Technical Manager - Forestry

Soil Association

Home-based UK with regular travel to Bristol and internationally
£42,500 - £44,853 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 23rd June 2024   4 days left

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

The technical team provide an essential technical service to the staff of the forestry department as well as the wider network of auditors, agents and certificate holders across the globe. No two days are the same as we regularly respond to scheme owner changes through integration into our Quality Management Systems, training and calibrating our network and co-ordinating internal and external audits and findings to ensure full implementation. We regularly collaborate with our scheme owners including FSC and PEFC to ensure that the certification standards are robust and implementable enabling us to increase our positive impact on responsible forest management through our certification activities. The imminent integration of the European Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) into the scheme owner accreditation standards has instigated this recruitment process which will expand our team to four Technical Managers.

About You

We are looking for someone with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to analyse and interpret regulatory text. They will take ownership of tasks and pride in completing them accurately and efficiently.

They will ideally have excellent knowledge of certification, quality systems and accreditation particularly in relation to forestry/ chain of custody/forest industry.

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 (pro rata for part time)
  • 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 week with flexibility as needed i.e. for travel at weekends



Home-Based UK with international scope

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