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Public Affairs & Policy Manager

Closing date: 30 Nov 2021

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Website The Horticultural Trades Association

In a nutshell, we're all about supporting UK garden businesses. We're proud to count 1,400 garden retailers, growers, manufacturers and landscapers in our members.

Public Affairs & Policy Manager 

At the HTA, it’s crucial the needs of our members are accurately represented and understood by governments, parliamentarians, and policy influencers across the whole of the UK. This newly created role will be key to achieving this, by developing new and building on, existing relationships to deliver our public affairs and policy agenda. 

Reporting to the Director of Policy and Communications, you will manage a team of 2 and be responsible for delivering strategic engagement programmes within the political and policy arena. You will be required to create collaborative policy proposals, that carefully consider government policy and HTA member needs alongside the wider industry approach. 

To be successful in this role, you will need to be excellent at building collaborative relationships internally and externally, with good project management skills and a thorough understanding of Westminster, Whitehall, and devolved governments.    

Essential Skills & Experience:      

  • Demonstrable experience in public affairs and policy, ideally having worked within Parliament, in Whitehall, a trade association or a campaign organisation 
  • Previous line management and budget management, with good project management skills 
  • A critical and strategic thinker, with strong analytical skills and the ability to digest complex information to key salient points  

What we offer in return: 

  • A friendly, helpful, and supportive office environment  
  • A 35 hour working week 
  • 4% employee/5% employer pension  
  • Life assurance  
  • Health Cash Plan 
  • Cycle 2 Work 

 This role is an office-based role, but we are currently operating a flexible home-office system, with a minimum of 2 days a week in the office.

About HTA 

2020 created new gardeners and the HTA campaign to ensure garden centres were classed as essential retailers throughout the COVID-19 restrictions has increased the profile of the £28bn horticultural and landscaping industry.  

The HTA have 1500 members which include garden retailers, growers, landscapers, and suppliers to the garden industry. As one of the largest membership organisations the HTA have run the National Garden Gift scheme since 1962, this provides consumers with a UK wide scheme encouraging both new and existing gardeners to visit garden centres and retail nurseries. 

The HTA lobby and campaign on behalf of our members within the horticulture industry and provide a whole range of member services including, business solutions, events, market information and learning & development. 

Permanent role / Full time / Monday – Friday / Competitive

This advert is only open to direct applicants, NO AGENCIES should apply. All applicants must have valid references and proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

To apply for this job please visit hta.org.uk.

How to apply

You can view the full job description for this role at  https://hta.org.uk/about/hta-careers/current-vacancies.html. To apply for the role, please send your covering letter, CV, current salary and salary expectations to [email protected]. 

If you would like to find out more ahead of applying, please call Kayla Cordery on 01235 776153 (Mon – Thurs) 

Our aim is to recruit and retain people with the behaviours that support our mission and who will grow with us and the industry. We are open and honest in recognising that there is more that the Association can do to value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and therefore welcome applicants from all underrepresented communities within Horticulture, including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities. 

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Job Details

Organisation: The Horticultural Trades Association

Location: Chilton, Oxfordshire

Salary: Competitive

Closing date: 30 Nov 2021

Contract type: Permanent

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: yes

About the Organisation

In a nutshell, we're all about supporting UK garden businesses. We're proud to count 1,400 garden retailers, growers, manufacturers and landscapers in our members.

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