Government and Public Affairs Manager


Surrey / flexible for remote base, South East


Attractive salary + benefits


A rare and exciting opportunity to join an international trade association as Government and Public Affairs Manager. The association promotes the responsible and sustainable use of their members’ substances; a key part of this work is to represent the views and positions of the industry to global, EU and national policy makers and regulators. To further develop this continued engagement and advocacy, they are looking to recruit a Government and Public Affairs Manager to work closely with the VP of Government and Public Affairs and play a key role in developing their influence and profile, and ability to drive forward positive policy change.

Key duties will include monitoring of policy, legislative and regulatory developments, analysis of the developments and their impacts, assisting in the development of communication strategy, maintaining in-house tools and processes, management of working groups, representation in industry bodies, maintenance and development of relationships with key stakeholders and contribution to the development and execution of advocacy positions and strategy.

This role would be an ideal career development opportunity for a chemical regulatory affairs professional who is interested in moving into advocacy or, who has some advocacy involvement and would like to develop this. You are likely to have a good technical understanding of chemical regulations / notification schemes and the underlying scientific data requirements; you must also have an interest in the political aspects of the industry. Existing knowledge of policy-making processes would be a benefit; you must have a capacity to identify issues and be able to assist in the process to effectively deal with them. Good written and oral communication skills are essential; you should be a good presenter who enjoys working closely with internal and external colleagues and stakeholders. You must have a positive and adaptable approach, have excellent judgement and be looking to contribute to making significant change happen on complex policy issues.

For further information and an immediate confidential discussion, contact John Sherratt at VRS Regulatory, quoting job reference VRSREG1710.

VRS Regulatory is the Regulatory Affairs and Risk Assessment division of specialist scientific recruiter VRS. We focus on recruitment in Regulatory Affairs, Registrations, REACH, CLP, SDS Authoring, Product Safety, Compliance, Risk Assessment, Regulatory Toxicology, Regulatory Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate in the chemicals, agrochemicals and biocides sectors.

Key Skills

Chemical regulatory affairs, chemical management policy, government affairs, public affairs, advocacy, communication, strategy, politics.