Public Policy Manager (EMEA)



London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Founded by mathematicians and cyber defense experts in 2013, Darktrace is a global leader in cyber security AI, delivering complete AI-powered solutions in its mission to free the world of cyber disruption. We protect more than 8,400 customers from the world’s most complex threats, including ransomware, cloud, and SaaS attacks.

Our roots lie deep in innovation. The Darktrace AI Research Centre based in Cambridge, UK, has conducted research establishing new thresholds in cyber security, with technology innovations backed by over 130 patents and pending applications. The company’s European R&D center is located in The Hague, Netherlands.

Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, Darktrace has more than 2,400 employees located globally. Customers include public sector agencies, education institutions, media, organizations supplying critical infrastructure, and businesses of all sizes worldwide.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a fast-growing company, named one of TIME magazine’s “Most Influential Companies” for 2021 and one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative AI Companies” in 2022. For more information on our cutting-edge technology, visit

This new role represents an opportunity to achieve significant impact in tech policy, developing policy and working with stakeholders at the intersection of AI and cyber security. You will get to work on issues that matter, advocating for policies to improve the resilience of critical national infrastructure in an uncertain world; developing Darktrace’s approach to responsible AI; and advancing a policy agenda to build more British tech unicorns.

The primary purpose of this role is to develop and deliver the policy agenda across the EMEA region (with a focus on the UK), developing positions, policy papers and driving engagement with critical stakeholders in governments, parliament, civil society and industry. The role reports to the Head of Policy and Public Affairs and sits within the Corporate Affairs function.

The role is based in Darktrace’s London office, with a hybrid working model in place (roughly 3 days in the office). Some travel to other national and international locations will be required.


The role holder will be expected to collaborate closely with colleagues to develop and deliver a high-impact public policy programme in EMEA, with a primary focus on the UK and a secondary focus on the EU:

Analysis and research

  • Develop Darktrace’s proactive policy agenda on AI, cyber security and tech policy, working with the Head of Policy and Public Affairs and technical experts within the business.
  • Write clear and well-evidenced policy papers, submissions, consultation responses, briefings, and letters.
  • Track and analyse significant policy discussions, legislative and regulatory developments, and stakeholder activity that affect the business. Ensure they are well articulated to internal stakeholders with advice on how Darktrace should .


  • Act as a frontline Darktrace representative to brief a diverse set of policy and government actors that are looking to better understand AI, cyber security and tech issues. Regularly engage with UK and EU institutions, parliaments, regulators, and international organisations.
  • Build and maintain trusted relationships to support delivery with civil servants, MPs, trade associations, think tanks, NGOs, academics, and other relevant organisations.
  • Deliver a stakeholder engagement programme, briefing Darktrace’s leadership ahead of meetings with senior stakeholders, and organising campaigns and events to educate policy makers.


  • Build strong relationships across Darktrace to shape our policy agenda, working in close collaboration with technical experts including cyber security analysts and AI developers.
  • Collaborate with the broader corporate affairs team to maximise the impact of policy work through media, digital, content and internal Work closely with your US counterpart (to be recruited) to ensure an aligned approach to emerging issues.
  • Oversee project management tasks, such as programme plans.

Candidate requirements:

We welcome applications from people who have experience working with UK policy, political or regulatory institutions, ideally with some understanding of EU institutions, or can demonstrate highly relevant academic experience.

  • A strong understanding of the tech policy landscape – with AI or cyber security experience a benefit – and the credibility to be seen as an expert with diverse stakeholders,
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills – ideally with existing networks in government, industry, think tanks, and academic communities,
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – with the ability to make complex topics comprehensible to a variety of audiences,
  • Good knowledge of UK policymaking procedures and the political landscape, and an understanding of how external organisations can add value to the policymaking process,
  • Experience of advising and working with senior management on a day-to-day basis,
  • Good business acumen, able to draw the links between policy and Darktrace’s commercial position.


  • Ambitious: You aim high and are a proactive self-starter.
  • Collaborative: You are collaborative and team oriented. You enjoy the challenge of developing trusted partnerships with colleagues in functions across the business, and of building effective relationships with external stakeholders.
  • Curious: You have a genuine interest in what we do, and in the policy debates on AI and cyber security. You enjoy working with experts in the field, and want to keep learning.
  • Tenacious: You have the drive and focus to operate in a fast-growing scale-up. You are willing to try new things and adjust course if they aren’t working.


  • Competitive base salary
  • Performance bonus
  • BUPA Healthcare
  • Life Assurance x4 salary
  • Pension
  • 23 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Additional day off for your birthday
  • Matched charitable giving

We encourage candidates to apply who do not fulfil 100% of this criteria.