Policy Advisor / Customer Service Advisor (Farming)

18 Apr 2019
10 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Policy Advisor / Customer Service Advisor (Farming)

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.

Position: County Adviser
Location: Essex
Job type: Full Time, Permanent
Salary: circa £37,000 per annum plus Company car

Closing date: 12th May 2019
Interview date: 24th May 2019 at Newmarket

About the role:

As County Adviser, you will be coordinating all NFU activity within your area. You will work with elected office holders, the regional team and be a key local source of knowledge as well as being able to offer advice and guidance on matters of policy and NFU membership. You will be able to network effectively, bringing individuals together to energise lobbying campaigns and promote NFU causes. You will support the work of allocated NFU Boards or Forums to ensure that sector views from across the East Anglia Region are fed into national policy.

Reporting to the County Network Manager, you will manage a diverse team of Group Secretaries, who promote the NFU and its services at a local level. Your role is to manage your group secretary network in order to achieve our membership objectives around income, acres and NFU member numbers to grow our representative power. Experience of managing a team is therefore advantageous.

Most importantly, you will be able to establish a firm connection with the local membership, and ensure their views are heard. To make that member connection, you will have an in-depth knowledge of current farming issues and a real passion for agriculture, whether gained through your education, your background or your experience.

With the growth in road, rail and energy infrastructure projects across the region, an understanding of how these impact on our members’ businesses and experience in managing this process would be advantageous. Knowledge of the local area and its agricultural / land-based industry landscape would be ideal but not essential.

About you:

You will need to be sociable, friendly, outgoing and a good communicator. One of your strengths is that you are people orientated and build lasting business relationships, with a positive outlook and approach. You have strong influencing skills, you are driven, are keen to get things done and prepared to work under your own initiative. You like variety and are energetic in your work approach, and you are keen to develop yourself professionally. An awareness of the key areas affecting farming would be desirable.

You may have experience of the following: Policy Advisor, Membership Association, Farming, Agriculture, Rural Affairs, Membership Advisor, Stakeholder Management, Legislation, Member Adviser, Lobbying, Farmer, Customer Service, Customer Service Coordinator, Relationship Management, etc

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