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BIVDA - External Affairs Assistant 

Closing Date: 5th May 2015
Salary: Dependent on experience  
Location: BIVDA Headquarters, Central London

About the role
We are looking to recruit an External Affairs Assistant to support the External Affairs Manager and Chief Executive with BIVDA’s stakeholder engagement activity.

About you
Applicants should be motivated, reliable and organised, with good communication skills and a strong, demonstrable interest in healthcare policy. The ability to work flexibly within this small but influential team is essential. Applicants will be educated to degree level in a relevant field, with a minimum 2.1 grade. For the right candidate this is a unique opportunity to grow and develop within the association. 

The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA), founded in 1992, is the national trade association for companies with major involvement and interest in the In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) industry. 

The role of BIVDA is to support the activities in the UK of its members and to campaign for a wider understanding of the value of diagnostic testing in healthcare. The office works routinely with politicians, NGOs and the media as part of its external activities.  

Role of the External Affairs Assistant 

Reporting to 
External Affairs Manager

Responsible for
Delivering communications, policy and public affairs support to BIVDA team 

Overall Objectives
Strengthen BIVDA external affairs activity 
Support the in vitro diagnostics sector 

Key Responsibilities 
Support the External Affairs Manager and Chief Executive across public affairs, policy and communications 
Contribute to the Website, Blog & Social Media Campaigns 
Building strong relationships with the BIVDA membership
Maintaining a database of all potential partners and stakeholders
Monitoring stakeholder activity for potential engagement 
Contributing to BIVDA’s weekly member newsletter
Lead on parliamentary and media monitoring 
Support the effective running of Member Working Parties, including the External Affairs Working Party 
Arranging meetings, drafting letters and general support to the Chief Executive as required 
General Administrative support and other duties as required 

Person Specification
Educated to degree level, with a minimum 2:1 grade
Excellent written and oral communication skills 
Interest and expertise in healthcare policy landscape
Good interpersonal skills, able to work well with colleagues, members and stakeholders 
Positive and helpful attitude to work
Attention to detail 
Good IT skills 
Willingness to work flexibly when required

How to apply

Please send your CV and brief Covering Letter by email to Rebecca Bellars at rebecca@bivda.co.uk clearly marking ‘Application WEAA2015’ in title.

Closing Date: Tuesday 5th May 2015
Interviews: The two weeks following closing date
To start ASAP



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