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Senior Policy Advisers

HM Treasury is the government’s economic and finance ministry. A career with us puts you at the heart of government, maintaining control over public spending, deciding how money is raised from taxpayers, setting the direction of the UK’s economic policy and working to achieve strong and sustainable economic growth. It means we influence every policy across government; our work makes headlines on a daily basis and shapes our nation’s future.

Roles are based in London, Westminster.

As a Senior Policy Adviser, you will add value within projects quickly, making use of your expertise in one of the below areas:

You will have a strong interest in public policy making, a high level of political awareness and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing government.

In all of our Senior Policy Adviser roles, you will:

  • – Lead projects which shape a specific area of policy or strategy, proactively finding opportunities for change and providing senior internal stakeholders and/or Treasury ministers with informed advice
  • – Influence others to achieve HM Treasury and Government objectives, including the development and maintenance of constructive and close relationships with senior officials within HM Treasury and other government departments, ministers and key external partners, consulting where necessary in order to achieve the desired policy goals
  • – See the big picture: step back from day to day tasks to understand where your work fits in a constantly changing landscape – and make changes to your team’s direction and priorities where appropriate
  • – Drive forward and project manage work in a fast paced environment, ensuring that work is well planned and executed to deliver against ministers’ objectives.
  • – Undertake robust analysis, to ensure a strong evidence base to enable effective decision making by ministers and senior officials.
  • – Demonstrate strong leadership of your area, delivering through others to ensure successful delivery of objectives and acting as an excellent line manager, developing a small number of reports to fulfil their potential.

HM Treasury has a strong commitment to equality and diversity and we are an accredited Disability Confident Leader. We seek to be a department which is open and accessible, recruiting and retaining diverse, talented and high-performing people who support and develop one another. The role is available on a full time, part time or job share basis, and flexible working hours can be accommodated.

About the role

Financial services:

For the financial services stream, you will need:

  • Experience of working with financial services, giving you an understanding of the way the industry works

It would be desirable, but not essential, if you have any of the below additional experience:

  • Knowledge of the regulatory framework for financial services in the UK
  • Experience of international issues, particularly trade
  • Experience working with EU regulations and institutions


For the economics stream, you will need:

  • A degree in economics; if you have a joint degree, it should have at least 50% economics content
  • Experience of applying your knowledge of economic theories to produce robust and insightful analytical work, in the public or private sector
  • A Masters or other postgraduate qualification in Economics is desirable


For the strategy stream, you will need:

  • Experience working in strategy or policy, gained in any sector
  • An understanding of government is desirable


For the tax stream, you will need:

  • A professional tax qualification (or working towards), such as CTA, ATT, accountancy qualification (e.g. ACA, ACCA) or qualified solicitor or barrister
  • Excellent understanding of UK tax system, gained through tax related work in the private or public sector
  • An interest in and aptitude for understanding the context within which tax policy is developed

For exceptional candidates in the tax stream, who meet all of the below additional criteria, we may offer a role at the grade above:

  • Already obtained a relevant qualification as above (not working towards)
  • Significant experience working in a tax-related area in either the public or private sector
  • A strategic understanding of the tax system, with an aptitude for applying this to policy development across a broad spectrum of tax policy issues
  • Proven ability to lead and manage others and work across teams in order to drive forward objectives