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Technical Manager - Forestry

Soil Association


Posted 4 weeks ago


Join the Soil Association's mission to foster sustainable forestry as a Technical Manager


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£42500 - £44853

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100% remote - UK Based with regular travel to Bristol and internationally

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Expires at anytime

Organisation Summary

The Soil Association is a unique UK charity dedicated to combining human health, environmental preservation, and animal welfare. As a trailblazer in the organic movement since 1946, we have a multifaceted approach to creating change, supporting sustainable agriculture, and promoting organic living. Our certification branch is a global authority in the organic sector, with the Soil Association symbol signifying trust on a vast array of products.

Role Summary

  • Provide technical services to the forestry department and global network.
  • Adapt to dynamic changes in certification standards and Quality Management Systems.
  • Coordinate with FSC and PEFC to maintain robust certification processes.
  • Prepare for the integration of the European Deforestation Regulation into accreditation standards.
  • Join a growing team of four Technical Managers dedicated to responsible forest management.

Role Requirements

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret regulatory texts.
  • Self-motivated with a keen eye for detail.
  • Knowledge of certification, quality systems, and accreditation in forestry or related fields.

Our Benefits

  • Generous annual leave, increasing with service plus bank holidays.
  • Progressive pension scheme with ethical investment options.
  • Complimentary Soil Association membership and organic product discounts.
  • Volunteer days for community and environmental work.
  • Supportive family policies and flexible working arrangements.
  • Cycle to work scheme to promote a green commute.

This is a full-time, permanent, home-based role with a 37.5-hour workweek and flexibility required for occasional travel.

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. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

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.

Soil Association Certification offers a huge range of organic and sustainable certification schemes across food, farming, catering, health and beauty, textiles and forestry which are recognised and trusted by consumers and businesses around the world. We’re the UK’s leading organic certifier – you’ll find our symbol on over 70% of organic products.

About the Opportunity

The technical team provide an essential technical service to the staff of the forestry department as well as the wider network of auditors, agents and certificate holders across the globe. No two days are the same as we regularly respond to scheme owner changes through integration into our Quality Management Systems, training and calibrating our network and co-ordinating internal and external audits and findings to ensure full implementation. We regularly collaborate with our scheme owners including FSC and PEFC to ensure that the certification standards are robust and implementable enabling us to increase our positive impact on responsible forest management through our certification activities. The imminent integration of the European Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) into the scheme owner accreditation standards has instigated this recruitment process which will expand our team to four Technical Managers.

About You

We are looking for someone with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to analyse and interpret regulatory text. They will take ownership of tasks and pride in completing them accurately and efficiently.

They will ideally have excellent knowledge of certification, quality systems and accreditation particularly in relation to forestry/ chain of custody/forest industry.

Our 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
  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyle and produce


37.5 hours per week with flexibility as needed i.e. for travel at weekends



Home-Based UK with international scope


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