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, cycle-to-work scheme and an employee perks scheme.

Working with us

We have offices in London and Edinburgh. Our central London office, based in Bloomsbury, is 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 Edinburgh office is in Melville Street in the heart of the West End – close to a wide range of shops and restaurants and with great transport links.

Our work gives our employees an opportunity to produce career-defining and agenda setting work. Along the way, you’ll team up with inspiring colleagues and encounter a richness of people, cultures and experiences. We offer exciting challenges, memorable experiences and opportunities to shape your future.

Current vacancies

The FDF operates as an equal opportunities employer

We believe in equal opportunities for everyone and we won’t define people by their race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion or beliefs, age, or disability. We are happy to discuss flexible and agile approaches to working for all our roles – we can’t promise we will be able to offer you everything you want or need but we do promise to discuss it with you openly and honestly. If you have any reasonable adjustment needs arising from a disability or medical condition to fully participate in the recruitment process, please discuss this with our recruitment team.

Database Administrator

Job Type        6 Month Fixed-term contract

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             £20k - £25k with excellent benefits

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

An opportunity for an enthusiastic Database Administrator to join the digital team at the FDF. The role is part of the Corporate Services Team and it will focus primarily on making sure an audit is completed of all stakeholders contact records on our central database (CRM).

The Database Administrator will also ensure bounce backs are dealt with effectively daily and assist with new registrations. In addition, the Database Administrator will assist as required with ad-hoc CRM housekeeping.

Key responsibilities

  • Conducting a full audit of all our stakeholder contacts ensuring these are correctly logged on the CRM
  • Maintain and update FDF database (CRM) contacts including our members and stakeholders, add new contacts
  • Updating database records with information provided by colleagues
  • Identify contacts (individuals and companies) that have not actively engaged with the website for six months or more and assist with investigations into whether the contacts are still in post or need to be removed from the CRM
  • Undertake a full audit of all CRM addresses, update and add any missing to enable a full site mapping exercise to be completed
  • Assist the digital team on days with big volumes of data with new registrations enabling our users access to the FDF website
  • Daily conduct investigation into any bounce-backs arising from marketing mail-outs and take action as necessary
  • Manage central email accounts and ensure any data queries updated and reflected in the CRM

Requirements

  • Previous experience of data-entry using a customer relationship management tool (CRM) databases
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to enter and check information quickly and accurately
  • Excellent IT skills including good working knowledge of Microsoft spreadsheets and Outlook email
  • Good communications and organisational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and identify, raise and resolve queries with colleagues
  • Ability to quickly develop contacts within a complex organisation and work as part of a team
  • Methodical, able to plan and manage workload effectively and to maintain attention and accuracy whilst under-taking repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Understanding of relational databases would be desirable
  • Knowledge of HTML – web publishing, desirable
  • Understanding sensitivities and confidentiality around data collection and data protection though training will be provided

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.

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

Closing Date: 6 May 2022; 5:30pm

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Net Zero Programme Director

Job Type        Full time, 1 year Fixed term contract; happy to consider secondments    

Location         Edinburgh, Scotland

Salary             £70k with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             35 hours per week

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Strategic Net Zero Response programme on behalf of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership and support food and drink businesses in Scotland to meet the Partnership Net Zero Commitment.

The Net Zero Programme Director will be the main interface between policy makers, politicians, regulators and stakeholders and the food and drink industry in Scotland and beyond, driving forward progress towards net zero across the Scottish Food and Drink supply chain.

The main areas in which the Net Zero Programme Director will work in are:

Policy Development

  • Work closely with a wide range of stakeholders including Scottish Government
  • Engage food and drink producers including non-FDF members to make their own net zero plans and report on progress
  • Provide strategic oversight and input to net zero communications campaigns
  • Identify emerging policy issues relating to net zero and provide the industry view to policy makers on behalf of the food and drink supply chain

Collaboration and Stakeholder Management

  • Focussing on food and drink producers, engaging regularly with SFD partner organisations, their members and the wider supply chain
  • Input into the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership board meetings and ensure that net zero is a key priority
  • Work with FDF colleagues as appropriate, attend strategic member meetings, as well as develop own relationships with relevant contacts within members

Management

  • Recruit and Line manage a project manager and communications and campaigns manager
  • Provide strategic oversight, supporting the project manager to deliver a range of projects

The Net Zero Programme Director will also be expected to collaborate (where appropriate) with the work of FDF at a national level.

Requirements

The ideal candidates for the Net Zero Programme Director will have a good understanding of the economic, social and commercial pressures facing food and drink producers in Scotland, with a desire to lead positive change in the sector, as well as:

  • A sustainability, environmental or other relevant degree or relevant senior management experience
  • Previous experience of working within environmental sustainability including a basic understanding of scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and net zero principles
  • Experience in dealing directly with senior business executives in particular on environmental issues
  • Public speaking experience including public forums
  • Managing teams in high pressure delivery environment
  • Experience of delivering across multiple external stakeholders
  • Experience of working with or within the food and drink industry
  • The ability to construct and exchange information and views on very complex and controversial issues with civil servants and politicians, NGOs.
  • The ability to disseminate information in an easily understood format for stakeholders
  • Ability to cope with high degree of responsibility and a wide ranging, diverse workload, meeting deadlines
  • Excellent planning, organisational and communication skills
  • Independent thinking and the ability to develop ideas and turn them into clear policies and realistic action plans
  • Experience of grant management and an understanding of project management

Applications

To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

Closing Date: 27 April 2022; 5:30pm; Interviews to start on week commencing 9 May 2022

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Membership Engagement Executive

Job Type        Permanent

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             circa £30k with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

Opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join the FDF within the Membership & Commercial team. The role of the Membership Engagement Executive will be to drive membership retention and recruitment for our Professional Affiliates and Academic Affiliates.

Our Professional Affiliates offer professional services to the food and drink sector. Through these partnerships we hope that our manufacturing members will benefit from their knowledge and insight. Our Academic Affiliate Membership is open to universities, colleges and higher education establishments, who wish to develop and expand their connections with the food and drink industry.

Key responsibilities

  • Account management of our Professional Affiliate and Academic members. Provide support as their main point of contact, developing and maintaining relationships to ensure strong engagement and retention.
  • Working with affiliates to deliver business development opportunities available to them through their membership.
  • Prospecting and recruitment activities, to grow membership numbers and revenue. Working with the Head of Membership to develop target lists and target sectors, researching prospect members and making approaches. Responding to prospect member queries and maintaining prospect member list.
  • Processing member applications and onboarding new members.
  • Developing and growing our Academic membership and their membership benefits package
  • Arranging events in partnership with professional affiliates such as roundtables, webinars, regional dinners and seminars as required.
  • Membership marketing, including writing of email newsletters, presentations, web copy etc.
  • Working with policy colleagues to embed affiliates across FDF. Ensuring affiliates are linked into key policy areas to maximise engagement.
  • Providing support to the Commercial Team with events as required.
  • Keeping abreast of food and drink news and the issues that affect the food and drink industry and our members
  • Identifying sponsorship and commercial opportunities. Working with the Commercial Executive to maximise leads
  • Working with the Head of Membership to develop the membership package of support
  • Updating the CRM with account management information and maintaining membership and prospect member data.
  • Work with FDF’s finance team for the membership renewal process.

Requirements

  • Experience of working within a membership organisation and/or trade association
  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry is desirable
  • Excellent administrative ability and able to manage a diverse workload and a wide range of issues.
  • Excellent customer service skills in a business-to-business environment
  • Excellent inter-personal skills with the ability to sustain a range of working relationships with strong communication skills
  • Able to process information and disseminate accurately
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • IT literate with experience of Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Experience of database management and email marketing systems e.g. Mailchimp

Our Wokplace

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.

To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

 

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Senior Regulatory Affairs Executive (Food Safety)

Job Type        Permanent

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             circa £35k with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

 

This is an exciting opportunity for a food regulatory policy professional to join the Regulatory and Science team at the Food and Drink Federation, the representative body of the UK’s largest and most vibrant manufacturing sector. The role will lead on a range of policies, likely to include food contact materials, novel foods and genetic technologies, although there is some flexibility depending on previous experience.

Key responsibilities

  • Monitoring and analysis of scientific, regulatory and policy developments in defined areas across GB, EU and Codex Alimentarius
  • Providing written summaries of regulatory changes and verbal updates to companies and FDF colleagues
  • Responding to Government calls for evidence and public consultations, including data collation and analysis and policy formulation
  • Liaising with Government officials and representing the FDF at external meetings.
  • Working closely with technical staff in food manufacturing companies, including through timely management of technical committees.
  • Working across FDF policy teams to provide expert advice and briefing, particularly to our net zero team on packaging and to specialist food sector groups.
  • Working collaboratively with supply chain partners on areas of common interest, and liaising with European counterparts particularly FoodDrinkEurope
  • Creating content for the FDF website, including policy briefings

Requirements

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in food science or another relevant discipline
  • Experience in food industry, regulatory authority, trade association or similar organisation
  • Experience of scientific or regulatory policy development is desirable
  • Enthusiasm and aptitude to learn and proven ability to apply scientific and regulatory knowledge to areas outside direct experience
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, with a demonstrable ability to produce accurate written summaries of scientific and regulatory information
  • Knowledge of UK and EU food law, particularly as it relates to food contact materials, novel foods, GMO regulations and/or food microbiology
  • Confident to provide verbal updates to small groups and 1:1
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to work across a variety of different policy areas, managing multiple deadlines
  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships within companies and with key external stakeholders
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills

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.

 

To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

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Senior Regulatory Affairs Executive (Associations and Groups)

Job Type        Permanent

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             circa £35k with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

 

This opportunity is part of the Associations and Groups team, which sits in the broader Regulation and Science team at the Food and Drink Federation, the representative body of the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.

The role works with several smaller sector trade associations – breakfast cereals for example - keeping them up to date across a broad range of policy and regulatory requirements. You will be working closely with our policy experts across a range of food safety topics- for example Food Contact Materials, Microbiology, Residues and Contaminants - as well as keeping an overview of a range of broader policies like the National Food Strategy. You will work with technical experts in food manufacturing companies and need to confidently liaise with government officials and a wider range of stakeholders both in the UK and EU.

Key responsibilities

  • Monitoring and analysis of scientific, regulatory and policy developments in defined areas across GB, EU and Codex Alimentarius, with a food safety focus
  • Providing written summaries of regulatory changes as well as verbal updates to small groups of companies
  • Extensive liaison including with FDF regulatory and policy colleagues, government officials, European Associations
  • Providing Secretariat support for several committees, both technical and Board level, including preparing agendas, papers and minutes
  • Working alongside the Associations and Groups Manager and taking responsibility for the day-to-day financial management of the Associations and Groups
  • Creating website content, including policy briefings and microblogs
  • Deputising for the Associations and Groups Manager in their absence
  • The role has the potential to include line management responsibilities

Requirements

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in food science or another relevant discipline
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, with a demonstrable ability to produce accurate written summaries of scientific and regulatory information
  • Experience in food industry, regulatory authority, trade association or similar organisation is desirable
  • Experience of food safety and/or regulatory policy development is desirable
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to work across wide range of issues, managing multiple deadlines
  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships within companies and with key external stakeholders at a range of seniorities
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills, including previous experience of providing secretariat to committee meetings
  • Responsible self-starter but also a highly motivated team player
  • Line management experience desirable
  • The role will include attending external meetings and some travel to European meetings

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.

 

To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

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Skills Executive

Job Type        Part time (3 days per week), Fixed term contract until end March 2023

Location         Edinburgh, Scotland

Salary             up to £18k (£30k FTE) with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             21 hours per week

 

The Food and Drink Federation Scotland manages a Scottish Government funded initiative ‘A Future in Food’ to make the food and drink industry a ‘Career Destination of Choice’.  This initiative supports delivery of the Scotland Food and Drink Recovery Plan, that amplifies and accelerates the core work of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership in delivering Ambition 2030.

The food and drink industry experiences skills shortages and gaps with STEM skills in great demand.  The long-term shift across the industry is towards occupations requiring higher-level technical skills and qualifications (SCQF level 7 and above), this trend is set to continue and the impact of COVID has accelerated the demand for these skills in our sector. There is a pressing need to attract the best talent to our industry through a pipeline of new recruits and the provision of progression routes and pathways, like apprenticeships and FE and HE courses.  Alongside this need to attract talent there is a requirement by educators and career influencers to fully understand the skills needs of the industry following the impact of COVID and in line with the principles of Fair Work.

The Skills Executive will work with the Skills Manager to support delivery of the overall aims of ‘A Future in Food’ by:

  • Encourage industry engagement in promoting a positive image of food and drink
  • Engage with industry to ensure their skills needs are being accurately reflected to target audiences
  • Communicate the skills needs of food and drink in creative and engaging ways to the target audiences
  • Attend careers events and related activities to promote careers in food and drink
  • Identify examples of good practice, collate and disseminate these examples and any associated materials

The project will deliver:

Short term impacts – more industry representatives engaging with schools, colleges and higher education establishments which will increase understanding of the career opportunities available in the industry, the skills attributes and qualifications required by employers

Long-term impacts – Potential to answer some of the challenges set out in the SF&D Recovery Plan and Ambition 2030 to cement Scotland’s reputation as a Good Food Nation and deliver an increase in home grown talent that chose the food and drink industry as a career destination of choice.

The Team

FDF Scotland is an integrated team that works closely together from the Edinburgh office with seven officials: Chief Executive, Head of Policy, Skills Manager, Communications Executive, Reformulation Manager, Reformulation for Health Executive. The team in Scotland leads the focus on devolved policy areas, Scottish specific issues and initiatives, works with the whole of FDF collaboratively as one team on joint projects.

Requirements

The ideal candidates for the Skills Executive role will have experience of working with education to promote skills required by employers, experience of engaging employers and individuals to support education and preferably a good understanding of the food & drink landscape in Scotland. We are keen to recruit someone who can demonstrate the following:

  • A broad understanding of the wider Scottish education system and its key stakeholders, like, Skills Development Scotland and Developing Young Workforce
  • Ability to engage with personnel from all levels of industry and education
  • Ability to provide support to employers wishing to engage with education in the form of identifying and developing suitable resources and accessing information
  • An understanding of the broader food and drink industry and the skills and recruitment issues facing the industry
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to work on their own and take the initiative

Desirable

  • Able to motivate and enthuse industry to encourage involvement
  • Experience of delivering similar education programmes
  • Confident talking to a range of different people
  • Experience of developing online resources
  • Driving licence

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

Closing Date: 15 April 2022; 5:30pm

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Regulatory Affairs Executive (Food Safety)

Job Type        Permanent

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             circa £30k with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

 

This is an exciting opportunity for a food regulatory policy professional to join the Regulatory and Science team at the Food and Drink Federation, the representative body of the UK’s largest and most vibrant manufacturing sector. The varied role will give an opportunity to develop a broad knowledge across food policies, with a focus on food safety, as well as to work closely with regulatory and technical experts in food manufacturing companies.  The role holder will:

  • lead on following and developing some of our regulatory policy positions in food safety – likely focus microbiology although there may be some flexibility
  • support smaller food sector trade bodies and specialist groups across a broad range of food safety and wider food policies
  • work with the FDF commercial team to help identify and support new specialist food groups

Key responsibilities

  • Monitoring and analysis of scientific, regulatory and policy developments in defined areas across GB, EU and Codex Alimentarius
  • Providing written summaries of regulatory changes and verbal updates to companies, FDF colleagues and sector trade bodies
  • Conducting member consultation and formulating FDF / sector trade body policy positions, including in response to public consultations
  • Providing secretariat for technical committees and being a named regulatory and policy contact for smaller food sector trade associations and specialist groups
  • Participating in stakeholder, European sector groups and FoodDrinkEurope meetings
  • Assisting with the external representation of the FDF’s policies, including to government officials
  • Working collaboratively with supply chain partners on areas of common interest
  • Creating content for the FDF website, ensuring information is up to date, and facilitating member engagement
  • A mixture of supporting and leading on individual policy areas and projects

Requirements

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in food science or another relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of UK and EU food law, particularly as it relates to food microbiology and food safety
  • Experience in food industry, regulatory authority, trade association or similar organisation is desirable
  • Experience of scientific or regulatory policy development is desirable
  • Demonstrable ability to produce accurate written summaries of technical and regulatory information
  • Strong analytical, communication and presentation skills
  • Strong time management skills, with the ability to work across a variety of different policy areas, managing multiple deadlines
  • Responsible self-starter but also a highly motivated team player
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills, ideally with experience of providing secretariat to committee meetings.

Our Wokplace

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.

 

To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

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Membership Executive

Job Type        Permanent, 3 days per week

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             £18k with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             21 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 60% of time in the office)

The Role

Opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join the FDF within the Membership & Commercial team. The role will focus principally on identifying and establishing food sector group opportunities, recruiting and retaining members and providing advice to members on wider food industry areas.

You will be responsible for:

  • Identifying and setting up of new sector groups in specialist food sector areas. Identifying members to invite and developing prospect lists and undertaking recruitment activity for non-members
  • Work with colleagues from the FDF Food Safety team and FDF Association and Groups teams to support these specialist groups
  • Targeted membership recruitment activity
  • Providing advice and guidance to members
  • Working with colleagues across FDF to ensure that members are engaged
  • Creating website content, including microblogs
  • Supporting the Membership & Commercial team with events

Requirements

  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry
  • Relevant experience in industry, trade association or similar organisation is desirable
  • Experience working in the food industry is desirable
  • Responsible self-starter
  • Interest in developing commercial skills
  • Good administrative ability and able 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
  • 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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