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Public Affairs Executive - Boots UK

Support Office»Marketing & Communications


Job Reference: 2 2 9 3 5 2 B R

Sedley Place (Support Office)


37.5 Hours

Closing Date: 26th July
Location: London or Nottingham
Contract: Full-time, Permanent
Recruitment Partner: Frankie McCallister-Lyas

About the role:

An exciting opportunity to join the Public Affairs team at Boots, helping to shape the development of public policy to support UK business objectives and manage Boots’ engagement with political, parliamentary and government stakeholders.

The Public Affairs Executive will report into the Head of Retail Public Affairs and play a key role in supporting the team to respond to political developments, shape policy outcomes and strengthen Boots’ relationships and reputation with political audiences.

This is a varied role working in a small specialist team operating at the intersection between business and politics, offering the right candidate considerable scope to learn, develop and broaden their expertise.

Key responsibilities:

• Assist with the monitoring and analysis of UK political and policy developments, supporting the Public Affairs team to advise on business impacts and deliver appropriate responses
• Work with the Head of Retail Public Affairs and Head of European and Healthcare Public Affairs to develop and communicate policy positions to UK political stakeholders
• Prepare written communications materials for internal and external audiences e.g. policy briefings, monitoring reports and summaries, MP letters, responses to government consultations etc.
• Build and maintain a network of business contacts and ensure they are informed on key developments impacting public affairs activity
• Identify and help leverage opportunities to promote Boots UK company priorities and ESG agenda to political audiences
• Contribute to the work of the wider Healthcare Development and Public Affairs team and other business functions e.g. Comms, ESG, HR, Legal, Pharmacy, Strategy
• Maintain a record of political stakeholder engagement and plan a contact programme e.g. at Party Conferences
• Organise and support meetings and events with political stakeholders in Westminster and Whitehall
• Assist with the management of relationships with trade associations, think tanks and public affairs consultancies, including in the UK Devolved Nations
• Help deliver value for money on public affairs team activity (n.b. the role has no direct budget responsibility or financial accountability)

What you’ll need to have:

• Knowledge of UK political and policy issues, governmental structures, and parliamentary / legislative processes
• 2-3 years’ experience working in a public affairs, parliamentary or policy role
• Experience working on projects or campaigns designed to engage or influence political audiences
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Team player with relationship-building and stakeholder management skills
• Ability to produce high-quality work with speed and accuracy
• Comfortable working flexibly in a small team
• Organised and self-motivated, with a focus on delivery and results
• Positive, confident, and proactive approach
• Able to travel to meetings in London, Nottingham and across the UK, in line with company requirements

It would be great if you also have:

• A relevant degree (e.g., Politics)
• Political or Parliamentary experience
• Knowledge of UK healthcare or retail policy desirable
• Communications and/or Events management experience
• Research and Project Management skills

Our benefits

  • Boots Retirement Savings Plan
  • Discretionary annual bonus
  • Generous employee discounts
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption leave pay and gift card for anyone expecting or adopting a child
  • Flexible benefits scheme including holiday buying, discounted gym membership, life assurance, activity passes and more.
  • Access to free, 24/7 counselling and support through TELUS Health, our Employee Assistance Programme.

We have a great range of benefits in addition to the above that offer flexibility to suit you - find out more at Please note, any salary estimates given on third-party sites are not provided or endorsed by Boots and may not be accurate.

Why Boots

At Boots, we foster a working environment where consideration and inclusivity help everyone to be themselves and reach their full potential. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, passionate about embracing the diversity of our colleagues and providing a positive and inclusive working environment for all. As the heart of everything we do at Boots, it's with you, we change for the better.

What's next

If your application is successful, our in-house recruitment team will be in touch to arrange an interview and to answer any initial questions you have. If you have not been successful on this occasion, you’ll be notified by email.

Where a role is advertised as full-time, we are open to discussing part-time and job share options during the application process. If you require additional support as part of the application and interview process, we are happy to provide reasonable adjustments to help you to be at your best.


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