Careers at IPSA

Our people are our greatest asset. 

It is a real challenge to regulate and support 650 MPs and more than 3,000 of their staff.  

We need people with the skills, resilience and drive to make our work a success. 

We want IPSA to be a diverse and inclusive high-performing organisation. To do this we recruit, retain and develop people with a broad range of skills and experience from all backgrounds.

If you share our values, we want to hear from you. 

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You demonstrate excellent judgement.  

You can influence people. 

You understand our aims and values and want to help us achieve our goals. 

Policy Manager

Permanent, full-time role.

Applications close on 10 August 2021.

We are looking for an experienced policy professional to manage a small yet impactful policy team, including work on key regulatory reviews. This role is vital to the delivery of IPSA’s ambitious corporate plan and our aims to make sure that the regulatory scheme is fit for purpose, future-proofed and meets the needs of MPs and their staff. In addition to providing policy advice to the IPSA Board and colleagues, the Policy Manager will play a key customer-facing role including engagement with MPs, their staff and other key stakeholders.

You will have a specialist understanding of issues relating to pay, pensions and remuneration, gained in industry or in another regulatory body or similar. While you will be supported by external legal, actuarial and technical advice, you should know the landscape, "speak the language", and understand trends in other sectors.

You will have a strong understanding of the policy development process and demonstrable experience of providing policy advice in other organisations. You are comfortable using data and information from multiple sources and can formulate policy options and recommendations, taking account of complex factors.

With excellent written and verbal communication skills, you will be comfortable liaising with internal and external stakeholders at all levels, including Executive leadership and Board members, MPs and their staff and government departments.

You can lead a team effectively and, with a sharp eye for detail, you can keep multiple pieces of work on track. As a line manager, you support and empower staff, and you can bring people together to achieve a goal.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter of a maximum of 400 words to ipsa.recruitment@theipsa.org.uk. Your covering letter should clearly demonstrate how your experience matches the job description and person specification.

IPSA welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Please ensure your CV and cover letter does not contain any personal details which could identify you. Please remove any reference to your:

  • name and title

  • educational institution names

  • age and gender

  • email address

  • postal address and telephone number

  • nationality and immigration status

Read the full job description and more on how to apply.


Pay & Pensions Policy Specialist

Permanent, full-time role.

Applications close on 10 August 2021.

We are looking for someone with the specialist knowledge and drive to be the organisational policy lead on issues relating to pay, pensions and other aspects of remuneration for MPs and their staff. These are high-profile issues that require not only expertise but also sensitivity and political acuity. This is a senior role with a large degree of responsibility for complex project delivery.

You will have a specialist understanding of issues relating to pay, pensions and remuneration, gained in industry or in another regulatory body or similar. While you will be supported by external legal, actuarial and technical advice, you should know the landscape, "speak the language", and understand trends in other sectors.

You will have demonstrable experience in delivering policy projects (particularly where there have been complex operational impacts), you understand the practicalities of implementation, and you can bring people together to achieve an objective. You can identify policy, strategic and operational issues and risks and advise on how to mitigate them.

You will be comfortable liaising with internal and external stakeholders at all levels, including Executive leadership and Board members, pension scheme trustees, MPs and government departments.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter of a maximum of 400 words to ipsa.recruitment@theipsa.org.uk. Your covering letter should clearly demonstrate how your experience matches the job description and person specification.

IPSA welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Please ensure your CV and cover letter does not contain any personal details which could identify you. Please remove any reference to your:

  • name and title

  • educational institution names

  • age and gender

  • email address

  • postal address and telephone number

  • nationality and immigration status

Read the full job description and more on how to apply.


Policy and Research Officer

Permanent, full-time role.

Applications close on 10 August 2021.

We are looking for a Policy and Research Officer to join a small yet impactful policy team. Our work is vital to the delivery of IPSA’s ambitious corporate plan and our aim of ensuring our regulatory scheme is fit for purpose, futureproofed and meets the needs of MPs and their staff. This role supports the whole team in keeping projects on track and plays a key part in ensuring that policy development is robust and evidence-based.

You will have an interest in policy development, research and analysis, with some experience of working in a similar role. You will be adept at using data and information from multiple sources and employ an analytical approach, taking account of complex factors.

With excellent written and verbal communication skills, you will be comfortable liaising with internal and external stakeholders at different levels, which may include Board members and senior executives, MPs and their staff.

You will have a strong eye for detail, excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage your own workload.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter of a maximum of 400 words to ipsa.recruitment@theipsa.org.uk. Your covering letter should clearly demonstrate how your experience matches the job description and person specification.

IPSA welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Please ensure your CV and cover letter does not contain any personal details which could identify you. Please remove any reference to your:

  • name and title

  • educational institution names

  • age and gender

  • email address

  • postal address and telephone number

  • nationality and immigration status

Read the full job description and more on how to apply.

As well as your basic salary we have a substantial package of core benefits, including: 

  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to a maximum of 30 days with experience

  • season ticket loan

  • membership of the Civil Service Pension Scheme 

  • occupational sick and maternity pay

  • a culture of inclusion and diversity

  • flexible working

We know that our success depends on the quality of our people and are committed to continuous learning and professional development.  

Our offices are based in Central London, opposite Covent Garden.

By applying you confirm that you have the right to work in the UK, and have

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organisation and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We are looking for people with a range of skills, experience and knowledge.

We have BAME, Green and LGBT+ networks to celebrate and promote equality, diversity and sustainability. 

If you have a disability, please let us know if we can make any adjustments to enable you to apply for a role.

If you would like to apply for any of our advertised roles, please ensure your CV and cover letter does not contain any personal details which could identify you.

Please remove any reference to your:

  • name and title

  • educational institution names

  • age and gender

  • email address

  • postal address and telephone number

  • nationality and immigration status

We may be unable to consider your application if you do not follow these guidelines.

When you submit your application via email to our HR team your name and email address will be visible only to them and not those who will conduct the shortlisting. Our HR team will contact you if you have been shortlisted.

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