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This is an outstanding opportunity to join a rapidly growing integrated communications consultancy ranked among the best small businesses to work for in the UK for the last seven years running. This company boasts an impressive client list including global brands such as eBay, Lloyds Banking Group and American Express.

This role would offer the chance to support the high growth of the agency through establishment of an in-house public affairs, stakeholder engagement and advocacy practice within the consultancy. Our client is looking for an experienced, entrepreneurial and ambitious person to join the executive team.

The role’s focus would be to establish, lead and grow the PA practice. There will be an element of ESG focus with this opportunity and therefore the candidate will be required to have prior experience within the sector in order to fully guide, counsel and establish an unrivalled public affairs team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • As Public Affairs Practice Lead you must be prepared to work with senior colleagues to build and articulate the offer, and help launch the public affairs practice to the market
  • Upskilling and inspiring the existing team – once the practice is properly established this role would require exploring new public affairs hires to support continued growth for the team and agency as a whole
  • Help and guide the current agency team – many of whom already have a pre-existing passion for politics and focus on policy for certain clients, to develop into a highly functional and reputable outfit
  • Focus on the ESG sector and continue to build upon the current advisory practice for several corporate clients on ESG strategies

Key Requirements: 

  • Substantial public affairs experience in an agency – minimum associate director level with a strong track record of winning and bringing in new business
  • Experience with environmental policy and regulation at a UK and global level as well as a history of working closely with government departments including BEIS
  • Entrepreneurial with drive and ambition to establish a leading public affairs practice
  • The ideal candidate would have experience of corporate affairs with strong stakeholders and other third parties/ NGOs operating in the environmental space as well as a range of alternate sectors
  • It would also be desirable to have contacts in a range of government departments

If you have the relevant experience and this opportunity sounds interesting, then please get in touch with a copy of your CV as soon as possible via the form below.    

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

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Researcher James Gosling

James joined the Hanson Search team in early 2022 as a researcher. Working in a role to support the consultants, James works across multiple areas of the market to assist the recruitment team by sourcing appropriate candidates and building strong client links. James has recently graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Politics and his previous roles include working as an instructor at a team building company and a chalet host in France before that.

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