External Affairs Advisor - Scotland

D Division
Glasgow Central
Full Time
Up to £34,139.86

An External Affairs Advisor is required for a Permanent Contract role paying up to £34,139.86 per annum with British Transport Police (BTP) based in Glasgow, Scotland.


BTP is the national police Force for the rail network throughout Great Britain, including London Underground, across which we ensure the safety and security of nearly 3 billion passenger journeys and over 100 million tons of freight every year. The world in which we work is fast-paced, operationally and commercially demanding, and constantly changing. As External Affairs Advisor with BTP you will provide direct support to the Head of External Affairs in enhancing engagement with the rail industry, central Government, wider political arena and other key stakeholders. The External Affairs Adviser will play a central role in helping build collaborative and strong partnerships between BTP and its stakeholders, manage and review the stakeholder engagement plan, brief Chief Officers and senior management ahead of stakeholder meetings, and identify trends and risks across the stakeholder matrix.


As External Affairs Advisor you will be required to:

  • Support the Head of External Affairs in delivering effective engagement building positive working relationships and advocacy with key stakeholders across the rail industry and political arena.
  • To lead on the Force’s Stakeholder Engagement Plan ensuring that it is regularly reviewed, developed and implemented.
  • To identify and build new relationships as key stakeholders change and new stakeholders emerge in the operating environment.
  • Produce clear and concise briefings, responses to reports, correspondence and presentations for stakeholder meetings, events and speaking appearances, and responses to requests for information for senior officers, including the Chief Officer group.


Further information about this vacancy can be found in the attached job description.


The successful External Affairs Advisor will be required to evidence the following:

  • Degree educated or equivalent in areas communication / engagement or similar
  • Experience of working in stakeholder relations, supporting senior colleagues engage with a range of stakeholders (rail industry / political environment, especially Scottish Parliament would be an advantage)
  • Experience of developing and delivering plans to engage with external stakeholders
  • Ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders and identify, develop and maintain a strong network with those stakeholders
  • Demonstrable ability to deal with colleagues and other stakeholders at all levels of seniority, building relationships of trust


If you are interested in applying to this External Affairs Advisor role then please do not delay as interviews will be held as soon as appropriate candidates are highlighted. In return for your experience, we can offer you:

  • Salary of up to £34,139.86 per annum
  • Yearly base salary increments
  • Working from home allowance available to purchase suitable equipment for blended & home working
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Family friendly policies including up to 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave
  • Bespoke benefits platform and access to Blue Light Card
  • Development opportunities including fully funded apprenticeships 
  • Employee assistance programme and dedicated wellbeing hub
  • Pension scheme 


BTP is an employer who cares about the impact we have on the environment and the wider challenges of climate change, and as such we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) through offsetting by 2035.


We want our organisation to be as diverse as the community it serves and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. In order to apply, you must have the permanent right to live and work in the UK and have been resident in the UK for the previous 3 YEARS / 5 YEARS (dependant on the level of vetting required of the role). You will be asked these and other questions to determine your eligibility to work for British Transport Police when you start your application and you must answer honestly.

Internal candidates must have completed their probation for their current substantive posting and can only apply in tenure if Head of Department approval is emailed to Recruitmentteam@btp.police.uk prior to the vacancy closing. Internal candidates must confirm that they are not subject to formal action plans for sickness/complaints/discipline or poor performance and that all mandatory training courses have been attended and are in ticket/up to date. A minimum indicator of 3 / developing' or' 'Indicator 5 / no rating must have been achieved on the last reporting year PDR.


BTP has undertaken a review of Police Staff pensions and as a result of this the Police Staff pension will be changing. The current police staff pension is a Defined Benefit scheme which is administered by the Railways Pension scheme. The new pension scheme which is launching is a Defined Contribution scheme which is administered by Royal London. The new pension scheme is awaiting formal approval and an introductory date is not finalised. The earliest this will be is January 2023. If you have any queries, please contact the recruitment team – recruitmentteam@btp.police.uk

This opportunity is closed to applications.