An exciting opportunity to take on responsibility as the technical lead on FDF’s food hypersensitivity (allergy and intolerance) policy, developing policy asks, providing advice to members and representing FDF as appropriate and developing toolkits.

Job type Permanent

Location  Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary: Competitive 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)

The role will also involve line management of a small team covering FDF’s technical food safety work, ensuring appropriate flow of information to help enable companies to continue to provide safe and authentic food in an appropriate regulatory environment.

The Regulatory Manager will manage food incidents, involving cross team working to gather sensitive information and liaison with Government (overall responsibility with CSO).

Key responsibilities

  • monitoring international scientific developments
  • providing effective secretariat to FDF’s Allergens Committee
  • leading work on food authenticity including an understanding of likely risk areas and future technologies
  • developing communication strategy for members and government
    to develop and deliver a forward strategy to support food safety policy work within specific food sector groups
  • to coordinate, as required, the management of incidents and oversee the review of FDF’s incident management guidelines and testing of FDF’s incident preparedness
    this will include liaison with member companies, the FSA/FSS, Associations and FoodDrinkEurope
  • work closely with other managers to consider risk of future incidents
    to work closely with team to ensure appropriate input to Food Safety Committee and more broadly to member communications
  • deliver effective stakeholder management including food and drink businesses, Government departments and bodies (FSA, other trade representative bodies, FoodDrinkEurope)
  • sit on appropriate working groups, including the FSA’s Food Industry Liaison Group and those run by FoodDrinkEurope
  • Line manage a small team of food safety policy experts

Requirements

  • Degree educated in food technology, food science or related discipline
  • Worked within a food business in a technical role, or in government or a food body in a food safety policy role
  • Previously worked with multiple stakeholders to gather information and develop policy positions
  • Line management experience
  • Understanding of UK food legislation as it relates to food safety, specifically allergen management
  • Knowledge of novel foods, GMO, residues and contaminants, food contact materials, and food ingredients
  • Understanding of procedure in the event of a food safety incident (e.g. company legal obligations, risk management, recalls)
  • Demonstratable understanding of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry, including likely impacts of EU legislative changes and Codex requirements
  • Ability to exchange information and views – both verbally in meetings and through consultation responses - on very complex regulatory and enforcement issues
  • Independent thinking and the ability to develop ideas into well-structured and realistic action plans
  • Strong organisational and analytical skills

How to apply

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

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.

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