Policy - Business Analyst

Purpose of the role

The Futures team is a new one within Innovate UK KTN (referred to as KTN for the rest of this advert, to save space!). Its remit is to:

  • make the case for policy and funding interventions in nascent, but high potential markets and to drive a positive policy environment for innovation
  • analyse a range of internal and external data/evidence to inform new areas of future activity for KTN and for other organisations
  • publish actionable insights for business, building KTN’s reputation as an organisation that understands business innovation theory and practice

To do this, we are recruiting a team of analysts focused on 1) influencing public policy and 2) analysing emerging market/econometric data and insights from our KTN sector teams and elsewhere to pro-actively generate evidence and recommendations to shape major new areas of work.

We are also recruiting for an Econometrics and Policy Analyst – click here to view this vacancy.

As a policy analyst, you’ll use your knowledge of the UK innovation policy landscape and your ability to think critically and creatively to develop and produce effective policy recommendations, solutions and influencing strategies for KTN to build its reputation with policy makers and clients. You will be passionate about the role that innovation can play in driving positive change and dedicated towards using an evidence-based approach to drive a positive policy environment for innovation.

It’s a job full of possibilities as you will get involved in, scoping, designing and delivering ways to secure policy change in the UK. As part of this you’ll contribute in some organisation wide projects whilst influencing stakeholders and building key relationships.

You will get to develop professional relationships with a wide range of external stakeholders. You will collaborate with KTN colleagues from across the UK and globally.

We’ll look to you to tap into KTN’s sector knowledge and direct experience with innovators to generate relevant evidence to support policy change in the UK. It’s a great way to build your knowledge of our work and develop your potential.

We would expect you to be very attracted to KTN’s strategic priorities for a better innovation system, which include Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Global Innovation, Innovation Adoption and Diffusion, Place-based innovation and Net Zero.

Your team will be producing evidence and insight to support new potential areas of KTN activity, as well as making the case to develop new interventions where connecting innovators for positive change will generate positive economic, societal and environmental impact.

You will also work closely with other colleagues in our Reach and Engagement team to effectively communicate our recommendations and policy outputs.

You will be expected to promote KTN Futures externally and work with other, like-minded organisations to effect policy change.

KTN has a flexible working policy. We strongly believe that flexible working can increase staff motivation, promote work-life balance, reduce employee stress, and improve performance and productivity.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Analyse the policy and political landscape in the UK to identify specific issues and levers for change
  • Identify policy recommendations based on insights and knowledge from KTN sector and programme teams
  • Produce detailed and consistently high-quality policy and data analysis, and policy recommendations supported by a credible, evidence-based case for change
  • Scope and draft KTN responses to innovation and business policy consultations
  • Identify new areas for KTN activity by analysing policy recommendations
  • Work with external stakeholders/partners/clients to scope and define areas where the UK can create a positive policy environment for innovation and to determine the goals of specific policy recommendations
  • Deliver relevant key aspects of KTN’s annual company plan
  • Work closely with KTN’s Executive team to provide data, intelligence and recommendations on important emerging areas of innovation


Experience and Qualifications

  • Qualified to degree level, or Level 6 equivalent in a relevant subject. A postgraduate qualification in law, social policy or politics is preferred
  • A strong general understanding of the UK political and policy environment, especially around innovation and industrial strategy
  • Experience of scoping and drafting policy recommendations that have resulted in positive change (ideally around R&D, Innovation policy)
  • Experience of complex research and evaluation including interpreting quantitative and qualitative data to take an evidence approach towards policy making
  • Experience of working with a diverse range of clients/stakeholders to define policy outcomes
  • Experience and aptitude in business and public-sector stakeholder engagement at all levels, with a good professional profile and network


  • A highly motivated, self-starting and results oriented individual with a strong desire to deliver economic, societal, and environmental impacts through innovation
  • A good communicator with well-developed written and verbal skills, able to translate complex topics for broad audiences, including both business and policymakers
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organisation, prioritisation, and project management skills
  • Able to interact with and understand the needs and capabilities with stakeholders across a range of technical and/or industrial disciplines
  • Disciplined, reliable and adaptable with time management ability to deliver autonomously within an effective team in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly numerate and analytical, with the ability to think strategically
  • Disciplined, reliable and adaptable with time management ability to deliver autonomously within an effective team
  • Diplomatic sensitivity


  • This role has a salary between £38,000 and £50,000 pa.
  • 28 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, pro rata.
  • Enhanced Pension Plan
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Wider Wallet employee benefits high street discounts scheme.
  • Opportunities for continuous professional development as part of our Talent & Development Programme

This advert will close on Thursday 13th January 2022, though some circumstances may require us to close earlier, so early application is advised.

Please apply by submitting a tailored cover letter outlining your suitability with specifics relating to the requirements of the role, and your resumé outlining your experience.

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the U.K. without restrictions as sponsorship for visas is not provided.

Applications are to be received by the January 13, 2022