This is an opportunity to lead one of our key Systemic Initiatives; we are looking for someone with proven multi-stakeholder engagement experience and expertise in the food systems space. Our Food Initiative aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy by mainstreaming nature-positive food. Building on the report The big food redesign: Regenerating nature with the circular economy, the Food initiative explores how, rather than bending nature to produce food, food can be designed for nature to thrive. It focuses on the role circular design for food can play, and the opportunity FMCGs and retailers have to catalyse the transition.
Role & Responsibilities
You will be responsible for shaping the strategy and delivery of the Food Initiative and will have line management responsibility for up to two Project Managers and other staff where relevant; as a key member of the EMF Leadership team, you will be responsible for the delivery of the strategic vision of the Foundation as well as Leadership team programmes and priorities.
Main areas of work
Strategic planning – Responsible for developing the strategy and approach of the Food Initiative, with the support of the team and the Executive Lead, so it delivers on its ambitions. Understand the landscape and pressure points across the food system to make informed decisions.
Thought Leadership – Lead the development of industry leading perspectives, vision and research for the initiative. Represent the Foundation at key events and with media to consistently promote the circular economy and its relevance for the food system.
Stakeholder Management – Build and manage strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to support the delivery of the Food initiative’s ambitions. Strengthen and develop the Foundation’s reach and influence. Engage and inspire the relevant network of the Foundation. International travel will be required for this role.
Motivate and develop the team to be a high-performing team in a fast-paced environment.
Contribute to fundraising and manage the budget, ensure sound allocation of funding, and lead the reporting for the initiative.
Experience in the food system, and ideally a background working with FMCGs and/or retailers.
Experience of managing teams and managing relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
Project management experience with proven capability of managing multiple projects in parallel with tight deadlines, ensuring high-quality results, and effectively collaborating with various different internal functions and departments.
Relationship management experience, particularly in the context of global, multi-stakeholder initiatives; the ability to interact effectively with individuals at various management levels across a variety of organisations and geographies.
Communication and facilitation skills, including public speaking; evidence of having written engaging documents.
Strong analytical skills and attention to detail; ability to process and summarise complex information.
Excellent written and spoken English.
Please apply with CV and covering letter
Desired starting date: As soon as possible
Closing date: 21st January 2022
Salary package: Circa £58k per year dependent on experience together with generous holiday allowance, flexible working options, gym membership and multiple training opportunities