Head of Policy - Wales

Soil Association

£47,483 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent


Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Sunday, 21st August 2022   2 days left

About our organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market, and we protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

About the opportunity

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced policy professional to lead the Soil Association’s policy influencing work in Wales, at a crucial time for food, farming and land use policy. The Soil Association influences policy ‘from the ground up’ and is focused on achieving a mainstream transition to agroecological farming, regenerative forestry and healthy and sustainable diets. This is a new role with an initial focus on agriculture legislation, the Sustainable Farming Scheme and wider land use policy, but with the opportunity to define our best role in influencing wider food policy in Wales. The role will involve close working with the Soil Association senior policy leads in Scotland and England and with farming organisations and partner NGOs in Food Policy Alliance Cymru. This is a home-based role with frequent travel to Cardiff and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues at the Bristol office.

About you

  • Commitment to continuous improvement in Welsh language if not a Welsh speaker
  • High credibility with policy audiences
  • Mature understanding of how policy change happens and how to play an effective role.
  • Initiative, self-direction and motivation, as part of a virtual networked team.
  • Excellent facilitation and networking skills, able to maintain and build extensive contacts

Our Benefits

We offer a range of financial and lifestyle benefits to all our employees, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days with length of service plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme with ethical investment options and employer contribution increasing with length of service
  • Free membership of the Soil Association and discounts on organic produce
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies and flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyle and produce


30 - 37.5 hours per week



Home based - Wales/Cardiff

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