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The 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.

Current vacancies

Senior Economic Policy Executive

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Job Type: Full time, Fixed-term Contract until end of Feb 2022

Location: Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary: Competitive

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the busy Industry Growth team at the Food and Drink Federation, the representative body of the UK’s largest and most vibrant manufacturing sector.

With various challenges and opportunities facing the industry, from COVID-19, the National Food Strategy, to the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU, we are advertising a new role with a dual focus on leading the team’s export and economic policy priorities and delivering research to support wider policy goals and highlight the economic importance of the UK’s food and drink sector.

This position will play a key role in leading our efforts to secure additional support for UK exporters to help our industry drive the Government’s Global Britain strategy while underpinning the FDF’s credibility as a respected economic commentator. The role involves working with FDF’s policy and media experts, member companies, Government departments, the media and a wide range of stakeholders, helping to communicate the industry’s economic importance and ensuring FDF’s policy arguments are evidence-based. As Senior Economic Policy Executive, you will:

  • Monitor regulatory and policy developments that concern exports and supply chain commercial relationships 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 areas on the back of effective member consultations. Communicate FDF policy internally and externally. This will include producing consultation responses; position papers; presentations; newsletter articles; media responses; and briefings for members and colleagues.

  • Develop plans for FDF’s work with the Government and key stakeholders to inform the design and delivery of industry’s export support proposals and represent the interests of FDF members on relevant policy issues at meetings with key stakeholders including Defra, DIT and BEIS.

  • Manage the production of practical guidance, advice and market research on exports, working with FDF’s Economic and Trade Analyst on FDF’s quarterly Exports Snapshot publications.

  • Effectively lead FDF’s support of the Food and Drink Sector Council Exports workstream to deliver the Council’s strategic aims and objectives.

  • Work closely with FDF’s Membership and Commercial team, FDF’s Professional Affiliates and other relevant stakeholders to produce an annual economic report and quarterly export performance reports to support FDF’s commercial agenda and raise the importance of the industry.

  • Monitor the latest official data releases and update data trackers (on prices, output, wages etc.), presenting the results to the Industry Growth team colleagues. Work closely with FDF’s media team to highlight the performance of the industry through social media platforms.

  • Source official economic data, keep FDF databases up-to-date, conduct research and analysis to support FDF’s overarching vision and the delivery of the Industry Growth Committee business plan and work programme.

  • Support colleagues across various FDF teams, including FDF Scotland and FDF Cymru, by undertaking ad hoc research and member/industry surveys related to the economics of the industry, COVID-19 recovery, exports, trade, the National Food Strategy and EU Exit.

The Team

The FDF’s Industry Growth 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 politics, international relations, economics or other relevant disciplines.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge of political processes and a firm grasp of key public policy issues affecting the food and drink manufacturing sector particularly in relation to exports and supply chain commercial relationships.

  • Strong analytical, organisational, project management, presentational and written skills (incl. statistical and word processing packages) with the ability to credibly represent FDF in committees and stakeholder discussions, and communicate effectively to diverse audiences.

  • Ability to learn quickly and solve problems using technical expertise, analysis and evaluative judgment to provide specialist advice to FDF colleagues, members and stakeholders.

  • Strong time management skills with the ability to work across a variety of different policy areas and teams within FDF, managing conflicting deadlines.

  • Highly motivated team player with a hands-on attitude, ability to plan and effectively lead projects, industry positions and their communication.

  • Excellent networking skills with the ability to build and retain relationships across industry and develop opportunities to collaborate with key external stakeholders.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

  • Excellent written and spoken English.

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.

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Closing Date: 12 March 2021; 5:30pm

IT Systems Support

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Job Type Full time, Permanent 

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

Working with guidance from the IT Manager, the IT Systems Support role is to maintain and support the IT systems in place at the FDF, FDF Scotland (FDFS) and office members at 10 Bloomsbury Way, London. This includes 1st to 3rd line support on laptops, servers, network infrastructure, Citrix Virtual infrastructure, office AV, photocopiers, telephony and mobile devices that are used both on and offsite. In addition to maintaining the IT infrastructure, the position has responsibility for the FDF’s IT Helpdesk, user documentation and video-conferencing/webinar events. As IT Systems Support, some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Be the first point of call for FDF IT support
  • Provide 1st/2nd line IT support to all users of the Citrix virtualised desktop infrastructure
  • Provide IT inductions for new starters
  • Offer training to both new and existing members of staff on hardware and software currently in use
  • Ensure SLAs are enforced using helpdesk reports and the category system
  • Setup, configure, install and maintain laptops, monitors and any mobile devices
  • Maintain and patch the mobile devices using Maas360 Mobile Device Management
  • Maintain and troubleshoot networked multifunctional devices. This also includes administration of the printer management agent, PaperCut, to track and release print jobs
  • Responsible for preparing and delivering webinars using GoToWebinar
  • Provide remote meeting equipment setup and training for both tele and video conferencing. This includes GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams and BT Meet Me
  • Promote the use of remote meeting software, offering training and demonstration of the latest features and technology on offer to staff and office members
  • Ensure equipment is set up correctly in FDF meeting rooms and support meetings and events onsite
  • Update and continue to enhance the FDF IT Asset Database, provide essential reports on assets that are offsite, owned by office members and have upcoming warranty expirations
  • Create and manage IT user forms to follow procedures such as equipment hire and new starters
  • Write and maintain user guides and other documentation
  • Manage software licence subscriptions which are overseen by the IT Manager

The Team

Corporate Services support all internal customers (our staff) within FDF. We are a central service, providing support to our colleagues on our specialist remits and are approachable, on-hand and on-site to provide the best service we possibly can, to help our staff work efficiently and effectively.

Requirements

  • Significant IT support experience on 1st-3rd line tasks
  • Appropriate level of skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office, Office 365, Windows 7/10
  • Basic Administrator tasks in a server operating system (Server 2008-2016), including Active Directory, Azure AD, Exchange Online, Microsoft Teams and Group Policy
  • Support of Citrix Zen App / Zen Desktop and business telephone systems (pref Mitel)
  • Basic understanding of networks with the ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues
  • Experience in a desktop support environment within a small IT team
  • Some Apple Mac experience
  • Previous experience of delivering webinars / remote meetings
  • Knowledge of cloud based technologies
  • A team worker with good communication skills and ability to support users of varying IT levels

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.

To view our recruitment privacy notice, visit: Recruitment privacy notice

Closing Date: Friday 12 February 2021; 5:30pm

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.

Associations & Groups Administrator

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Job Type 21 hours per week, over 3 or 4 days per week (part-time) 12 Month Fixed-term Contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

To provide secretarial and administrative support to the Associations & Groups Manager and the Sector Technical and Regulatory Executives for their portfolio of associations and groups. In particular, provide support for the work related to The Association of Bakery Ingredient Manufacturers (ABIM), Breakfast Cereals UK (BCUK) and British Oat & Barley Millers Association (BOBMA) and regularly to the other Associations and Groups when required. As Associations & Groups Administrator you will:

  • Under the supervision of the Manager and Executives, organise effectively the administration and financial affairs for the agreed portfolio of trade associations / committees/ groups.
  • Draft written communication for the Manager and Executives (including agendas, minutes, circulars and invoices) for associations and groups for which responsible.
  • Act as the initial point of contact for queries from members and the public and either deal with these personally or refer to the appropriate body or individual.
  • Through training given, learn and understand the FDF IT systems used. In particular the FDF website used for organising meetings and uploading circulars to the document archives.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date records of members’ details on the FDF website database, Association membership lists and circulation lists.
  • Organise and co-ordinate arrangements for all internal and external meetings/conferences for the Associations and Groups when required.
  • Make all travel arrangements for the Associations & Groups Manager and the Sector Technical and Regulatory Executives.
  • Under the supervision of the Manager and Executives, undertake general finance responsibilities (such as invoicing/payments) of associations and groups for which responsible and the Companies House submissions where required.
  • Provide admin/secretarial support on an ad hoc basis within the wider Regulation, Science and Sustainability Team where required and as agreed with line manager.

The Team

FDF’s Regulation, Science and Sustainability team provide 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, Food Contact Materials, Food Law and Labelling, Residues and Contaminants and support a number of serviced Sector Associations on specific category areas of interest.

Requirements

  • Strong ability to manage a diverse workload and a wide range of issues
  • Good communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Very good administrative ability
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good ability to prioritise work, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • IT literate and willingness to learn new systems

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.

To view our recruitment privacy notice, visit: Recruitment privacy notice

Closing Date: Friday 12 February 2021; 5:30pm

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.

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