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Director of Healthy & Sustainable Diets

Soil Association


Posted over 30 days ago...


Lead transformative initiatives for health and sustainability at the Soil Association


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£58000 - £63000

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Bristol or Edinburgh - Hybrid

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In-person- Bristol United Kingdom,Edinburgh United Kingdom

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Expires at anytime

The Soil Association is a unique charity dedicated to organic farming, environmental conservation, and healthy food, with a history dating back to 1946. As a champion for change, the organization supports innovative farming practices, serves communities with healthy food, promotes the organic market, and protects forests. Joining our team means becoming part of a mission-driven effort to make a real difference in crucial areas of human health, the environment, and animal welfare.

  • Lead a range of projects focused on healthy and sustainable diets.
  • Drive concept generation, pilot innovative ideas, and oversee commercial development, emphasizing impact and income generation.
  • Guide a senior leadership team to ensure the achievement of short and long-term plans.
  • Identify portfolio opportunities and threats, and build strong external relationships and partnerships for scaling impact and income.
  • Demonstrated leadership with an empowering and coaching style.
  • Proven commercial and operational leadership experience.
  • Experience with program or product development and delivery.
  • Knowledge of or interest in childhood health, diet, school food, and public sector procurement.
  • Apply via the 'apply now' button and ensure to submit the application form.
  • Be aware that the vacancy may close early if many applications are received.
  • Check your email, including junk/spam folders, for application confirmation and interview selection notifications.
  • Direct any queries to [email removed - click apply for more details] and note that CVs or Cover Letters are not accepted.

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. 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.

The Role You’ll lead our portfolio of ‘on-the-ground’ work across healthy and sustainable diets, with responsibility for concept generation, innovation, piloting, commercial development (including income generation) and operational delivery, with impact a clear focus throughout. You’ll lead a senior leadership team to ensure our programmes, schemes and services achieve our 1-year and 3-year plans. You’ll be responsible for identifying opportunities and threats for the portfolio as a whole, for forging strong external relationships and partnerships, that can help to scale our impact and income.

Job Requirements You are a natural leader with an empowering, coaching style, that can bring out the best in the senior managers that you lead, helping them realise their potential whilst maintaining a clear focus on impact outcomes. You are a proven commercial and operational leader, with extensive experience of programme or product development and delivery, as well as knowledge of/interest in relevant issues including childhood health and diet, school food, and public sector procurement.

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.

Application Details Click ‘apply now’ to submit your application form. Please note we look at applications on arrival and reserve the right to close this vacancy early. Please check your junk/spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation email upon submitting your application. All candidates will subsequently receive an email to confirm whether they have made it through to interview stage. For any queries, please contact [email removed - click apply for more details] Please note we do not accept CVs or Cover Letters.


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