Closing date for applications: April 22, 2022

About the British Retail Consortium (BRC)

As the trade association for retail businesses, our purpose is to make a positive difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves, today and in the future.

We tell the story of retail, work with our members to drive positive change and use our expertise and influence to create an economic and policy environment that enables retail businesses to thrive and consumers to benefit.

We do this in a way that delivers value back to our members, justifying their investment in the BRC. This membership comprises over 170 major retailers - whether operating physical stores, multichannel or pureplay online - plus thousands of smaller, independent retailers through several niche retail Trade Associations that are themselves members of BRC. Our members deliver an estimated £180bn of retail sales and employ over 1.5 million employees. 

One of the key ways we demonstrate that value is through our policy and regulatory work. As well as supporting them to adapt to challenges across employment, environment and product safety we have developed two change programmes; our Diversity and Inclusion Charter and our Climate Action Roadmap. These change programmes will deliver significant progress on the biggest issues facing retailers through collaboration, guidance and targets.

The Climate Action Roadmap was launched in 2021. Developed by our members working with climate experts it is one of the most progressive initiatives globally delivering net zero including all products sold by 2040. All the major UK retailers are signatories and working with the Roadmap to deliver their own net zero commitments. It is broken into 5 pathways covering the key areas of retail operations and their supply chains to tackle the key issues which collectively will deliver net zero.

The 5 pathways are the forums for our work with members and stakeholders to deliver specific objectives. Commercial partners work with us through these pathways, adding their expertise to support our work and raise revenue for the BRC.

ROLE AND PURPOSE

To manage delivery of the Climate Action Roadmap; agreeing objectives for the 5 pathways to ensure the best support for members to deliver net zero, maximising the value to BRC members by increasing signatories and ensuring signatories are fully engaged; promoting the Roadmap externally to demonstrate the industry’s progress; securing and managing commercial partners to deliver expertise for the Roadmap and revenue to the BRC, including where necessary co-ordination with our membership team.

THE ROLE

Working with the Director of Food and Sustainability, the role-holder will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Roadmap, including the delivery of objectives, promoting its progress and securing commercial partners. In particular

 Delivering the key objectives for the Roadmap

  • Setting annual deliverables for each of the 5 pathways agreed with members and partners to maximise progress on the key issues
  • Delivering agreed outputs through regular meetings with member and external experts
  • Working with BRC colleagues to deliver outputs; including events and webinars, publications and policy positions
Promote the value to BRC members
  • Review and ensure engagement from signatories in the pathways
  • Increase number of signatories by demonstrating value of joining the Roadmap
  • Maintain regular communications to keep members informed
  • Maintain the website as a source of information, guidance and updates on progress

 Secure and manage commercial partners

  • Identify and approach partners annually to work with the 5 pathways
  • Agree their role in delivering and promoting objectives
  • Negotiate and agree commercial contracts with partners
  • Ensure delivery of agreed objectives such as webinars and publications working with colleagues in our policy and membership teams
Promote the Roadmap Externally
  • Establish network of key Government and stakeholder contacts
  • Update them on progress and use contacts to deliver annual objectives
  • Working with our Corporate Affairs team to demonstrate progress to Government Ministers and UK Parliaments
 Manage the Steering Group
  • Work with the Chair (currently Steve Murrells, Co-op) to provide governance of the Roadmap
  • Prepare agendas and papers for biannual calls
  • Agree membership of Steering Group and induct new members

The BRC is a dynamic and agile organisation so the role holder will also be asked to support wider areas of business focus as circumstances demand – meaning that flexibility beyond the core area of expertise and transferable skills are a key requirement.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

The ideal role holder will be:

  •  A skilled project manager with the ability to plan and deliver this complex initiative
  • An expert in climate change, in particular knowledge of current tools to achieve and measure carbon reduction
  • A self starter capable of using their initiative to identify where new objectives and opportunities will support members and the BRC in progressing the Roadmap
  • Experienced in ensuring collaboration, engagement and facilitation to deliver objectives with members
  • Able to demonstrate excellent commercial acumen in attracting new partners, negotiating contracts and agreeing objectives which align with the Roadmap
  • A confident communicator, capable of articulating complex arguments, presenting to large audiences and influencing senior members and officials.
  • Able to use effective written communication through email and website to succinctly update members, convey key messages and maintain a vibrant website
  • Someone with the gravitas and confidence to influence a range of stakeholders
  • Effective in building a strong and influential network of contacts
  • A trusted and pro-active team player, supporting team colleagues in driving a culture of continual improvement.

Pay & Benefits

We are offering a competitive salary with an excellent range of employee benefits, including a medical cash plan, private medical insurance, bike scheme & exercise allowance and investment in your professional development as well as a range of health & wellbeing programmes.

Ways of Working

The BRC has a very flexible hybrid working policy based on trust and respecting work life balance that will allow colleagues to shape their work week with blend of remote and office working.  We have a fantastic new office in the Seven Dials area near Covent Garden for when you need it. We will be happy to discuss your preferences during the recruitment process.

To apply

Email an up-to-date CV to hrteam@brc.org.uk, please include your current salary package, and salary expectation.

BRC VALUES:

Our values represent the spirit and ethos of our business.  They drive actions and behaviours and encompass how we go about our engagement 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.