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County Adviser

NFU

Cambridge

Permanent

£39000/annum

CB21RT

Posted: 21/01/2023

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Contract Type: Full time, Permanent
Location: East Anglia Regional Office with hybrid working 
Salary: c. £39,000 (Negotiable dependant on Skills and Experience) plus Company car or car allowance
Working Hours: 35 hours per week 

 The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is the biggest farming organisation in the UK. We're proud to make a difference for all our members, by shaping attitudes towards British farming and leading the charge on a range of major issues, from climate change and food standards to rural crime and broadband rollout. 

Purpose of the role & how you will contribute: 

As County Adviser, you will be a knowledge hub for members, providing support on relevant issues and advice on technical, food chain and land-based policy. You will manage a team of NFU Group Secretaries to organise, promote and co-ordinate NFU activity and member support within the county, helping them to meet annual membership targets and promote the NFU and its services. You will support the work of specific regional NFU Boards to ensure that regional views are fed into national policy.

What you’ll bring: 

You are sociable and friendly, outgoing, a team player and a good communicator. You have strong influencing and convening skills, are driven, organised and self-motivated. You like variety and are energetic in your work approach, and you are keen to develop yourself professionally. You will have an in-depth knowledge of current farming, related food and land use issues and a real passion for agriculture. 

Why choose us 

Join us and you’ll find an organisation that encourages and enables you to achieve your full potential. In return you will be rewarded with a full range of benefits including:

• Company car or car allowance 
• Generous holiday allowance (starting at 25 days a year pro rata + Bank Holidays, rising to 30 days pro rata with length of service), plus 1 annual Christmas company day 
• Option to buy and sell annual leave 
• Enhanced maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
• Performance-related pay
• Competitive Pension and Life assurance
• Access to interest-free loans for cars, bikes, season tickets and driving lessons 
• Employee Assistance program to help you deal with life’s challenges
• Discounts on new vehicles, holiday rentals, wellbeing and lifestyle and many more

Who we are

Every day, we're the voice of around 47,000 British farmers and growers who produce food, making sure their concerns are heard at the heart of government both online and locally. This means developing strong relationships with everyone from NFU colleagues to government ministers. So, as well as having a high profile in both the media and Westminster, we work with and support local members through a network of regional and county offices across England and Wales. 

Our regional offices are the face of the NFU to local members, our focus is to understand their day-to-day concerns and influence the local and national agendas on their behalf. It’s about developing strong working relationships with everyone from the members themselves to local councils, constituency MPs and national NFU teams. 

Working in a regional office demands the flexibility to adapt to a variety of tasks, from recruiting and retaining members, to working with councils and other local agencies, or lobbying MPs. This diverse remit means we need to understand a wide range of farming, food, environmental and economic issues and be able to talk confidently about them with people at all levels. 

Join us

We’re committed to recruiting a diverse and highly-talented workforce. Join us and you’ll find an organisation that encourages and enables you to achieve your full potential. We’ll support you by providing you with extensive learning and development opportunities and build a career that balances your professional ambitions with your personal commitments including discussions around hybrid and flexible work options. 

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If we decide we've found the right person for the role, we reserve the right to withdraw this advert and close applications before the closing date. 

Closing date for applications: 29th January, 2023

You may have experience of the following: Policy Adviser, Membership Association, Farming, Agriculture, Rural Affairs, Membership Adviser, Stakeholder Management, Legislation, Member Adviser, Lobbying etc.

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