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.

HR Advisor

Job Type Full time, Permanent Contract

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive


The Role

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop their generalist HR experience in a supportive and forward-looking environment. Reporting to the Head of HR, you will be responsible for the day to day delivery of HR services as well as providing effective support and advice on key HR policies and processes. You will have a key role in overseeing FDF’s recruitment and selection activities and will be responsible for managing FDF benefits, HR admin processes and systems. As HR Advisor you will:

  • Manage the recruitment, onboarding and induction processes.
  • Effectively administer all employee benefits including pensions.
  • Provide monthly employee information for payroll, and provide basic advice to colleagues on payroll related queries.
  • Support employees and their managers to identify training and development needs.
  • Book and manage training courses for employees.
  • Track appraisal administration and support new employees through the process.
  • Provide first line support and advice to colleagues on HR related policy and procedures.
  • Update the Employee Handbook and internal HR policies in line with best practice and legal requirements. Draft new policies as required.
  • Maintain the HR database to facilitate accurate and timely information, including the tracking of key HR events such as probation periods, fixed term contracts etc.
  • Provide HR KPI reports for the Leadership Team and Board.
  • Update absence records and monitor trends, liaising with the Head of HR where appropriate.
  • Follow the leaver process and undertake exit interviews as appropriate.

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

Qualifications

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline
  • CIPD qualified, or working towards qualification

Experience

  • Previous experience working in a generalist HR environment, demonstrating a passion for all areas of HR and the ability to provide sound HR advice and guidance
  • Previous experience working for a trade association or within the food and drink sector would be desirable

Skills/ Knowledge

  • Confident, assertive, reliable, self-motivated and totally discrete
  • Able to communicate well with individuals at all levels in the organisation, both written and verbally
  • Excellent organisation, time-management and administrative skills
  • Strong teamwork skills and the ability to build effective professional relationships
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office packages
  • Good attention to detail and can use own initiative
  • Able to work flexibly and cope with change

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: https://www.fdf.org.uk/fdf/about-fdf/work-for-us/recruitment-privacy-notice/

Closing Date: 17 September 2021; 5:30pm

Economic Policy Manager

Job Type Full time, Permanent Contract                       

Location Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary Competitive

The Role

As Economic Policy Manager you will manage FDF’s strategy to demonstrate the economic importance of the sector and leading the FDF’s regular engagement with Government economists across relevant departments including HM Treasury. You will lead FDF’s economic research, data and analysis for policy evaluation and commercial research activities across the whole of the organisation.  You will support FDF teams to raise their economic research capability.

The role will involve monitoring policy and economic developments, managing the design and delivery by colleagues of economic research, and raising the FDF’s economic profile by promoting the economic impact of the UK food and drink industry through engagement with key stakeholders and the media.

This will involve drafting concise and informative briefings for members; formulating FDF policy on the back of member consultations; advocating policy positions to decision-makers and the media; and working with industry partners and stakeholders to ensure that the delivery of projects meet business objectives.

As Economic Policy Manager your responsibilities will include:

  • Raise FDF’s economic voice by managing FDF’s economic research activity, ensuring FDF colleagues are using the most up-to-date and robust economic indicators when promoting the economic importance of the industry.
  • Manage FDF’s ongoing export and confidence reporting and deliver one-off research projects to support FDF objectives.
  • Identify and deliver commercial opportunities for the production and sale of FDF research projects in partnership with FDF’s commercial leads.
  • Manage the economic outputs arising from FDF’s Industry Growth and International Trade Committees and monitor business and fiscal policy developments.
  • Manage the development of activities across the FDF (including FDF Scotland and FDF Cymru) to support and enhance the use of economic analysis to support the delivery of the FDF’s wider policy aims.

The Team

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 to enable and remove barriers to food and drink industry growth including: economic recovery, international trade, people and skills, innovation and working with supply chains.

Requirements

  • Graduate degree and/or professional qualification in economics, research, politics, international relations or other relevant disciplines.
  • Proven professional experience in economic research, policy development and project management, gained in a Government department or a corporate, political, trade association or consultancy environment.
  • Politically aware with a knowledge of UK political processes and a strong understanding of policy issues affecting the food and drink manufacturing sector, particularly in relation to economic and fiscal policy.
  • Strong analytical, organisational, project management and presentational and written skills with the ability to credibly represent FDF in committees, stakeholder and media activities, communicating effectively with 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 lead and develop creative and evidence-based approaches to policy issues, 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.

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

View our recruitment privacy notice

Closing Date: 17 September 2021; 5:30pm

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 the Food and Drink Federation’s Regulation and Science team.  The provision of safe, authentic products is of paramount importance for the food and drink industry and this is reflected in the FDF’s wide-ranging food safety and science activities. 

As a Technical and Regulatory Executive, you would support the development and pursuit of industry policy on behalf of our members.  A key focus of the role is the provision of advice to members on scientific, technological and regulatory developments in respect of relevant aspects of food safety and science.  You would engage directly with members, providing Secretariat support for assigned Committees and working groups, as well as with external stakeholders.

We would particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates with knowledge of, or interest in, food hygiene or new technologies, as we envisage that this role will have responsibility for the FDF’s work across these areas.

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.
  • Communicating scientific and regulatory developments and policies clearly and accurately, keeping members informed through appropriate channels and ensuring that relevant sections of the FDF website are kept up-to-date.
  • 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 the FDF’s policies to all appropriate external bodies, including the FSA, DEFRA, HSE, PHE, BEIS and FoodDrinkEurope.
  • Preparing and circulating committee and secretariat papers (e.g. agendas, action lists and minutes).
  • Attending and reporting on relevant FDF, FoodDrinkEurope and external meetings and pursuing actions arising.
  • Developing, reviewing and implementing policy in respect of specified areas.
  • Liaising closely with colleagues across the team and within the FDF to share knowledge and provide expert support as needed.
  • Working collaboratively with supply chain trade associations to ensure that policies and representational activities are aligned and optimised wherever possible.

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 Hygiene, Food Ingredients, Food Law and Labelling, New Technologies and Residues and Contaminants. The team also provides expert advice to several smaller sector specific Associations.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in food science or another relevant discipline

 Experience

  • Technical expertise in food safety, science and regulatory issues
  • Relevant experience in industry, trade association or similar organisation is desirable

Skills/ Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry, government bodies and scientific and regulatory policy-making processes
  • Responsible self-starter
  • Strong ability to manage a diverse workload and a wide range of issues
  • Proven aptitude to learn and ability to apply scientific and regulatory knowledge to areas outside direct experience
  • Ability to understand relevance of scientific and policy developments to industry
  • Good ability to sustain a range of working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good administrative ability
  • 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

View our recruitment privacy notice

Closing Date: 17 September 2021; 5:30pm

Associations & Groups Administrator

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 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.

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

View our recruitment privacy notice

Closing Date: 24 September 2021; 5:30pm

icons

Recruitment privacy notice

This is the privacy policy relating to the protection of FDF job applicant's information. The FDF will ensure that data is always processed in accordance with the provisions of relevant data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

icons

Our structure

To find out more about our internal structures and how teams are organised, please look at our team organisation charts.

church

Guidance

FDF benefits booklet

Our comprehensive benefits package supports employees in a number of important areas.