Public Affairs and Stakeholder Executive

Job Vacancy

Public Affairs and Stakeholder Executive

Central London

£25,000 - £30,000 + good benefits including 28 days of annual leave

In 2019 we are celebrating our 30th anniversary, we have a lot to be proud of having achieved, and we are also changing to ensure a successful future. An important element of our strategy is the creation of a new position of a Public Affairs and Stakeholder Executive who will enable the Portman Group to build on its purpose to reduce harmful drinking and ensure that the drinks industry apply the highest standards to their alcohol marketing. We need to hire the best and we hope that this is you.

The role

With a great deal of exposure to the CEO, you will be accountable to the Director of External Affairs for ensuring that PG is fully engaged with Government, Parliament, public health stakeholders and the industry (including existing members, potential members and trade bodies). You will have a flair for engaging with people coupled with the ability to carry out the essential supporting activities to ensure our influence with key stakeholders. Your work will help build the awareness of PG as the social responsibility body for alcohol producers in the UK and help build the membership of the group.

You will:

  • Manage the political monitoring service and evaluate all regional, UK and EU monitoring to identify opportunity and threats to PG. You will constantly keep in mind the opportunities to valuably engage with audiences and to provide the material to instigate activity.
  • Design and implement a proactive Parliamentary engagement strategy to tell the PG story to Parliamentarians and to support the launch of various proactive activities. This will include the writing of letters, internal and external briefing papers; event management of round tables, party conferences and Parliamentary events; and other ad hoc opportunities.
  • Maintain the Parliamentary and Government priority map and ensure that relationships are managed and information updated.
  • Work with the CEO and Director of External Affairs to build the new member programme from identifying targets, to following through the marketing programme for each of these.
  • Undertake research and briefings on political and industry matters.  
  • Draft correspondence, briefings and speeches to enable the building of strong relationships on behalf of the CEO and Director of External Affairs.


You are most likely to be a Parliamentary Researcher or an officer for a political party, or perhaps an executive in a consultancy, industry body, charity or corporate. You will have:

  • A strong interest in politics and an understanding of workings of the UK Government and Parliament
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, with the capability to express complex information succinctly, accurately and appropriately for the audience.
  • A high intellect coupled with the ability to learn quickly and think strategically across changing priorities.
  • You will become immersed in the sector and have the personal presence to engage with stakeholders.
  • Experience of event management, Excel database software and managing stakeholder contacts.

It would be lovely if you also happen to have the following, but they really are desirables:

  • Experience of engagement in the devolved administrations.
  • Knowledge of the drinks industry and of policies and practices concerned with the social aspects of alcohol.

Now worried that you aren’t the right person – keep reading

We are motivated to build the very strongest team and hold that success is more likely when there is diversity of thought, opinion and background. This is not your standard claim. We are taking action to make the changes we want to see. Our senior team are involved in organisations specifically to improve diversity, whether it is as the Chairman of the Women in Communications Career Network or as a board member of the Brilliant Club.

We know that candidates (and research tells us especially women) are often put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. We also know that ‘normal’ office hours aren’t always doable, and while we can’t accommodate every flexible working request we are happy to be asked.  So if you are excited about joining the team and you believe that you can do much of what we are looking for but aren’t sure if you are 100% there yet… why not have a go?

How to apply

Please send your CV and a brief cover note explaining why you are interested to Nicola Bates at . We hope to start interviewing in February, so please apply sooner rather than later.

A full job description can be downloaded below.

Download the Job Description here (PDF)

Good luck!