Certification Inspector

Soil Association

Various across England
£31,916 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent


Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 28th September 2018   6 days left

Salary: £31,916 pa (plus London Weighting Allowance if applicable)
Contract: Permanent employed / Contracted positions also available
Hours: Full time
Location: Various across England

About us

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 new inspectors to join our auditing team at the Soil Association. We have both employed and contracted positions available to support our inspection work. Please visit our website following the links above for full details of the various positions. 

About you & the role of an inspector

To undertake organic food Processor audits, you’re required to have industry experience of food processing, ideally with an academic qualification in food processing. Additionally, a background in Quality Assurance and/or auditing experience in complimentary schemes such as BRC or the SALSA scheme is desirable.

Organic Producer audits require an auditor with a background in farming and/or growing, ideally with an academic qualification in agriculture/horticulture. Additionally, a background in Quality Assurance and/or auditing experience in complimentary schemes such as those relating to animal welfare or other quality assurance systems is desirable.

As this role is customer facing, you’ll be responsible for delivering an excellent level of customer service to our licensees. You'll need to have excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills and be able to build and develop relationships. IT competency is required.

Knowledge of the principles and philosophy of organic food production are advantageous for the auditor position, as is knowledge of the Soil Association organic standards.

You must enjoy working independently and be willing and able to travel on a daily/regular basis. 

Our employee benefits 

Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, 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 and childcare vouchers 
  • Cycle to work

Important dates 

Closing date for applications: 9.00 AM on Friday 28th September 2018
Interviews are expected to take place: Week commencing Monday 15th October, in Bristol

To Apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role, to recruitment@soilassociation.org.
Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname) and you clearly indicate which position you’re applying for.

Thank you for your interest in the Soil Association and our job opportunities

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