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Senior Technical Policy Manager - Spectrum

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*Please note that we are considering international applicants for this role*

Team Overview

Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. We regulate the TV, radio, fixed-line telecoms, mobile telecoms and postal sectors, plus the radio spectrum over which wireless devices operate.

We are looking for a talented individual to join the Spectrum Management and Authorisation team within Ofcom’s Spectrum Group. The Spectrum Group is responsible for ensuring the radio spectrum is used in the most effective way possible, and the Spectrum Management and Authorisation team plays an important role by:

  • Representing the UK (developing papers, carrying out technical analysis and preparing relevant briefing) in international groups such as ITU working groups, CEPT project teams, and ETSI as appropriate.

  • Providing specialist expertise on use of the radio spectrum by a range of applications, including mobile, fixed wireless, aeronautical, drones, maritime, rail, broadcasting and special events, space, science and amateurs.

  • Leading on, and participating in, a wide range of policy projects to improve the efficiency and optimal use of the spectrum;

  • Engaging with spectrum users to understand their changing needs; and

  • Representing the UK at international bodies dealing with spectrum, including the International Telecommunications Union.

Purpose of the Role

We are looking for an individual with strong technical skills to join the Spectrum Management and Authorisation team within Ofcom’s Spectrum Group. In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Carrying out technical analysis to form the basis to our policies

  • Developing and implementing authorisation policies

  • Representing the UK at international bodies dealing with spectrum management and standardisation, contributing to setting international rules, and

  • Engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to understand changing spectrum uses and evolving technologies

Key responsibilities

  • Leading on, and participating in, a wide range of technical and policy projects that aim to promote optimal use of the radio spectrum

  • Providing technical advice to colleagues and senior managers

  • Developing appropriate technical criteria, models and procedures in support of our technical policy / licence products.

  • Drafting sections of documents to publicly consult on our policies

Skills, Knowledge and experience


  • Strong technical background and experience in the wireless telecommunications field

  • Analytical and radio spectrum engineering skills, including the ability to model/simulate radio communications systems

  • Ability to plan and lead work, delivering it to time, cost and quality expectations

  • Willingness to learn new areas and sectors

  • Ability to communicate arguments concisely and persuasively, orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences

  • Experience of drafting and editing professional documents

  • The ability to work within a team and to build effective working relationships


  • Knowledge of national or international radio regulations,

  • Experience of policy development in a regulatory or business strategy environment,

  • Previous experience working in one of the sectors we regulate


  • Likely to have a degree in engineering or science, or equivalent professional experience.

Ofcom is a forward-thinking, inclusive employer and recognises the value of diversity to truly “make communications work for everyone”. Here at Ofcom, our vision is to ensure people are part of an environment when they can truly strive and be themselves, therefore we aim to recruit from the widest pool of candidates possible – irrespective of social background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or disability. We are an organisation that strives to be truly representative of the whole of the UK and our aim is to be an employer of choice for everyone.

We champion flexible working and so wherever possible we support flexible working patterns including job shares.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to interview disabled applicants who meets the minimum selection criteria of the role as outlined in the job specification, if applicants would like to be considered under this scheme. We pride ourselves on ensuring all candidates are treated fairly throughout the application and selection process including making our process as accessible as possible. You can find more information on the scheme here.

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Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

We make sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

We also oversee the universal postal service, which means Royal Mail must deliver and collect letters six days a week, and parcels five days a week, at an affordable and uniform price throughout the UK.

We look after the airwaves used by wireless devices like cordless phones, walkie talkies and even some car keys and doorbells.

We also help to make sure people don’t get scammed and are protected from bad practices. This is particularly important for vulnerable or older people.

Our duties come from Parliament. Our priority is to look after you, and we sometimes do this by promoting competition among companies we regulate.

We provide advice and information to thousands of people each year, through our website and call centre. We register complaints from people and businesses, which helps us to take action against firms when they let their customers down. Parliament has not given us powers to resolve people’s complaints about their broadband, home phone or mobile phone. Instead, these can be considered by alternative ‘dispute resolution’ services.

We also help to make sure people across the UK are satisfied with what they see and hear on TV and radio, and that programmes reflect the audiences they serve. We consider every complaint we receive from viewers and listeners. Often, we investigate further and we sometimes find broadcasters in breach of our rules.

We are independent, and funded by fees paid to us by the companies we regulate.

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