Closing date for applications: November 13, 2020

To lead the BRC’s policy activity on consumer product issues, including managing the Buying Community and associated groups. The role holder will be able to demonstrate strong technical expertise and experience, with excellent knowledge of consumer product issues impacting on the retail sector.

Team: Food and Sustainability Policy Team



About the British Retail Consortium (BRC)

The BRC is the leading trade association for the UK retail industry. 

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.



the role

To lead the BRC’s policy activity on consumer product issues, including managing the Buying Community and associated groups. The role holder will be able to demonstrate strong technical expertise and experience, with excellent knowledge of consumer product issues impacting on the retail sector. 

Reporting to the Policy Director, Food and Sustainability, the role holder’s responsibilities will include: 

  • To manage the Buying Community to deliver relevant policy on non-food consumer products, ensure effective communication with members, liaise with associate members and identify commercial opportunities for partnership working with external organisations.
  • To represent the BRC with Government stakeholder groups in all the UK nations
  • Be responsible for delivery of chemicals issues through the Chemicals Working Group and, where necessary, dedicated task and finish groups to deliver guidance and support on specific product categories.
  • To build relationships with key trade associations to share knowledge on specialist product lines.
  • Communications – to represent the BRC to external audiences and specialist media in association with internal media colleagues.
  • To be a pro-active, supportive member of the Food & Sustainability team and wider BRC teams. Where necessary support food technical colleagues in delivering comprehensive technical support across all categories to members.


Skills & Knowledge

The ideal role holder will be:

  • A consummate communicator with a strong knowledge and understanding of current relevant policy and emerging legislation.
  • An experienced and confident policy professional, with a thorough understanding and knowledge of the key issues and stakeholders impacting non-food consumer product safety issues likely to affect BRC members
  • 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. 


BRC VALUES

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.



HOW TO APPLY: 

To formally apply please submit your CV and a supporting statement that clearly outlines your suitability for the role, along with current remuneration and notice period.

Please send your application to our HR Team, BRC: HRTeam@BRC.org.uk

Closing date for formal applications: 13th November 2020
Please note that if you do not hear back from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.  We thank you for your interest in working at the BRC.