SIBA Role: Public Affairs and Policy Officer

Job summary

Position: Public Affairs and Policy Officer
Location: London/South East preferred as regular availability at Westminster is essential
Home-based role with regular UK and some overseas travel
Reports to: Head of Public Affairs and Policy
Salary: £30-32,000 depending on experience
Closing date: 5pm on Friday 18 March 2022

SIBA background

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) was established in 1980 to represent the growing number of independent breweries in the UK. Today SIBA has around 700 brewery members and wants to see a vibrant, thriving and sustainable brewing industry in the UK.

It is an exciting and challenging time for the independent brewing sector as it continues to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and faces a changing landscape of new legislative and regulatory requirements.

Job Overview

This new role will support SIBA’s extensive public affairs activities and policy objectives to ensure that the voice of independent brewers is heard in Westminster and across the devolved administrations.

Reporting to the Head of Public Affairs and Policy, you will take a leading role in planning and delivering on SIBA’s campaigns and priority areas including on taxation, environment and health issues.

You will be expected to travel around the UK as part of the role visiting MPs constituencies and member breweries and attending regional meetings.

Key Responsibilities

Public Affairs

  • Co-ordinate SIBA’s public affairs activities including engagement with parliamentarians and officials
  • Initiate, co-ordinate and participate in meetings including with ministers, officials and parliamentarians
  • Prepare briefings for parliamentarians and SIBA members
  • Arrange political visits to member breweries
  • Plan and deliver campaigning activities
  • Lead and organise events
  • Monitor political activity and advise SIBA accordingly
  • Manage a contact database


  • Draft responses to consultations, legislation, enquiries and requests for information
  • Help co-ordinate SIBA’s policy position on new and emerging issues
  • Undertake research including quantitative and qualitative research
  • Lead on the surveying of members including for the annual craft beer report

Other responsibilities

  • Attend and support regional meetings and industrial events including the annual BeerX conference
  • Support the Head of Public Affairs and Policy in reporting requirements to SIBA Executive and Board
  • Assist in internal and external communication activities including the weekly Brewing in Brief email
  • Working with colleagues to make best use of social media and online campaigning tools
  • Any other duties as may reasonably be required

The Package

  • Starting salary will be in the range £30,000-32,000 and is dependent on
    qualifications and experience.
  • Permanent position on successful completion of six month probationary period
  • Contributory pension scheme on successful completion of probationary period
  • Performance review at three, six and twelve months in the first year and at least
    annually thereafter
  • Travel in the UK and occasionally abroad
  • Travel and subsistence expenses paid
  • Home-based; SIBA offices located in Ripon
  • Staff benefits include group life and income protection cover
  • Other benefits include training to become a qualified beer competitions judge on
    completion of probationary period.

Person Specification

Essential Desirable
Experience in a public affairs setting such as Parliament 2-3 year’s experience of public affairs roles
Undergraduate degree Relevant subject to at least 2:1
Good research skills Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods
Demonstrable experience of developing successful public affairs strategies and plans Experience of running successful social media and online campaigns
Knowledge of legislation and Government institutions Knowledge and experience of devolved administrations
The ability to provide accurate concise and easy to understand briefings on complex subjects
Good IT skills including Microsoft office
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience of being able to work alone and collaboratively
Strong ability to prioritise and manage challenging workloads often under pressure

Personal qualities

Essential Desirable
Excellent communication and networking skills Passion and drive
Ability to build evidence based arguments A passion for great beer
Strong self-awareness and resilience under pressure Enthusiasm and passion for politics
A team worker with excellent inter-
personal relations
Ability to travel as required
Ability to work effectively from home

Application process

Please send your CV along with a covering letter outlining how you meet each person specification points to Barry Watts, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at under the title “Application for Public Affairs and Policy Officer” before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 18 March 2022.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview W/c 28 March in a central London location. You may be asked to prepare a presentation to make during the interview and a second interview may follow.

Any job offer will be on the understanding that the information provided is full and correct and not misleading and that no relevant information has been omitted. An inaccurate or misleading application will be grounds for summary dismissal under SIBA’s disciplinary procedure.

Please provide details of any previous criminal convictions (Rehabilitation of Offenders Act applies).

SIBA is an Equal Opportunities employer.

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