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Global Head of Research (Food Business)

Job title: Global Head of Research (Food Business) (UK based)

Location: Surrey, UK

Salary: Up to £51,000 (dependent upon experience)

Compassion in World Farming International 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 international 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. In addition, we aim to drive corporate meat reduction strategies and targets in line with planetary health requirements, via our newly launched Rethinking Food workstream.

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, manufacturers and producers.

We are now looking for a highly experienced farm animal welfare scientist to join the Food Business team. The Head of Research is a new and exciting role, responsible for the further development and ongoing management of our highly respected resources, advisory service and network on farm animal welfare issues and solutions, which underpin the credibility of our programme. The role will also provide technical support for food business tools, corporate engagement, and communications. Cross-species knowledge with a focus on poultry and pigs is required.

The right candidate will have a proven scientific background, excellent practical knowledge of farm animal welfare, and a commercial awareness of livestock production. You will need to be output driven and solutions focussed, working collaboratively to embed knowledge, and communicating with confidence to inspire change. The role will require developing and delivering multiple workflows to deadline and within budget, as well as coordinating and integrating the technical function across international teams, with a strong problem solving ‘can do’ attitude.

This is a vital role within Compassion’s Food Business Programme and offers a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact for farm animal welfare within a dynamic team and influential global organisation. Importantly, there is plenty of scope to bring your own creativity, voice, and novel approach to driving change for farm animals.

Compassion in World Farming HQ is located in bright, modern offices; just 2 minutes’ walk from Godalming mainline station (45 minutes from London Waterloo). Regular travel to Thailand will be required and potentially also to the wider Asia Pacific region, dependent upon opportunities.


  • Read the full job description
  • Closing date for applications: Monday, 19th April 2021. We would like applications as soon as possible as these will be reviewed regularly and interviews may take place on a rolling programme.
  • Interviews: Planned for w/c 3rd May 2021 (may be subject to change)
  • Please complete the online application form and upload your CV and tailored covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification of the job description
  • Visit our international Food Business website for further information

No agencies please.


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