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Policy Manager role at National Sheep Association

Published on 6th January 2022

Policy Manager

Applications deadline midday, Monday, 24th January 2022

Internal and external communications; Sheep Farmer magazine content; Press relations

The National Sheep Association is looking for a Policy Manager to join the UK-wide team and help drive the high-profile work of the organisation at a time of immense change for the sheep sector.

This role is to manage and coordinate NSA’s policy work, ensuring effective internal and external communication and consistent representation of NSA at stakeholder and other relevant meetings.

It also includes being Content Manager for Sheep Farmer magazine, which is the cornerstone of how NSA communicates its policy and other activity to members, and coordinating and sharing key information between NSA staff and officeholders, and the NSA network of regions and grassroots members.

  • A full job description can be downloaded below but, in summary, there are two key components.
  • To maximise opportunities to integrate policy work into all NSA communications, including production of Sheep Farmer magazine published six times a year.
  • To have oversight of all NSA policy work and work closely with the NSA Chief Executive to ensure consistent representation of NSA and the views of UK sheep farmers.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be an enthusiastic and organised individual with an eye for detail.
  • Have excellent written communication skills and preferably some experience in producing printed material such as a magazine.
  • Have knowledge of and experience within British agricultural policy, as well as an interest in the sheep sector.
  • Have good research skills and the ability to distil information for different audiences.
  • Be confident in representing an agreed position within various written and oral forums.

This full-time role will either be office-based in Malvern, Worcestershire, or home-based at a location that allows travel to Malvern on a semi-regular basis. Applicants must be willing/able to occasionally travel to represent NSA at meetings and have flexibility for very occasional evening events. Salary in the region of £32k, depending on experience, plus expenses in line with the NSA Expenses Policy.

NSA may consider splitting the role if an exceptional candidate is found for part of it.

Applications for the Policy Manager role close at midday on Monday, 24th January 2022 with first-round interviews to be conducted by video conference on Thursday 27th January.

All applicants must submit a covering letter, CV and completed application form to Joanne Briggs, NSA Operations Director, at Any questions about the role can be directed to the same address or to Joanne on 07973 726048.

Download the full job description and the application form here.


Ben Pike


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