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, cycle-to-work scheme and an employee perks scheme.

Our workplace

We have offices in London and Edinburgh. Our central London office, based in Bloomsbury, is 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 Edinburgh office is in Melville Street in the heart of the West End – close to a wide range of shops and restaurants and with great transport links.

Our 'Feel Good for Life' team regularly organises events and activities across the organisation to promote positive health and wellbeing.

Current vacancies

The FDF operates as an equal opportunities employer

We welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion/beliefs, disability and age.

Head of Bid Submission

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme Administrator (SA)

Introduction

The Government is changing the way retailers and producers contribute to the cost of collection and recycling of packaging. Its proposal is for a private company to collect payments from those using packaging and to re-distribute funding to local authorities to increase levels of recycling, a scheme known as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

The British Retail Consortium (BRC), the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), and the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) have come together to investigate if they can prepare a bid to establish the new company. They are looking to hire a Head of Bid Submission to support the process.

Purpose of the job

  • To ensure the bid development and submission process is carried out within budget, in accord with all relevant timescales, and in line with the requirements of the project partners.
  • To ensure all project strands are effectively & efficiently managed and co-ordinated.
  • To ensure the project partners are fully involved with all aspects of the bid from start to end whilst requiring the postholder to take forward the work.
  • To help ensure the bid receives wide support – on merit – from stakeholders across the whole packaging value chain; and to craft the widest possible coalition of supporters for the bid.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To support the project partners in delivering a fully developed, well-designed and stakeholder-supported set of proposals for EPR Scheme Administrator that meet all the criteria specified by the four UK governments.
  • Provide high quality, credible and well-judged support to the project partners. This includes strategic advice, planning & insights on the development of the bid in accordance with the Invitation to Tender, and recommended actions to take as a consequence including assembling the components of a bid team.   
  • Engage effectively with all stakeholders including the project partners’ memberships to help secure all necessary buy-in and support. Key audiences will likely include producers (raw materials sectors, manufacturers, packer fillers, retailers, brands); government ministers and officials; local authorities; waste management organisations; recyclers; reprocessors; representative bodies; environmental bodies and NGOs; event organisers; and any other persons or organisations involved in progressing the bid. Channels and content will include: business cases and financial reports; internal and external communications; contractor relationships.
  • Coordinate and take forward all required activities to ensure the bid process and all of its development stages meets all legal, risk management, financial management, personnel management and any other laws/procedures that may be placed on the project partners.
  • Administrative responsibilities include supporting the project partners on their needs in organising meetings/discussions; the drafting of papers; and the preparation and/or delivery of presentations by various channels of communications.
  • Carry out any other tasks, duties and requirements of the project partners that are commensurate with the role as proposed.

Person specification (knowledge, skills, qualifications, and other)

This is a full-time fixed term appointment for one year. There may be the possibility of extension dependent on internal and external factors (e.g. the four governments’ timetabling for the EPR Scheme Administrator procurement process). The role would be employed by the FDF on behalf of itself, the BRC and INCPEN. The successful applicant would have the flexibility to work from home, as well as from the FDF offices in London.

Essential requirements for this role

  • Demonstrable track record of: leading projects and activities including initial ideas; business case formation; stakeholder engagement and buy-in; securing financial resources; delivery & implementation; adaptability; putting in place recovery plans; securing objectives & impacts; celebrating success; and maintaining credibility and stakeholder commitment throughout.
  • Extensive experience at senior level in the private sector and in government (central and local government) including elected politicians/ministers and officials.
  • Demonstrable experience of high-quality negotiations, communications, relationships-management, and consensus-building skills involving people at senior levels in private, public, and civil society sectors.
  • Extensive experience of successfully managing budgets, tight timetables, and challenging specifications whilst achieving desired objectives.
  • Demonstrable evidence of credibility, gravitas, persuasiveness, leadership, tenacity, and achievement.
  • Be a highly effective collaborator with high quality communication and persuasion skills.
  • Demonstrable expertise at a national level of resources management policy development and delivery; how the packaging value chain works in practice; how legislation is developed and enacted in all four countries of the UK; and specifically how the Environment Act will be supported by Regulations, Statutory Guidance, and any other measures to enable the proposed packaging reforms.
  • Demonstrable awareness of, and ability to devise and manage, contractual frameworks, procurement processes, contract reporting & management, consultancy management, and any other activities involving external support.
  • Demonstrable personal credibility and values that encourage trust and respect, including in settings where the delivery of projects and activities are dependent (at least in part) on credibility and values being accepted by others.

Desirable requirements for this role

  • Techniques for developing, implementing, and delivering robust research, surveys, data, and policy objectives.
  • Awareness of the role and activities of packaging technologists; ‘lifecycle assessments and their role in helping to determine sustainable packaging systems; the range and functions of materials sectors as they pertain to packaging.
  • Experience of working with consultancies that support the packaging value chain and/or the resources and waste sector.
  • Qualifications relating to packaging value chain activities. [Note: a university degree is not essential, but it may be helpful to some to demonstrate some of the essential requirements outlined above].

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to recruitment@fdf.org.uk by 5pm, Monday 10th January 2022.

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Chief Executive, Federation of Bakers

Job Type: Part time (21 hours), 2 Year Fixed-term Contract             

Location: Central London (Bloomsbury) with some potential for home-based. Occasional national and European travel

Salary: Competitive

The Federation of Bakers

The Federation of Bakers (FoB) represents the interests of the UK’s largest baking companies who manufacture sliced and wrapped bread, bakery snacks and other bread products. It is a £3.9 billion industry at retail sales value employing 20,000 people supplying the majority of the nation’s bread. The Federation has eight member companies running 25 bakeries in the UK plus a number of associate members.

The Role

In 2021 the Federation of Bakers became an association managed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). It retains its independence as a legal entity and its business plan is set and overseen by the Federation of Bakers Board. The FoB Chief Executive is an employee of the FDF and reports to the FDF Director of Membership, Commercial and Sustainability.

The Federation of Bakers CEO ensures that the interests of the sector are represented in all government policy decisions and the reputation of the sector safe-guarded. The CEO will work with the FoB Board to develop a business plan for annual activity, taking in to account the policy landscape and range of technical issues that the sector will face. The post-holder will ensure that the Federation is financially viable and will be responsible for delivering membership growth in a challenging climate.

The CEO is the Federation of Bakers’ sole member of staff but the role is supported on a service level agreement (2 days per week) by an employee of the FDF Associations and Groups team who undertakes administrative and technical tasks including website updates; liaison with third party accountants and PR agencies; meeting arrangement and minuting.

Key tasks include:

  • Develop and implement a business plan for the Federation and industry that promotes their collective interests.
  • Represent those collective interests to the full range of industry stakeholders through
    • appropriate and measured lobbying activities.  This includes influencing both in the UK and Europe and representing the industry on a range of external bodies including the Food and Drink Federation committees and Trade Association Roundtable.
    • appropriate and sophisticated communication activities to enhance the reputation of the sector and counter misinformation.  This will include managing a significant PR function and participating in media interviews.
  • Manage the full range of back office functions of a small office:
    • Prepare and execute a budget prepared in conjunction with the Treasurer and accountants
    • Prepare and manage the Federation’s statistical provision
    • Act as Secretary to all the Federation’s committees
    • Develop value-adding services to members and deliver membership growth
    • Oversee the development of events including an annual dinner
  • Oversee the administrative support provided by the FDF Association and Groups team and manage third party contractors in accountancy and PR
  • Maintain oversight and activity on regulatory and technical issues, provide crisis management support

The candidate

The candidate will likely have senior level experience in the food and drink sector and ideally within the bakery sector. FoB represents some of the biggest names in the UK bakery sector therefore we require a media-savvy, competent communicator with the ability and gravitas to represent the sector to government and stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of the bakery technical and regulatory environment both in terms of the product and manufacturing environment including health and safety. In recent times, the retiring FoB Chief Executive has assisted the Federation through complex issues including EU Exit and Covid-19.

The successful candidate will enjoy a high degree of autonomy but will need to be comfortable with ‘hands-on’ involvement and tasks. The role will have the support of the wider FDF organisation and access to resources and assistance on issues including food safety and regulator; sustainability; industry growth and international trade.

Knowledge, skills and Experience

  • Education to degree level or equivalent/ equivalent experience
  • Good interpersonal skills, able to influence with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Good communication skills including presentation and media management
  • Strategic thinker
  • Knowledge of the public policy development process.
  • Core management skills including budget management
  • Good knowledge of the food and drink sector, ideally within the bakery sector
  • Commercial awareness
  • Technical and regulatory knowledge around food safety and health and safety

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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Technical and Regulatory Executive

Job Type Full time, Permanent Contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

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

The industry is working through a time of fundamental change, with the regulatory landscape evolving dynamically following EU Exit.  The FDF’s Regulation and Science team sits at the heart of many of the changes, helping food companies to navigate developments and providing an important interface with regulators on the development of food safety policy.   This role has a particular focus on:

  • Monitoring developments in food microbiology and new technologies across the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland and the EU.
  • Responding to stakeholder consultations on topics including gene editing.
  • Managing technical committees.

This position will play a key role in ensuring that companies are kept up to date with new regulatory requirements, as well as engaging closely with officials to provide the industry perspective as policy is developed. The role involves working with the FDF’s wider team of policy experts and member companies, regulators, and a wide range of both UK and EU stakeholders. The overall aim is to help companies maintain and update their knowledge in a changing regulatory landscape, as well as to gain and consolidate information from technical experts in the food industry to input to Government and regulators.

As Technical and Regulatory Executive your responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring scientific, regulatory and policy developments in defined areas of responsibility, including the study and analysis of relevant national, EU and Codex Alimentarius proposals and policies, ensuring that members and colleagues are kept informed by producing accurate, informative and insightful briefings.
  • Providing Secretariat support, including for the Food Microbiology Committee and Working Groups for Genetic Modification and Novel Foods. This will involve the timely preparation of agendas, papers and minutes, and following up agreed action points.
  • Formulating FDF policy in relevant areas on the back of effective member consultations, including data collation and analysis, and working collaboratively with supply chain and FDF sector trade associations to ensure that policies and representational activities are aligned where possible.
  • Communicating FDF policy internally and externally. This will include producing consultation responses, position papers and briefings for members and colleagues, as well as participating in stakeholder and FoodDrinkEurope meetings.
  • Assisting with the external representation of the FDF’s policies, including to relevant regulators and government departments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Creating content for the FDF website, ensuring information is up to date, and facilitating member engagement. Supporting and/or leading on individual policy areas and projects as directed by Head of Food Integrity and Policy.

The Team

FDF’s Regulation and Science 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.

Qualifications &  Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in food science or another relevant discipline
  • Experience in food industry, regulatory authority, trade association or similar organisation is desirable
  • Experience of scientific or regulatory policy development is desirable

Skills / Knowledge

  • Enthusiasm and aptitude to learn and ability to apply scientific and regulatory knowledge to areas outside direct experience
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, with a demonstrable ability to produce accurate written summaries of technical and regulatory information
  • Knowledge of UK and EU food law, particularly as it relates to food hygiene requirements and/or GMO regulations
  • Confident to provide verbal updates on policy areas to small groups and 1:1
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to work across a variety of different policy areas, managing multiple deadlines
  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships across companies and with key external stakeholders
  • Responsible self-starter but also a highly motivated team player
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills

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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Membership Association Groups Executive

Job Type Full time, permanent contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

Opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join the FDF, working across the Membership & Commercial and the Associations teams. The role will focus principally on identifying and establishing food sector group opportunities and providing advice to members and sector groups on wider food industry areas, ensuring that they are kept up to date on new regulatory requirements.

You will be responsible for:

  • Providing advice and guidance to members and sector groups on wider food industry areas of interest including, regulatory, scientific and environmental developments.
  • Identifying and setting up of new sector groups in specialist food sector areas, to grow commercial revenues. Identifying members to invite and developing prospect lists and undertaking recruitment activity for non-members.
  • Identifying and establishing and managing new sector groups and their committees by providing Secretariat support and assist these members on relevant food policy issues.
  • Monitoring relevant scientific, technical and regulatory developments, including policy proposals as they relate to the food sector groups.
  • Preparation and circulation of Association and Group papers (e.g. agendas, resources, action lists and minutes).
  • Targeted membership recruitment activity
  • Attending and reporting on relevant external meetings and pursuing actions arising.

The Team

FDF’s Membership and 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.

FDF’s Regulation and Science 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 Hygiene, Food Ingredients, Food Law and Labelling, New Technologies and Residues and Contaminants and support a number of serviced Sector Associations on specific category areas of interest.

Requirements

  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry
  • Knowledge of related food technical and regulatory issues
  • Relevant experience in industry, trade association or similar organisation is desirable
  • Responsible self-starter
  • Interest in developing commercial skills
  • Good administrative ability and able 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
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • IT literate with experience of Word, PowerPoint and Excel

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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Senior Sector Technical and Regulatory Executive

Job Type Full time, Permanent Contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

 

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Associations and Groups team sitting within the wider Regulatory and Science team at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).  FDF is the representative body of the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. As well as working closely with companies, a number of sector specific food trade associations are also our members, and these associations are the focus of this role.

The role provides Secretariat support to some of the key sector associations we represent, acting as the main point of contact on technical and regulatory developments. This position will play an important role in ensuring that companies are kept up to date across a broad range of policy and regulatory requirements, ensuring information is tailored to specific associations requirements. The role involves working closely with the FDF’s wider team of policy experts as well as member companies, regulators, and a wide range of both UK and EU stakeholders. 

As Senior Sector Technical and Regulatory Executive you will be responsible for:

  • Providing Secretariat support for a number of committees, both technical and Board level. This will involve the timely preparation of agendas, papers and minutes, and following up agreed action points.
  • Monitoring scientific, technical and regulatory developments, including the study and analysis of relevant UK Government, EU, Codex Alimentarius and other policies and proposals as they relate to the relevant Associations and Groups.
  • Analysing, summarise and disseminate technical documents in a timely and accurate manner on food issues relating to those key sectors.
  • Liaising with FDF policy committees, government departments, European Associations and other stakeholders to ensure members are up to date and can input into the development of policy positions. This will include attending external meetings and some travel to European meetings.
  • Working alongside the Associations and Groups Manager, take responsibility for the day to day financial management of the Associations and Groups responsible for.
  • Helping to communicate policies clearly and accurately, through a variety of channels including presenting at meetings, regular written updates, keeping the website up-to-date and writing microblogs.
  • Assisting, as required, in the management of food incidents.
  • Deputising for the Associations and Groups Manager in their absence.

The Team

The Associations and Sector Groups team sits within FDF’s wider Regulation and Science team, which 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, Food Contact Materials, Food Law and Labelling, Microbiology, New Technologies, Nutrition, Residues and Contaminants.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in food science or another relevant discipline
  • Experience in food industry, regulatory authority, trade association or similar organisation is desirable.
  • Experience of scientific or regulatory policy development is desirable

Skills / Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry and government bodies
  • Technical expertise in food safety and regulatory issues
  • Responsible self-starter but also a highly motivated team player
  • 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 and finance ability
  • Line management experience desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

 

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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