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Technical and Regulatory Executive

Job Type: Full time, Permanent Contract
Location: Central London (Bloomsbury)
Salary: Competitive

The role

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Technical and Regulatory Executive, to play a key role in supporting the work of various food safety and science Committees and working groups. Reporting to the Head of Food Integrity and Policy you will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring scientific, technical and regulatory developments, including the study and analysis of relevant UK Government, EU and Codex Alimentarius policies and proposals.
  • Undertaking industry consultations, including data collation and analysis, and providing information and advice to FDF members, sector associations and groups.
  • Assisting with the representation of FDF's policies to all appropriate external bodies, including FSA, PHE, BEIS, EU institutions and FoodDrinkEurope.
  • Preparation and circulation of committee and secretariat papers.
  • Developing, reviewing and implementing policy in respect of specified areas.
  • Attending and reporting on relevant FDF, FoodDrinkEurope and external meetings and pursuing actions arising.
  • Communicating policies clearly and accurately, by keeping members informed through appropriate channels and by ensuring that the relevant sections of the website are kept up-to-date.
  • Working collaboratively with supply chain trade associations to ensure that policies and lobbying activities are aligned and optimised wherever possible.
  • Assisting in the prevention and management of incidents, including provision of weekly RASFF report.

The team

FDF's Regulation, Science and Sustainability team 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, Emerging Issues and Incident Management, Food Contact Materials, Food Hygiene, Food Ingredients, Food Law and Labelling, Residues and Contaminants and new technologies.

Requirements

We would particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates with an interest in food hygiene and new technologies, as we envisage that this role will have responsibility for FDF's work across these areas. To be considered for this role you will have:

  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry and government bodies
  • Technical expertise in food safety and regulatory issues
  • Relevant experience in industry, trade association or similar organisation is desirable
  • 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
  • IT literate with experience of Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Have a look at the full Job Description »

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

Friday 2 August 2019, 5:30pm


Economic Analyst

Job Type: Full time, 12 Month Fixed-term Contract
Location: Central London (Bloomsbury)
Salary: Competitive

The role

The purpose of this role is to support FDF's efforts to raise the economic importance of the UK food and drink industry, the effective contribution to policy developments impacting on the UK food and drink industry's ability to grow and compete; and FDF's lobbying capability with economic research, data and analysis. To provide administrative support to the Director and Competitiveness team. You will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring key policy developments impacting on the economic performance of the sector and UK food and drink export growth. Ensuring that members, stakeholders and colleagues are kept informed by producing concise and informative briefings.
  • Sourcing official economic data, conducting research and analysis to support FDF's overarching vision and the delivery of the Industrial Strategy Group business plan and work programme. Undertake ad hoc research and member/industry surveys related to the economics of the industry, exports and Brexit; analyse results and present information.
  • Producing quarterly export performance reports, an annual economic report and conduct quarterly business confidence surveys, working closely with the FDF's media team to increase responses and provide a brief in preparation for media enquiries and FDF Managers to undertake interviews. Keep annual industry and regional statistics (infographics) up-to-date.
  • Effectively supporting the Food and Drink Sector Deal negotiations and outcomes, as well as the Food and Drink Sector Council Exports workstream to deliver the Council's strategic aims and objectives. Assisting with the organisation, record taking, following up actions, data requests/analysis and helping to maintain and grow member support as necessary.
  • Building and maintaining links with key stakeholders relating to economic data and export policy including Defra, DIT, FDEA, Open to Export, ONS, HMRC, CBI and other relevant bodies.
  • Drafting articles for FDF newsletters and maintain relevant webpages to ensure information is up-to-date.
  • Accurately produce documents including a note of internal and external meetings, and upload them onto FDF website in a timely manner.
  • Ensuring the database is maintained appropriately and undertake administrative tasks in support of the team e.g. diary management, co-ordinating meetings, conference calls, room bookings, producing detailed itineraries, travel and hotel arrangements and expense forms.

The team

FDF's Competitiveness 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

Essential:

  • A bachelor's degree in economics or a related subject, with a strong foundation in quantitative analysis and statistical/econometric methods.
  • 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.
  • Attention to detail and ability to produce accurate, robust work within project timescales.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Politically aware.
  • Strong minute taking ability.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge and interest in macroeconomics, as well as familiarity with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) datasets are a plus.
  • Experience of using STATA software.
  • Experience of using a document management system.
  • Proven work experience within a paid or voluntary role.

Have a look at the full Job Description »

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

Friday 2 August 2019, 5:30pm


Corporate Affairs Executive

Job Type: Full time, Permanent Contract
Location: Central London (Bloomsbury)
Salary: Competitive

The role

Supporting the Head of Corporate Affairs and Media Manager, this role is crucial in liaising between FDF's expert policy teams, member companies, the media and political stakeholders to help communicate our priorities for Brexit, diet and health, industrial strategy, sustainability and food science.

Principal Accountabilities:

Political and Media Monitoring

  • To keep abreast of political and media developments affecting food and drink manufacturing, analysing content and providing timely advice to FDF colleagues and member companies on relevant items such as Government announcements and consultations, Parliamentary activity and media campaigns.
  • To assist with the compilation of regular reports and newsletters for FDF colleagues and members, and disseminating intelligence on policy, political and parliamentary developments.

Political and Stakeholder Engagement

  • To assist with the delivery of FDF's public affairs engagement programme at Westminster, devolved government and EU level.
  • To draft briefings, correspondence and stakeholder communications on a wide range of topics for Parliamentarians and key contacts.
  • To proactively seek opportunities to communicate FDF's position, through public events and meetings.
  • To support the team in maintaining an accurate stakeholder management database.

Project Management

  • To assist with the planning, logistics and delivery of FDF events, including the annual Parliamentary Reception, Commercial events and other ad hoc events.

Media Relations and Campaigns

  • To handle media queries, seeking advice from specific FDF colleagues as appropriate or external organisations, in consultation with the Media Manager.
  • To develop FDF proactive press releases, position statements, media responses, media plans and Q&As in consultation with Media Manager and FDF colleagues.
  • In liaison with the Media Manager, to plan and progress campaign activity for agreed FDF priorities, such as developing communication solutions, stakeholder resources, planning events, creating web and hard copy, drafting social media posts and sourcing case studies.
  • To provide advice for member associations, and FDF committees/groups on media issues of concern to FDF and on specific issues relating to their sectors
  • To provide, with other members of the Media Team, a 24-hour on call media service for FDF.

General

  • To assist with any other reasonable duties that may be required by the Head of Corporate Affairs and the Media Manager.
  • To develop and maintain an understanding of FDF's work and the needs of members.

The Team

FDF's Corporate Affairs team are the link between our members and government. We aim to put member issues at the forefront of the government agenda, and work with government in helping our members to meet government set targets for food and drink.

Requirements

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Good understanding of politics and Westminster parliamentary processes
  • A keen interest in current affairs and the media landscape
  • Experience of working with politicians and journalists
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and an adaptable writing style
  • A persuasive and diplomatic communicator with the ability to handle confidential information sensitively and quickly build trusting relationships with a wide range of individuals
  • Able to work as part of a team and multi-task, with good time management skills
  • A proactive and creative approach
  • Ability to work flexibly and cope with change
  • Good organisational skills with attention to detail
  • Events management experience
  • Able to demonstrate interest in the food and drink sector
  • Competent in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook

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

Monday 5 August 2019, 5:30pm


More about working for FDF

Our organisation

We're the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - the voice of the UK food and drink industry: the largest manufacturing sector in the country. We help our members operate in a highly regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness and profitability. Our job is to communicate our industry's values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. We also work in partnership with key players in the food supply chain to ensure our food is safe, affordable and nutritious.

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 and cycle-to-work scheme.

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.

FDF operates as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion/beliefs, disability and age.


Last reviewed: 22 Jul 2019