“The First Link in the Food Chain”

The Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association is proud to be the hub of Northern Ireland's agricultural supply trade industry, representing the interests of its traders, manufacturers, processors, distributors, brokers and service providers since its inception in 1966.  

Due to the impending retirement of its current Chief Executive Officer, an exciting opportunity has arisen to lead NIGTA as its new CEO, continuing the excellent standard of representation the body is known for and providing leadership and policy direction to address the future needs of the industry.  

This is a unique and varied opportunity, which will utilise your strong stakeholder management skills, collaborating with the experienced team of industry specialists who form the NIGTA executive, lobbying and influencing at the highest ministerial level and understanding and meeting the needs of member organisations.

More about the role:

  • You will maximise engagement with NIGTA members to understand their needs and provide the latest information on industry developments. This may be in group or individual meetings and forums, or via the website, newsletters, emails, social media, press articles or training programmes.
  • You will represent the membership effectively, promoting their interests and maintaining effective dialogue with members of government, EU regulators, politicians, farm organisations, associated trade organisations and other stakeholders.
  • Influencing and reviewing policy will be a key element of your role, ensuring political and regulatory decision makers are informed and directed towards the policies that best meet the needs of the industry.
  • You will lead and develop priority industry programmes, such as the Food Fortress scheme developed with the Queen’s University Institute for Global Food Security and positioning NIGTA as a world leader in the field of feed assurance.
  • You will lead the strategic development of NIGTA and agree its future aims, scope and areas of focus with the Executive. In achieving this, you rely on your own research, industry knowledge and member input to advise on and prioritise strategic themes, policy areas or potential programme partnerships.
  • You will be responsible for operating an efficient and financially sustainable trade association, setting and managing budgets, managing debtors, completing statutory returns, recording executive team minutes and maximising support from eligible grant aid.
  • You will report to and be accountable to the NIGTA executive. 

As a leading figure for our industry, you will be confident and self-assured, comfortable in both high-profile political settings and in more informal individual interactions with members.  You will be both self-sufficient in your role and a strong collaborator, welcoming a diverse range of views around the table and expertly navigating and guiding members through complexity. 

More about the person:

  • You will have previous experience in stakeholder engagement, lobbying, representational activities and policy formulation, e.g., working within or proactively engaged in a similar member association.
  • You will be able to demonstrate your experience in setting and delivering organisational strategy.
  • You will have highly developed communication, written, numerical, negotiation and inter-personal skills.
  • You will have a flexible approach to work and working hours and be able to travel to meet the needs of the role.

The following desirable criteria may also be a benefit to you in your application.

  • Your previous experience in the NI Agri-Supply / Agri-Food industry.
  • Your previous experience in developing Environmental or sustainability strategies or programmes.
  • Your previous board experience within a Trade Association
  • Your Strong IT and social media skills, including development of engaging communications material.

What we offer

  • A uniquely placed opportunity to expand your breadth and depth of knowledge of the NI Agri-sector and become a leading authority for the industry, in our post Brexit environment.
  • An experienced and supportive executive body, with a wealth of senior expertise to draw upon.
  • A mature and resilient industry, which provides an exciting range of strategic policy areas and partnerships to influence and engage in.
  • A full-time permanent role with flexibility in relation to working hours and location.
  • Role compatibility for self-employed or freelance applicants.
  • A salary package commensurate with experience.


If you feel this role matches your attributes and aspirations and you are excited about the opportunity to shape the economic, environmental and regulatory roadmap for our industry, we welcome your application.

Applications may be made in the strictest confidence by submitting your CV and a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the role, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the closing date of 5.00pm on Friday 16th April 2021.  

We are an Equal Opportunities Association; all applications will be progressed on their merit.