Closing date for applications: March 23, 2020

The British Retail Consortium is the leading trade association for the UK retail industry, and we have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Policy Advisor - Crime & Security to join our Business & Regulation team. This permanent position is well suited to an individual who is looking to advance their career and gain hands-on experience in a thriving and supportive workplace.

About the British Retail Consortium (BRC)

Retail is an exciting, dynamic and diverse industry. It is a driving force in our economy and the UK’s largest private-sector employer. Retailers touch the lives of millions of people every day, supporting vibrant communities where they operate.

The industry is going through a period of unprecedented change as technology transforms how people shop, at the same time as business rates and other public policy costs are rising, threatening the existence of household names in the industry.

The BRC’s purpose is to make a positive difference to the industry and the customers it serves, today and in the future. This means ensuring that the industry thrives through this period of change and it is a positive reinvention.

role purpose:

The BRC’s Policy Adviser for Crime and Security leads policy development and delivery for all relevant areas of retail industry priority. This is achieved through effective management and oversight of our Operations and IT communities, made up of senior executives and experts from across the industry (including our associate members who provide vital support to member businesses). The interests of these communities are focused on the impact of crime and security issues on the retail industry, its workforce and the customers that it serves.

Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing landscape, it is essential that the BRC provides a clear industry voice and achieves positive outcomes for businesses, employees and the consumers they serve.

The role requires the development and maintenance of effective working relationships with senior retailers, Government officials, law enforcement representatives and a broad range of other stakeholders. It involves close working with colleagues across the organisation to deliver quantifiable positive outcomes.


  • Lead responsibility for all areas of the development and delivery of BRC crime and security policy activity.
  • Oversight and management of the BRC Operations and IT communities, working closely with the Corporate Affairs, Retail Insight & Analytics and Membership team to develop and maintain a clear overarching cross-BRC strategy for the community underpinned by a well-coordinated programme of supporting prioritised and focused activities.
  • Day-to-day leadership of the BRC’s campaign against retail violence, working closely with the Corporate Affairs and Events teams to identify opportunities to raise political and public awareness of the impact of crime on retailers, their employees and the communities in which they operate.
  • Development of all relevant policy documents and detailed submissions in response to relevant government consultations.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of BRC policy across the wider retail landscape.
  • Close coordination with relevant associate members, to harness their expertise and commercial benefit.
  • Liaise across the Business and Regulation team and with senior colleagues to ensure that these policies are coordinated with all aspects of the BRC’s policy, political and PR work by driving down business costs and delivering corporate responsibility.
  • Work closely with BRC Members and the Retail Insight and Analytics team to design, circulate and complete relevant BRC surveys, including our annual Retail Crime Survey.
  • Produce briefing papers, policy documents, submissions and various other written communications to a high standard, using a professional style, tone and language, with an ability to make complex subjects accessible to broad audiences.
  • Represent BRC interests with public and private stakeholders, particularly engaging at an early stage with the government on policy with implications for the retail sector.
  • Make presentations to industry and stakeholder conferences and meetings to advance the BRC’s policy objectives.
  • Proven ability to influence senior law enforcement communities on relevant policy issues.

SKILLS & industry experience:

The ideal role holder will be:

  • A consummate communicator with strong experience, knowledge and understanding of policy development and influence in the UK.
  • Able to demonstrate gravitas, credibility and an ability to rapidly build an understanding of the key issues likely to affect BRC members, together with knowledge of the key stakeholders, both within government and beyond
  • An enthusiastic, self-starter with the initiative to get to grips with BRC members’ businesses and operations and relate this to the development of appropriate opportunities for raising both the profile of the retail industry and the BRC in pursuit of its goals.
  • Able to demonstrate both the ability and credibility to work alongside senior management and to represent the BRC to external contacts, including government officials, business organisations and NGOs.
  • A trusted and pro-active team player, supporting team colleagues in driving a culture of constant improvement.
  • Able to demonstrate strong literacy and numeracy skills; experience of statistical analysis would also be helpful to support the analysis of the crime survey results.


Our values represent the spirit and ethos of our business.  They drive actions and behaviours and encompass how we go about our engaging with each other:

WELCOMING - We are open, approachable, respectful and responsive.

COLLABORATIVE - We communicate openly and work together effectively with members and colleagues.

PASSIONATE - We are proud to represent the retail industry and consistently strive to improve.

VISIONARY - We look forward, adapt, and continually seek new opportunities and ideas.

TRUSTED - We constantly deliver value to our industry and make things happen in the right way. 


  • Competitive base salary, plus attractive benefits package.
  • This is a permanent full time opportunity (35 hours per week), based at our head office in London Bridge. 


Please send your CV and covering letter, stating your current salary and notice period, to Charlotte Hughes, HR Advisor at email: 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 23rd March 2020 - We will be progressing with interviews with suitable candidates ahead of this closing date.

For external applicants: if you have not received any feedback within 14 days of your application, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. May we thank you for your interest and wish you every success in your ongoing job search.