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Senior Certification Officer

Soil Association
Home-based with some international travel

Posted: 20 Apr 2023

Deadline: 4 Jun 2023

Compensation: £29,538 per annum

Paid Full-time Fixed term / contract Remote working


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

Our friendly international Forestry team is looking for a Senior Certification Officer to provide cover for maternity leave. This is an exciting opportunity to join our expert team managing a portfolio of clients across central and eastern Europe and Africa. You will benefit from our expertise and in-depth knowledge of sustainable forestry and timber regulations. You will be a key member of our team responsible for guiding forest management and timber industry clients through Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) certification processes in a timely manner, ensuring scheme requirements are met in all aspects of your work. Following training you will be able to conduct audits, review reports and take certification decisions. While much of the work is desk-based, delivering international FSC and PEFC certification activities brings many challenges, rewards and opportunities.

About You

You will:

Be educated to degree level or equivalent in Forestry, Wood Science, Ecology, Environment or related subjects and have proven knowledge and experience of forest management, the timber industry or related disciplines.

Have proven ability for successful team working and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and computer literacy. You will have a confident approach to service delivery and an ability to provide solutions within tight deadlines.

Have substantial administrative and customer care experience, auditing experience and experience working with quality management systems.

Be fluent in a central/eastern European language preferably one of the following: Romanian, Czech, Croatian, Polish

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 per week

Fixed Term Contract (14 months)


Home-Based with some international travel

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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.