Business and Rural Affairs Adviser

Business and Rural Affairs Adviser

Starting salary circa £33,913 per annum

Stoneleigh HQ, Warwickshire

Are you a diligent and co-operative individual who is good with detail?

Are you a professional who is able to influence in matters regarding business and rural affairs policy?

About the role

The NFU is looking for a  Business and Rural Affairs Adviser, who will be responsible for supporting policy development for rural affairs and digital connectivity, maximising opportunities for farm businesses to become more profitable and productive.  Significant emphasis will be placed on supporting and analysing the development of “future rural development” policy, including the socio-economic schemes of the current Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

You will need to be an effective networker, ensuring the impact of policy change is communicated swiftly and effectively to a range of different audiences and key internal/external stakeholders.

You will lead on the development and delivery of advice on specific rural affairs issues, including digital connectivity for our members.  Experience of writing key policy documentation to inform and influence is essential. The role will also involve working closely with appropriate HQ and regional colleagues and providing briefing material for National and Regional Officeholders.

You will ideally be educated to degree level and have experience of working within a regional context.  An understanding of the issues faced by our members would be desirable. You will also have experience of influencing civil servants, NFU board members and the media.

Who are we?

The National Farmers’ Union is the voice of British farming, and our members are at the heart of what we do. On their behalf we lobby government and other stakeholders, develop policy and provide a range of frontline services.

Why join our team?

Working for the NFU means working alongside great people, who are recognised for their knowledge and expertise. Benefits include 25 days annual leave (plus statutory bank holidays), National Employment Savings Trust pension scheme, a performance related pay award scheme, a range of discounts through our NFU Benefits employee portal and subsidised staff restaurant.

How to apply?

Please click here for a copy of the job description.

If you feel you have the right skills and experience for the role, please send your CV and a covering letter illustrating how your skills and experience suit the requirements as outlined in the person specification to UmVjcnVpdG1lbnRAbmZ1Lm9yZy51aw==.

Closing date: 30th June 2019

Interview date: 12th July

The NFU is an Equal Opportunities employer and values diversity.

Last edited on: 10:06:2019

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