External Affairs Adviser

Salary Competitive Salary & Excellent Benefits
Location London
Reference EG888913
Edwina Goldman


Reporting to the Director of Corporate Affairs, you will:

• Raise the business profile, credibility and influence with key political audiences by developing delivering effective integrated campaigns (combining media and political campaigning and drawing on input from colleagues across the Corporate Affairs team and wider team, and members) to ensure that the business has the opportunity to shape and influence the debate at the appropriate level and on topics that are important to the industry.

• Seek out and capitalise on opportunities to engage and develop effective working relations with key stakeholders (members, politicians, and other stakeholders); working with colleagues to promote the business and its priorities.

• Work with the communications team to ensure that appropriate use is made of all channels of communication including print and broadcast media, digital and social media and speaking and editorial opportunities, to influence government policy.

• Develop a timely and relevant political contact programme; preparing briefings for all political meetings and establishing trusted and productive relationships among MPs and their staff.

• Collect and review political and legislative intelligence at a strategic level and on critical issues, as well as using monitoring services, briefing colleagues and members, to ensure that the business achieves its campaigning goals and that colleagues are well supported.

• Represent the business at external events to promote the business and its members’ priorities.

• Take part in the Corporate Affairs Team on-call rota for out of hours’ member, media and stakeholder contact. This means responding to media, and other calls, during evenings, weekends, bank holidays and when the office is closed for the Christmas and New Year holiday.

• Be a motivated and pro-active Corporate Affairs and business team member, supporting colleagues across the Corporate Affairs team.


The successful candidate

• In a government relations or public affairs role

• A consummate communicator, with excellent written English and able to write for specific audiences, using different media, as appropriate.

• Able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature and aims of membership/lobbying organisations.

• Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of UK Parliament processes.

• Able to demonstrate experience of operating in a political/communications environment, using a range of effective methods for engaging with politicians and other stakeholder audiences.

• An organised, efficient co-ordinator of multiple activities and tasks, with the ability to remain calm and professional whilst under pressure.

• Able to demonstrate strong analytical skills in order to formulate and deliver considered and persuasive arguments.

• Up-to-date on current affairs issues and able to relate these to the aims of the business.

• A trusted and pro-active team player, supporting team colleagues in driving a culture of constant improvement.

• Experience of working in the retail industry would be advantageous, but not essential.

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External Affairs Adviser


Competitive Salary & Excellent Benefits