UK Policy Manager
Application deadline: 24 April 2022, 11.59pm BST
The Good Food Institute Europe is looking for a UK Policy Manager to influence how quickly the UK moves to a more ethical and sustainable food system.
Help people, animals and the planet by advocating for supportive public policies for plant-based and cultivated meat in the UK
The Good Food Institute Europe (GFI Europe) is at the forefront of the movement to transform meat production in order to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change and global hunger, to antibiotic resistance and animal suffering.
We work with scientists, businesses and policymakers to make plant-based and cultivated meat (grown directly from cells) delicious, affordable and accessible. Please check out our website, our 2021 Year in Review, and our 2021 Europe Highlights blog post to find out more about who we are and what we do.
We are at an exciting stage in our growth, and are looking for a UK Policy Manager to join our team. For more information about this role, please take a look at the job brochure.
How you will make a difference
Your role will have high responsibility and high impact. You will significantly influence how quickly the UK moves to a more ethical and sustainable food system.
You will be responsible for driving policy impact in the UK. Your objectives will include, among other things, driving significantly more public investment into research and development for plant-based and cultivated meat, working to deliver a fair, evidence-based regulatory path to market for plant-based and cultivated proteins, and ensuring that the labelling of plant-based and cultivated foods is not unfairly restricted.
As our first colleague focusing solely on UK policy work, you will be responsible for identifying priorities and opportunities to achieve maximum impact for sustainable proteins and for rallying like-minded organisations and individuals to amplify our impact.
To achieve this you will:
- Deliver positive government policy change to support plant-based and cultivated proteins at the national level in the UK and, where opportunities arise, in the devolved administrations.
- Set the overall strategy for our UK policy work, including prioritising between and within work streams.
- Develop and execute lobbying plans, based on thorough research and mapping of decision-makers.
- Build relationships with, and advise, senior politicians and civil servants in relevant public institutions, including UK government departments and Parliament.
- Build alliances and work cooperatively with other organisations, companies, scientists and stakeholders to amplify our policy advocacy through multiple channels and help create a positive ecosystem for sustainable proteins.
- Engage respectfully with organisations who are still to be persuaded.
- Act as a spokesperson and representative for GFI in meetings with UK stakeholders and at public events, as needed.
- Closely monitor and stay abreast of relevant policy proposals, spotting opportunities and pre-empting threats.
- Together with your policy colleagues, ensure that the UK plays a positive role for sustainable proteins internationally.
- Together with communications colleagues, work with the media and use social media to help deliver our policy objectives.
- Perform other tasks as required.
Who we’re looking for
You must have:
You must have:
- A passion for GFI’s philosophy and mission.
- A demonstrated ability to drive policy change.
- Comfort with, and experience of, interacting with and influencing officials and politicians.
- Experience working on policy at a national (UK or other country), EU or multilateral level, for example in a government, public institution, political party, NGO, think tank, industry association, public affairs agency, consulting firm, lobbying organisation or other relevant institution.
- Excellent people skills – the ability to influence, network, build alliances and work well in a team.
- Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and self-motivation. A sense of ownership and responsibility to drive outcomes. A positive, can-do, hands-on attitude.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and fluent English, both written and spoken.
It would be an advantage to have some or all of the following attributes, but none of them are prerequisites, and we very much welcome applications from candidates without any or all of them:
- Experience working on UK policy.
- Experience working on one or more of the following policy areas: research and innovation, food and agriculture, climate change, or public health.
- Experience and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with the media.
- A strong network of contacts at the UK national policy level.
- A demonstrated ability to build alliances with NGOs and industry actors.
- The ability to speak other major European languages.
We want the best people and we don’t want biases holding us back. We strongly encourage people of every colour, orientation, age, gender, origin, and ability to apply. Because we value a diverse workplace, we prioritise an inclusive climate absent of discrimination and harassment during the application process and after you join the team.
Benefits and the fine print
- Terms of employment: Full-time (flexible hours), permanent. Requests for part-time hours (0.5 FTE or above) can be considered – please state in your application.
- Location: Flexible – we will consider applicants from anywhere in Europe. You will mainly be working remotely: from your home, or wherever you choose. You will need to be willing and able to travel to London at least every two weeks, and sometimes at short notice. Once the Covid-19 situation has cleared, the whole GFI Europe team will aim to get together in person approximately twice per year for around 3-4 days at a time, most likely in the London or Brussels areas.
- Salary: £37,000 – £43,000 FTE. This range is based on a UK hire and will be adjusted if hired elsewhere in Europe.
- Right to work requirements: The successful candidate must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the country in which you are based.
- Application Deadline: 24 April 2022, 11.59pm BST.
The full application process is outlined in the job brochure. We really look forward to hearing from you!
If you have any further questions about this role, please do reach out to us at email@example.com. If you’ve read this far but decided not to apply, please share this job description with someone else in your network who you think might be a good fit for the role! Thank you.
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