Policy Manager

We Are Orchard


£32,000 - £36,000 | Full Time | Permanent

Who we are

We are a group of dynamic and passionate people active within the circular economy industry, located in central London, just a stone’s throw from the lively Southbank and its foodie and cultural surroundings.

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 help meet this objective, notably 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) and the World Biogas Association (WBA). Additionally, We Are Orchard manages the annual cleantech investment event Cleantech Innovate.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a dedicated Policy Manager to develop a strong evidence base for the policy strategy in our associations, ADBA and WBA, and help build momentum for the creation of a more circular economy, in the UK and globally.

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 two 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
  • Knowledge of the waste, agriculture or energy sector, in particular Anaerobic Digestion (desirable)
  • Management experience (desirable)
  • Master’s degree (desirable)
  • Second language (desirable)

What you will be doing

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 report, briefing notes, presentations and blogs to communicate the importance of the circular economy 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.

Please send your CV and a cover letter, setting out how you meet the requirements of the post and why you want to join our team, to rebecca.thompson@weareorchard.com. Please also indicate your start date availability and any notice period. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. We are an equal opportunities employer.