Advisor (Sugar)

£33,913.46 per annum dependant on experience
13 Nov 2018
11 Dec 2018
Candidate Services
Contract Type
Full Time
Advisor (Sugar) 

NFU Sugar is part of the National Farmers Union. NFU Sugar represents all 3000+ sugar beet growers in Great Britain and negotiates £200m of sugar beet contracts annually on their collective behalf with the single beet processor (British Sugar plc – part of the £15bn turnover AB Foods Group). 

When it’s in our growers’ interests we also work closely with British Sugar on common interests, for example: Brexit – and inputting into the shape of the new domestic sugar policy; and Plant Protection – fighting to retain key products in our growers’ armoury. 

Position: Adviser (Sugar) 
Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire (Commutable from Coventry. Leamington Spa Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham, Rugby, Solihul and surrounding areas) 
Job type: Full Time, 12 month Fixed Term Contract (Maternity Leave Cover) 
Salary: £33,913.46 per annum dependant on experience 
Benefits: include 25 days annual leave (plus statutory bank holidays), an attractive contributory Pension, a range of discounts through our NFU Benefits employee portal, and subsidised staff restaurant. 

Closing date: 2nd December 2018 
Interview date: 12th and 13th December 2018 

About the home-grown sugar industry: 

The British sugar beet industry is one of the most efficient, lowest cost sugar producers in the world. It currently supplies 50% of all sugar consumed in the UK. Sugar beet yields have increased consistently by 2-3% per year; leading to a 50% yield increase in the last 30 years – far greater than any other broad acre crop. 

The UK sugar beet industry, along with all other EU countries, has just experienced two of the biggest changes in a generation: Liberalisation of the EU’s sugar regime. This presents huge challenges, as well as opportunities, and means the UK is more exposed to the effects of the global sugar market. A key insecticide (neonicotinoid) has just been banned across Europe, meaning that the UK’s beet growers will, for the first time since the early 1990s be planting sugar beet without this critical protection. 

About the role: 

Covering the maternity leave of the existing sugar adviser, you will deliver all elements of the role. These include public policy, public affairs, Board support, media engagement and grower communication functions. 

About you: 

- Highly developed organisational skills to manage a varied workload and remain calm and organised under pressure 
- The experience and ability to quickly understand complex / political issues 
- Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) and proven ability to provide clear briefings and advice within short timeframes 
- Proven networking and persuasion skills; able to identify the people you need to engage and ensure their support for NFU Sugar’s work 
- A degree or equivalent in a related discipline 

Why join our team? 

You will work with passionate people, recognised for their knowledge and expertise. 

The NFU is an Equal Opportunities employer and values diversity. 

You may have experience of the following: Sugar Advisor, Sugar Adviser, Policy Advisor, Public Affairs Officer, Policy Officer, Customer Service, Customer Service Advisor, etc.

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