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WSTA Policy & Parliamentary Affairs Officer

EmployerThe Wine & Spirit Trade Association
Contact NameGemma Keyes
Contact Phone02070893877
salary£24,000 - £28,000 per annum dependent on skills/experience, plus benefits

Job description


Job Title: Policy & Parliamentary Affairs Officer
Salary: £24,000 – £28,000 per annum dependent on skills/experience, plus benefits
Employment type Full-time
Application deadline: 17:00, Sunday 1 August
Interviews: Interviews will aim to be held in the week commencing 16 August
 Location: Mainly WSTA Office in London with scope for some remote working subject to relevant rules, guidance and meeting needs of the role
To apply: please send your CV and covering letter to Gemma Keyes (

Role summary

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) represents over 300 companies producing, importing, exporting, transporting and selling wines and spirits in the United Kingdom. We campaign for a vibrant and sustainable wine and spirit industry, helping to build a future in which alcohol is produced, sold and enjoyed responsibly.

As part of the public affairs and policy team, we require an enthusiastic Policy & Parliamentary Affairs Officer to ensure that Government, and Parliament gain more understanding of the economic contribution that wine and spirit businesses make to the UK economy, the issues and challenges they face as well as their commitment to produce and sell wine and spirits responsibly.

This new post offers an exciting opportunity to grow the WSTA’s parliamentary affairs work programme and would be ideal for either a recent graduate or someone with a few years’ experience working in public affairs.

Key Responsibilities


  • Developing and managing the WSTA’s Parliamentary engagement programme, including events management;
  • Providing secretariat support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Wine and Spirits;
  • Managing the WSTA’s party conference programme, and attending conferences and events where appropriate;
  • Raising awareness of the UK Wine and Spirit industry and its social responsibility initiatives;
  • To monitor and respond to Parliamentary business on issues relating to the wine and spirit trade;
  • Identifying consultation and inquiry opportunities, coordinating responses and engaging with Select Committees;
  • Monitoring devolved assemblies, managing engagement with Parliamentarians and Assembly members, and briefing colleagues and member companies as appropriate;


  • Developing and maintaining an understanding of the main policy issues affecting WSTA members;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with other relevant trade bodies, campaign groups and associations to support the wider work of the wine and spirit industry;

Team and Membership services

  • Co-ordinating, monitoring and evaluating the WSTA’s Parliamentary monitoring service;
  • Keeping WSTA members and colleagues informed of Parliamentary and political developments through regular briefings, a regular Parliamentary digest, and through ad hoc communication;
  • Being an integrated member of the wider WSTA team, working flexibly to support the wider WSTA objectives, including working with the communications team;


E = essential             D = desirable

A relevant degree or equivalent qualification/experience E Application/Certificates

Preferred Skills

E = essential             D = desirable

Knowledge and experience of how parliament and government operate E Application/Interview
Experience engaging with senior stakeholders D Application/Interview
Experience of producing briefings, monitoring political activity and organising and supporting stakeholder engagement including campaigns D Application/Interview
Experience or understanding of working within the wine and spirits industry or related sector D Application/Interview
Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships across a wide range of both internal and external stakeholders E Application/Interview
Positive and engaging team player able to work effectively with diverse client groups E Application/Interview
Proven ability to work across a wide variety of topics, analyse complex information and communicate this simply and informatively E Interview
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal skills E Interview
Strong ability to prioritise, plan and organise a busy and varied workload E Interview
Good analytical skills with the ability to demonstrate meticulous attention to detail E Interview
A self-starter, with innovative and fresh ideas that can work well on individual projects E Interview
Empathy with mission, objectives and values of the WSTA E Interview
Superb communication skills, well presented and highly IT literate – especially in the use of Microsoft Office Suite E Application
Experience of using database systems and CMS systems for websites D Application

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter setting out how you meet the essential skills, particularly those that will be assessed at application, to Gemma Keyes at

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Rebekah Kendrick at

The successful candidate will need to provide proof that they have the right to work in the UK and provide suitable references before appointment. We do not require this information at the application stage.

Diversity and Inclusion

 The WSTA is committed to building an inclusive organisation and attracting diverse talent and encourages applications from all regardless of age, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability, socio-economic background, religion or beliefs. As part of this commitment, Gemma will anonymise your CV and covering letter before they are reviewed by the recruitment panel.

Full job advert can be downloaded here

Closing date for applications: 17:00, Sunday 1 August