A great opportunity to join the Sustainability team at FDF, working with experts in the field and contributing to the development and implementation of FDF's Sustainability Strategy and Ambition.

Job Type        Permanent, full time

Location        Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             £48k - £52k, 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

Would you like to contribute to building a sustainable food system? Then join our team at the FDF as a Sustainability Policy Manager where you will play a crucial role in supporting the development and delivery of our strategic objectives. You will work closely with the Director of Sustainability and Growth to develop and implement our Sustainability Strategy and Ambition. Your expertise and advice will help shape our policies and ensure that we remain at the forefront of environmental sustainability in the food industry.

Key responsibilities for the Sustainability Policy Manager

  • Providing high-level input into the development, review and delivery of FDF's sustainability strategy and Sustainability Team's Business Plan
  • Developing and maintaining FDF’s environmental policy in accordance with the Plan
  • Working with members and stakeholders on creating policy positions and then advocacy work to influence outcomes that support our Sustainability Strategy Managing environmental policy developments, identifying risks and opportunities for members.
  • Working with members and colleagues to develop consultation responses on environmental policy
  • To influence government, regulators, and stakeholders to develop appropriate environmental policies
  • To act as an ambassador for FDF, championing its mission and values

In this role, you will work collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders. You will engage with our members, which include food and drink manufacturers from various backgrounds.

Requirements for the Sustainability Policy Manager

  • a strong interest and enthusiasm for sustainability and its economic, environmental, and social dimensions
  • strong policy development and research skills, including analytical skills to assess and evaluate policy options.
  • excellent communication, time-management, and IT skills are essential
  • a keen attention to detail and be a self-starter who can manage your work areas independently
  • previous experience working for a trade association or within the food and drink sector would be advantageous, as well as an understanding of policy-making and government processes
  • Ability to build constructive relationships with businesses, regulators, officials and third sector organisations and influence outcomes
  • ability to manage direct reports and their workload

At FDF we value the unique perspectives and experiences that each individual brings. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and respected. We value continuous learning and growth, and we provide a supportive and flexible work environment.

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

Closing date: 8 June 2023; 5:30pm

Due to the high number of applications, unfortunately we are unable to get back to everyone. Only successful applicants will be contacted.


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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.