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30 April 2024

We are recruiting: Policy Advisor

We are recruiting: Policy Advisor
The SWA is seeking a Policy Advisor to join our Industry Sustainability team.

Team: Industry Sustainability, reporting to Head of Environment

Location: Edinburgh (HQ) or London office. 

Hours: 35 per week (flexible requests considered) 

Salary: £45,000 – £53,000

Benefits package: 25 days' holiday plus 9 public holidays and 3 days shutdown between Christmas and New Year.  Generous group personal pension plan. Flexible and hybrid working. 

Start date: Summer 2024


The role:

The production of Scotch Whisky is highly regulated. Regulatory compliance and policy understanding is essential to the SWA and our member companies. It cuts across all the industry’s operations including customs and excise, health and safety, environment, and food safety.   

The successful candidate will support member companies with detailed analysis and clear information on policies impacting the industry. You will represent the SWA and our member companies at external meetings, helping inform policy development, and will be seen as the go-to industry expert; engaging government and regulatory bodies where needed; monitoring both legislation and developing issues.  

You will lead the analysis of evolving policies relevant to our Sustainability Strategy, with a keen focus on circular economy, water, and responsible land use themes. Collaborating closely with your colleagues in the Industry Sustainability Team, you will distill complex policy areas into actionable insights, facilitating informed discussions and assessments by industry stakeholders.  

Read the full job description here.


In order to apply please download the application form (including full job description) here. Your completed form, along with a covering email or letter describing why you are applying and why you meet the requirements, should be sent to before the closing date of 20th May. 

In order to help us meet the aims and commitments in our equality, inclusion and diversity policy we ask you to download and complete a monitoring form although this is voluntary.  Please send your completed form to, separately from your application. The form is used to help us build a picture of how diverse our applicants are.  It will be separated from the rest of your application and will not be seen by members of the shortlisting or interview panels.   

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