Head of Policy and Impact

up to £75,000 per annum

Established in 1947 as the British Institute of Management, CMI was founded in the wake of the Second World War to help rebuild British industry. In 2002, Her Majesty’s Privy Council granted our Royal Charter, designating CMI as the standard-bearer for the profession of management, meaning we are the only organisation able to award Chartered status. For more than 75 years, we have inspired modern managers to become successful, confident leaders. Our goal remains the same today as it was at our founding: to raise the quality and standard of management in the workplace. Having developed the very first diploma in management studies, we have remained at the forefront of management training and thinking ever since. To deliver our mission, we work with businesses and education providers, inspiring people to unleash their potential and become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders. Right now, we have 220,000 members and more than 147,000 people currently training to be better leaders across our partner network, both in the UK and internationally.


Our Head of Policy and Impact develops CMI’s policy agenda through engagement with key stakeholders, influencers, and opinion formers. The role works closely with the Director of Policy and External Affairs to ensure that CMI is the go-to credible and authoritative voice on all issues affecting management and leadership, particularly in Whitehall and Westminster.

Particularly in the wake of a General Election, the role will lead the design, evaluation, and delivery of CMI policy reports, recommendations, and projects covering the areas defined by the Directorate’s strategy. You will also represent this work externally, creating strong impact partnerships, influencing the public debate on management and leadership, and persuading policymakers at national and local levels to change their thinking.

The role is also to ensure that CMI’s mission-related priorities – including dual accreditation, apprenticeships, management in the Civil Service and the NHS, and boosting the reach and impact of Chartered – are reflected in an agile, innovative policy strategy with SMART impact KPIs. In this regard, the role is critical in ensuring CMI stays on track, and can respond to emerging opportunities and challenges.

The role requires an accomplished policy specialist with a high level of expert knowledge and proven networks and personal credibility. It is likely that you have been working in a sophisticated policy environment for some time, and you will bring to CMI well-honed policy instincts that are effective in the context of a rapidly changing political and professional landscape.  


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • Your CV (no more than three sides).
  • A supporting statement (no more than two sides) that sets out why you think this role is the right move for you and how you meet the knowledge and experience criteria set out under Part One of the Person Specification.


Recruitment timetable 

Closing date
Friday 26th July 2024

Preliminary interviews
w/c 5th August 2024

Final Panel interviews
28th / 29th August 2024