gout how you meet the following criteria:
4. Deep knowledge and expertise of policymaking in the digital infrastructure sector – comprehensive understanding of how the sector works, future trends and opportunities

5. Exceptional written communication skills – with experience in drafting sensitive and high-profile reports and other materials. The ability to structure documents and reports around a clear and compelling narrative, with arguments rigorously articulated and explained, and conclusions identified and robustly supported by evidence; and the ability to get to grips with complex and often technical issues and make them comprehensible and meaningful to the lay reader.

6. Strategic policy-making skills – ability to identify policy problems and objectives, develop practical solutions based robustly on complex technical evidence and analysis, and respond to the broader political and strategic context.

The lead criteria is: Making effective decisions

If we receive a large number of applications, applications will be assessed against this criteria alone first. They will then be assessed against the other criteria if they have met the minimum score on the lead criteria.

Closing: 30th January
Sift: w/c 31st January
Interviews: w/c 7th January


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Delivering at Pace

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture



• 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queen’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant).
• Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours).
• Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions.
• Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving.
• Access to a retail discounts and cashback site.
• A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
As part of our pre-employment security checks, if you are invited to interview and are not a current NIC member of staff, you will need to bring:

• Proof of identity, e.g. your passport or driver’s license. Documents must be in date and valid.
• Proof of address, e.g. a utility bill or bank statement issued within the past 3 months.
• Proof of your National Insurance (NI) number, e.g. letter from DWP confirming your NI number, or P60.
• If you do not bring a UK or EU passport, you will need to bring other documentation of your right to work in the UK, e.g. your visa, biometric residence permit or birth certificate.

Further details regarding acceptable documents will be provided in the invitation to interview.

Please let us know if your contact details change at any time during the selection process.

Eligibility Statement:

Individuals appointed to the Treasury Group will be subject to National Security Vetting.
To allow for meaningful checks to be carried out applicants will normally need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 out of the past 5 years.
A lack of UK residency in itself is not always a bar to security clearance but the Department will need to consider eligibility on a case by case basis using all information that can be obtained following a successful application.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Nathan Wyatt
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Further information

Complaints Process: Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment based on fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact NIC by email at: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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