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Inspector (East of England)

Soil Association

Posted: 26/04/2021

Deadline: 16/05/2021

Compensation: £32,395 per year (plus £384 per month car allowance)

Paid Full-time Permanent Remote working

Job description

Please note this role requires a full UK driving licence

About our organisation  

Soil Association Certification is the UK's largest organic certification body, responsible for certifying over 70% of all organic products sold in the country. We certify organic food and farming, organic textiles and organic beauty products. Since 1973 our team has built up extensive practical experience and provide unrivalled support before, during and after certification.

About the opportunity

We are looking for auditors able to inspect a combination of organic food and farming facilities across East Anglia and the east of England. As visual representatives of the Soil Association Certification it is imperative that Inspectors are professional and personable in how they approach their work, can connect with a variety of people from various communities and backgrounds, and help deliver excellent customer service.

A successful candidate will have, farming and food manufacturing industry understanding to help develop relationships with our licensees, appreciating the context of the pressure and demands faced by them within our industry. This understanding should enable an Inspector to show confidence, knowledge and authority in the role they perform and behaviours they demonstrate.

The Inspector role is also a critical customer service role responsible for delivering excellence in how you communicate, behave and respond to our licensees. This is demonstrated in post by licensee liaison before, during, and after visits, time management of diaries and audits, and managing feedback during inspections which could include discussing non-compliant matters and actions required for improvement.

To give you a flavour of the inspection process you can read Sonia Oliver of Coleshill Organics recent blog about her experience of a Soil Association Certification inspection day 

About you

Essential Qualities and Experience that you will have are:

  • Significant experience of farming and/or growing
  • Some experience of working in the food industry
  • An investigative nature and a keen eye for detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A proactive approach to work and ability to manage your own workload
  • Good IT skills
  • Willingness to complete further training we would provide as part of development of role
  • An interest and understanding of organic farming and food processing
  • It will be an advantage if you also have
  • Auditing experience in complimentary schemes such as those relating to animal welfare or farm assurance schemes.  
  • Experience of working in a field-based role
  • Knowledge of organic standards 
  • Familiarity with the Soil Association organic standards

Important dates

Interviews are expected to take place: online, Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd June 2021 

Application information

To Apply

Visit our website to view the full job description and submit your application form. Please note we look at applications on arrival and reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

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Please note we do not accept CVs or Cover Letters.

We know the value of diversity in nature and want it in our organisation. We recognize that diverse backgrounds and experiences will bring a fresh perspective to our work. If you're not sure about applying, please get in touch with us for a chat.

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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.