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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

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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


Senior Corporate Affairs Executive

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

The role

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. Supporting the Head of Corporate Affairs and Media Manager, you will:

Media relations

  • Handle media queries, seeking advice from specific FDF colleagues as appropriate or external organisations, alerting and involving the Media Manager/Head of Corporate Affairs as necessary.
  • Provide extra mentoring support to the other Corporate Affairs Executives, where necessary, assisting them to anticipate proactive opportunities and plan for contentious issues.
  • With the other members of the Media & Campaigns team, provide a 24-hour on call media service for FDF, to ensure we are able to communicate FDF's position to the media/public at all times. In the absence of the Media Manager, the Senior Corporate Affairs will need to support colleagues and the Head of Corporate Affairs in handling out-of-hours enquiries at times other than their own allocated duty week.
  • Develop FDF press notices, position statements and media responses, and with the Media Manger, and where necessary, oversee those produced by Corporate Affairs Executives within the team, in consultation with appropriate FDF colleagues.
  • Write articles and letters to the editor for publication on request.
  • Prepare and execute proactive media plans for FDF campaigns and interests to ensure maximum publicity for FDF.
  • Provide specialist advice for member associations, and FDF committees / groups on media issues of concern to FDF and on specific issues relating to their sectors.
  • Help Media Manager to oversee the team to ensure that databases, licenses, contacts lists and monitoring processes are kept up to date and meet the organisation's need.

Campaigns/events

  • Work with the Media Manager to scope out forward plans for FDF's core campaigns. This will include setting objectives, deliverables, and planning timescales and resource requirements.
  • Contribute to the tactical delivery of the campaigns/events as well as working closely with FDF policy colleagues to keep abreast of Government activity and the national and European agenda related to each campaign.
  • Progress the forward plans for each identified campaign/event including developing communication solutions, planning events, creating web and hard copy and sourcing case studies.

Management responsibilities

  • Effectively deputise for the Media Manager in their absence.
  • Run weekly team meetings (in the absence of the Media Manager) and update the weekly work list Media Team plan (following all meetings).
  • Assess the need for media training for colleagues within FDF.
  • Take a team wide view of workload and pressure points in order to promote wellbeing within the Corporate Affairs function.

General

  • Assist with any other reasonable duties that may be required by the Head of Corporate Affairs and Media Manager.
  • Deliver specialist advice to members and other stakeholders in order to ensure they are up- to-date on pertinent issues and opportunities, while seeking to collaborate and encourage contributions in order to build a consensus and influence outcomes.
  • Work with colleagues to promote FDF's policy agenda and achievements to wider stakeholders and members
  • With the Media Manager, supervise the production of copy for newsletters (FDF and FDF Scotland).
  • Support/coach senior staff ahead of/following media appearances.

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

  • Excellent knowledge of the workings of the FDF media team including experience of working in a front-line media role (Corporate Affairs Executive)
  • Experience of managing challenging portfolio areas and contentious issues
  • Experience of campaigns work preferably related to a specific policy area
  • Able to apply in-depth technical knowledge to own work and that of the wider Corporate Affairs team
  • Able to manage own workload and complex/self-defined projects
  • Ability to build trust and devise practices, working effectively with colleagues including Corporate Affairs team, the Media Manager and Head of Corporate Affairs
  • A persuasive communicator with experience of giving presentations and leading meetings
  • Ability to plan resources and timescales
  • Strong administrative and IT skills

Main Challenges

Whilst this position is not a managerial role, it holds a high level of responsibility because of regular, direct contact with the media. The Senior Corporate Affairs Executive speaks on behalf of FDF's members / the industry, so must at all times be eloquent, accurate and on-message.

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 6 September 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.