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Scotch Whisky Association seeks Director of Industry Affairs

Scotch Whisky Association 3-5y Mid Level  London, England, United Kingdom 16 Dec 2017

Job Description

Director of Industry Affairs

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is the trade body for the Scotch Whisky industry.  It is one of Britain’s leading trade associations, with a world-wide reputation.  It seeks to advance the global interests and profile of Scotch Whisky, of its member companies, and of the industry as a whole; and to ensure that the Scotch Whisky industry remains in sustainable global growth and retains its place as the world’s leading high-quality spirit drink.

The SWA seeks to appoint a dynamic, motivated Director of Industry Affairs to lead the Association’s team tasked with delivering the most competitive business environment possible for the Scotch Whisky industry. This will involve enthusiasm and drive: the successful candidate will work closely with the Scottish and UK Governments, government agencies, parliamentarians and partner organisations, as well as close in co-ordination with the Association’s member companies across the spectrum of regulatory and operational issues.   With a proven track record in relationship building and analytical ability, the successful candidate will also lead on the impact of Brexit on the industry domestically, and the Association’s input into the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.  We are looking for a team player to contribute to the SWA’s senior leadership and play a role on the broader, strategic issues that affect the industry.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Director of Industry Affairs will co-ordinate the SWA’s agenda on:

  • Regulatory matters
  • Tax and Customs/Excise
  • Alcohol policy
  • Environment
  • Farming/supply chain
  • Infrastructure connectivity
  • Skills

The Director of Industry Affairs will need to develop an in-depth understanding of the SWA’s members’ businesses and needs.  They will need to travel regularly between London, Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland; and occasionally overseas.


  • Direct professional experience, in government or industry, on regulatory issues and, ideally, tax.
  • Existing network in a range of institutions in the regulatory and industry field within and outside government.
  • Proven experience of operating successfully at an executive level with clear evidence of people management and team development


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