Director of UK Government Relations


26th June 2023

As the Director of UK Government Relations, you will work within the Corporate Legal team, where you will be responsible for the development and implementation of an integrated UK government relations strategy.
Key Responsibilities
·       Build, develop, manage, and coordinate relationships with key UK GR stakeholders, including high-profile trade associations, across the full portfolio of Pearson’s interests to build relationships to identify and pursue opportunities and mitigate risk across the five verticals.
·       Represent Pearson at speaking events, in meetings with government officials and stakeholders and in association and partnership activities
·       Create and lead execution of external engagement plan featuring consultants and business leaders, managing external GR agency to maximize support and impact.
·       Join up with UK Comms to ensure consistency of internal and external messaging and to cocreate campaigns to promote positioning and business goals.
·       Develop key metrics and analysing insights to inform on international communications and government relations strategies and tactics.
·       Track, monitor, advocate and report on relevant legislation and regulatory proceedings and assist in the drafting and delivery of oral and written testimony and ensure compliance with lobbying and reporting rules and regulations.
·       Provide tactical support and strategic counsel on all government relations issues to senior leaders.
To be successful in this role, you must be:
·       A leader with integrity and empathy.
·       Adept at stakeholder engagement/client management
·       Proactive.
·       Passionate about staying up-to-date and engaged with industry expertise.
·       Constantly seek to understand business goals, objectives, and challenges.
·       Able to express complex ideas succinctly.
·       An excellent communicator (written and verbal).
·       Deeply curious about the consumer and the (digital) competitive landscape.
Education & Experience Requirements
·       A strong background in UK government and policy with proven experience, at least partly in the Education space.
·       Business Acumen – Experience, insight and knowledge to understand market potential and political risk and opportunity and translate this into strategic GR work that supports the corporate strategy in support of learners.
·       Ability to speak publicly, often before senior government, stakeholder groups and education leaders.
·       Strong writing and communication skills.
·       Ability to manage external consultants to maximize impact of company goals
·       Extensive knowledge of UK government operations, working knowledge of education policy issues, relationships across the federal government, and a track record of excellent internal and external stakeholder management at all levels
Additional Information
·       Must be willing to travel within the US and UK when needed (<15% travel)
·       This role will be hybrid working from home and at our office at 80 Strand, London.
·       The salary range for this role is between 155-175k depending on experience
·       Please apply directly on our website including your CV and a covering letter outlining your reasons for applying for the role.

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.
This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program, and information on benefits offered can be found here

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