Economic Policy Manager who has proven professional experience in economic research, policy development and project management, gained in a government department or a corporate, political, trade association or consultancy environment, is required to join our team at The Food & Drink Federation, based in Bloomsbury, London.
SALARY: up to £45,000 per annum + Benefits
LOCATION: Bloomsbury, London
JOB TYPE: Full-Time, Permanent
We’re the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - the voice of the UK food and drink industry: the largest manufacturing sector in the country. We help our members operate in a highly regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness and profitability. Our job is to communicate our industry's values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. We also work in partnership with key players in the food supply chain to ensure our food is safe, affordable and nutritious.
As Economic Policy Manager you will manage FDF’s strategy to demonstrate the economic importance of the sector and leading the FDF’s regular engagement with Government economists across relevant departments including HM Treasury. You will lead FDF’s economic research, data and analysis for policy evaluation and commercial research activities across the whole of the organisation. You will support FDF teams to raise their economic research capability.
The role will involve monitoring policy and economic developments, managing the design and delivery by colleagues of economic research, and raising the FDF’s economic profile by promoting the economic impact of the UK food and drink industry through engagement with key stakeholders and the media.
This will involve drafting concise and informative briefings for members; formulating FDF policy on the back of member consultations; advocating policy positions to decision-makers and the media; and working with industry partners and stakeholders to ensure that the delivery of projects meet business objectives.
As Economic Policy Manager your responsibilities will include:
- Raise FDF’s economic voice by managing FDF’s economic research activity, ensuring FDF colleagues are using the most up-to-date and robust economic indicators when promoting the economic importance of the industry.
- Manage FDF’s ongoing export and confidence reporting and deliver one-off research projects to support FDF objectives.
- Identify and deliver commercial opportunities for the production and sale of FDF research projects in partnership with FDF’s commercial leads.
- Manage the economic outputs arising from FDF’s Industry Growth and International Trade Committees and monitor business and fiscal policy developments.
- Manage the development of activities across the FDF (including FDF Scotland and FDF Cymru) to support and enhance the use of economic analysis to support the delivery of the FDF’s wider policy aims.
FDF’s Industry Growth team is responsible for policy and market developments that impact UK food and drink manufacturers’ ability to invest, grow and do business. The team covers a range of economic issues to enable and remove barriers to food and drink industry growth including: economic recovery, international trade, people and skills, innovation and working with supply chains.
- Graduate degree and/or professional qualification in economics, research, politics, international relations or other relevant disciplines.
- Proven professional experience in economic research, policy development and project management, gained in a Government department or a corporate, political, trade association or consultancy environment.
- Politically aware with a knowledge of UK political processes and a strong understanding of policy issues affecting the food and drink manufacturing sector, particularly in relation to economic and fiscal policy.
- Strong analytical, organisational, project management and presentational and written skills with the ability to credibly represent FDF in committees, stakeholder and media activities, communicating effectively with diverse audiences.
- Ability to learn quickly and solve problems using technical expertise, analysis and evaluative judgment to provide specialist advice to FDF colleagues, members and stakeholders.
- Strong time management skills with the ability to work across a variety of different policy areas and teams within FDF, managing conflicting deadlines.
- Highly motivated team player with a hands-on attitude, ability to lead and develop creative and evidence-based approaches to policy issues, industry positions and their communication.
- Excellent networking skills with the ability to build and retain relationships across industry and develop opportunities to collaborate with key external stakeholders.
FDF is a great place to work where we take wellbeing seriously and have a great benefits package to match, offering a pension scheme, life insurance, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme.
We’re based in the heart of central London in a modern, bright open-plan office. We have a friendly work culture with great break-out spaces, quiet booths and opportunities for flexible-working. Our ‘Feel Good for Life’ team regularly organises events and activities to promote positive health and wellbeing.
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JOB REF: AWDO-P7014
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