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Public Affairs Assistant: £22,000 plus benefits

ACS is looking for an ambitious candidate to join a growing Public Affairs team in the new role of Public Affairs Assistant. We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic candidate to support a busy public affairs team. The ideal candidate will be capable of taking on a wide-ranging policy brief and working in a fast-paced environment. A demonstrable interest in the political and policy process would be advantageous.

Reporting to the Head of Public Affairs and Policy, the Public Affairs Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring outputs from Government departments, parliamentary developments and the national media in order to produce daily and weekly monitoring reports for internal and external audiences
  • Researching policy issues to support the team in responding to Government consultations
  • Drafting letters and briefings to key political audiences e.g. government officials, MPs, Ministers about campaigning activity and policy developments
  • Providing administrative support for the All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group and the Cross Party Small Shops Group
  • Supporting the Public Affairs team on the planning, preparation, and running of ACS policy events
  • Attending internal and external meetings to brief ACS members and policy makers about ACS policy positions

The successful candidate, educated to degree level or equivalent, will demonstrate excellent comprehension skills and the ability to summarise complex information accurately and quickly.

This role provides significant development opportunities, including training and qualifications for the right candidate looking to improve their skills in the field of public affairs and communications.

Closing Date: 1st May 2020

Interview/Start Dates: Immediate

Application Details: Please send a CV and covering letter to:

Research Assistant: £22,000 plus benefits

ACS is looking for an an ambitous candidate to join the communications and research team. The Research Assistant’s role is to support the Head of Communications and Research in delivering the ACS research strategy. The Research Assistant will be responsible for delivering analysis of existing ACS research, reviewing and prioritising external research and considering new areas of potential research for ACS.

This role has significant scope for additional training and development. 

Skills Required

  • excellent academic record to at least undergraduate degree level
  • demonstrable experience of data analysis
  • experience of working with SPSS (essential)
  • experience of presenting data effectively
  • strong communication and presentation skills

The Research Assistant will be responsible for: 

  • Conducting in-depth analysis of data on the convenience sector
  • Managing ACS' research schedule with external partners
  • Managing and broading ACS' base of survey contacts and building relationships with existing respondents
  • Ensuring that ACS research is conducted to the highest ethical and professional standards
  • Supporting the presentation of data in ACS publications

Closing Date: 1st May 2020

Interview/Start Dates: Immediate

Application Details: Please send a CV and covering letter to:


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