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Being a finalist in the World Chambers Competition, awarded one of the Sunday Times Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to work for 2018, 2019 and 2020, and being accredited at Investors in People Gold level, these are exciting times to join the Chamber of Commerce.

We offer an excellent benefits package which includes: 29 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, private healthcare and access to retail discounts. We offer a range of work-life balance policies and are an equal opportunities employer.

Please find our current vacancies below.

Policy Research Executive

Salary: £22,000 p.a. (pro rata) + benefits

Location: Worcester/Hereford

Part-time: 22.5 -30 hours per week (to be discussed)

Submit your CV to karinb@hwchamber.co.uk

About This Role

About us:

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is a member-led, not for profit organisation working to support local business communities and our large network of members. Finalists in the World Chambers Competition, awarded one of the Sunday Times Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work for 2018 – 2021, and accredited at Investors in People Gold level, these are exciting times to join us.

Job introduction:

We have a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, politically aware individual with a passion for business to represent the views of businesses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, developing and delivering an innovative and influential policy strategy.
The role will involve horizon scanning and developing key client and stakeholder relationships, using political intelligence and client insight to raise awareness of key legislative challenges and develop plans/campaigns to drive change.

Main responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining relationships with Chamber members, policy makers and political stakeholders, deliver high quality reports and briefings, lead on policy related activity for members and most importantly, ensure members voices are heard at a local and national level.

You will form a programme of events to engage members with policy issues and key policy makers, and deliver plans, reports, briefings and campaigns, written and verbal public relations articles and interviews on policy topics.

Ideal candidate:

This is a key role for the organisation, and we are looking for a highly motivated and passionate individual with proven experience within a public affairs or policy role or are degree qualified in Policy and Research, Public Affairs, Governments and Politics or Economics, with strong experience and/or general knowledge of public affairs, policy, government, the economic environment and current affairs. You must have excellent client relationship management skills, the ability to analyse complex issues and produce briefings/reports and have strong verbal communication skills.

Benefits:

We offer an excellent benefits package including: 29 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, pension scheme, private healthcare and access to retail discounts. We offer a wide variety of training, team events and a range of work life balance policies.
Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is an equal opportunities employer.

If you would like further information or would like to apply for the role, please send your up-to-date CV and cover letter to karinb@hwchamber.co.uk by 3 November 2021.

Should you be successful, interviews are scheduled to take place w/c 15 November 2021.

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Policy Executive

Salary: £25,000 p.a. + benefits

Location: Worcester/Hereford

Full-time: 37 hours per week

Submit your CV to karinb@hwchamber.co.uk

About This Role

About us:

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is a member-led, not for profit organisation working to support local business communities and our large network of members. Finalists in the World Chambers Competition, awarded one of the Sunday Times Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work for 2018 – 2021, and accredited at Investors in People Gold level, these are exciting times to join us.

Job introduction:

We have a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, politically aware individual with a passion for business to represent the views of businesses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, developing and delivering an innovative and influential policy strategy.
The role will involve horizon scanning and developing key client and stakeholder relationships, using political intelligence and client insight to raise awareness of key legislative challenges and develop plans/campaigns to drive change.

Main responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities include developing and maintaining relationships with Chamber members, policy makers and political stakeholders, deliver high quality reports and briefings, lead on policy related activity for members and most importantly, ensure members voices are heard at a local and national level.

You will form a programme of events to engage members with policy issues and key policy makers, and deliver plans, reports, briefings and campaigns, written and verbal public relations articles and interviews on policy topics.

Ideal candidate:

This is a key role for the organisation, and we are looking for a highly motivated and passionate individual with proven experience within a public affairs or policy role or are degree qualified in Policy and Research, Public Affairs, Governments and Politics or Economics, with strong experience and/or general knowledge of public affairs, policy, government, the economic environment and current affairs. You must have excellent client relationship management skills, the ability to analyse complex issues and produce briefings/reports and have strong verbal communication skills.

Benefits:

We offer an excellent benefits package including: 29 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, pension scheme, private healthcare and access to retail discounts. We offer a wide variety of training, team events and a range of work life balance policies.

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is an equal opportunities employer.

If you would like further information or would like to apply for the role, please send your up-to-date CV and cover letter to karinb@hwchamber.co.uk by 3 November 2021.

Should you be successful, interviews are scheduled to take place w/c 15 November 2021.

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What is it like to work for the Chamber?

Take a look at the case studies below from current staff at the Chamber and their progression throughout the company.

Olivia Williams - Events & Training Manager

My journey at the Chamber started when I was 18 years old, enthusiastic and eager to get started on the career ladder, I was excited to join the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce on a temporary contract. My experience was quickly expanded through working in various departments including, Events, Training, Finance, Membership and Department for International Trade. I started to understand the role a local Chamber of Commerce played, how we help businesses, and our connection to the British Chamber of Commerce.

During my time at the Chamber I have been given an abundance of opportunities to develop and grow, professionally and personally. My first permanent position was Events and Training Assistant where I gained an understanding of the variety of events and training courses we offered to our Members. I then took on the role of Training Coordinator, and then Events Coordinator and used my passion for learning  and networking to develop and bring new ideas to each department. In 2016 I was successful in my application for the role of Events and Training Manager, I was over the moon to have been given the opportunity.

I am extremely proud of my team and my department, not only for continuously expanding and developing our events and training courses, but for the teams innovative ideas and desire to help Chamber Members. As was my first management role, I have received plenty of training and support from the organisation which I have found invaluable for my development. I was selected to join a Rising Stars programme which gave me even further opportunities to learn, expand my knowledge and better my department and the business.

I believe strongly in the Chambers vision to support local businesses, and feel grateful for the benefits we as employees receive, including generous annual leave (I enjoy a holiday!), Westfield Health, and numerous fun activities including the Christmas Party! I am proud to work at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce!

Yasmin Bent - Senior Events Co-ordinator

After a year at Sixth Form College I knew University wasn’t the right career path for me therefore, I applied for an apprenticeship role at the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce in July 2013. I was successful in my application and started the role as Business Engagement & Events Assistant.

I split my time between events, training & membership, my varied role included booking delegates training courses and events, administration support, organised training courses at our premises and preparing for all events. The Chamber secured a tender to run the Worcestershire Christmas Fayre for 2 years; this was a really exciting time as it was a completely new project for the whole team to get involved with, part of my role was to organise all 300 coaches into the city centre.

After completing my level 2 apprenticeship I was fortunate to be offered a permanent position working alongside the Events & Training Team. I began to take on bigger projects and more responsibility; It was at this point I started to have a real passion for planning and organising events. Within the same year I had been promoted to Events Co-ordinator, in this role I help deliver a wide range of commercial business events including large business exhibitions, conferences, awards ceremonies, networking events and sector specific forums as well as visiting new venues & marketing all of our events.

I am so thankful for the opportunities that I’ve received since working at the Chamber; I have been able to attend over 20 training courses to develop my skills such as Customer Care, Advanced Excel, Effective Use of Social Media & Telephone Techniques. I joined the GDPR working group last year to ensure the Chamber is fully compliant with the new regulations.

I am continuously progressing in my role, last year we launched our new events programme in whereby Chamber members receive free & experiential networking events such as Chocolate Tasting, Meeting & Feeding the Rhinos, BBQ’s and Horse Racing days. As Events Co-ordinator I’ve have the pleasure of organising the majority of our 150 networking events as well as our showcase Annual Business Awards and largest Business Expo’s in the two counties.

Last year my two colleagues and I were offered the chance to run a networking group for young professionals to help bridge the skills gap. I am currently on the Rising Star Programme whereby I sat down with our HR Director to create a personal development plan over the next year that will further my skills and experiences.

I’m extremely grateful for the experiences I’ve had at the Chamber so far, I have really developed my skills set and with the help of my mentoring sessions now have an understanding of what I need to do to progress in my career.

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Looking after our employees

The Chamber works collaboratively with a number of stakeholders to raise awareness of, and support strategies that drive employee wellbeing.

Many of these are helpful initiatives and some are legal requirements. Click on the drop-downs below to find out more and, if you’re a business, find out how you can get involved.

Worcestershire Works Well

The Chamber is a partner in the Worcestershire Works Well program. This is an accreditation program which is free to join and which encourages and supports businesses to take a more proactive approach to the health and wellbeing of its workforce. 

Employers are provided with regular updates and resource packs and, with the support of a dedicated WWW representative, are able to progress through three accreditation levels which encompass a broad range of health and wellbeing topics.  The WWW team also organise two health and wellbeing events a year which include a range of speakers on a variety of topics and the opportunity to network and share best practice and new ideas. For further information click here.

Time To Change

As an active partner in the Worcestershire Time to Change Hub, we are helping to reduce discrimination associated with mental heath and have signed the employers pledge.

Five of our employees have volunteered to become workplace champions and are now working together on initiatives to promote this important topic. Further information may be found here.

IOSH Managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing

We have recently been awarded our licence to deliver this accredited course on behalf of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, alongside Working Safely and Managing Safely.

This course focuses on improving health and wellbeing awareness across the organisation and provides practical advice and tools for managers to help create a healthy and productive place of work. Further information may be found here.

Working For Carers

As a Working for Carers member, we understand the challenges faced by working carers (currently estimated to be 1 in 8 workers). 

Membership of the scheme allows access to valuable resources and reinforces our approach to looking after employees who may have caring responsibilities. For further information on the scheme click here.