Senior Policy Adviser, Data




June 7, 2024

About the organization

The Royal Society

The Royal Society

Organization type

Academic Institution

In A Nutshell


Hybrid London, United Kingdom



Job Type


Experience Level


Deadline to apply

June 7, 2024

Develop and promote independent, expert, and timely advice to UK, European, and international decision makers in matters of science policy.


  • Leading policy work on issues relating to data and digital technologies.
  • Devising innovative ways of gathering evidence and insight on the development and use of a range of digital technologies.
  • Building national and international networks of influence with policymakers, scientists, and other stakeholders on their own and at a higher level of seniority.
  • Ensuring agreed projects and other activities are delivered on time, on budget, and on scope.
  • Planning, drafting, and editing workshop notes, and policy reports and thinking creatively about other outputs.
  • Closely monitoring UK and European policy developments related to data and digital technologies.
  • Horizon-scanning, identifying, and scoping new project opportunities.
  • Public speaking, representing the Society and its policy positions in meetings with government, policymakers, and others.
  • Providing leadership to and line management of policy and project support staff.
  • Providing frequent advice to senior management, relevant Vice Presidents, Fellows, and committees.
  • Working with teams across the Royal Society to ensure that policy messages which are created are fully disseminated.
  • Contributing to other activities within the Royal Society as required.


  • Expertise, and/or strong interest, in relevant areas of data and digital technology policy.
  • Skilled oral and written communication for technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Assessment and reporting of technical information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Self-organisation and management of several tasks simultaneously.
  • Highly motivated and the ability to generate similar motivation in others.
  • An enthusiastic team player, with experience in collaborative working.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving.
  • To have worked on a variety of policy programmes at the corporate, national and/or international level.
  • Delivering complex projects on time, on budget, and on scope.
  • Writing, editing, and disseminating reports.
  • Establishing and maintaining a network of contacts.
  • Effective interaction with people at all levels of seniority.

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