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Public Affairs Assistant

Location: Farnborough, Hampshire/ Remote Working  

Salary: £22,500 PA + benefits 

Closing Date: 10th December 2021

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is a trade association representing over 33,500 local shops across the UK. ACS provides industry leading advice, networking opportunities and lobbying to its members, underpinned by a strong presence in the trade and national media on key issues facing the convenience sector.

ACS is looking for an ambitious candidate to join a growing Public Affairs team in the 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 Director of Government Relations, 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 industry and parliamentary working groups
  • 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. 

Interview/Start Dates: Interviews will be held online immediately on a rolling basis.  

Please send a CV and covering letter to: Edward.woodall@acs.org.uk