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Sector Technical and Regulatory Executive

Job Type Full time, Permanent Contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

The purpose of this role is to provide Secretariat and technical support in respect of assigned FDF’s serviced Associations and Sector Groups. You will act as the main point of contact for the members of the assigned Associations and Groups, assist members on food policy issues and, where relevant, develop position papers, respond to consultations and gather supporting data. You will liaise with relevant stakeholders on key issues, particularly European sector groups and UK government officials and work with a range of colleagues, particularly those with specialist policy knowledge in various aspects of food safety and legislation, as well as the Corporate Affairs team.

As Sector Technical and Regulatory Executive, you will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring scientific, technical and regulatory developments, including the study and analysis of relevant UK Government, EU, Codex Alimentarius and other policies and proposals as they relate to the relevant Associations and Groups.
  • Analysing, summarise and disseminate technical documents in a timely and accurate manner on food issues relating to those key sectors.
  • Liaising with FDF policy committees, government departments, European Associations and other stakeholders to ensure members are up to date and can input into the development of policy positions. This will include attending external meetings and some travel to European meetings.
  • Helping to communicate policies clearly and accurately, through a variety of channels including presenting at meetings, regular written updates, keeping the website up-to-date and writing microblogs.
  • Developing an understanding of the day to day finances for the Associations and Groups responsible.
  • Assisting, as required, on ad-hoc projects to support the wider team

The Team

The Associations and Sector Groups team sits within FDF’s wider Regulation, Science and Sustainability team, which provides 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.

Requirements

  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry and government bodies
  • Technical expertise in food safety and regulatory issues
  • 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
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good administrative ability
  • Good ability to prioritise work, work under pressure and meet deadlines ty
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • IT literate with 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

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Closing Date: 16 April 2021; 5:30pm

Senior Sector Technical and Regulatory Executive

Job Type Full time, Permanent Contract                         

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

Alongside food and drink manufacturing companies, several smaller food sector trade associations are also members of FDF. The purpose of this role is to provide Secretariat and technical support to some of these bodies. You will act as the main point of contact, in particular with regard to technical and regulatory developments. You will assist companies on food policy issues and, where relevant, develop position papers, respond to consultations and gather supporting data. You will liaise with relevant stakeholders on key issues, particularly European sector groups and UK government officials. You will work with a broad range of colleagues, particularly those with specialist policy knowledge in various aspects of food safety and legislation, as well as the corporate affairs team.

Within the Associations and Sector Groups team your responsibilities may vary over time as resource changes in the team.

As Senior Sector Technical and Regulatory Executive you will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring scientific, technical and regulatory developments, including the study and analysis of relevant UK Government, EU, Codex Alimentarius and other policies and proposals as they relate to the relevant Associations and Groups.
  • Analysing, summarise and disseminate technical documents in a timely and accurate manner on food issues relating to those key sectors.
  • Liaising with FDF policy committees, government departments, European Associations and other stakeholders to ensure members are up to date and can input into the development of policy positions. This will include attending external meetings and some travel to European meetings.
  • Working alongside the Associations and Groups Manager, take responsibility for the day to day financial management of the Associations and Groups responsible for.
  • Helping to communicate policies clearly and accurately, through a variety of channels including presenting at meetings, regular written updates, keeping the website up-to-date and writing microblogs.
  • Assisting, as required, in the management of food incidents.
  • Deputising for the Associations and Groups Manager in their absence.

The Team

The Associations and Sector Groups team sits within FDF’s wider Regulation, Science and Sustainability team, which provides 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.

Requirements

  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry and government bodies
  • Technical expertise in food safety and regulatory issues
  • 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  
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good administrative and finance ability
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Line management experience desirable
  • IT literate with 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: 16 April 2021; 5:30pm

Senior Economic Policy Executive

Update

Job Type: Full time, 12 month FTC

Location: Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary: Competitive

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the busy Industry Growth team at the Food and Drink Federation, the representative body of the UK’s largest and most vibrant manufacturing sector.

With various challenges and opportunities facing the industry, from COVID-19, the National Food Strategy, to the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU, we are advertising a new role with a dual focus on leading the team’s export and economic policy priorities and delivering research to support wider policy goals and highlight the economic importance of the UK’s food and drink sector.

This position will play a key role in leading our efforts to secure additional support for UK exporters to help our industry drive the Government’s Global Britain strategy while underpinning the FDF’s credibility as a respected economic commentator. The role involves working with FDF’s policy and media experts, member companies, Government departments, the media and a wide range of stakeholders, helping to communicate the industry’s economic importance and ensuring FDF’s policy arguments are evidence-based. As Senior Economic Policy Executive, you will:

  • Monitor regulatory and policy developments that concern exports and supply chain commercial relationships in the UK food and drink manufacturing industry and ensure that members and staff are kept informed by producing concise, informative and insightful briefings and news articles.
  • Formulate FDF policy in relevant areas on the back of effective member consultations. Communicate FDF policy internally and externally. This will include producing consultation responses; position papers; presentations; newsletter articles; media responses; and briefings for members and colleagues.
  • Develop plans for FDF’s work with the Government and key stakeholders to inform the design and delivery of industry’s export support proposals and represent the interests of FDF members on relevant policy issues at meetings with key stakeholders including Defra, DIT and BEIS.
  • Manage the production of practical guidance, advice and market research on exports, working with FDF’s Economic and Trade Analyst on FDF’s quarterly Exports Snapshot publications.
  • Effectively lead FDF’s support of the Food and Drink Sector Council Exports workstream to deliver the Council’s strategic aims and objectives.
  • Work closely with FDF’s Membership and Commercial team, FDF’s Professional Affiliates and other relevant stakeholders to produce an annual economic report and quarterly export performance reports to support FDF’s commercial agenda and raise the importance of the industry.
  • Monitor the latest official data releases and update data trackers (on prices, output, wages etc.), presenting the results to the Industry Growth team colleagues. Work closely with FDF’s media team to highlight the performance of the industry through social media platforms.
  • Source official economic data, keep FDF databases up-to-date, conduct research and analysis to support FDF’s overarching vision and the delivery of the Industry Growth Committee business plan and work programme.
  • Support colleagues across various FDF teams, including FDF Scotland and FDF Cymru, by undertaking ad hoc research and member/industry surveys related to the economics of the industry, COVID-19 recovery, exports, trade, the National Food Strategy and EU Exit.

The Team

The FDF’s Industry Growth 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.

Requirements

  • Government affairs professional with graduate degree in politics, international relations, economics or other relevant disciplines.
  • Professional experience in UK and EU public affairs, policy development and issue management, gained in a corporate, political, trade association, consultancy environment or government department.
  • Knowledge of political processes and a firm grasp of key public policy issues affecting the food and drink manufacturing sector particularly in relation to exports and supply chain commercial relationships.
  • Strong analytical, organisational, project management, presentational and written skills (incl. statistical and word processing packages) with the ability to credibly represent FDF in committees and stakeholder discussions, and communicate effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to learn quickly and solve problems using technical expertise, analysis and evaluative judgment to provide specialist advice to FDF colleagues, members and stakeholders.
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to work across a variety of different policy areas and teams within FDF, managing conflicting deadlines.
  • Highly motivated team player with a hands-on attitude, ability to plan and effectively lead projects, industry positions and their communication.
  • Excellent networking skills with the ability to build and retain relationships across industry and develop opportunities to collaborate with key external stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

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

Applications assessed on a rolling basis, early applications encouraged.

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