A great opportunity to join the Regulation and Science team at the Food and Drink Federation and working closely with our policy experts across a range of food safety topics.

Job Type        Fixed-term contract until 31 December 2025

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 (2-3 days in the office per week)

We bring together businesses, government and stakeholders to ensure our manufacturers have the right conditions to grow, invest and employ, while continuing to produce high quality, nutritious and affordable food and drink.

This opportunity is part of the Associations and Sector Groups team, which sits in the broader Regulation and Science team.

The role works with several smaller sector trade associations who form part of FDF – including being the lead support for the Federation of Bakers. You will be keeping the associations up to date across a broad range of policy and regulatory developments and 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 trade. 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 technical 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 Sector Regulatory Manager, as well as relevant Association’s Chief Executives and Chairs
  • Creating website content, including policy briefings, magazine articles and microblogs


  • 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
  • The role will include attending external meetings and some travel to European meetings

How to apply

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

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.


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About FDF Scotland

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland is the Scottish trade association for food and drink manufacturers. We are a division of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) representing food and drink manufacturers across the UK.

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The FDF is a great place to work where we take wellbeing seriously and have a great benefits package to match.