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.

Working with us

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 work gives our employees an opportunity to produce career-defining and agenda setting work. Along the way, you’ll team up with inspiring colleagues and encounter a richness of people, cultures and experiences. We offer exciting challenges, memorable experiences and opportunities to shape your future.

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The FDF operates as an equal opportunities employer

We believe in equal opportunities for everyone and we won’t define people by their race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion or beliefs, age, or disability. We are happy to discuss flexible and agile approaches to working for all our roles – we can’t promise we will be able to offer you everything you want or need but we do promise to discuss it with you openly and honestly. If you have any reasonable adjustment needs arising from a disability or medical condition to fully participate in the recruitment process, please discuss this with our recruitment team.

Trade Policy Manager

Job Type        Permanent

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             Competitive, with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

 

An exciting opportunity which will focus on supporting the Head of International Trade in strategic planning, policy development and engagement to deliver the FDF’s Trade and Investment Strategy and the effective prioritisation of UK food and drink manufacturing in government’s trade and border policies.

The role will involve line management, monitoring policy developments; drafting concise and informative briefings for members; formulating policy positions; and liaising with decision-makers and industry leaders.

Key responsibilities

To meet members’ demands and expectations by ensuring the successful delivery of key elements of the FDF’s Trade and Investment Strategy. To use this strategy to effectively deploy limited resources; engage the wider membership; and ensure the effective contribution of FDF to relevant trade and border policy discussions.

  • Manage the delivery of the FDF’s Trade and Investment Strategy border policy priorities
  • Lead the FDF’s engagement to secure the best outcomes in GB-NI trade relations
  • Drive improvements in the implementation of the EU-UK trade agreement
  • Manage the organisation of the FDF’s Customs Working Group
  • Support lobbying activities on UK FTA negotiations
  • Monitor and communicate developments affecting UK trade with the EU, Northern Ireland and third countries
  • Build and maintain links with Defra, DIT, HMRC, the Cabinet Office and represent the FDF on relevant external forums and committees
  • Manage the FDF’s Senior Economic Policy Executive

Working relationships

To work with the Director of Policy and Corporate Affairs, Head of International Trade, FDF’s regulatory policy and sector association leads, member companies, and a range of external stakeholders in government and representative organisations.

Requirements

  • Trade policy professional with relevant graduate degree
  • Substantial professional experience working on trade policy with an excellent technical knowledge of trade and border policy issues gained in a government department, trade association, corporate or consultancy environment
  • Excellent knowledge of political processes, the domestic and international political context, and a firm grasp of public policy issues affecting trade in food and drink
  • Strong analytical, organisational and presentational skills. An 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 to provide specialist advice to FDF colleagues, members and stakeholders
  • Highly motivated team player with a hands-on attitude, ability to plan, develop and lead projects, industry positions and their effective communication
  • Tenacious with the ability to seek out opportunities to promote the interests of the FDF, its members and our industry
  • 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 

To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

Closing date: 15 July 2022; 5:30pm

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Programme Manager (Net Zero)

Job Type        12 Month Fixed-term contract

Location         Edinburgh, Scotland

Salary             Competitive, with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

An exciting opportunity to be involved in the Strategic Net Zero Response programme on behalf of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership and support food and drink businesses in Scotland to meet the Partnership Net Zero Commitment.

The Programme Manager will be planning and managing a range of projects that will contribute to the acceleration of the net zero journey for food and drink producers.

Key responsibilities for the Programme Manager

  • Planning individual varied projects (with direction from the Net Zero Director and input from the Scotland Food and Drink Net Zero Steering Group - NZSG) including setting timescales and project outcomes/deliverables
  • Responsible for managing a range of projects that contribute to programme deliverables
  • Supervising all aspects of project development, scope, goals, execution, deliverables and meetings
  • Provides a secretariat function to the NZSG
  • Provides technical advice and signposting to support for food and drink producers in Scotland that will aid with emissions reductions
  • Attending events and contributing to conferences, seminars, information events, workshops, reports and publications with a focus on net zero
  • Gathering and managing data and evidence relating to projects; to identify opportunities and risks, and to support evaluation of activities

Requirements

  • Qualification in environment, sustainability or relevant technical qualification would be desirable
  • Project management qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Experience of developing and implementing project plans
  • A broad understanding of environmental sustainability including net zero, sustainable procurement/supply chains, energy, waste and packaging issues
  • An understanding of consumer demands relating to packaging/food waste and broader sustainability
  • An understanding of the time, financial and resource challenges food and drink producers are facing and how the net zero agenda could help mitigate some of these challenges
  • An understanding of relevant partners/stakeholders/agencies and the role they play as well as knowledge of the expertise and services available
  • Ability to identify key partner strengths, support and eligibility criteria and tie this into business needs
  • Strong contacts within the food and drink supply chain, ideally at senior/decision making level
  • Ability to generate lots of new leads and make great contacts
  • Confident talking to, motivate, and enthuse both technical staff and senior decision makers
  • Good communication skills including the ability to understand technical data relating to sustainability projects
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a small but dynamic team

The ideal candidate for the Programme and Policy Manager role will have a good knowledge of the food & drink landscape in Scotland preferably with industry experience and have an understanding of the commercial issues businesses face.

How to apply

To apply for the Programme Manager role, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

Closing Date: 22 July 2022; 5:30pm

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Communications Executive (Net Zero)

Job Type        12 Month Fixed-term contract

Location         Edinburgh, Scotland

Salary             Competitive, with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

A great opportunity to be involved in the Strategic Net Zero Response programme on behalf of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership and support food and drink businesses in Scotland to meet the Partnership Net Zero Commitment.

The Communications Executive will be working closely with the Net Zero Programme Director in developing inspiring and engaging communications to stakeholders, including food and drink producers, politicians, interest groups, the media and consumers.

 

Key responsibilities for the Communications Executive

  • Leading the communication of the net zero programme to key stakeholders and food and drink businesses, with direction from the Net Zero Director
  • Managing campaigns and communications that inspire and challenge our sector to accelerate its net zero journey
  • This will include online, website, email marketing, PR, event collateral and the design and content for reports and publications
  • Developing and executing a communications strategy to include Net Zero campaigns aimed at businesses as well as consumer audiences
  • Proactive and reactive engagement with the media, building strong contacts
  • Developing and delivering engaging content for events, conferences, seminars, information events and workshops
  • Working with the Partnership Communications Group to provide tailored toolkits including key messaging, approved imagery and relevant content to maximise the Partnership communications channels

Requirements

  • Experience of developing and executing a multi-channel communication strategy
  • Having worked with marketing agencies and wider communications stakeholder to implement strategies
  • Experience of driving digital engagement strategies, writing and editing content and commissioning digital creative campaigns
  • Experience of taking complex and technical issues and bringing them to life in engaging and relevant ways
  • Experience of working work well as part of a small, dynamic team, bringing creative thinking, innovation and exciting ways to engage industry and stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to lead projects and manage competing priorities under pressure
  • Excellent time management and self-motivation skills
  • The ability to “see the bigger picture”. Demonstrating a clear understanding of how the net zero agenda can fit with other challenges facing food and drink producers and how it could also mitigate some of the key challenges businesses are facing right now
  • A good knowledge of the food & drink landscape in Scotland preferably with industry experience and an understanding of the commercial issues businesses face
  • Outcomes focused with a commercial mindset.
  • A basic understanding of environmental sustainability including net zero
  • An understanding of relevant partners/stakeholders/agencies and the role they play as well as knowledge of the expertise and services available

How to apply

To apply for the Communications Executive role, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

Closing date: 22 July 2022; 5:30pm

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Team Administrator (Sustainability)

Job Type        Permanent

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             Competitive

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

 

An exciting opportunity to provide administrative, secretarial and policy support for the sustainability team at FDF.

The Sustainability team delivers services for members, stakeholders and colleagues across a range of policy areas through the activities of the Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC), the Packaging Taskforce (PTF) – including the EPR Advocacy Group jointly managed with Corporate Affairs Team) - and the Net Zero workstream of the Food and Drink Sector Council (FDSC).

The policy support element will be project based, with examples including the development of the Sustainability Hub and in activities related to progress reporting under our Environmental programme, Ambition 2025.

Key responsibilities

  • Providing day to day admin support to the team and support for specific projects
  • Diary management, arranging meetings/calls, room bookings, travel and hotel arrangements
  • Organise internal meetings and events including IT and catering requirements, including on the day support
  • Accurately produce documents including a note of meetings and upload them onto FDF website
  • Co-ordinate paperwork in relation to committee meetings, conferences and seminars
  • Manage website updates, circulars, microblogs, membership records on the CRM on behalf of the team
  • Coordinate the teams’ input for FDF newsletters, staff meetings and the FDF website
  • Ensure that members / stakeholder contacts and key events on the FDF database are maintained appropriately
  • On occasions to provide additional administrative support for other FDF teams as required for example to provide absence cover
  • Any other reasonable ad hoc duties that may be required. There may be occasional evening working to support events.

FDF Director of Sustainability

  • Support management of the Director’s diary
  • Support the Director’s preparation for internal and external meetings
  • Undertake ad hoc personal support to the Director’s as required

Support for FDF Committees and Groups

  • Provide administrative support for the ESC and PTF groups
  • Provide administrative support for events, forums, projects, cross-team working

Requirements

  • Educated to A-Level standard or relevant working experience
  • Previous experience of working for a trade association would be an advantage
  • Experience of using a CRM system
  • Excellent organisational and administration skills with the ability to prioritise workload.
  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills
  • Ability to work flexibly and under pressure to meet deadlines
  • A team player but also able to work independently and on own initiative
  • Professional, approachable with positive attitude – providing a high-quality service to members and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good minute taking ability
  • Strong attention to detail when producing word documents, spreadsheets and database maintenance
  • Proficient in using MS Office e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Demonstrable interest in sustainability issues

How to apply 

To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

Closing date: 8 July 2022; 5:30pm

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Database Administrator

Job Type        6 Month Fixed-term contract

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             £20k - £25k with excellent benefits

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

An opportunity has risen within the digital team at FDF for an enthusiastic Database Administrator. This role would suit anyone with background in data entry or would be an ideal first job for a recent graduate who is willing to learn and has an eye for detail.

The role will focus on auditing and updating the information held about our contacts on our database (CRM).

The Database Administrator will also ensure email bounce backs are dealt with effectively and assist with the processing of new website registrations. In addition, the Database Administrator will assist as required with ad-hoc CRM housekeeping.

Key responsibilities

  • Conducting a full audit of all our stakeholder contacts ensuring these are correctly logged on the CRM
  • Maintain and update the FDF database (CRM) contacts including adding new contacts correctly
  • Updating database records with information provided by colleagues
  • Identify contacts (individuals and companies) that have not actively engaged with the website for six months or more and assist with investigations into whether the contacts are still in post or need to be removed from the CRM
  • Undertake a full audit of all CRM addresses, update and add any missing to enable a full site mapping exercise to be completed
  • Assist the digital team with processing new website registrations to enable our users to access the FDF website
  • Daily conduct investigation into any email bounce backs arising from marketing mail-outs and take action as necessary
  • Manage central email accounts and ensure any data queries updated and reflected in the CRM

Requirements

  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to enter and check information quickly and accurately
  • Excellent IT skills including good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Outlook email
  • Good communications and organisational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and identify, raise and resolve queries with colleagues
  • Ability to quickly develop contacts within a complex organisation and work as part of a team
  • Methodical, able to plan and manage workload effectively and to maintain attention and accuracy whilst under-taking repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Previous experience of data-entry using a customer relationship management tool (CRM) - desirable
  • Understanding of relational databases - desirable
  • Understanding sensitivities and confidentiality around data collection and data protection though training will be provided

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: 8 July 2022; 5:30pm

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Senior Regulatory Affairs Executive (Food Safety)

Job Type        Permanent

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             circa £35k with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

 

This is an exciting opportunity for a food regulatory policy professional 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 role will lead on a range of policies, likely to include food contact materials, novel foods and genetic technologies, although there is some flexibility depending on previous experience.

Key responsibilities

  • Monitoring and analysis of scientific, regulatory and policy developments in defined areas across GB, EU and Codex Alimentarius
  • Providing written summaries of regulatory changes and verbal updates to companies and FDF colleagues
  • Responding to Government calls for evidence and public consultations, including data collation and analysis and policy formulation
  • Liaising with Government officials and representing the FDF at external meetings.
  • Working closely with technical staff in food manufacturing companies, including through timely management of technical committees.
  • Working across FDF policy teams to provide expert advice and briefing, particularly to our net zero team on packaging and to specialist food sector groups.
  • Working collaboratively with supply chain partners on areas of common interest, and liaising with European counterparts particularly FoodDrinkEurope
  • Creating content for the FDF website, including policy briefings

Requirements

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in food science or another relevant discipline
  • Experience in food industry, regulatory authority, trade association or similar organisation
  • Experience of scientific or regulatory policy development is desirable
  • Enthusiasm and aptitude to learn and proven 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 scientific and regulatory information
  • Knowledge of UK and EU food law, particularly as it relates to food contact materials, novel foods, GMO regulations and/or food microbiology
  • Confident to provide verbal updates 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 within companies and with key external stakeholders
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills

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.

 

To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

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Senior Regulatory Affairs Executive (Associations and Groups)

Job Type        Permanent

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             circa £35k with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             35 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 3 days in the office)

 

This opportunity is part of the Associations and Groups team, which sits in the broader Regulation and Science team at the Food and Drink Federation, the representative body of the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.

The role works with several smaller sector trade associations – breakfast cereals for example - keeping them up to date across a broad range of policy and regulatory requirements. You will be working closely with our policy experts across a range of food safety topics- for example Food Contact Materials, Microbiology, Residues and Contaminants - as well as keeping an overview of a range of broader policies like the National Food Strategy. You will work with technical experts in food manufacturing companies and need to confidently liaise with government officials and a wider range of stakeholders both in the UK and EU.

Key responsibilities

  • Monitoring and analysis of scientific, regulatory and policy developments in defined areas across GB, EU and Codex Alimentarius, with a food safety focus
  • Providing written summaries of regulatory changes as well as verbal updates to small groups of companies
  • Extensive liaison including with FDF regulatory and policy colleagues, government officials, European Associations
  • Providing Secretariat support for several committees, both technical and Board level, including preparing agendas, papers and minutes
  • Working alongside the Associations and Groups Manager and taking responsibility for the day-to-day financial management of the Associations and Groups
  • Creating website content, including policy briefings and microblogs
  • Deputising for the Associations and Groups Manager in their absence
  • The role has the potential to include line management responsibilities

Requirements

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in food science or another relevant discipline
  • Strong analytical and communication skills, with a demonstrable ability to produce accurate written summaries of scientific and regulatory information
  • Experience in food industry, regulatory authority, trade association or similar organisation is desirable
  • Experience of food safety and/or regulatory policy development is desirable
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to work across wide range of issues, managing multiple deadlines
  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships within companies and with key external stakeholders at a range of seniorities
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills, including previous experience of providing secretariat to committee meetings
  • Responsible self-starter but also a highly motivated team player
  • Line management experience desirable
  • The role will include attending external meetings and some travel to European meetings

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.

 

To apply, please send us your CV and salary expectations illustrating why you’d be a great candidate to recruitment@fdf.org.uk

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Membership Executive

Job Type        Permanent, 3 days per week

Location         Central London (Bloomsbury)

Salary             £18k with excellent benefits including 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme

Hours             21 hours per week; hybrid working option (minimum 60% of time in the office)

The Role

Opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join the FDF within the Membership & Commercial team. The role will focus principally on identifying and establishing food sector group opportunities, recruiting and retaining members and providing advice to members on wider food industry areas.

You will be responsible for:

  • Identifying and setting up of new sector groups in specialist food sector areas. Identifying members to invite and developing prospect lists and undertaking recruitment activity for non-members
  • Work with colleagues from the FDF Food Safety team and FDF Association and Groups teams to support these specialist groups
  • Targeted membership recruitment activity
  • Providing advice and guidance to members
  • Working with colleagues across FDF to ensure that members are engaged
  • Creating website content, including microblogs
  • Supporting the Membership & Commercial team with events

Requirements

  • Knowledge of the food and drink industry
  • Relevant experience in industry, trade association or similar organisation is desirable
  • Experience working in the food industry 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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