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Job: Head of Food Futures, Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, UK


Advertiser's description (via Food, Farming and Countryside Commission)

Job Purpose 

This important and exciting role will lead our work on food system policy for FFCC. It has a dual purpose: leading the management of our groundbreaking Food Conversation project, under the strategic leadership of our Chief Executive; and helping FFCC achieve its strategic aim of ‘ensuring healthy food is everybody’s business’. Working closely with our Director of External Affairs, the post holder will manage the design and delivery of The Food Conversation and contribute food systems expertise across the team. This person must have an in-depth and detailed understanding of food policy, with a particular focus on the “eating end” of the food system. This person will work closely with the farming and land use experts in the team and bring credible and credentialed expertise in health and/or nutrition. The Food Conversation and food/health work at FFCC take a critical systems approach and aim to shift the narrative on food towards the need for structural changes in our food system. As such, the postholder will be familiar with social and/or Action Research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, and ideally with a background understanding of the political economy of food and/or the role of narratives and framing in policy development. They will be familiar with the food policy context across the UK, and opportunities for change at both local and national levels. This person will be an excellent analyst and communicator, able to write clear and compelling reports, policy briefs and blogs, and respond effectively to developments on social media. They will be required to speak credibly and fluently with the media, policymakers and high-profile stakeholders. They will have extensive experience working with sector leaders, demonstrate outstanding people skills and have experience managing complicated, multi-component projects.

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)

Closing date: 23:59 on Sunday 10th March 2024. First stage interviews will take place during the week commencing 25th March.

Salary: Circa £50,000 dependent on experience

Location: Home based, with frequent travel to London and Bristol, and co-working space available in Bristol.

To apply: Please send your CV and a one page cover letter, explaining why you are suitable for this role and your reasons for applying, to