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Vacancies at the CLA come up from time to time.

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All current vacancies with the CLA are listed below.

If you have any questions about our vacancies or our application process, please email recruitment@cla.org.uk.

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Events Coordinator, CLA North

Based near Richmond in North Yorkshire

The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales and more than 250 different types of businesses.

We are looking for an Events Coordinator to join our team who will organise, co-ordinate and administer events on behalf of the CLA North. The successful candidate will work closely with the North team and be responsible for securing commercial partnerships that will generate sponsorship to support the CLA events and activities throughout the year. Experience with running an extensive events programme would be beneficial but not essential.

Our presence at the major Agricultural Shows in the North requires intensive attention by the role-holder, both in planning and preparation and in managing individual functions and events during the week of each show.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key player in a small and flexible team at a pivotal time for the rural sector and also events management working. The role will offer the opportunity to meet our interesting and diverse membership and lead on the delivery of a busy regional events calendar while also supporting the delivery of all CLA activities in the region and contributing to the wider team in London and across the six regions in England and Wales.

The successful candidate will be educated to (the equivalent of school diploma/A level or professional equivalent) and will demonstrate:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Highly organised and instinctively collaborative;
  • Experience of event management and administration is preferable;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential for both roles as well as a high level of computer literacy;
  • Willingness to travel and attend events predominantly in the North but occasionally across England and Wales;
  • Willing to work outside of core hours when required;
  • Ability and ideally experience of working as part of a small team with remote teams;
  • Ability to work to deadlines and work well in a pressured environment.

Principal tasks

  • Ensure that a forward schedule of appropriate social, technical, and professional events is planned and that all the relevant arrangements and notifications have been made.
  • Organise venue, facilities and on-site arrangements for Branch AGMs and to maintain records of those attending and update Microsoft Dynamics after each event.
  • Help in supporting the structure and themes of national events and provide support to both other regional teams and nationally when required, including the annual National Conference.
  • Identify, introduce and, if appropriate, conclude contractual arrangements with suitable corporate partners to the CLA, with the primary objective of securing financial and other support for the CLA North Region, liaising as appropriate with the Director North and the CLA’s National Events & Sponsorship Manager.
  • Liaise with the Director North, Regional Advisers, Regional Co-ordinator and Regional Communications Manager and other relevant staff to plan and make the necessary arrangements for a programme of technical, professional and CPD seminars.
  • Liaise with the Director North and appropriate staff to plan and make the necessary arrangements for attendance at shows, exhibitions and conferences organised by third parties.
  • Maintain complete and efficient records relating to each specific event and the overall regional programme
  • Prepare a forecast and income and expenditure account for each event and show.
  • Support and contribute to all routine office duties, including telephone reception and membership retention work as appropriate.
  • A full driving licence and a car is required as the position involves travel throughout the North region.

The Location, Team, and Working Arrangements

The role is based in Aske, near Richmond in North Yorkshire. On reviewing our ways of working, some flexible working will be available on request but contact time in the office would be required each week, with a requirement to travel across the North to unique and special landscapes. You will be working in a small, friendly team, who are very passionate about the organisation and rural affairs in general as well as being part of the CLA’s supportive team of over one hundred highly motivated individuals across England and Wales.

What We Can Offer

  • The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include;
  • Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employer’s contribution of up to 10% of salary.
  • Minimum 24 days holiday, plus bank holidays.
  • Workplace benefits such as, Cycle to Work Scheme and Payroll Giving.
  • Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme.

Application Process

Please reference: N101CLA

We would love to hear from applicants from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that diversity can only strengthen us as a team. To apply please send a covering letter, setting out how you meet the criteria, include your current remuneration and CV to recruitment@cla.org.uk.

Events Manager, CLA South East

Based Andover, Hampshire

The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales and more than 250 different types of businesses. The regional office based in Andover serves the South East of England.

The Events Manager will organise, co-ordinate and administer events on behalf of the CLA South East region. The successful candidate will work closely with the South East team and the wider CLA team and be responsible for securing commercial partnerships that will generate sponsorship to support the CLA events and activities throughout the year. Experience with running an extensive events programme – both virtual and physical would be beneficial.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key player in a small and flexible team at a pivotal time for the rural sector. The role will offer the opportunity to meet our interesting and diverse membership and lead on the delivery of a busy regional events calendar together with contributing to the wider team in London and across the six regions in England and Wales.

The successful candidate will be educated to (the equivalent of school diploma/A level or professional equivalent) and will demonstrate:

• Excellent interpersonal skills.

• Experience of event management and administration, preferably in a sales or membership organisation environment.

• Experience of selling in event sponsorship, preferably in a sales or membership organisation environment and comfortable with financial targets.

• Willingness to travel and attend events across the South East Region.

• Willing to work outside of core hours when required.

• Highly organised

• Instinctively collaborative

• Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines

• Rural and agricultural knowledge / background would be an advantage but not essential

Principal tasks

• Ensure that a forward schedule of appropriate social, technical and professional events is planned and that all the relevant arrangements and notifications have been made.

• Ensure that a forward schedule of appropriate AGM, social, technical and professional events is planned and that all the relevant arrangements and notifications have been made.

• Organise venue, facilities and on site arrangements for events and to make records of those wishing to attend.

• Find speakers, initial liaison with potential speakers.

• Identify, introduce and, if appropriate, conclude contractual arrangements with suitable corporate partners to the CLA, with the primary objective of securing financial and other support for the CLA South East Region.

• Liaise with Director South East and Rural Surveyor/Advisor to plan and make the necessary arrangements for a programme of technical and professional seminars.

• Liaise with Director South East to plan and make the necessary arrangements for attendance at shows, exhibitions and conferences organised by third parties.

• Liaise with Director South East and national staff to arrange attendance by CLA officers, relevant London staff and selected Territory Managers at appropriate events.

• Work closely with the regional team to ensure the efficient and timely organisation of events.

• To support Director South East with London Branch Committee and Events throughout the year

• Maintain complete and efficient records relating to each specific event and the overall regional programme.

• Prepare a forecast and income and expenditure account for each event and show.

• To ensure that all monies received are banked regularly and report income from events.

• Support and contribute to all routine office duties, including telephone reception, as appropriate.

• Work outside of core hours as required.

• Other duties as directed by Regional Director South East.

• A full driving license and a car is required.

The Location, Team, and Working Arrangements

The role is based in Andover, Hampshire. On reviewing our ways of working, some flexible working is possible, with core contact time in the office required each week. There is also the requirement to travel across the South East to unique and special landscapes. You will be working in a small, friendly team, who are very passionate about the organisation and rural affairs in general.

What We Can Offer

• The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include;

• Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employer’s contribution of up to 10% of salary.

• Minimum 24 days holiday, plus bank holidays.

• Work place benefits such as, Cycle to Work Scheme and Payroll Giving.

• Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme.

Application Process

Please reference: SE102CLA

We would love to hear from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team. To apply please send a covering letter, setting out how you meet the criteria, include your current remuneration and CV to recruitment@cla.org.uk.

Director of Finance, London

Based in Belgravia, London

Permanent, Part time (0.6)

The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales and more than 250 different types of businesses. We are looking for a Finance Director to join our team at an exciting time for the CLA.

The Director of Finance operates at the heart of their work to serve their members and modernise how they do business, leading the finance department to manage the CLA’s finances and provide essential business partnering to the central and regional teams.  You will work closely with the Director General and the Senior Management Team to set our strategy and deliver against our Corporate Plan. 

The successful candidate will be a fully Qualified Accountant, be an experienced and enthusiastic senior finance professional who combines the necessary strategic and financial skills with a track record of effective and empathetic team leadership and collaborative working across the wider organisation. You will be comfortable and credible dealing with senior Member representatives, Board members and other stakeholders, as well as approachable and supportive to colleagues throughout the team. You will lead the process of modernisation both in the finance department and, jointly with the other Senior Management Team members, across the wider organisation.

We would love to hear from applicants from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team. To apply, please follow the link below from Reed:

https://www.reed.co.uk/jobs/finance-director/44030047#

Membership Relations Manager, CLA Midlands

Based near Eccleshall, Staffordshire

The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales and more than 250 different types of businesses.

We are looking for a Membership Relations Manager to join us in our Midlands Office. The successful candidate will work closely with the Regional Director and regional team. As Membership Relations Manager your role will be to improve the membership experience and increase the levels of member engagement.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key player in a small and flexible team at a pivotal time for the UK’s rural sector. Largely an account management role, you will be central in implementing the processes and supporting the delivery of an exciting new member retention strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

• To lead and deliver the key components of the retention strategy: on-boarding, proactive calling, and off-boarding – account management.

• To develop engagement retention reports, including analysing trends.

• To interpret membership retention statistics and report back on regular intervals to the regional teams and centrally.

• Work closely with the IT team to develop the CRM system, ensuring it is accurate, accessible, and user-friendly.

• Ensure membership records and contact details on CRM are up to date and correct.

• To support member research, surveys, and provision of member intelligence.

• To communicate key messages and feedback from members to the appropriate policy teams.

• To support and work closely with sales team to help develop leads and introductions.

• To promote and upsell membership services.

• Support the regional team when required at member facing events, shows and AGMs.


Person Specification:

• Agricultural, Farming or Rural background highly desirable – but not essential.

• Proven account management or other relevant experience.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate and influence credibly and effectively at all levels.

• First-rate customer care and communication skills.

• Experience of working within the membership function of a professional organisation.

• Strong skills and experience in using a membership CRM database.

• Keen attention to detail and accuracy in recording statistical data and providing reports.

• Excellent organisational, administrative, and time-management skills.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of issues affecting rural businesses and experience of working in the rural sector – highly desirable.

• Confident person, able to communicate with people at all levels.

• Customer-focused.

• Friendly, approachable manner.

• Good team player.

• Able to travel.

• Ability to work flexible hours when required

• Hold a valid driving license.

The Location, Team, and Working Arrangements

The role is based near Eccleshall, Staffordshire. On reviewing our ways of working, some flexible working will be available on request but contact time in the office would be required each week. You will be working in a small, friendly, multidisciplinary team who are very passionate about the organisation and rural affairs in general. You will also be part of the wider CLA team of over one hundred individuals across England and Wales.

What We Can Offer

• The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include;

• Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employer’s contribution of up to 10% of salary.

• Minimum 24 days holiday, plus bank holidays.

• Work place benefits such as, Cycle to Work Scheme and Payroll Giving.

• Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme.

Application Process

Please reference: M101CLA

We would love to hear from applicants from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team. To apply please send a covering letter, setting out how you meet the criteria, include your current remuneration and CV to recruitment@cla.org.uk by 10am Monday 27th October. First interviews are planned for week of 4th October, with second interview planned for week of the 11th October.

Regional Coordinator, CLA East

Based near Newmarket, Suffolk

The CLA is the membership organisation dedicated to the protection of land and property rights and promoting the interests of the wider rural economy.

We are looking for someone with outstanding organisational and administrative skills to ensure the efficient functioning of the office and provide support services. The successful candidate will co-ordinate and administer our eight county committees and work closely with the existing professional team based in Newmarket.

An exciting and varied role, the postholder will often be the first point of contact for members dealing with the breadth of queries, concerns, and issues and be expected to provide exceptional standards of customer service in dealing with the queries.

The role requires excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as a high level of computer literacy. Experience of running an office and using CRM systems would be beneficial. A full driving licence is required, as the position will involve travel throughout the eastern region.

For more information contact Cath Crowther by emailing cath.crowther@cla.org.uk. To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@cla.org.uk.

Rural Surveyor, CLA South East

Based in Andover, Hampshire

The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales. CLA members own or manage around half the rural land in England and Wales and more than 250 different types of businesses.

We are looking for a qualified Rural Chartered Surveyor to join our team. The successful candidate will work closely with the Regional Director, regional team and national policy experts, and will advise CLA members across the South East on a range of issues relating to land ownership, occupation and use and rural business, covering all aspects of work that would normally be covered by a chartered surveyor who is a member of the rural faculty.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a key player in a small and flexible team at a pivotal time for the future of UK rural sector. The role will offer the opportunity to advise members and work on policy issues affecting the south-east region while also supporting the delivery of all CLA activities in the region and contributing to the wider team in London and across the six regions in England and Wales.

The successful candidate will be RICS and/or CAAV qualified and will demonstrate:

• Strong client service ethic

• Proven track record on the provision of quality advice

• Excellent people skills

• High level of computer literacy

• Good verbal and written communication skills with public speaking experience

A full driving licence and car is required as the position involves travel throughout the South East Region.

Principal tasks

• Responding to members’ enquiries covering the full range of a Chartered Surveyor’s competency in rural practice work ensuring advice given to members is accurate and provided in a timely manner in accordance with CLA applicable instructions, referring queries to Policy Adviser as appropriate.

• Identifying through advisory work on behalf of members, issues for lobbying/campaigning action

• Participate in national forums, conferences and meetings, both internally and externally as requested.

• Prepare and submit consultation responses on regional and local public consultations that affect CLA members

• Attend and give evidence at EIPs, Public Enquiries and other external meetings as necessary.

• Contribute to CLA national consultation responses as requested.

• Contribute to the delivery of CLA Campaigns within the Region

• Assist the Regional Director in developing volunteer participation (branch and regional sub-committees/working groups as needed) to provide supportive technical expertise and local knowledge. Identifying and supporting volunteers to represent CLA interests on outside organisations.

• Contributing to the planning, programme and content of regional technical seminars/conferences.

• Attendance at clinics, shows, farmers’ or other meetings to provide advice to members, including in the evenings and at weekends as necessary.

• Acting as media spokesperson within areas of competence as required.

• Preparing guidance notes, magazine articles and presentations as necessary or as requested.

The Location, Team, and Working Arrangements

The role is based in Andover, Hampshire. On reviewing our ways of working, some flexible working will be available on request but contact time in the office would be required each week, plus opportunities to travel across the south-east to unique and special landscapes, once government restrictions are lifted. You will be working in a small, friendly team, who are very passionate about the organisation and rural affairs in general as well as being part of the CLA’s supportive team of over one hundred highly motivated individuals across England and Wales.

What We Can Offer

The CLA offers its staff a large number of benefits which include;

• Enrolment into an excellent pension scheme, offering Employer’s contribution of up to 10% of salary.

• Minimum 24 days holiday, plus bank holidays.

• Work place benefits such as, Cycle to Work Scheme and Payroll Giving.

• Access to an online wellness portal, including Employees Assistance Programme.

Application Process

Please reference: SE101CLA

We would love to hear from applicants from a wide range of career backgrounds and experience: we believe that greater diversity can only strengthen us as a team. To apply please send a covering letter, setting out how you meet the criteria, include your current remuneration and CV torecruitment@cla.org.uk.