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Menu & Catering Skills Officer

Soil Association


Posted 6 days ago

Join the Soil Association's mission to promote sustainable food as a Menu and Catering Skills Officer in Scotland


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£29500 - £31274

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Edinburgh with hybrid working

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The Soil Association, established in 1946, is a unique UK charity dedicated to human health, environmental conservation, and animal welfare. It stands out in its holistic approach to tackling these interconnected areas through advocacy, innovative farming, community-centered healthy food initiatives, organic market growth, and forest protection. The organization's impactful work is fueled by its supporters, partners, donors, and committed staff.

  • Lead the support for healthy and sustainable diets in schools and public sector settings across Scotland.
  • Assist caterers with menu planning and design, and enhance their understanding of the Food for Life programme.
  • Collaborate with teams to provide training and support.
  • Enthusiastic and organized, capable of managing multiple tasks.
  • Strong relationship-building skills with a range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation abilities.
  • Proficient with various IT systems.

Benefits include:

  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme.
  • Free membership and discounts on organic produce.
  • Opportunities for volunteering and supporting green initiatives.
  • Family-friendly policies and flexible working arrangements.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Engaging and sociable work culture.

Position Details:

  • Part-time: 30 hours per week.
  • Fixed term until March 31, 2025.
  • Location: Edinburgh with hybrid working; travel required across Scotland and occasionally to Bristol.

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.

About the Opportunity

This is an opportunity for someone who is passionate about good food:- good food being food that is good for health, good for the environment and good for the economy. As a member of the Scotland team, the Menu and Catering Skills Officer will play a key role in supporting the delivery of the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme. Promoting healthy and sustainable diets in schools and other public sector settings across Scotland, the postholder will support caterers in their menu planning and design, helping increase their knowledge and understanding of the programme and raise awareness. Being equally passionate about people they will also work with a range of teams to deliver training and other support as appropriate. If you believe you are the person to come and join our team then we would love to hear from you.

About You

You will be a highly motivated and organised individual competent in juggling multiple tasks to support delivery of the objectives of the organisation. Capable of building and maintaining strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders you will possess excellent interpersonal skills. The postholder will also have outstanding verbal, written and presentation skills and be confident working with various IT systems. If you think that you are the person to join our team then we look forward to hearing from you.

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 workin
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyle and produce


30 hours per week (with flexibility to travel and on occasions work evening/weekends to support events)

Fixed term until 31st March 2025


Edinburgh with hybrid working (travel across Scotland and occasionally to Bristol required)


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