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Certification Officer - Health and Beauty

Soil Association
Bristol with hybrid working

Posted: 20 Jan 2023

Deadline: 5 Feb 2023

Compensation: £24,737 per annum

Paid Full-time Fixed term / contract


Job description

About our Organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market, and we protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

Soil Association Certification offers a huge range of organic and sustainable certification schemes across food, farming, catering, health and beauty, textiles and forestry which are recognised and trusted by consumers and businesses around the world. We’re the UK’s leading organic certifier – you’ll find our symbol on over 70% of organic products.

About the Opportunity

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the Health & Beauty Team. This role will see you working with licensees in the cosmetics sector across the supply chain from manufacturing, wholesaling, and retail through to brand holders. You will be handling all aspects of organic certification for our portfolio of health & beauty businesses - reviewing formulations, artwork, and inspection reports, making certification decisions and ensuring compliance with the standards. We are in daily contact with our licensees so you will need to be able demonstrate technical understanding of the cosmetics industry and organic standards, as well as be able to build and maintain relationships.

About You

To be successful in this role you will be educated to degree level, or have equivalent experience, in a cosmetic formulation/science, chemistry or quality management discipline. You will have a keen eye for detail, a confident approach to service delivery and the ability to provide solutions within tight deadlines. You will be an excellent relationship builder, highly organised and have an awareness of the commercial demands on cosmetics businesses. We are looking for you to demonstrate an ability to manage your own workload and to show excellent customer service skills on the phone and face to face. Excellent computer literacy, verbal and written communication skills are must.

Our Benefits

We offer a range of financial and lifestyle benefits to all our employees, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days with length of service plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme with ethical investment options and employer contribution increasing with length of service
  • Free membership of the Soil Association and discounts on organic produce
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies and flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyle and produce


37.5 hours per weekFixed Term - 10 Months


Bristol with hybrid working

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About Soil Association

Our organisation started in 1946 to pioneer a better world – one where we can all farm, eat and live healthily in balance with the environment. Our team of around 250 employees have been working with this vision for positive change ever since. We’re farming, growing, buying, cooking and eating. We’re campaigning, lobbying and certifying. We’re running research programmes that pave the way for change. And we’re inspiring millions of people to take their own step towards a sustainable future.