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GRADUATE TRAINEE POLICY MANAGER
(COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY SCHEMES)

Representing some 8,500 farmers and crofters 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 Policy Manager to join our widely respected Policy Team. You will take the lead on advising and assisting members regarding the rules and processes of the various Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 schemes. As you become familiar with the schemes, you will also assist colleagues and elected members in lobbying the Scottish and UK governments, and other stakeholders, to ensure these and future schemes are fit for purpose.

What we are looking for:

  • First or 2.1 honours degree or relevant work experience
  • Someone who thrives on finding solutions to problems
  • A self-starter who can work as part of a team
  • The ability to quickly and accurately interpret detailed and complex written information, present it clearly and concisely to different audiences in various mediums, and suggest pragmatic but credible courses of action
  • Being comfortable dealing with a number of different issues at one time
  • A positive and reassuring manner, with an ability to empathise with those you are helping.

What’s on offer:

  • A salary commensurate with competence, in the range of £18,000-£22,000
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Contributed pension
  • Membership of NFU Scotland, giving access to a range of discounts.

You will be based in NFU Scotland’s Head Office near Edinburgh Airport, with frequent travel throughout Scotland and occasionally the UK.

To apply:  Please send your CV with covering letter to Alison McLean at recruitment@nfus.org.uk. The closing date for applications is 09:00 on 15 May 2017 and Interviews will take place at our offices on Thursday, 25th May 2017.

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Senior NFU Scotland Group Secretary/ Insurance Sales Agent – Perth

NFU Mutual, an industry award-winning Insurance and financial services provider and NFU Scotland who represent some 8,500 farmers and crofters across the country, have an exciting opportunity for a joint role as an Insurance Business Partner (with NFU Mutual) and a Group Secretary (with the NFU Scotland), at our Perth branch.

Our ideal candidate will excel at building trusted, long-term customer relationships and enjoy working within the local agricultural community. You’ll also have a pro-active, commercially astute approach to managing a business. It would be beneficial if you have experience of working in or with the Insurance or Agricultural industries but it’s not essential and won’t hold you back from potentially becoming an Agent.

As well as being able to develop and grow a customer base, you’ll demonstrate a dynamic, forward thinking leadership approach to the team within the branch. You and your team will be working in partnership, selling NFU Mutual’s award-winning products, while championing Scottish farming and promoting NFU Scotland’s range of membership services. NFU Scotland provides unrivalled assistance to support farmers, crofters, growers and champions Scottish Farming. You will be a key member of the local community and the point of contact for advice, expertise and help.

NFU Mutual’s attentive, personal and local service is what makes us so different and it’s our Agents/Group Secretaries and everyone within our network who contribute to this. With the support of NFU Mutual and NFU Scotland behind you, you will benefit from high retention rates and an established business. At every stage, we’ll help you to be the very best that you can be.

With this combination, we would expect by the end of your first year that your commission income would be up to £50,000. However, it does not stop there, as your income will grow as you develop and expand your agency.

Closing date: 17 April 2017
Shortlisting: 18 April 2017
Assessment Centre: 28 April 2017
(located at NFU Mutual's Head Office in Glasgow).
Second stage interviews: 3 May 2017 (located at NFU Scotland, Ingliston).

Please note you’ll be working on a self-employed basis and will not be directly employed by NFU Mutual.

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Future Agent Programme - Scotland

The Role
We’re launching an exciting fast-track Future Agent Programme throughout the UK to provide the training, support and development you need to become an NFU Mutual Agent and farming representative. During the 12-month programme you will be employed by NFU Mutual / the relevant farming union and gain the necessary skills and experience to run your own NFU Mutual Agency business, along with a professional insurance qualification. Towards the end of the programme you’ll be able to apply to become a self-employed Agent, where you’ll develop strong relationships and business links with our members, selling NFU Mutual and the relevant farming union’s products and services.

With previous experience of sales you need to be highly motivated, with a desire to be your own boss by managing and leading a successful team. You’ll be an excellent communicator, have a flair for figures and a passion to grow and develop a business. You’ll have the ability to form excellent relationships with our customers and colleagues and be acceptable to relocation.

Initially you will be based in one of the following locations, however there is a requirement to be able to relocate to other areas of the UK, enabling you to successfully complete the 12 programme.

Downpatrick, N. Ireland.  Kilmarnock, Scotland.  Sedgefield, County Durham. Bury, Greater Manchester. Royston, Hertfordshire. Reading, Berkshire.  Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. Swansea, Wales.

For further information and to apply please click on the following link and use job number S&AD00569: www.nfumutualcareers.co.uk/search-vacancies
 

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