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Tuesday 14 January 2020

Job advert: FDA National Officer (Wales)

Full time, permanent
£42 - 55k depending on experience
Cardiff based

35 hours/week

Your chance to be part of an organisation that defends public servants and promotes public services.

For more than a century the FDA has been a strong, pragmatic union representing public sector managers and professionals. The union is not politically affiliated, and campaigns to improve members’ working lives and the public services they deliver. FDA members work across the public sector, including government policy advisors, prosecutors, economists, diplomats, lawyers and tax professionals.  

The FDA has membership within civil service employers including, Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales, Estyn, Welsh museums and libraries, plus some UK government employers, such as ONS and ACAS.As well as being the public face of the union in Wales,  the role requires you to represent FDA within the Welsh TUC General Council.

What we are looking for

The FDA prides ourselves on providing excellence in individual member representation; a pragmatic voice in both central and local negotiations; a strong voice defending the impartiality, integrity and professionalism of civil servants and providing career development and support for members.

The current postholder has been home based and is now retiring, so the FDA will be opening a dedicated office for Wales for the first time. This follows the opening of a Scottish office in 2015 as part of a growth strategy for Scotland. Therefore, the successful post holder will not be based in London and will often be working alone so will need to be highly motivated and self-starting.

You will have a balanced pitch made up of a number of employers/specialist areas both in Wales and UK Departments. The national officer has a significant degree of autonomy in their pitches but is responsible for representation, negotiation and organising. The opening of a dedicated office in Wales is part of a broader organising strategy. A key element of the role will be building the unions strength and profile within Wales.

The national officer and FDA teams offer a positive working environment by working together to support each other. You will be expected to travel to London on a regular basis and will need to be flexible in your approach. The line management of the post is undertaken by an Assistant General Secretary (who is London based).

Further information on our work and current activities can be found on the FDA website, on our Twitter feed @FDA_Union or on the General Secretary, Dave Penman’s Twitter feed @FDAGenSec.

The FDA is committed to equality of opportunity and treatment, both in the service it provides to its members and as an employer.

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To apply

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae together with a cover letter of not more than 750 words outlining why your skills, experience and motivation to be appointed make you the right person for the job to Jean Bissett at jean@fda.org.uk or Centenary House, 93-95 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NL by 5pm on 23 January 2020 to be available for interview on 30 January 2020.

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