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31 March 2022

We are recruiting: Regulatory Affairs Manager

We are recruiting: Regulatory Affairs Manager
The SWA are Seeking a Regulatory Affairs Manager

Team: Industry Team, reporting to the Head of Environment / Deputy Director

Location: The SWA (Scotch Whisky Association) has offices in Edinburgh (HQ) and London. SWA is moving towards a hybrid working model which will include homeworking. The ability to travel to the SWA’s offices regularly, member companies and other locations in the UK and occasionally further afield will be required to fulfil this role.

Salary: circa £35-40K per annum

Benefits package: 25 days holiday and generous group personal pension plan

The Scotch Whisky Association

Scotch Whisky is a much-loved and prestigious spirit with a global reputation. Scotch Whisky makes a significant contribution to Scotland’s economy – the industry employs 11,000 people directly in Scotland and, through the supply chain, a total of 42,000 across the UK. With a history that stretches back over 500 years, the industry combines a unique heritage with the global reach of an advanced manufacturer as the UK’s No.1 food and drink export.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is the trade association that supports the Scotch Whisky industry. The industry’s vision, as set out in the SWA's 2018-2023 Strategy, is to ensure Scotch Whisky continues to be the world's undisputed premier whisky and consumers' spirit of choice. The SWA’s mission is to drive the best possible global business environment for Scotch.

In order to do so, the SWA focuses on the following Strategic Priorities:

1. Drive exports and global competitiveness.

2. Shape a sustainable future; and

3. Build domestic foundation for growth

The SWA is led by its Chief Executive and is made up of five teams, each led by a director. Each team plays its part in working to achieve the Strategic Priorities. The teams are: International; Industry; Strategy and Communications; Legal; and Corporate Services. The work of each team is critical to the SWA achieving its priorities and the industry’s vision.

The role:

This is a new position designed to provide support to the Association’s work evaluating the impacts of regulation - with a particular focus on environmental, energy and customs & excise policy. The position will support the development of SWA policy positions, by reflecting industry input obtained by working with member companies. The post holder will be able to identify and assess key issues and impacts from a range of regulatory developments and communicate these clearly.

It will involve interpreting external market and regulatory developments, providing advice to colleagues and members on the potential impacts of policy proposals, as well as analysing information and data from a range of sources.

As well as the opportunity to work and learn from colleagues across the organisation with their varied experience & skills, this new position provides chance for an individual to gain understanding of an economically important Industry and provide first-hand experience of regulatory affairs in prominent areas of domestic policy.

Although based in the SWA’s Industry Team, the role and will support activity in other SWA teams, including on public affairs, international trade and member communications.


  • To develop new and review existing briefings for members, ensuring that advice on technical issues is up to date and in line with current regulations and practice.
  • Prepare policy briefings and relevant content for senior management and SWA member committees and working groups
  • To analyse and respond to government or third-party consultations on behalf of the SWA and our members - working with SWA members to identify opportunities and threats to the sector from proposed policy changes
  • To represent the interest of the Association and our members at working groups, industry forums and third-party events
  • To organise and run industry working groups, including the production of agendas, minutes and other relevant meeting documents
  • To undertake horizon scanning and market analysis to advise on emerging market and regulatory developments, including in Scotland, across the UK and internationally.

The applicant

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with the workings of government in both Scotland and in the UK and have experience in working on regulatory policy. Experience of working in another trade or membership association, Scottish or central government, regulatory body or an NGO would be an advantage.

Along with a working knowledge of relevant policy areas such as extended producer responsibility, they will have the demonstrable ability to grasp and analyse complex technical issues, interpret data and information to convey key messages clearly and succinctly. The ability to use IT (MS Teams, Word, PowerPoint and Excel) is essential.

Equal Opportunities and Applications

The SWA is an equal opportunity employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy.

Expressions of interest together with a CV and short cover letter explaining why you are interested in this role should be submitted by email to with ‘Regulatory Affairs Manager’ as the subject by no later than 15th April. Initial interviews are projected to take place over digital platforms in late April / Early May and second interviews will be conducted in person by end of May.