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Certification Officer (Farming and Growing)

Soil Association
Spear House, Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 3NX

Posted: 04/12/2018

Deadline: 17/12/2018

Compensation: £22,854 per annum

Paid Full-time Fixed term / contract

Job description

About us

Soil Association Certification offers a broad 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.

Soil Association Certification is the wholly owned subsidiary of the Soil Association and actively works to grow the market in our sectors and support sustainable business.

About the opportunity

We are seeking a Certification Officer to join our processor team specifically working on our food service schemes; Food for Life Served Here/Green Kitchen Standard/ Organic Served Here.

Your role

You will be handling all aspects of certification for a portfolio of businesses engaged with our food service awards, notably our Food for Life Served Here program. Operating in a diverse range of settings from local pubs to multi-national caterers. The role involves managing the ongoing certification of these accounts as well as account management, so you will need to be able handle a technical understanding of the food industry and standards as well as be able to build and maintain relationships.

Your experience

To be successful in this role you will be educated to degree level or equivalent with experience in the food industry, be an excellent relationship builder, highly organised and have an awareness of the commercial demands on food businesses. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, computer literacy and a confident approach to service delivery and the ability to provide solutions within tight deadlines are essential. 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.

For a more information about the role please follow this link to read the job description on our website.

Our Benefits

We offer a range of financial and lifestyle benefits to all our employees, including: • 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service • A defined contribution pension scheme • Free membership of the Soil Association Charity • Discounts on organic produce, farm visits • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives • Family friendly policies, flexible working • Cycle to work, Bristol Pound scheme

Important info

  • Closing date for applications: 17th December 2018, 9:00AM
  • Interviews will be held: 20th December in Bristol
  • Contract: Fixed term 12 months
  • Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
  • Location: Bristol

Application information

To apply for this role please submit your CV with a covering letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role, to Please ensure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname).

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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.