European Food Business Manager – Maternity Cover

Job type: Maternity cover (12 months)

Salary: circa £30,000 to £35,000 (dependent on experience)

Location: Godalming, Surrey

Start date: February or March 2018

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. The goal of our established Food Business team is to place farm animal welfare at the heart of the food industry, and in doing so we are recognised as the credible partner on animal welfare standards and policies, to the major food retailers, food service companies and manufacturers.

The right Candidate will be an experienced business development / account manager who will be responsible for maintaining and developing partnerships with leading food companies. In particular, targeting the top Global food service companies, in order to deliver higher farm animal welfare standards throughout their supply chains.

The right Candidate will have a track record of building strong commercial relationships and be approachable, adaptable and have a positive disposition that inspires confidence.

They will have account management experience and be an excellent communicator, ideally with experience in partnership development and/or marketing in order to provide a compelling case to engage with food companies. They will promote the value of, and business case for, improved farm animal welfare policies and practices and promote support for key campaigns and programmes throughout the Europe. A track record of managing a Sustainability/Corporate Responsibility programme within the retail and/or food and/or ethical supply chain sector or a strong track record of managing NGO programmes and campaigns to commercial organisations, would be an advantage.

They will be able to bring a commercial perspective to welfare issues, and a solid understanding of the issues, practices and strategy in sustainability and/or animal welfare within the food supply chain.  They will be realistic but ambitious about what is achievable with companies.  They will be a driven self-starter, who can work on their own as well as in a team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to a programme that intersects with the commercial world and the sustainable food supply chain, and is a unique chance to make a lasting impact within a dynamic and relevant organisation.


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