Savings Policy Specialist
Competitive Salary and Benefits
The Building Societies Association (BSA) represents mutual lenders and deposit takers across the UK, including all 43 building societies. It makes representations to government departments and regulators, campaigns on behalf of the sector, and provides information and support to its members and associates. The BSA is an unincorporated non-for-profit organisation.
The BSA currently has 27 staff in the areas of policy, economics and research, legal, external affairs and member communications, commercial activities and corporate services.
We are looking to recruit a Savings Policy Specialist to play a key role in representing and advising our members on saving policy issues. This new position presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to contribute to the development of the BSA’s savings policy. Crucially, with training and supervision, the successful candidate will be a key representative of the BSA in the UK savings market, where building societies and credit unions have a distinctive and contemporary message to convey. This post, which reports to the Head of Savings & Economics, offers a considerable amount of responsibility and autonomy.
- To represent members’ interests on savings policy issues (such as Workplace Savings, access to digital savings platforms and improving financial inclusion), to help establish and maintain a favourable operating environment for them.
- To actively monitor and analyse legislative and regulatory proposals, engaging with members on written responses and member communications.
- To manage key stakeholder relationships within the public policy and regulatory bodies and with consumer groups.
- Degree or equivalent level of education
- Relevant post-qualification work experience (or internship)
- Familiarity with financial services, policy development, financial inclusion or a trade association
- Ability to take prime responsibility for particular areas of policy work and to meet strict deadlines.
- Excellent presentation, writing and diplomatic skills to meet the responsibilities of making representations on members’ interests.
- Ability to network with senior representatives of outside bodies and members at all levels.
- Self-motivated, flexible and proactive approach.
The benefits package includes a starting holiday entitlement of 26 days per annum (pro-rata), a group personal pension scheme, BUPA, life assurance and permanent health insurance. The starting salary will depend on the successful candidate’s experience.
The BSA is committed to flexible working, of which working from home on a hybrid basis is one aspect, with the aim of striking a good balance between greater flexibility, while maintaining and strengthening the coherence of the whole team and meeting the needs of the BSA.
The BSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for all our employees. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply and consider candidates for all positions without regard to race, colour, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Staff communication and training are priorities for the organisation, and the BSA is proud to be a signatory to the Living Wage Foundation, the Women in Finance Charter and the Good Business Charter.
If you are interested please contact us explaining your suitability for this post, including a short description (max 150 words) of a current issue in the UK cash savings market, together with your CV, to Melanie Snelgrove, HR Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be received by Friday 18 June 2021.