Closing date for applications: July 22, 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to join the UK’s leading trade association for retailers as the Director of Northern Ireland Retail Consortium to expand the NIRC’s profile, credibility, and influence with key political audiences in Northern Ireland through well planned and executed campaigns, drawing on strong relationships with important stakeholders.

The role

In the role you will maximise the NIRC’s engagement with the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) and Assembly, as well as relevant stakeholders.  Reporting to the BRC’s Head of Devolved Government Affairs, you will identify and deliver priority policy and advocacy campaigns, establishing the NIRC as the leading voice of retail in Northern Ireland. Working alongside colleagues in the BRC and providing support to colleagues working in Scotland and Wales and wider Corporate Affairs team, you will ensure that a coherent and consistent position is taken on issues affecting retailers trading across the UK and NI.

You will develop strong and effective working relationships with Corporate/Public Affairs teams and NI regional managers within member companies and will provide support to members who do not have in-house corporate/public affairs specialists.  You will be responsible for the effective engagement of the member groups providing oversight and governance to the work in NI.

This role works closely with the BRC’s Head of Devolved Government Affairs, the Corporate Affairs Director and with the Policy Directors for Food & Sustainability and Business & Regulation

About You

We are looking for someone who is able to demonstrate significant experience adding value in a government relations or public affairs role.  You will be an authoritative figure with an established political network in Stormont and across Northern Ireland.  It is important for the role that you have detailed knowledge of the Northern Ireland Executive, Assembly, and their processes.  You will be a self-starter who is able to use initiative to identify opportunities and the drive to develop and deliver advocacy campaigns which enhance and protect the reputation of the retail sector in NI.  You will be, and be perceived as, politically neutral, respected by and able to work with all sectors and communities in NI.

To be successful you will have;

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in a similar role
  • Strong communication skills including public speaking
  • Experience in handling the media in both print and broadcast formats
  • Relationship building and networking skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Business and commercial acumen
  • Knowledge of the UK Government and devolved agenda

 About the BRC/NIRC                                  

The go-to trade association for Northern Ireland's retailers, promoting the story of retail, shaping debates and influencing the issues that matter to the industry.

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.

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 Covid and technology transform how people shop, at the same time as many regulatory and other business costs are rising.

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 that we add value to our members in the work we do.

To find out more about the work of the NIRC please visit our website

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

This is a part time role for 21 hours a week.  You will be homebased living in Northern Ireland, with occasional travel to visit stakeholders in Northern Ireland and the BRC’s office in London.

To apply

Email an up-to-date CV to, please include your current salary package, and salary expectation.

  • Application closing date: Friday 22nd July 2022 

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.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown.