job

Policy Manager, FAIRR and JCF

Overview

position

Full-time, permanent.

location

Office-based, Park House, London, UK (The role will be hybrid working, 2 days per week minimum in the office)

salary

Competitive based on experience

benefits

Pension, Private Health Insurance, 25-days paid holiday + public holidays.

Closing Date
Sunday, 29th May 2022

Background on the Coller Foundation and FAIRR

The Jeremy Coller Foundation is a strategic grant-making organisation and the philanthropic vehicle of Jeremy Coller, Chair and Chief Investment Officer of Coller Capital, a leading private equity secondaries business. The Foundation seeks to address animal welfare, environmental and human health issues caused by factory farming through grant-making, the FAIRR Initiative and numerous other initiatives. Recent initiatives include a newly formed policy team, the launch of the Coller Animal Law Forum (CALF) and the podcast series Ctrl-Alt-Meat. You can learn more on www.jeremycollerfoundation.org; www.calf.law and Ctrl-Alt-Meat.

The FAIRR Initiative is an innovative peer network for investors harnessing the power of capital markets to transform global protein production away from an over-reliance on intensive animal agriculture. FAIRR works with over 300 investors, representing over $50 trillion in combined assets under management to use their power and influence to help global livestock, fish and dairy companies build a more sustainable food system.

FAIRR publishes the annual Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index, the world’s only assessment of meat, dairy and farmed fish producers on material environmental, social and governance risks. As well as the Coller FAIRR Climate Risk Tool, the first climate risk model analysing the physical and transition risks of the animal agriculture sector.

Our Culture

We are a small team with an ambitious vision for impact. Our passion inspires much of the work that we do. We come to work every day with the goal of accelerating the transition away from factory farming.

Each team member brings a variety of talents, all of which are instrumental to the ongoing success of our organisation. Not only are we an international, multicultural, and diverse group of people, but each of us also shares the organisation’s vision for a more sustainable and equitable food system.

About the role

The Jeremy Coller Foundation (JCF) is a private foundation based in London and operating globally. The successful candidate will join the JCF, working with the FAIRR Initiative —the fastest-growing ESG network representing over $50 trillion in assets.

The individual will play a key role in-

  • Leading on the alternative protein policy workstream for both FAIRR and JCF in relation to its investor network, strategic agenda and global outreach.
  • Collaborate with FAIRR team colleagues working on biodiversity to produce research aimed at policymakers, including in the run up to the COP15 Biodiversity Summit.
  • Leading on high-level multi-stakeholder global initiatives as the point person for FAIRR, where needed.
  • Contributing to the Foundation’s broader policy interests on intensive animal agriculture and sustainable proteins, as well as education, pensions, ongoing work with The Elders.

The candidate will support the engagement with governments, regulators, industry bodies and investors to promote greater understanding and awareness across all areas of focus for both the JCF and the FAIRR Initiative, building increased engagement around sustainable policy and practice.

Key responsibilities and tasks

FAIRR:

  • Being the key focal point in the team on alternative protein policy.
  • Collaborate with FAIRR team colleagues working on biodiversity and nature policy including leading on a policy paper and sharing FAIRR’s research.
  • Drafting briefing papers or responses to consultations if appropriate.
  • Build relationships with critical stakeholders, organisations and allies in national and global policy spaces.
  • The individual will be required to work flexibly across projects at JCF and FAIRR where required; including supporting and guiding junior staff members.

JCF:

  • Analyse and identify how government legislation, for example in areas such as alternative protein, in key geographies will impact the mission of the JCF’s strategic pillars and develop an appropriate strategic response.
  • Advise and prioritise possible policy considerations across the JCF’s strategic pillars, including, but not limited to, its interests in FAIRR, education, pensions and The Elders.
  • Advocate for a policy agenda that furthers the JCF’s goal of ending factory farming.

Required qualifications and competencies

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 6-8 years of professional experience required, with policy experience in the UK, and EU desirable, or experience in either North America or Asia.
  • Good knowledge of the policy landscape and some experience working with governments, regulatory bodies and additional relevant parties is desirable.
  • Previous experience working with financial institutions or investors is advantageous.
  • An understanding of sustainable finance, environmental issues, ESG, EU Taxonomy, TCFD, and other investor policy frameworks which require institutional investor engagement in policy-related issues is desirable. Knowledge of biodiversity, deforestation or nature risk is desirable including frameworks such as TNFD.
  • An understanding/interest in sustainable proteins and/or agri-food innovation, and relevant networks amongst key stakeholders is desirable.

Capabilities

  • Able to develop detailed policy positions, as well as broader strategies.
  • Strong analytical skills, able to think strategically and synthesise diverse information sources.
  • Quantitative and qualitative research skills are required.
  • Exemplary project management and organisational skills, with strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience of writing concisely and credibly.
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills including experience hosting or organising events or webinars (Note that the applicant will be required to represent FAIRR and JCF to key stakeholders both internally and externally).

Personal Qualities and Attitudes

  • A demonstrated ability to adapt to changing circumstances, organise and prioritise deliverables, and maintain meticulous attention to detail.
  • A drive to achieve concrete results, prioritising and ensuring delivery while facing competing priorities in a complex working environment.
  • A self-starter with an interest in taking on projects outside of the core remit.

How to apply

Please fill out the application form here.

The deadline is Sunday, 29th of May 2022, or sooner if a a successful hire is made before the deadline. As part of the application process you will be asked to evidence  the right to work in the UK for this role.

The application process will consist of:

  • First round interview
  • ~90 minute work task
  • Final interview

For any questions, or to learn more about the role, please email Helena Wright at [email protected].

Equal Opportunity: Coller Holdings, FAIRR and the Jeremy Coller Foundation are equal opportunity employers and we value diversity at our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our workplace. Please contact us to discuss adjustments to the application process.