Job Type Part time (4 days a week), 12 Month Fixed-term Contract
Location Central London (Bloomsbury)
Salary Up to £30k (FTE Salary)
We’re the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) – the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country. We help our members operate in a highly regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness and profitability. Our job is to communicate our industry's values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. We also work in partnership with key players in the food supply chain to ensure our food is safe, affordable and nutritious.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the FDF’s busy Competitiveness Policy team. With various challenges and opportunities facing the industry, from COVID-19, to the National Food Strategy, to exiting the EU, we are advertising an initial 12 month fixed-term role working on a range of policy issues. You will be supporting our members and helping to deliver the best policy outcomes for the food and drink manufacturing sector, our industry’s workforce, the food chain, and the wider economy. This role will involve:
• Policy monitoring, development, and research.
• Supporting FDF members to understand and respond to new policy developments through policy briefings, responding to member questions, and supporting the delivery of member committees.
• Supporting FDF's responses to consultations from government departments such as BEIS and Defra, non-departmental governmental bodies such as the Low Pay Commission and the Migration Advisory Committee, and UK Parliament Select Committees.
• Working alongside colleagues in FDF's Corporate Affairs Team to engage and build relationships with key stakeholders in government, media, and other business representative organisations in the food chain and the wider economy.
• Building and maintaining links with key stakeholders relating to employment policy including Defra, DWP, CBI, Make UK, other sector trade associations and the trade unions.
• Working alongside the Competitiveness Team Administrator and wider team to ensure webpages and the database is maintained appropriately and providing secretariat functions for regular stakeholder meetings and member committees.
FDF’s Competitiveness team is responsible for policy and market developments that impact UK food and drink manufacturers’ ability to invest, grow and do business. The team covers a range of economic issues including: trade and workforce implications of the UK leaving the European Union; skills and employment; exporting; and working with supply chains.
This role will support our work on employment policy, engaging with and representing our members on policy areas including immigration, the national living wage, inclusion and diversity, and parts of the COVID-19 policy response related to employment such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Job Support Scheme. However, we are looking for someone who is interested in helping to shape policies that impact on our sector's competitiveness more broadly and is able to work flexibly to support our team’s wider policy priorities including education and apprenticeships, skills policy, competition and markets policy, and economic research as required. Prior experience in one or more of these policy areas would be an advantage, but we will also consider candidates without this experience who are able to demonstrate their ability, adaptability and enthusiasm in their application and interview.
• Undergraduate degree or equivalent qualifications or experience.
• Interest in government, politics, and/or business.
• Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills.
• Ability to work both as part of a small team and to lead projects independently with oversight from a manager.
• Attention to detail and ability to produce accurate, robust work within project timescales.
• Excellent communications, administrative, and organisational skills.
• Ability to deal with a variety of tasks and workload.
• Willingness to learn and show initiative.
• Good command of written and spoken English.
• Comfortable using IT including Microsoft Office.
• Knowledge or prior experience related to employment policy issues (desirable).
• Knowledge or prior experience related to wider workforce policy issues (desirable).
• Knowledge or prior experience of social or economic research (desirable).
FDF is a great place to work where we take wellbeing seriously and have a great benefits package to match, offering a pension scheme, life insurance, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme.
We’re based in the heart of central London in a modern, bright open-plan office. We have a friendly work culture with great break-out spaces, quiet booths and opportunities for flexible and home working. Our ‘Feel Good for Life’ team regularly organises events and activities to promote positive health and wellbeing.
How to Apply
We’d love to hear from you, if you think your experience and skillset are suited to the role. Please apply with your CV, covering letter and salary expectations, illustrating why you’d be a great candidate.
Closing Date: 20 November 2020; 5:30pm
FDF operates as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion/beliefs, disability and age.
You may have experience of the following: Policy Executive, Policy Officer, Legislation, Policy Development, Project Management, Policy Planning, Employment Policy, Trade and Workforce etc