A fantastic opportunity for a Senior Press Officer to build experience and exposure across a variety of policy areas in the food and drink industry.

Job Type        Permanent

Location        Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             £38 - £40k, 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

Are you ready to be a part of something exciting? We represent some of the world’s largest brands, and we are now on the lookout for a dynamic Senior Press Officer to join our team. At FDF, we're addressing some of the biggest issues in the UK like food security, health and obesity, economic growth, sustainability and trade.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with the Head of Media Relations to ensure the FDF’s position is well represented to the media.
  • Develop stories that can be proactively pitched to media that promote leadership, policy expertise and membership.
  • Support the Head of Media Relations with the running of the 24-hour on-call FDF press office.
  • Build constructive and strategic relationships with trade, local and national journalists.
  • Develop press releases, position statements and media responses, as well as creating content for use on the FDF website.
  • Support colleagues ahead of media appearances, podcasts, briefings and roundtables and provide advice for members and committees on media issues.
  • Ensure databases, licenses, contacts lists, and monitoring processes are kept up to date and meet the organisation’s need.
  • Collaborate and encourage contributions from members and stakeholders to build a consensus and influence outcomes.
  • Keep abreast of the news agenda by monitoring the media including social.
  • Deputise for the Head of Media Relations in their absence and chair meetings with relevant teams.
  • Collaborate and encourage contributions from members and stakeholders to build a consensus and influence outcomes.
  • To provide advice for FDF policy colleagues and members on media issues of concern.
  • To develop an in depth understanding of FDF and its policy issues.


  • A degree or equivalent experience in journalism, communications, or PR.
  • Significant experience of working in a front-line media role in either an agency or in-house position
  • Can evidence proactively generating stories that result in media coverage
  • Experience of creating multi-platform campaigns preferably related to public policy
  • Experience of managing challenging portfolio areas and contentious issues
  • High level of personal credibility and gravitas
  • Operates at pace
  • First class communications skills – verbal and written
  • Self-motivated, result driven and proactive
  • High emotional intelligence and awareness
  • Analytical, able to effectively interpret data and make informed recommendations
  • Maintain sound judgment when working under pressure and maintaining a true sense of urgency
  • Able to collaborate and build relationships with a range of stakeholders to build a consensus and influence outcomes.

How to apply

To apply for the Senior Press Officer role, 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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About the FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the convenor, adviser and voice of the UK food & drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country.

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Our benefits

The FDF is a great place to work where we take wellbeing seriously and have a great benefits package to match.