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Policy Specialist

Liverpool, Merseyside
Job Type
6 Sep 2022
About HMRC At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you. Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. HMRC is the UK s tax, payments and customs authority, and we have a vital purpose; we collect the money that pays for our public services and help families and individuals with specific financial support. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. About the Role This role is based in the VAT Infrastructure and Soft Drinks Industry Levy team in Indirect Tax directorate. The team lead a broad and diverse portfolio of policy projects in the VAT space which are high-profile, interesting and have real world impact on UK citizens. We recently delivered the Soft Drinks Industry Levy and the Government s largest fiscal response to the pandemic, the VAT Deferral Scheme, as well as supporting post-EU Exit opportunities which prioritise Great Britain and Northern Ireland. About You You will be responsible for delivering strategic and insight-led improvements to the successful operation of VAT as well as delivering key and high-profile policy projects. The team is based in Liverpool and Manchester. We are looking for a couple of Policy Specialists who: - Are creative, driven and politically aware, and who use evidence to build strong policy proposals. Are passionate about enabling the wider group and directorate. Shares our belief that good policy is facilitated, not arrived at in isolation, and can only be delivered in partnership with strong stakeholders and close working with our customers. Are motivated by building new teams, greater capability, effective networks and a strong brand. Want to fix the hard stuff. We can promise you complex, challenging and interesting projects which will place you at the forefront of future tax policy. Come and help us with our journey or get in touch to find out more. Responsibilities Own a portfolio of high-profile Government Minister policy areas. Lead a team of Analysts to deliver our long-term VAT and Tax improvements. Use evidence-based data gathering to identify gaps in current policy and strategy to improve on emerging proposals. Craft solid policy options and share them across the leadership base to ensure a holistic, detailed and joined-up approach that show clear policy proposals which senior collaborators can agree to. Work with our Treasury Policy Partners to ensure parity and support of approach across them and HMRC whilst enshrining your own policy work and best practice. Understand and craft policy together with your colleagues whilst if needed, deputise for senior staff when needed. Work consistently with corporate partners - lawyers, HR, analysts and wider HMRC partners - to ensure their resource is requested and deployed promptly whilst promoting good governance and collaboration. Essential Criteria Not a yes person, but an influential stakeholder manager, who has a strong and friendly approach to collaboration and communication. A true networker across the organisation, promoting any policy and operational changes. Be a persuader, a doer and a teacher who manages upwards to identify, challenge and find solutions for areas of disparity. Can smash those sophisticated problems whilst driving decisions toward the right level and whilst including all relevant partners. Can wrangle senior leaders together when needed and have an ability to calmly and effectively mobilise several parts of HMRC to come together and deliver for businesses, the citizen and the Exchequer. Someone who always thinks about the bigger picture, wider context and would have their finger on the pulse of policy evolution and design in VAT Infrastructure within HMRC. Have strong and impactful written and verbal communication skills for the regular briefing of senior partners and ministers, whilst working across HMRC and with other Government bodies. Desirable Criteria Have demonstrable experience in policy design, strategy design and/or in leading legislation An understanding of or a working technical knowledge of Value Added Tax (VAT) Please click link to apply before closing date of 11:55 pm on Tuesday 27th September 2022
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  • Job Reference: 705451872-2
  • Date Posted: 6 September 2022
  • Recruiter: HMRC
  • Location: Liverpool, Merseyside
  • Salary: £52,598
  • Bonus/Benefits: 27% pension, flexitime , 3 days working fro
  • Sector: Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Permanent