Working at FDF

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Commercial Executive

Job Type: Full time, Permanent Contract
Location: Central London (Bloomsbury)
Salary: Competitive

The role

A rare opportunity for an enthusiastic, persuasive and self-motivated Commercial Executive to assist our Membership and Commercial team in driving income. This role is critical to developing new commercial propositions and meeting our income targets. We need an exceptional individual to help us deliver. You will be responsible for:

  • Assisting the team in researching and developing new commercial opportunities
  • Researching and approaching sponsorship prospects by telephone and email
  • Account managing corporate partnerships with high value
  • Managing paid marketing and sponsorship relationships
  • Managing the commercial training income stream
  • Creating and maintaining records on the FDF CRM
  • Compiling a database list of call targets and maintaining records
  • Maintaining invoicing spreadsheets and arranging billing
  • Providing support at FDF events
  • Occasional administrative support for the team and the Membership and Commercial Director

The team

FDF's commercial team is responsible for recruiting and retaining members; member and professional affiliate communications; developing income generating services, marketing and planning events, including the Food and Drink Federation Awards and Annual Industry Dinner.


To be considered for this role you will need to be self-motivated and results driven, committed to reaching stringent commercial targets. You will have:

  • Excellent negotiating skills, persuasive and polite, with the ability to quickly and confidently grasp the FDF offer and communicate the benefits via telephone, email or face-to-face
  • Experience of working in demanding commercial, sales or sponsorship role
  • Team player, flexible and adaptable to changing priorities
  • Calm under pressure whilst appreciating key targets need to be achieved
  • Good research skills, with the ability to use a variety of sources
  • Excellent IT skills including use of database and content management systems
  • Proven experience of working in a sales role (either paid or intern), where marketing calls and/ or regular customer contact formed a key part of the role
  • Educated to GCSE level in Maths and English


  • Previous experience of working for a trade association
  • Previous experience of working in the food industry
  • Sales or marketing qualification

Have a look at the full Job Description »

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

More about working for FDF

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 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.

Last reviewed: 25 Jun 2019