Junior Public Affairs Consultant (Chemicals and Environment)

Central Lobby Consultants

Westminster, London
£20,000 - £25,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.centrallobby.com [email protected] Bénédicte Petit

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, environmental management

Closing date: Friday, 4th December 2020  

About the business and the role

Central Lobby Consultants (CLC) seeks a junior consultant with experience in chemicals and environmental science to join its small busy public affairs team working with a range of UK and European clients.

CLC is an independent parliamentary and public affairs consultancy. We have more than 35 years’ experience working in Westminster, Whitehall, the EU and the devolved administrations. Our success has been founded on attention to detail coupled with a thorough understanding of the political climate in which our clients operate.

The role is full time and based in our office in Westminster. However, under the current Covid-19 situation, work will be done remotely until further notice. In the future the role will require travel to meetings outside the UK.

The role will focus on advising our clients on topics related to environmental issues such as waste management but would also require the ability to assess other policy areas affecting our clients.

The candidate

The role would suit a recent graduate or a candidate with experience in environmental and/or chemicals policy, looking to develop a career in public affairs.

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate an interest and understanding of key political issues, including EU/UK environmental and/or chemicals legislation, that affects our clients.

The candidate must be:

  • A pro-active self-starter, capable of managing their own workload
  • A team player willing to support colleagues by performing a range of functions
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and keen to learn
  • Eligible to work in the UK

Job tasks and responsibilities

  • Monitoring EU/UK policy and legislative developments from a range of sources and reporting these to clients
  • Support for CLC's lobbying work, including preparation of consultation responses
  • Preparation of briefing notes, meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters and press releases
  • Provision of secretariat support for clients e.g. membership subscriptions, maintaining databases, group e-mail lists and websites
  • Helping to co-ordinate client meetings and events

Skills/Experience required

  • Degree in a relevant science-based subject preferably environmental sciences, chemistry or chemical engineering
  • Demonstrable understanding of EU and UK political processes
  • Relevant experience or an interest in politics and public affairs
  • Interest in key topics such as circular economy, recycling, waste management and climate change
  • Excellent spoken and written English, with the ability to communicate with people at all levels
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise and accurate written material
  • Quick learner able to get up to speed with new policy areas and analyse their importance for our clients and organisational objectives
  • Self-starter who is happy to work in a demanding role
  • Good IT knowledge and experience using MS Office and virtual meeting software
  • Excellent time management and ability to work remotely

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Experience of co-ordinating meetings and events.
  • Practical experience of using social media (e.g. Twitter/ LinkedIn) and website management
  • Proficiency in a second European language, especially German and/or Spanish

Closing Date: 4 December

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis from December with the hope that the successful candidate can start as soon as possible.

Application Details

Please send a covering letter explaining your interest in the role and relevant experience (no more than one page) and CV to Bénédicte Petit at [email protected] . Please indicate in your e-mail subject line [Job application + your name].

Applicants should include information on their availability to start the role (including details of any notice period).

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