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BMW UK, National Sales Company, Farnborough - Government Affairs - 13 month placement (July 2022)

Farnborough, Hampshire. Open to all STEM.

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We be­lieve in cre­ating an envi­ron­ment where you, our placement student, can learn and develop dur­ing your time with us and where you are giv­en your own ar­eas of responsibilities from the start. Our experts and mentors will treat you as part of the team from day one; encour­aging you to bring your own ideas to the table and to give you the opportunity to show what you can re­ally do.

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The Government Affairs department is responsible for promoting BMW priorities and influencing Government and External bodies to protect, build and promote the image of the BMW Group and its products in the UK.

What will you be doing?

Support the team in a variety of ways including (but not limited to):

  • Assist with daily administration and policy work
  • Keep up to date with all administration tasks (bookings, visits etc.) needed for the team; 
  • Keep abreast of Parliamentary and other bodies’ updates (particularly trade bodies, consultations on relevant topics) and summarise actions for team
  • Event organisation (planning and execution)
    working with the team on the admin for visits to UK Plants from
  • Government and External Stakeholders;
  • Liaising with all BMW Group colleagues needed for smooth running of visits; 
  • Assisting on location for all visits.
  • Liaise with Government and external bodies as required:
  • Daily contact with UK Government and external bodies to assist with queries from both sides;
  • Building up, and working with internal BMW Group networks on topics as needed (topics have included Brexit, Covid and UK ICE ban in the recent past) to help in setting the company position; 
  • Attending meetings at UK Plants, Westminster (including Parliament) and at other locations throughout the UK
  • Liaise with other (internal) departments as required

Qualifications and Experience

  • Studying for a Bachelor-level degree and predicted to graduate with 2:2 or above. We would welcome applications from a wide-range of students – the field of study is not necessarily relevant, and we are keen to interview applicants who can demonstrate an interest and passion for Politics and communications beyond their academic studies.
  • Relevant work experience is expected – particularly in the field of Politics and/or communications. This does not need to be long-term placements, but enthusiasm for the subject matter and a good working knowledge of Parliament/Government would be really helpful.
  • Excellent communication skills – whether in person, on the phone or written - are essential as is consistent and reliable attention to detail.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) is required.

Did you know…

Farnborough is home to our BMW, BMW Motorrad, MINI, ALPHERA and Alphabet National Sales Centres. We’re proud of our office environment and achievements.

We offer a modern way of working with an empowering office culture, some aspects of which include:

  • Our work persona shift – being yourself is effortless and so increases efficiency and reduces wasted energy. For this reason we allow our employees to express themselves through the way they dress.
  • Flexible working hours - working flexibly improves mental perspective and increases sustained productivity. This means our leaders maintain balance, not burnout, through focusing on output, not attendance.
  • The opportunity to get involved with our continued support to our house charity with a variety of fundraising events throughout the year.
  • Throughout our offices there are open creative spaces which hold facilities such as table-tennis tables to encourage innovation and employee engagement.

Why choose us?

  • Great Pay – a competitive annual salary of £18,500, 27 days’ holiday (pro rata to your contract) and a pension scheme.
  • Rewarding Work-Life Balance – contracted working hours are 37.5 hours a week, helping you develop a fulfilling work-life balance.
  • Exciting Additional Benefits - throughout your placement you will be supported by our experts and have the opportunity to enjoy other employee benefits.

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