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Senior Research Manager - China

Job title: Senior Research Manager - China (UK based)

Full time post: Contracted to end March 2022 (renewal of contract subject to additional funding)

Location: The post will ideally be based in the UK (Surrey) and will require significant travel to China, depending on travel restrictions.

Salary: £35,000 – £40,000 (dependent upon 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 in the EU, US, China, and Thailand.

The post holder will be responsible for leading the on-going technical credibility and development of Compassion’s Awards programme and resources in China. This includes technical support prior to and within food company meetings, knowledge transfer to the team, award winners, and wider stakeholder groups in China. You will also take the lead on further development of the awards criteria, application and verification processes, and indirectly manage the China Research Officer (based 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 be commercially astute and bring gravitas and credibility with your technical knowledge and practical experience of farm animal welfare within a global context. You will 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 Compassions 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). Ability to travel to China is required.


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Closing date: Sunday, 8th November 2020. We would like applications as soon as possible as these will be reviewed regularly and interviews may take place on a rolling programme.

Please complete the online application form and upload your CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification of the job description

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