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Current job vacancies


Team Administrator (Competitiveness/ Membership and Commercial)

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

The role

To provide secretarial and administrative support to the Director and Competitiveness team and Director and Membership and Commercial team. The Competitiveness team delivers services for members, stakeholders and colleagues across a range of policy areas and several member committees and groups including FDF's Industrial Strategy Group. This role ensures that there is effective diary administration and overall team coordination.

The Membership and Commercial team recruits and account manages our 300+ manufacturing and affiliate members. The Commercial part of the team organises and implements the FDF events and training programme including the annual dinner and industry awards.

Principle Accountabilities

To work closely with all colleagues across both teams to meet deadlines, achieve projects, facilitate information and arrange events.

General admin:

  • Diary management, co-ordinating meetings, conference calls, room bookings, producing detailed itineraries, travel and hotel arrangements and expense forms
  • Organise internal meetings and events including IT and catering requirements.
  • Accurately produce documents including note of meetings, and upload them onto FDF website in a timely manner
  • Co-ordinate paperwork in relation to internal, external, committee meetings, conferences and seminars.
  • Deal with the post, process internal and external mailings and undertake any other co- ordination activity as required
  • Coordinate both teams' input for FDF newsletters and staff meetings e.g. 'FDF huddle
  • Ensure that members / stakeholder contacts and key events on the FDF database are maintained appropriately, on an ongoing basis and in a timely manner.
  • To provide additional administrative support for other FDF teams as required in conjunction with the other FDF administrators.
  • Any other reasonable ad hoc duties that may be required but respecting the part time basis of the role. There may be occasional evening working to support events.

Assisting FDF Competitiveness Director and Membership and Commercial Director:

  • Support management of the Directors' diaries
  • Support the Directors' preparation for internal and external meetings
  • Undertake ad hoc personal support to the Directors' as required

Support for FDF Committees and Groups:

  • Provide administrative support for the Industrial Strategy Group, Customs Group, FDSC Workforce and Skills Core Group, Employment and Skills Forum and Graduate Excellence Industry Support Group e.g. assisting with document uploading for all meetings, preparing meeting arrangements and collating agendas and papers.
  • Provide administrative support for the Sales Director Forum and Small Business Forum

The Teams

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.

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.

Requirements

  • Excellent organisational and administration skills with the ability to prioritise workload
  • Excellent time management with the ability to work flexibly and under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Professional, approachable with positive attitude – providing a high-quality service to members and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A self-starter with the ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Strong minute taking ability
  • Strong attention to detail when producing word documents, spreadsheets and database maintenance
  • Educated to A-Level standard or relevant working experience
  • Proficient in using MS Office e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint

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: 29 November 2019, 5:30 PM

Policy Manager – Skills and Industrial Strategy

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

The role

To support the Head of Industrial Strategy, Employment and Skills in policy development and engagement to deliver FDF's effective contribution to projects relating to Industrial Strategy and the Food and Drink Sector Council's Workforce workstream impacting on the competitive position of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry.

This will involve monitoring policy developments; drafting concise and informative briefings for members; formulating FDF policy on the back of member consultations; lobbying decision-makers; and working with key partners to ensure that the delivery of projects meet the business plan objectives.

Principle Accountabilities

  • Manage FDF Skills Executive and deploy Administrative resource to enable delivery of work program.
  • Manage and deliver on skills projects and policy insight/evidence into the Food and Drink Sector Council and its Workforce workstream; deliver the skills recommendations set out in the FDSC Workforce report.
  • Manage FDF's Industrial Strategy Group and link with Industrial Strategy Policy.
  • Monitor regulatory and policy developments regarding skills policy for the UK food and drink manufacturing industry and wider supply chain, including apprenticeships and skills provision.
  • Give clear direction regarding the development economic data analysis to develop the evidence base underpinning FDF policy positions on skills.
  • Represent FDF members on various national forums (Defra, BEIS, EEF and CBI) to ensure our position is coordinated and / or aligned with UK and EU positions.
  • Monitor progress on key projects that concern Industrial Strategy and Skills in the UK food and drink manufacturing industry and ensure that members and staff are kept informed by producing concise, informative and insightful briefings and news articles.
  • Formulate FDF policy in relevant competitiveness areas on the back of effective member consultations. Communicate FDF policy internally and externally. This will include producing position papers; presentations; newsletter articles; media responses; and briefings for members and colleagues including FDF Leadership team, President, Executive Committee, Corporate Affairs Group and Council.
  • Build and maintain links with key stakeholders and lobby decision-makers on FDF's position in the UK (officials and politicians) in coordination with FDF's Public Affairs team.
  • Represent FDF members on various national (Defra, BEIS) and forums to ensure our position is coordinated and / or aligned with UK and EU positions.

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

  • Government affairs professional with graduate degree in UK or EU politics, international relations, economics or other relevant disciplines
  • Proven professional experience in UK and EU public affairs, policy development and issue management, gained in a corporate, political, trade association, consultancy environment or government department
  • Excellent knowledge of political processes (UK/EU), a high awareness of the domestic and international political context, and a firm grasp of key public policy issues affecting the food and drink manufacturing industry
  • Strong analytical, organisational, presentational and written skills (incl. word processing package)
  • Excellent communicator with proven ability to write influential documents, command authority in committees and political discussions, and communicate effectively to diverse audiences
  • Ability to learn quickly and think strategically across changing priorities and expanding subject fields
  • Highly motivated team player with a hands-on attitude, ability to lead and develop creative and evidence-based approaches to policy issues, industry positions and their communication
  • Proven experience in planning and project management. Ability to multi-task, respond flexibly to needs of business and FDF members, and self-organise work effectively on different projects and issues

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: 29 November 2019, 5:30 PM

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: 14 Nov 2019