Head of External Affairs, 12-month FTC

  • Location: LONDON / SOUTH EAST
  • Salary: C. £100K PLUS PACKAGE
  • Ref: RS-1910-6957
  • 2019-11-21T00:00:00+00:00
  • Ellwood Atfield
  • Interim

Interim opportunity with major FMCG business - January 2020 start

The opportunity
Our client is a large international FMCG business with a portfolio of food and beverage brands sold to consumers in over 200 countries worldwide.  Their UK & Ireland business is looking for an Interim Head of External Affairs to take on a critical role in its Corporate Affairs team for 12 months’ maternity cover.

Main responsibilities

  • Drive the public affairs agenda and develops and evolves positions on key issues
  • Lead the UK stakeholder engagement programme and represent the business externally to build relationships and enhance reputation with a range of stakeholders including policy makers, politicians, NGOs, think tanks, customers etc
  • Manage relationships with key trade associations and other membership organisations
  • Enhance business understanding of, and response to, the external policy and political landscapes; providing counsel to senior business leaders
  • Ensure integration of public affairs into a cohesive and integrated corporate affairs approach.

Key skills and experience required

  • In-depth understanding of the public policy development process and stakeholder landscape, with detailed knowledge of Westminster and Whitehall, and understanding of the significance of EU and international developments.
  • Proven track record of influencing and networking successfully at a senior level.
  • Knowledge/understanding of a highly regulated industry and/or FMCG experience.
  • Sound judgement on reputational and political risk issues and the ability to analyse and assess their importance to the business.  
  • Team player with a collaborative, inclusive style supporting the development of the broader corporate affairs team.

This is a 12-month, fixed-term contract to start in January 2020.  Please apply below or contact Rachel Smith for more details rachel.s@ellwoodatfield.com


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