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Representing some 8,500 farmers and other rural businesses across the country, NFU Scotland’s mission is to promote and protect the interests of its members by influencing government and the supply chain in order to secure a sustainable future for Scottish agriculture.  We are recruiting a full-time Graduate Trainee within our widely respected Policy Department to take the lead on food policy and food supply chain issues.

Who we are looking for:

We want to talk to you if you have a first or 2.1 honours degree.  The ideal candidate will be someone who has the ability to work alongside colleagues on key issues for the agriculture sector, advising on appropriate policy lines, providing technical guidance and taking the lead on projects and initiatives.   You need to be comfortable dealing with a number of different issues at one time and able to articulate them in a plain spoken manner to a wide variety of audiences.   We want someone with a can do attitude.   What we do makes a big difference to farmers in Scotland, we need someone who thrives on finding solutions to problems.

What’s on offer:

The rewards include a salary commensurate with competence, in the range of £18,000 - £22,000.  In addition, there is a generous holiday entitlement and a contributed pension.  You will be based in NFUS’s Head Office in Edinburgh, with occasional travel requirements.


To apply, send your CV with covering letter to Gail Ellis, e-mail   The closing date for applications is 31 October 2014.


Adviser (European Policy)
Salary £32,241 - £47,040 per annum (Grade E) plus Brussels living allowance
Based at the British Agriculture Bureau (BAB), Brussels
Are you a sociable, outgoing individual who genuinely enjoys working as part of a team? Are you a proven networker with a passion to learn more about how Europe works and how it impacts on the lives of our members? 

In this exciting role you will be right at the heart of EU decision making, actively seeking opportunities to shape and influence the legislation that affects our members. You will be an advocate for UK Farming Union policies. Representing and championing the views of the UK Farming Unions in Brussels; within Copa Cogeca, to people within the EU institutions and to other external organisations. Alongside this you will monitor, analyse, report on and assess EU developments and advise the UK Farming Unions on EU developments that will impact on our members.   

It is essential that you are able to demonstrate an understanding of national and/or EU agricultural issues and have a proven track record of negotiating and influencing stakeholders with diplomacy and tact.   

You will be able to relocate to Brussels and be willing to travel throughout the UK and the EU when necessary.
If you are an enthusiastic individual with the ability to use your own initiative and believe that this exciting opportunity is for you, please request an application form and Job Description from Jade Willis via email or by telephone on 02476 858745.

For an informal chat about the position please contact Gail Soutar on 0032 2285 0586.
Closing Date: 31st October 2014 at 12 noon
Interview Date: 10th and 11th November 2014.
Second Stage: 18th November 2014


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