Standards Impact Manager

Soil Association

£31,444 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract Isabel Griffiths

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

Closing date: Thursday, 04 January 2018

About us

Food is at the heart of our organisation. As a charity we work relentlessly to find, test and deliver solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing humanity today. We urgently need to change how food is produced, so that the way we farm protects and regenerates our soils, wildlife and our natural world. We’re dedicated to making this positive change happen. 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 steps towards a sustainable future. Follow this link for more information about us.

About the opportunity

The pace of change in food production needs to accelerate to deliver solutions which secure healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. Standards are one way to steer organic producers and manufacturers towards more sustainable practices but they must be effective in delivering the change we want to see on the ground. This role is key to delivering this change. It will monitor the effectiveness of our organic standards in practice, analyse and report on findings and improve their impact.

The role

Working in our standards team and with our sector experts you will devise and implement monitoring systems to ensure the effectiveness of Soil Association organic standards. Spanning across production and processing sectors, you will be liaising with industry, our organic practitioners and experts and making recommendations on improving standards. You will play a lead role in shaping best-practice resources related to the Soil Association standards, organising workshops and events. For more details about the role please visit our website to read the job description.  This is a full time, fixed term contract until end April 2019, with possibility of extension

Talk to us

If you would like to have a discussion about the role and your experience please contact Isabel Griffiths, Standards Manager at

About you

We are looking for you to be experienced in monitoring and evaluation and to come with an understanding of the challenges to developing effective, impactful standards. You will have a positive and proactive attitude and approach to work with a proven track-record in successful stakeholder engagement. You will have research and project management experience and a demonstrable knowledge of the principles of organic production.

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
  • A sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyles and produce.

Important dates

Closing date for applications: 9am Thursday 4 January 2018

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

To Apply

Please submit your CV with a 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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