Organic Sector Development Advisor

Soil Association

£35,376 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent Liz Bowles

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Tuesday, 02 January 2018

About us

At the Soil Association we focus on the whole spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation. Together with our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff, we make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

As a charity we work relentlessly to find, test and deliver solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing humanity today. Our food system is not working properly with a relentless drive to produce ever cheaper food. Our nation faces a growing obesity crisis yet many people don’t have access to healthy, fresh food. We urgently need to change the way food is produced, to protect and regenerates our soils, wildlife and our natural world. Through the work we do as the largest certifier of organic food and farming and our support for farmer led innovation and agroecological farming methods we are determined to make positive change happen. Please follow this link for more information about us.

About the opportunity

We are looking for a dynamic, knowledgeable and experienced individual to champion opportunities to develop organic farming as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

Your role

You will lead our efforts to achieve a policy and regulatory environment in which organic farming thrives, supplying a growing market and delivering public benefits at scale. Based in our Producer Support team, you will work closely with our Policy and Standards teams, and the Farming and Business Development teams in SA Certification to identify and develop opportunities. You will convene farmers and other stakeholders to understand key issues, pilot solutions and meet regularly with policy makers. For more details about the role please visit our website to read the job description.

About you

We are looking for you to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of organic farming, supply chains and markets. Your professional experience will include working with businesses and government policy makers. You will be highly motivated, credible and persuasive.

Talk to us

If you would like to have a discussion about the role and your experience please contact Liz Bowles, Head of Farming, by email at

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
  • Pension scheme with ethical investment options and employer contribution
  • 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, flexible working and childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work, Bristol Pound scheme
  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyle and produce

Important dates Closing date for applications: 9am, Tuesday 2 January 2018

Interviews are expected to take place: to be confirmed with successful applicants in mid January 2018

To Apply

Please submit your 2 page CV with a concise covering letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role to Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname).

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