Policy Analyst or Manager

We Are Orchard

Full-time position, but part-time candidates will be considered

London, SE1

£25,000-£35,000 depending on level and experience

Who we are

We are a group of dynamic and passionate people committed to delivering a sustainable circular economy, normally located in central London, just a stone’s throw from the lively Southbank and its foodie and cultural surroundings (currently working remotely).

Orchard’s Mission

We are Orchard is a management agency for associations that actively contribute to the development of an environmentally friendly circular economy.

Our mission is to ensure we can live on this planet sustainably. In order to achieve this, we need to effect change much faster than we are now. Focusing exclusively on industries that will most contribute to meeting this objective, currently anaerobic digestion, biogas and cleantech, we provide management support to organisations that drive those game-changing sectors forward. 

We assist our clients in communicating their sector’s value, winning government support, accessing new markets, attracting investment and amplifying their R&D programs. We offer strategic advice, a full range of management services (policy, market analysis, membership, events, publications, sales, marketing, PR and finance) and practical support to enable our partners to be as effective as possible.

Our current clients are the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), the World Biogas Association (WBA) and Green Gas Trading Limited.  Additionally, We Are Orchard manages the annual cleantech investment event Cleantech Innovate.

The anaerobic digestion industry alone could reduce global emissions by 12% by 2030. Our goal is to facilitate the delivery of that potential by 2030.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a dedicated policy professional to develop a strong evidence base for the policy strategy in our associations, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA), and help build momentum for the creation of a more circular economy, in the UK and globally. We will recruit either at the analyst or manager grade depending on the quality of candidates that apply for each role.

For the analyst role you will have:

  • A 2:1 or above in a relevant analytical subject such as economics, social research, mathematics, engineering, science, geography or environmental sciences
  • Demonstrable commitment to sustainability, renewable energy and/or the green economy
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills
  • At least one year of work experience conducting policy and/or market analysis
  • Good communication skills
  • Proactive and cooperative team member
  • Ability to work independently and drive results
  • Ability to prioritise work effectively and deliver quality work to deadline
  • Good understanding of the policy process (desirable)
  • Experience building strong stakeholder relations (desirable)
  • Knowledge of the waste, agriculture or energy sector, in particular anaerobic digestion and biogas (desirable)
  • Experience in project management (desirable)

For the manager role you will have:

  • A 2:1 or above in a relevant analytical subject such as economics, social research, mathematics, engineering, science, geography or environmental sciences
  • At least three years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrable commitment to sustainability, renewable energy and/or the green economy
  • Strong understanding of the policy process
  • Analytical thinker with experience conducting quantitative and/or qualitative analysis
  • Evidenced experience of building strong stakeholder relations
  • Effective communicator with strong writing skills and experience delivering presentations
  • Proactive and cooperative team member
  • Ability to work independently and drive results
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and deliver high quality work to deadline
  • Effective project management skills
  • Management experience
  • Knowledge of the waste, agriculture or energy sector, in particular anaerobic digestion and biogas (desirable)
  • Master’s degree (desirable)

What you will be doing

For the manager role, you will be responsible for delivering the policy strategy for ADBA, working closely with government and industry stakeholders to understand the existing policy environment, the position of the market, and how we can best communicate the importance of the circular economy and the views of our members to those at the heart of policy making. You will be responsible for delivering high-quality policy and market reports to update members and other key stakeholders.

Your key responsibilities will be:

  • to arrange regular meetings with industry stakeholders, including government officials, to build strong relationships, raise the profile of the circular economy and communicate the views of our members;
  • to develop the evidence base to inform policy making in the area of biogas and anaerobic digestion;
  • to write reports, briefing notes, presentations and blogs to communicate the importance of the circular economy and support for the biogas sector to external stakeholders and provide association members with the latest industry information;
  • to respond to ad hoc requests from ADBA and WBA members with the latest policy information;
  • to establish a community among members so we are on the pulse of the industry, knowing the latest issues and representing our members views, for example by arranging working groups;
  • to brainstorm content ideas for industry events and communications including the industry magazine, AD & Bioresources News; and,
  • to manage our team’s Policy and Market Analyst.

 

For the analyst role, you will be responsible for developing the evidence base which informs our policy thinking and helps set the direction of the industry at large. You will support association members with requests for information, providing market analysis to help inform their decision-making. You will lead the analysis for a number of high-quality reports, including regular market and policy reports, as well as one-off reports looking at specific aspects of the anaerobic digestion industry.

Your key responsibilities will be:

  • Developing the evidence base to inform policy making in the area of biogas and anaerobic digestion
  • Conducting analysis for quarterly market and policy reports
  • Responding to ad hoc requests from ADBA and WBA members for market analysis and statistics
  • Requesting and coordinating market information from members, relevant to ADBA policy development
  • Providing high-quality policy and market information to association members and industry stakeholders through blogs and weekly emails
  • Presenting analysis at working groups and external events, to promote the work of our organisations and the wider interests of the AD and biogas industry
  • Working closely with the editorial team to provide key figures for articles for AD & Bioresources News and wider trade press, as well as reviewing content to ensure all figures are used appropriately

 

Please send your CV and a cover letter, making very clear whether you are applying for the Policy Manager role or the Policy Analyst role, to rebecca.thompson@weareorchard.com by midnight on 31st May 2020. Please set out in the cover letter how you meet the requirements of the post and why you want to join our team. We are an equal opportunities employer.