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The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) represents over 300 companies producing, importing, exporting, transporting and selling wines and spirits in the United Kingdom. We campaign for a vibrant and sustainable wine and spirit industry, helping to build a future in which alcohol is produced, sold and enjoyed responsibly.  

As part of the public affairs and policy team, we require an enthusiastic Policy & Parliamentary Affairs Officer to ensure that Government, and Parliament gain more understanding of the economic contribution that wine and spirit businesses make to the UK economy, the issues and challenges they face as well as their commitment to produce and sell wine and spirits responsibly.

This new post offers an exciting opportunity to grow the WSTA’s parliamentary affairs work programme and could be ideal for either a recent graduate or someone with a few years' experience working in public affairs.

Key Responsibilities

Parliament

  • Developing and managing the WSTA’s Parliamentary engagement programme, including events management;
  • Providing secretariat support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Wine and Spirits;
  • Managing the WSTA’s party conference programme, and attending conferences and events where appropriate;
  • Raising awareness of the UK Wine and Spirit industry and its social responsibility initiatives;
  • To monitor and respond to Parliamentary business on issues relating to the wine and spirit trade;
  • Identifying consultation and inquiry opportunities, coordinating responses and engaging with Select Committees;
  • Monitoring devolved assemblies, managing engagement with Parliamentarians and Assembly members, and briefing colleagues and member companies as appropriate.

Policy

  • Developing and maintaining an understanding of the main policy issues affecting WSTA members;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with other relevant trade bodies, campaign groups and associations to support the wider work of the wine and spirit industry.

Team and Membership services

  • Co-ordinating, monitoring and evaluating the WSTA’s Parliamentary monitoring service;
  • Keeping WSTA members and colleagues informed of Parliamentary and political developments through regular briefings, a regular Parliamentary digest, and through ad hoc communication;
  • Being an integrated member of the wider WSTA team, working flexibly to support the wider WSTA objectives, including working with the communications team.

Location

Mainly WSTA Office in London with scope for some remote working subject to relevant rules, guidance and meeting needs of the role.

To Apply

Please click on the Apply button below for more information about the required qualifications, experience and skills. When applying clearly state that you saw the role through the PubAffairs network.

Interviews will aim to be held in the week commencing 16 August.

The successful candidate will need to provide proof that they have the right to work in the UK and provide suitable references before appointment. We do not require this information at the application stage.

Diversity and Inclusion

The WSTA is committed to building an inclusive organisation and attracting diverse talent and encourages applications from all regardless of age, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability, socio-economic background, religion or beliefs. As part of this commitment, Gemma will anonymise your CV and covering letter before they are reviewed by the recruitment panel. 

Apply online

  • Fill out the short form below and upload your CV.

Closing date

The closing date for applications for this post is 5:00pm on Sunday 1st August 2021