Head of Policy – Farming & Land Use

Bristol (City Centre)
01 Nov 2018
11 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary: £45,595 pa

Contract: Permanent

Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week

Location: Bristol, with frequent travel to London

About us

The Soil Association is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food.

There has never been a more important time to be shaping the Soil Association’s policy on farming and land use issues. We are looking for a new Head of Policy to champion the importance of organic and agro-ecological farming systems for biodiversity, climate impact, animal welfare, soil health, antibiotic and pesticide use reduction and water quality.

About the role

This exciting opportunity for leadership comes at a crucial point in the debates on farming policy and payments post-Brexit, and in the wake of the IPCC’s latest climate change report. We are looking for a talented individual to lead the research and development of the Soil Association’s position on farming and land use issues, while being able to work flexibly to represent the organisation at a senior level.

You will play a leading role in shaping and delivering the organisation’s Policy & Influencing Strategy, developing relationships with key influencers and allied organisations who can help us achieve our aims. You will line manage a small team and work alongside the Head of Policy (food and health) to facilitate policy insight and external representation from our experts and network members right across the SA Group.

For full details about the role, please refer to the job description.

About you

With substantial experience of working at a senior level in a policy and influencing role, you will be able to demonstrate credibility within your field. You will have an excellent knowledge of farming and land use issues relevant to the aims of the Soil Association. You will have outstanding verbal, written and presentation skills and will be committed to advancing our work.

Our Benefits

Working with us you will have access to a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days
  • Pension scheme with ethical investment options and employer contribution
  • Free membership of the Soil Association and discounts on organic produce
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies, flexible working and childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyle and produce

Important dates

Please apply by the closing date for applications on 9am, Thursday 8 November 2018

Interviews will take place during week commencing Monday 12 November in Bristol.

To Apply

Please submit your two page CV with a concise covering letter, explaining why you are interested in this role and outlining your relevant skills and experience, by email via the button below. Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname).

Thank you for your interest in our work at the Soil Association

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