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Current vacancies at Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Policy Manager (Access to Labour and Skills)

Job Type: Part-time (4 days/ week) or Full-time, 12 Month Fixed-term Maternity Cover

Location: Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary: Competitive

Our Organisation

We're the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - the voice of the UK food and drink industry: the largest manufacturing sector in the country. We help our members operate in a highly regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness and profitability. Our job is to communicate our industry's values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. We also work in partnership with key players in the food supply chain to ensure our food is safe, affordable and nutritious.

Our Benefits

FDF is a great place to work where we take wellbeing seriously and have a great benefits package to match, offering a pension scheme, life insurance, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan, childcare vouchers and cycle- to-work scheme.

Our Workplace

We're based in the heart of central London in a modern, bright open-plan office. We have a friendly work culture with great break-out spaces, quiet booths and opportunities for flexible-working. Our 'Feel Good for Life' team regularly organises events and activities to promote positive health and wellbeing.

The Team

FDF's Competitiveness team is responsible for policy and market developments that impact UK food and drink manufacturers' ability to invest, grow and do business. The team covers a range of economic issues including: trade and workforce implications of the UK leaving the European Union; skills and employment; exporting; and working with supply chains.

The Role

This position involves developing industry positions and briefings, influencing Government policy and delivering key projects that directly impact the UK food and drink manufacturing industry's workforce and ability to attract talent. You will:

  • Work with members to develop industry-led solutions relating to their workforce and skills needs – reporting into the Food and Drink Sector Council (a formal industry partnership with Government).
  • Monitor key immigration policies as part of the UK's decision to leave the European Union, keeping members informed of developments and briefing Government on industry positions.
  • Manage groups of food and drink industry professionals in the employment, skills and workers' health and safety fields who meet to discuss regulatory, policy and market developments, network and develop industry positions.
  • Deliver a project connecting Food Engineering students to industry through work placements and recruitment
  • Deliver effective stakeholder management and engagement including food and drink businesses, Government departments and bodies, parliamentarians, other trade representative bodies and media

Must Have (Essentials):

  • Graduate degree in politics, international relations, economics or other relevant disciplines
  • Strong knowledge of UK employment and skills policy with an interest/ understanding of immigration
  • Proven professional experience in policy development and project management, gained in a corporate, political, trade association, consultancy environment or Government department
  • Foundation knowledge of political processes (UK/EU), and awareness of the domestic and international political context affecting UK industry
  • Strong analytical, organisational, presentational and written skills
  • Excellent communicator with proven ability to write influential documents, command authority in group settings and communicate effectively to diverse audiences
  • Ability to learn quickly and think strategically across changing priorities and expanding subject fields
  • Highly motivated team player with a hands-on attitude, ability to lead and develop creative and evidence-based approaches to policy issues, industry positions and their communication
  • Proven experience in planning and project management. Ability to multi-task, respond flexibly to needs of business and FDF members, and self-organise work effectively on different projects and issues

Main Challenges

To deliver FDF's policy and project work relating to the UK food and drink industry's workforce by effectively deploying limited resources, engaging the wider membership and key stakeholders; and ensuring the effective contribution of FDF positions to relevant government policy discussion and strategic plans.

How to Apply

We'd love to hear from you, if you think your experience and skillset are suited to the role. Please send us your CV, covering letter and salary expectations, illustrating why you'd be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

View our recruitment privacy notice.

Closing Date

5.30pm, 27th July 2018

Sector Technical and Regulatory Executive

Job Type: Part time (2.5 days/ week), Fixed-term Contract until December 2019

Location: Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary: Competitive

Our Organisation

We're the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - the voice of the UK food and drink industry: the largest manufacturing sector in the country. We help our members operate in a highly regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness and profitability. Our job is to communicate our industry's values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. We also work in partnership with key players in the food supply chain to ensure our food is safe, affordable and nutritious.

Our Benefits

FDF is a great place to work where we take wellbeing seriously and have a great benefits package to match, offering a pension scheme, life insurance, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan, childcare vouchers and cycle- to-work scheme.

Our Workplace

We're based in the heart of central London in a modern, bright open-plan office. We have a friendly work culture with great break-out spaces, quiet booths and opportunities for flexible-working. Our 'Feel Good for Life' team regularly organises events and activities to promote positive health and wellbeing.

The Team

FDF's Regulation, Science and Sustainability team provide a timely and expert service to members, on technical and regulatory developments of interest to the UK food and drink industry. The team covers a wide range of issues including Allergens, Food Contact Materials, Food Law and Labelling, Residues and Contaminants and support a number of serviced Sector Associations on specific category areas of interest.

The Role

  • To support the serviced sector associations, working closely with the Associations and Groups Manager and the Director General of the relevant Associations
  • Subject specific dossier lead as required (e.g. contaminant, health, ingredients, packaging)
  • In the absence of the DG, drafting and circulating daily media monitoring emails
  • In the absence of the DG, attending relevant meetings, representing the interest of the sector, and reporting back on key points arising in a timely and coherent manner.
  • Attending and helping to draft minutes from FLC (Food Law and Consumer) meetings as appropriate.
  • Access to and ability to amend website (WordPress).
  • Drafting and circulating email circulars.
  • As appropriate collection, analysis and presentation of data (e.g. Sales weighted average figures for salt).
  • Identifying and drafting news stories for monthly newsletter
  • General admin including maintenance of mailing lists.
  • Act as first point of contact for queries from members, the media and the public and, where necessary, refer these to the appropriate body or individual.
  • Provide technical support to the Associations Manager and the agreed serviced Associations, including assistance with the organisation of meetings, record taking and follow-up actions.
  • Liaise with FDF horizontal committees, government departments, European Associations and other stakeholders and ensure that members of serviced associations are aware of relevant discussions within FDF and take part in the development of policy positions.
  • Take responsibility for defined, additional ad-hoc projects as required by the Line Manager.
  • Attend FDF and external meetings as required, and provide written / verbal updates in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Attend European Associations' meetings to represent the sectors and associations' interests in Europe.
  • Assist, as required, in the management of incidents
  • Undertake any other reasonable task as required

Must Have (Essentials):

  • Knowledge of regulatory and technical issues affecting the food and drink industry.
  • Responsible self-starter
  • Strong ability to manage a diverse workload and a wide range of issues
  • Good ability to sustain a range of working relationships
  • Willingness to learn & take responsibility for projects
  • Good communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Very good administrative ability–including accounting competence
  • Good ability to prioritise work, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • IT literate
  • Good ability to analyse legislative documents

How to Apply

We'd love to hear from you, if you think your experience and skillset are suited to the role. Please send us your CV, covering letter and salary expectations, illustrating why you'd be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk.

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Closing Date

5.30 pm, 27th July 2018

Sustainability and Environmental Policy Executive

Job Type: Full time, Fixed-term Contract until Dec 2018

Location: Central London (Bloomsbury)

Our Organisation

We're the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - the voice of the UK food and drink industry: the largest manufacturing sector in the country. We help our members operate in a highly regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness and profitability. Our job is to communicate our industry's values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. We also work in partnership with key players in the food supply chain to ensure our food is safe, affordable and nutritious.

Our Benefits

FDF is a great place to work where we take wellbeing seriously and have a great benefits package to match, offering a pension scheme, life insurance, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan, childcare vouchers and cycle- to-work scheme.

Our Workplace

We're based in the heart of central London in a modern, bright open-plan office. We have a friendly work culture with great break-out spaces, quiet booths and opportunities for flexible-working. Our 'Feel Good for Life' team regularly organises events and activities to promote positive health and wellbeing.

The Team

FDF's Regulation, Science and Sustainability team provide a timely and expert service to members, on technical and regulatory developments of interest to the UK food and drink industry. The team covers a wide range of issues including Allergens, Food Contact Materials, Food Law and Labelling, Residues and Contaminants and support a number of serviced Sector Associations on specific category areas of interest.

The Role

To assist FDF deliver its environmental policy work programme including undertaking research and project work, liaising with external stakeholders and the preparation of policy papers and reports for FDF Committees, principally the Environmental Regulation and Policy Committee. The role currently places particular emphasis on FDF's work representing the sector and communicating with members on issues relating to Government policy aimed at reducing plastics waste and increasing the recovery and recycling of all packaging.

To support the team's work with a particular emphasis on the communication of environmental issues with members through FDF's policy committees, in particular the ERP Committee, and, where appropriate, to gather feedback. Alongside this, you will support and/or lead on individual policy areas and projects as directed by the Environment Policy Manager and other members of the Sustainability team with regard to the Environmental Regulation and Policy Committee.

To help with FDF's work representing the sector (including at meetings with stakeholders – Government departments, NGOs etc.) and communicating with members on issues relating to UK Government policy aimed at reducing plastics waste and increasing the recovery and recycling of all packaging. This will include relevant measures to be set out in the Government's Resources and Waste Strategy for England along with equivalent policies developed by the other UK administrations.

Must Have (Essentials):

  • Graduate and/or relevant qualifications/ experience
  • Interest and enthusiasm in environmental policy (in particular that relating to packaging and packaging waste reduction) and wider implications for sustainability
  • Responsible self-starter
  • Ability to be highly adaptable to reflect changing business and Government policy priorities
  • Willingness to learn and take on new challenges
  • Good communicator and a team player
  • Project management experience
  • Database skills would be an advantage
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Experience of Word, PowerPoint and Excel

How to Apply

We'd love to hear from you, if you think your experience and skillset are suited to the role. Please send us your CV, covering letter and salary expectations, illustrating why you'd be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

View our recruitment privacy notice.

Closing Date

5.30pm, 3rd August 2018


Last reviewed: 03 Aug 2018