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NFU - Wiltshire - County Adviser (Fixed Term Contract – Maternity Cover up to 12 months)

Job Added: 14 June 2017

To apply:

Main Contact:
HR Team


024 7685 8742


£36,000 plus Company car

Dependant on candidtate's location

Job description:

Is this you?

You will be interested in rural matters, farming and the countryside. You are sociable and friendly, outgoing and a good communicator. One of your strengths is that you are people orientated and build lasting business relationships, often tending to see the positive side of things.

About the role

We have an exciting role available in our South West Regional team for a County Adviser responsible for managing the work of Group Secretaries within the Wiltshire area will report to you. Working with and for our farming members, stakeholder engagement and lobbying activities will also be key responsibilities.

Who are we?

NFU represents the interests of farmers and growers across the country.  Promoting competitive and socially responsible agriculture and horticulture, we influence policy at the highest levels to ensure the long-term viability of our members. 

Working for us means working alongside great people, who are recognised for their knowledge and expertise. We offer 25 days annual leave (plus statutory bank holidays), a contributory pension scheme and a friendly working environment.

About you

You will be educated to degree level, have an in depth knowledge of agricultural and rural policy issues and management experience.

With excellent communication skills to communicate at all levels and interact effectively with our members, all stakeholders in person and through the media, you will also have budget management experience and the ability to work with some flexibility including the odd evening and weekend.

As County Adviser you will be coordinating all NFU activity within your area. You will work with elected office holders and the regional team and be a key local source of knowledge and able to offer advice and guidance on matters of policy and NFU membership. You will be able to network effectively, bringing individuals together to energise lobbying campaigns and promote NFU causes.  You will also support the work of one of the NFU boards or forums to ensure that sector views from across the area are fed into national policy.

Most importantly, you will be able to establish a firm connection with the local membership, and ensure their views are heard. To make that member connection, you will have an in-depth knowledge of current farming issues and a real passion for agriculture, whether gained through your education, your background or your experience. Knowledge of the local area and its agricultural/land-based industry landscape would be ideal.

Reporting to the Regional Director, you will manage a team of Group Secretaries, who promote the NFU and its services at a local level. Experience of managing a team is therefore a requirement.

Closing Date:       9th July 2017

Interview Date:  19th July 2017

If you would like more information about the role, please feel free to contact Mel Squires, Regional Director on 07831 800711.

If you feel you have the right skills for this role, please visit our website to apply and download a job description.

Completed application forms need to be sent to by the closing date.

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact the HR team via email or telephone .

The NFU is an Equal Opportunities employer and values diversity.

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