ADS • London, United Kingdom

Policy Adviser- Defence

Salary:  Competitive, depending on experience

1–2 days/week at home

9-day fortnight

Core hours 9–5.30

Job Description

The Role

The Defence Policy Adviser plays a key role in representing and supporting the UK’s defence industry. Managing critical policy issues and communicating industry positions to Government, this role helps to establish defence policy priorities and ensures they are supported by a strong evidential base.

The Defence Policy Adviser leads policy research, development, and communication on defence matters; supports ADS Defence Committees; and participates in and supports Joint Industry/MoD Committees. Working across ADS teams, they will provide timely analysis and advice to senior ADS colleagues and member companies on the industrial contribution of UK Defence.

The role directly reports to the Director of Policy.

The Skills & Competencies

  • Strong cross-functional collaborator and excellent communicator.
  • Strong analytical and creative thinking on policy issues.
  • Well-developed advocacy, writing and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with all levels of Industry and Government.
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines, and flexibility to take on additional responsibilities as required.
  • Accurate and consistent with attention to detail.
  • Outgoing personality, responsive and able to work with diverse and dynamic team.
  • Strong organisational skills, effective time management, multi-tasking, and action oriented.
  • A good understanding of defence policy and the defence industry.
  • General understanding of the work of all ADS sectors.

The Contract & Benefits

Contract; Permanent, fulltime role, Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week

Location; Hybrid role working from the head office in London and home

Compensation: Competitive, depending on experience

Job Description:

Benefits; Bonus, pension, private health insurance, life insurance, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, 9-day fortnight, hybrid working, extended remote working, enhanced parental leave, 28 days annual leave, buy additional annual leave, long service additional annual leave

Company benefits

9-day fortnight
Open to job sharing
Open to part time work for some roles
Open to compressed hours
Work from anywhere scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Compassionate leave
Season ticket loan
Travel insurance
Time off in-lieu
28 days annual leave + bank holidays
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Company shutdown periods
Enhanced maternity leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Cycle to work scheme
Salary sacrifice
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Skilled worker visas
Employee assistance programme
Volunteer days
Teambuilding days
L&D budget
Enhanced sick days
Mental health platform access
Fertility benefits
Menstrual leave
Gym membership
Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Women’s health leave
Mental health days
Pregnancy loss leave
Childcare credits
Adoption leave
Cinema discounts
Charity donation scheme
Commuter loan
Fully stocked snack cupboard
Meditation space
Life assurance
Interest free loans

We asked employees of ADS how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us

Employees are largely happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done
Working at ADS

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Farnborough, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Toulouse

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom