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.

Our workplace

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 'Feel Good for Life' team regularly organises events and activities across the organisation to promote positive health and wellbeing.

Current vacancies

The FDF operates as an equal opportunities employer

We welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion/beliefs, disability and age.

Senior Sector Technical and Regulatory Executive

Job Type Full time, Permanent Contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Associations and Groups team sitting within the wider Regulatory and Science team at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).  FDF is the representative body of the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. As well as working closely with companies, a number of sector specific food trade associations are also our members, and these associations are the focus of this role.

The role provides Secretariat support to some of the key sector associations we represent, acting as the main point of contact on technical and regulatory developments. This position will play an important role in ensuring that companies are kept up to date across a broad range of policy and regulatory requirements, ensuring information is tailored to specific associations requirements. The role involves working closely with the FDF’s wider team of policy experts as well as member companies, regulators, and a wide range of both UK and EU stakeholders. 

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

  • Providing Secretariat support for a number of committees, both technical and Board level. This will involve the timely preparation of agendas, papers and minutes, and following up agreed action points.
  • 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 the FDF’s wider Regulation and Science 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, Microbiology, New Technologies, Nutrition, Residues and Contaminants.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in food science or another relevant discipline
  • Experience in food industry, regulatory authority, trade association or similar organisation is desirable.
  • Experience of scientific or regulatory policy development is desirable

Skills / Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry and government bodies
  • Technical expertise in food safety and regulatory issues
  • Responsible self-starter but also a highly motivated team player
  • 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
  • Line management experience desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft 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: 2 November 2021; 5:30pm

Economic Analyst

Job Type Full time, 12 Month Fixed-term Contract            

Location: Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary: Competitive

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a recent economics graduate to join the 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 the COVID-19 economic recovery, the creation of a National Food Strategy, to adapting to new trade relationships, we are advertising an initial 12 month fixed-term role to support the Economic Policy Manager in raising the economic importance of the sector.

This role is crucial to FDF’s credibility as an economic commentator, working with FDF’s policy experts and media team, member companies, Government departments, the media and stakeholders to help communicate the industry’s economic importance and ensuring FDF’s policy arguments are evidence-based and amplify the industry’s strengths. As Economic Analyst you will:

  • Conduct quarterly business confidence surveys, working with FDF’s Media and Membership teams to increase responses and provide briefing for media enquiries and press interviews. Keep annual industry, regional statistics and internal economic presentations up to date.
  • Work closely with FDF colleagues, members and other relevant stakeholders to produce regular economic 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 Economic Policy Manager and Industry Growth team colleagues.
  • Inform wider UK business discussions on the state of trade by producing and using food and drink specific data. Work closely with FDF’s Media team to highlight the performance of the industry through social media platforms.
  • Build and maintain links with key stakeholders relating to economic data including Defra, DIT, ONS, HMRC, HMT, BEIS, CBI, Make UK and other relevant bodies.

The Team

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

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in economics or a related subject with a strong foundation in quantitative analysis and statistical/econometric methods.

Skills/ Knowledge

  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills.
  • The ability to gather data, compile information as well as handle and manipulate large amounts of numerical data and present this analysis graphically and verbally.
  • Attention to detail and ability to produce accurate, robust work within project timescales.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Politically aware.
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to deal with a variety of tasks and workload.
  • Willingness to learn and show initiative.

Desirable

  • Knowledge and interest in macroeconomics and familiarity with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) datasets.
  • Experience of using STATA software.
  • Experience of using a document management system.
  • Interest in the food and drink industry.

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: 29 October 2021; 5:30pm

Technical and Regulatory Executive

Job Type Full time, Permanent Contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity 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 industry is working through a time of fundamental change, with the regulatory landscape evolving dynamically following EU Exit.  The FDF’s Regulation and Science team sits at the heart of many of the changes, helping food companies to navigate developments and providing an important interface with regulators on the development of food safety policy.   This role has a particular focus on:

  • Monitoring developments in food microbiology and new technologies across the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland and the EU.
  • Responding to stakeholder consultations on topics including gene editing.
  • Managing technical committees.

This position will play a key role in ensuring that companies are kept up to date with new regulatory requirements, as well as engaging closely with officials to provide the industry perspective as policy is developed. The role involves working with the FDF’s wider team of policy experts and member companies, regulators, and a wide range of both UK and EU stakeholders. The overall aim is to help companies maintain and update their knowledge in a changing regulatory landscape, as well as to gain and consolidate information from technical experts in the food industry to input to Government and regulators.

As Technical and Regulatory Executive your responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring scientific, regulatory and policy developments in defined areas of responsibility, including the study and analysis of relevant national, EU and Codex Alimentarius proposals and policies, ensuring that members and colleagues are kept informed by producing accurate, informative and insightful briefings.
  • Providing Secretariat support, including for the Food Microbiology Committee and Working Groups for Genetic Modification and Novel Foods. This will involve the timely preparation of agendas, papers and minutes, and following up agreed action points.
  • Formulating FDF policy in relevant areas on the back of effective member consultations, including data collation and analysis, and working collaboratively with supply chain and FDF sector trade associations to ensure that policies and representational activities are aligned where possible.
  • Communicating FDF policy internally and externally. This will include producing consultation responses, position papers and briefings for members and colleagues, as well as participating in stakeholder and FoodDrinkEurope meetings.
  • Assisting with the external representation of the FDF’s policies, including to relevant regulators and government departments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Creating content for the FDF website, ensuring information is up to date, and facilitating member engagement. Supporting and/or leading on individual policy areas and projects as directed by Head of Food Integrity and Policy.

The Team

FDF’s Regulation and Science 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.

Qualifications &  Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in food science or another relevant discipline
  • Experience in food industry, regulatory authority, trade association or similar organisation is desirable
  • Experience of scientific or regulatory policy development is desirable

Skills / Knowledge

  • Enthusiasm and aptitude to learn and 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 technical and regulatory information
  • Knowledge of UK and EU food law, particularly as it relates to food hygiene requirements and/or GMO regulations
  • Confident to provide verbal updates on policy areas 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 across companies and with key external stakeholders
  • Responsible self-starter but also a highly motivated team player
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills

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: 29 October 2021; 5:30pm

Membership Association Groups Executive

Job Type Full time, permanent contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

A rare opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Membership Association Groups Executive supporting both the Membership and Commercial and Associations teams. As a Membership Association Groups Executive, you will be responsible for:

  • Developing and maximising commercial income streams to support FDF's work for its members. The role will focus principally on identifying and establishing food sector group opportunities, and converting to revenue streams
  • Establishing and managing new sector groups and their committees by providing Secretariat support and assist these members on relevant food policy issues.
  • Provision of advice to members and sector groups on wider food industry areas of interest including, regulatory, scientific and environmental developments.
  • Identifying new sector group opportunities to meet FDF members needs in specialist food sector areas, to grow commercial revenues.
  • Creation and set up of new sector groups, identifying members to invite and developing prospect lists and undertaking recruitment activity for non-members
  • Targeted membership recruitment activity
  • Manage Association & Groups committee members, and stakeholders and, where necessary, refer these for the appropriate action.
  • Monitoring relevant scientific, technical and regulatory developments, including policy proposals as they relate to the food sector groups.
  • Providing information and advice to FDF members, associations and sector groups and where appropriate other trade associations.
  • Preparation and circulation of Association and Group papers (e.g. agendas, resources, action lists and minutes).
  • Attending and reporting on relevant external meetings and pursuing actions arising.
  • Helping to communicate policies clearly and accurately, by keeping members informed through appropriate channels

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.

FDF’s Regulation and Science 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 Hygiene, Food Ingredients, Food Law and Labelling, New Technologies and Residues and Contaminants and support a number of serviced Sector Associations on specific category areas of interest.

Requirements

  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry and government bodies
  • Knowledge of related food technical and regulatory issues
  • Relevant experience in industry, trade association or similar organisation is desirable
  • Responsible self-starter
  • Interest in developing commercial skills
  • 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
  • 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

View our recruitment privacy notice

Closing Date: 29 October 2021: 5:30pm

Digital Events Administrator

Job Type Full time, 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

The Digital Event Administrator is responsible for coordinating and supporting the FDF, FDF Scotland and Wales digital event and webinar activities. This includes working with the commercial and membership team to identify topics of interest for members, and engaging with external stakeholders to provide the content, marketing and promotions, technical delivery and increasing engagement with our target audiences (members and others).

In addition to this, the Digital Events Administrator will work closely with Corporate Services (IT & Digital) and Membership and Commercial teams to ensure our digital events and webinars run smoothly, our CRM is updated and leads maximised. As Digital Events Administrator you will:

  • Be a champion for best practise webinar activities at all times.
  • Work with the Commercial / membership team to plan future digital events and webinars.
  • Engage with internal teams and external speakers to plan digital event activity as part of the membership and commercial strategies.
  • Be the first point of content for speakers and content providers.
  • Set up webinars on FDF’s CRM, website and Gotowebinar platforms in collaboration with the IT team.
  • Produce mailers to promote webinars using MailChimp.
  • Ensure the Website Editorial Team planner reflects upcoming webinars.
  • Write the digital event/ webinar web page content ensuring this is optimised in collaboration with the digital team.
  • Ensure all new webinar registrations are processed daily in the CRM and on Gotowebinar and well ahead of the webinar is taking place.
  • Ensure webinars are promoted on our website and work with Corporate Affairs to ensure these are promoted in social media.
  • Support any external event/webinar speakers with preparing for the activity and hold test preparation sessions to ensure the live event/webinar runs smoothly.
  • Support the Live webinar and the speakers as needed, representing the FDF.
  • Ensure all participants can access the Live event/webinar.
  • Produce and edit event/webinar recordings and ensure these are posted to the FDF website.
  • Update CRM with attendance post-event.
  • Ensure an excellent member and audience user experience during the webinars.
  • Assist with member and other external users queries and issues.
  • Work with the commercial analyst and membership team on post event communications and lead generation.

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.

Qualifications &  Experience

  • Prior experience with event management and digital marketing is an advantage
  • Experience of working with a CRM and data compliance (GDPR)

Skills / Knowledge

  • Excellent eye for detail and organisation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent people skills and experience
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office package
  • Knowledge of video production and editing – using FinalCut Pro or other editing tools
  • Knowledge of Content Management Systems (CMS) (Episerver preferred)
  • Commitment to personal development
  • Proven time management and administrative skills, with the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Able to work flexibly and cope with change.

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: 29 October 2021; 5:30pm

Media Manager

Job Type Full time, Permanent Contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the media team at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the representative body of the UK’s largest and most vibrant manufacturing sector. As a new Chief Executive prepares to take the helm of the FDF, the challenges and opportunities facing the industry are varied, from the COVID-19 economic recovery, to the creation of a National Food Strategy, and adapting to new trade relationships.
This role is crucial in managing FDF’s media relations and external communications strategy, ensuring there is a clear and compelling voice for the industry. The role will deliver a ‘best in class’ media team which commands the confidence of FDF members and the media. As Media Manager you will:

Communications Planning and Delivery

  • Work with the FDF’s senior leaders, Corporate Affairs and policy colleagues to develop and deliver the media and PR strategy for the FDF.
  • Prepare, execute and support the development of proactive media plans for key industry issues setting out clear objectives, strategy, messaging, and target audience to ensure maximum value for the FDF and its members.

Team management

  • Be responsible for day to day work and performance of the FDF media team, including allocating roles and responsibilities and ensuring they are supported in the delivery of their duties.

Media Relations

  • Work closely with the Director of Policy and Corporate Affairs and Head of Corporate Affairs to ensure the FDF’s position is well represented to the media at all times.
  • Manage the FDF’s busy press office. Delegate or handle media queries, seeking advice from specific FDF colleagues as appropriate or external organisations, alerting and involving the Public Affairs Manager/ Head of Corporate Affairs, and other senior colleagues as necessary.
  • Lead and maintain a media contact and external relations programme to deliver productive relationships with journalists and relevant stakeholders.
  • Provide advice and support to the devolved nations, working with FDF Scotland and FDF Cymru colleagues.
  • Provide a 24-hour on call media service for FDF, to ensure we are able to communicate the FDF’s position to the media/public at all times. This includes supporting other members of the Media Team in handling out-of-hours enquiries at times other than their own allocated duty week.
  • Develop the FDF press notices, position statements, media responses and letters to the editor for relevant campaigns, and oversee those produced by others in the Media Team, in consultation with the Head of Corporate Affairs and other appropriate FDF colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate political awareness in the preparation of media commentary – working with public affairs colleagues.
  • Monitor the FDF’s social media, including proactive planning, working with other teams within the FDF to gather intelligence and information for posts.
  • Provide advice for member associations and FDF committees/groups on media issues of concern to FDF and on specific issues relating to their sectors and additionally act as a source of advice on media issues to all FDF staff and members.
  • Ensure that databases, licenses, contacts lists and monitoring processes are kept up to date and meet the organisation’s need.
  • Supervise the production of copy for newsletters.
  • Assess the organisation’s need for, and oversee media training for FDF colleagues.
  • Attend external meetings as the FDF representative where required representing the position of the FDF and /or its members at those meetings.
  • To lead and participate in journalist briefings with the FDF’s policy experts and cultivate relationships with journalists with the aim of raising the FDF’s profile and enhance the organisations status as a go-to organisation for expert opinion.

The Team

FDF’s Corporate Affairs team ensures we and our members have strong and constructive relationships across the UK Government, Parliament, and the media. This enables us to showcase FDF’s policy work for political and media stakeholders seeking expertise on UK food and drink issues, and ensures our members’ issues are at the forefront of the public policy agenda.

Qualifications

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline

Experience

  • Significant experience of working in a front-line media role
  • Strong experience of managing a busy press office
  • Experience of reputation management and crisis management
  • Experience of managing challenging portfolio areas and contentious issues
  • Line management experience helpful

Skills / Knowledge

  • Able to manage own workload and complex projects at the same time
  • Able to respond positively to change and to work in a flexible and adaptable manner
  • Good at building trusted relationships internally and externally and working effectively with colleagues
  • A persuasive communicator with excellent writing and editing skills
  • Ability to plan resources and timescales
  • Strong administrative and IT skills

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: 1 November 2021; 5:30pm

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