Head of Organics and Natural Capital




Jeremy Jacobs - [email protected]


Flexible working / HQ based in Brettenham House, Central London


Circa £40,000 (F/T or P/T depending upon level of experience)






Head of Organics and Natural Capital

With the UK Circular Economy and energy landscape radically changing and an increasing recognition of the importance of natural capital to tackle the climate emergency, an exciting job opportunity to work at the forefront of the clean technologies and renewable energy industry has arisen at the REA.

Based in central London and reporting to the REA’s Head of Policy, this role is a unique chance to drive the focus of organics recycling and resource optimisation at a pivotal moment in the Government’s agenda for this area.

We are looking for someone with a passion for the environment and renewables and a clear track record of inspiring action. As you will be one of the leading advocates for the Association’s aims and ambitions for its organics recycling and resource optimisation member companies, you will have confidence and experience in building relationships with members, Advisors and Civil Servants of the relevant Government Departments, as well as having a strategic mind when it comes to policy and regulatory solution planning. Experience in the industry is a strong advantage but not a necessity.

Job Overview:
This important role within the REA and Policy team encompasses working with the Head of Policy and REA’s members, the important Organics (inc. Natural Capital) Forum and Resource Optimisation (inc. Waste to Energy) Forum Steering Groups to prioritise the efforts of the REA team to represent their, and the wider REA Organics and Resource optimisation focused members’, interests with wider industry stakeholders. This involves working with the regulators (e.g. Environment Agency) on achieving a fair and proportionate regulatory framework for our members to work in. Liaising closely with Government to help shape policy, where you will be the lead REA person into DEFRA, is also a key feature of this role. Communication with members is also key to keep them informed of developments and opportunities within the sector through the REA communications channels; for example, the REA website, Organics members newsletter, member meetings and events and the quarterly journal.

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Informing members of legislative changes and regulatory developments in a proactive manner using a range of different channels, e.g. website, newsletters, magazine, events, webinars etc.
• Consulting with members on their key concerns through targeted events, member meetings and site visits.
• Liaising with, and influencing Government departments such as Defra, BEIS and EA to discuss policy and legislation and represent members’ views.
• Leading on consultation responses and liaising with members in order that responses accurately reflect their opinions.
• Managing a team of two staff focused on Organics and Resource Optimisation.
• Co-ordinating and leading on the quarterly REA Organics Forum Steering Group meetings and maintaining regular dialogue with the Steering Group between meetings.
• Ensuring work effort to deliver the high level REA strategy priorities for its members are coordinated with the REA Policy Team and wider to ensure efficiency of effort and strength of “voice” is amplified on key issues whenever possible
• Leading the REA Organics and natural capital team members, delegating workload, advising on priorities and ensuring required tasks are completed in a timely manner.
• Assisting in the direction and copy for the Organics quarterly journal, including proof reading of the finished magazine.
• Providing or coordinating from the team timely responses to technical enquiries from members.
• Liaising proactively with the regulators across devolved nations on a wide range of issues and informing members of outcomes
• Recruiting new members at every opportunity at trade events and through normal work activities when the opportunity arises. Attending external trade events to promote the work of REA, meet existing members and recruit new members, with the RWM annual event in September taking centre stage in this respect. Presenting at key internal and external events.
• Assisting in the organisation, programme content and speaker recruitment for the Annual Organics Conference and Exhibition and other bespoke conferences. Seeking members (and non-members) to sponsor and exhibit at REA organics events.

Qualifications and Experience

• A minimum of five years’ experience of working in the organics recycling (composting/anaerobic digestion) and /or resource optimisation sector and educated to degree level
• Understanding of the ‘organics and natural capital sector’ and the regulatory framework which underpins it.
• Operational experience essential in order that there is a clear understanding of the ‘realities’ of managing a site.

Skills and Ability
• Ability to build and maintain close working relationships with senior figures within the REA and externally with key influencers, opinion formers and decision makers from across the political divide, and other key stakeholders
• Ability to think creatively and strategically and to make sense of the complicated policy and regulatory landscape impacting the REA members working in Organics and Natural Capital.
• Devise and deliver an agreed plan to address REA members’ agreed priorities in a timely fashion and in line with the wider REA strategic objectives
• A good verbal and written communicator with the ability to build trust with the membership.

Personal Characteristics
Enthusiastic and creative, with good organisational skills, determination and stamina; a flexible, team player that can also “lead by example”, with personal integrity and confidence, and the ability to build relationships with members as well as key opinion-formers and influencers.

Company Background
The REA was established in 2001, as a not-for-profit, trade association. It is the largest trade association for renewable energy and clean technologies. The REA’s mission is to grow the renewable energy and clean technology economy. The REA’s main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding the Sector in the UK and grow the International market.
In 2011 the Association for Organics Recycling joined the REA, forming the Organics member forum of the association and bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in the sector.

The REA’s corporate membership consists of over 550 companies ranging from multinational energy utilities and renewable energy developers working across multiple technologies and solutions through to innovative niche companies and consultants, as well as sole traders, farmers, installers. The REA’s finance forum and other platforms support member organisations from the investment, insurance and legal sectors that enable this growing economy. The REA is the only UK trade body representing the full range of renewable technologies across all applications covering power, heat, transport and true consideration of optimising natural capital with clean resource activities.

To Apply
• Please email your CV together with a covering letter to Jeremy Jacobs, Head of Organics, REA at [email protected] (cc to Frank Gordon, Head of Policy, REA at [email protected]). Closing date for applications is 3rd April 2020).
• We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.