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China Research Manager Food Business (China Programme)

Full time post, 2 years fixed term contract

Location:The post will be based in the UK (Surrey) and will require significant travel to China (with potentially additional travel to Asia Pacific).

Salary: £33,000 to £38,000 (dependent on experience)

Compassion in World Farming is the leading international farm animal welfare charity, campaigning to improve the lives of millions of farm animals through advocacy, lobbying for legislative change, and positive engagement with the global food industry. Our established Food Business programme aims to raise baseline standards for farm animals by securing commitments, ensuring compliance and facilitating implementation of higher welfare policies and practices. Our work is based on scientific evidence and best practice and as such we are recognised as the credible partner on farm animal welfare to the major food retailers, food service companies and manufacturers. The Food Business programme is increasingly global in its remit – through the supply chains of our partners, and through the expansion of the programme into the US and China.

The post holder will be responsible for the on-going technical credibility and development of Compassion’s Awards programme and resources in China. This includes further development of the awards criteria, application and verification processes, and knowledge transfer to award winners, food companies, and wider stakeholder groups in China.

Working with the Head of Food Business China programme you will play a central role in further implementing and developing our influence on animal welfare in China as well as strengthening and enhancing our technical service offer.

The right candidate will bring both scientific rigour and excellent practical knowledge of farm animal welfare in food production to the role, along with passion and belief in improving animal welfare in China. You will have a strong commercial awareness and develop a solid understanding of the Chinese food industry whilst maintaining a sympathetic understanding of the wider organisational aims. The role will require developing and delivering multiple workflows to deadline and within budget, and a strong problem solving ‘can do’ attitude.

This is a vital role within Compassion’s China Programme, helping to ensure farm animal welfare is adopted within the sustainable supply chain and corporate policies of the world’s leading food businesses as well as China’s national companies. The role offers a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact for farm animal welfare within a dynamic team and influential global organisation.

Compassion in World Farming HQ is located in bright, modern offices; just 2 minutes’ walk from Godalming mainline station (45 minutes from London Waterloo).


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  • Closing date: Sunday, 17th November 2019
  • Planned interview date: Wednesday, 20th November 2019
  • Please complete the online application form to upload your CV and a covering letter

No Agencies please.