We are hiring!

2021-06-09T09:42:30+00:00 June 9th, 2021|Blog, Onward, Recruitment|

Onward is a not-for-profit thinktank whose mission it is to renew the centre right by generating new ideas and reaching out to new groups of people. Since we launched in 2018, we have built a reputation as one of Westminster’s most influential and innovative thinktanks.

Events and Campaigns Manager

Westminster, London

Onward is recruiting for an Events and Campaigns Manager.

This is a role with significant opportunity for political impact and innovation. The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering Onward’s events programme, including speeches by senior ministers; building and maintaining relationships with MPs, peers, donors, journalists and business leaders, as well as supporting our campaigning activity. The role will involve a high level of organisation and planning skills, thinking creatively, and excellent people skills.

The successful candidate will bring together a strong track record for developing and delivering events, ideally in a political context, with an ability to design high impact campaigns or communications. They should have at least 2-3 years experience delivering events elsewhere, and doing so to the highest standard. They should be comfortable working with blue chip companies, government departments and well known figures, as well as interested in developing new and innovative ways of engaging new audiences and using new technologies in doing so.

You would be joining Onward at an important time for the organisation and the country. Having launched almost three years ago, we have quickly established a reputation for rigorous research that gets traction not only in newspapers but in changing government policy. We pride ourselves on developing policy ideas that are timely, practical to deliver and politically possible, and communicating them in ways that grabs the attention of those who make decisions. We are a small, tight-knit and high impact team, and are consistently rated among the most influential thinktanks in Westminster.

Main responsibilities

  1. Plan, manage and oversee the delivery of events, including private roundtables, public panel events and full-day conferences, on a regular basis and to a high standard. It is essential that you can manage multiple events concurrently and work constructively with partners to strict deadlines.   
  2. Running digital and physical communications campaigns to communicate our policy research, increase our impact and engage new audiences. Experience with, and a willingness to try, new mediums and technologies is encouraged.
  3. Working with corporate and philanthropic partners to Onward to attract funding, to communicate events and research.

Please send your CV and one page cover letter with salary expectations to [email protected] by 0700 on Friday, 18th June. 

Interviews will proceed on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to appoint before the closing date if a suitable applicant is found.

Salary: According to experience. 

Commitment: Full time

Closing Date: 0700, Friday 18th June

Start Date: asap.


Onward is a not-for-profit campaigning thinktank that exists to renew the centre right by generating new ideas and reaching out to new groups of people. Our team has worked in the highest levels of government and existing think tanks and we have the networks and experience to turn ideas into practical, popular policies that work. We believe in an economy that works for everyone, government that is strong, and a society built on community and a sense of belonging. 

Our advisory board includes leading parliamentarians, business people and former government advisers, including Lord Finkelstein, Tom Tugendhat MP, John Lamont MP, Neil O’Brien MP, Siobhan Baillie MP, Anthony Browne MP, Claire Coutinho MP, Seema Kennedy, Lord O’Shaughnessy, Baroness Rock, Baroness Fall, Craig Elder, James Kanagasooriam, and Nick Faith.