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About Tech Nation

Tech Nation is the growth platform for tech companies and leaders. We fuel the growth of game-changing founders, leaders and scaling companies so they can positively transform societies and economies, by providing them with the coaching, content and community they need for their journey in designing the future.

We bring together a network of purposeful founders, leaders and philanthropists, progressive enterprises and policymakers, influential funds and institutions so we can collaborate in building the technological innovation that will improve the future for the UK and beyond. 

We provide learning and content, insights and analysis, coaching and research. We’re laser focused on delivering powerful outcomes and impact, because collectively we want to create a world in which anyone with vision and drive can access the skills and support needed to scale and succeed as a game-changing leader. #WeAreTechNation. We fuel growth. 

Our company values:

  • Deliver impact that lasts
  • Collaborate to innovate
  • Inform to inspire
  • Be all in

About the role

We are looking for an ambitious and driven Head of Government Relations to take the lead on the department and work closely with the Executive team for a maternity cover contract. You will play a key role in maintaining the smooth running of the department and all communications, as well as owning Tech Nations Government relations. 

We are Tech Nation, the UK Network for ambitious tech entrepreneurs. Our mission is to empower ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through knowledge and connections. We want to make the UK the best place to imagine, start and grow a digital business to build an economy fit for the next generation. As a high growth startup ourselves, we are a neutral player sitting right at the heart of the ecosystem of high growth digital businesses, policy-makers and corporations offering the following key programmes: 

We empower tech founders to grow faster through our various growth programmes such as Founders’ Network, Future Fifty, and Fintech. But not only that, we also offer end-to-end data, insights, stories & resources, a UK wide community that shares the same entrepreneurial culture, and we are the only approved organisation for the Tech Nation Visa scheme rolled out for exceptional talent.

In this role;

  • You will get to know the inner-workings of government and gain a deep understanding of the start up and scale up tech community in the UK; how to bridge the two worlds and to ensure a strong line of communication is developed. 
  • You will be diplomatic and have the ability to multitask and be comfortable in a range of different environments from Whitehall to Old Street and everything in-between.
  • You'll need to be a strong and agile communicator and have an interest in tech policy and how to bring intricate political issues and legislation alive to tech entrepreneurs
  • As well as be able to directly engage stakeholders at the most senior levels across government and the public and private sectors.

Focus of the role:

  •  Identify the key policy priorities and levers for Tech Nation’s business 
    strategy and develop government affairs, advocacy and public policy agenda in full alignment with the organisation’s short and long-term business goals. 
  • Produce and deliver a (high level) government affairs strategy, setting out key influencers and modes of engagement with each. 
  • Continue to nurture relationship with core DCMS sponsor team, and 
    manage the flow of information between Tech Nation and the key government stakeholders inc HMT, BEIS, DIT amongst others.
  • Organise a series of policy roundtables on a range of topics to be determined 
    by community / government needs 
  • Put together a coherent and targeted strategic comms and 
    policy-influencing agenda, as well as ensure Tech Nation’s  communication is politically sensitive, nuanced and targeted both to  government and tech entrepreneurs. 
  • Supporting the Head of Comms and marketing team on strategic 
    communication activities and working across programmes to ensure the  organisation is putting out the appropriate messaging. 
  • Identify any potential areas of collaboration and risk with national and 
    local government and where relevant work with the right team within the  organisation to deliver projects or mitigate risksWork closely with the CEO and ensure emails, briefs and follow-ups are completed in a timely manner.
  • Deputising for the CEO as required in public arenas and representing 
    Tech Nation in the media and public fora.


What's in it for you?

  • Tech Nation benefits such as Untangl, which include access to a cash plan that covers health, protection and well being and Perkbox
  • A 4% employer contribution to pension 
  • A flexible work environment
  • Cycle to work scheme (up to £1,000)
  • Season ticket loan (up to £5,000)
  • Quarterly team away days
  • A shiny new Macbook


Where to from here?

We welcome those with alternative identities, backgrounds, and experiences. Our team includes women, men, mothers, fathers, the self-taught, the university-educated, and people of a wide variety of nationalities, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Obviously, we’re looking to ensure it’s a solid fit from both sides: we want you to step into a role you love, and we want to offer you a place you’re proud to come to every day. 

We know that diverse teams are strong teams, and welcome those with alternative identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply to life at Tech Nation. We are committed to a fair and accessible recruitment process for all candidates. We would be happy to meet any accommodation requests during the application or interview process, please just let us know.

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We are a small, high performance team with high standards and big ambitions.

We strive for excellence in everything we do. Our aim is to be transformative and collaborative in our work. We focus on speed, scale, resourcefulness and optimism. We never ship junk and never start with ‘no’. We’re solutions oriented and always focus on the outcome and impact of any project or priority.

We’re a curious bunch, creative and a little quirky. We debate things passionately in team meetings and stand-ups. We sometimes disagree how the world should work, but we all agree on making a big difference through our work at Tech Nation. Which is why we love it here and never take it for granted.

Want a peek behind the curtain? Check out our blog on our culture here.

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