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We currently have opportunities on our Food for Life Catering Mark Standards committee, our Processor Standards Comittee, our Horticultural Standards committee, and our Agricultural Standards committee.

Opportunities on the Food for Life Catering Mark Standards Committee

Our Food for Life Catering Mark recognises best practice amongst caterers and the food service industry. Over 900,000 accredited meals are served every week day in schools, hospitals, universities, care homes, children’s nurseries and many other settings. The Catering Mark Standards are set by an independent Committee which reports to the Soil Association Standards Board and elected Council. The Standards Committee oversees the development of the Catering Mark standards, through a robust process of public consultation and industry engagement. We are currently recruiting new Committee members

Committee members

This is an opportunity to support the development of best practice standards for food service.

As the scheme continues to grow very quickly and expand into new sectors, we are keen to ensure the Catering Mark Standards Committee reflects the diversity of organisations serving Catering Mark menus. Our Catering Mark Standards are pioneering and lead the way in improving the food served by caterers.

We are now recruiting for new members of the Catering Mark Standards Committee. Successful candidates will have at least two of the following attributes:

  • Considerable experience of the commercial catering industry, ideally in universities, hospitals or workplaces;
  • An understanding of public health policy and/or experience as a qualified practicing nutritionist;
  • An appreciation of the benefits of using organic, local, fresh and healthy ingredients in the food service industry;
  • An ability to articulate the consumer or citizen perspective from an informed position;
  • Experience of working in committees to achieve consensus.

The Catering Mark Standards Committee meets two to three times a year, usually in Bristol, London or Birmingham. This is a voluntary position with reasonable travel and subsistence expenses reimbursed.

Terms of reference for the Catering Mark Standards Committee and further information about the role are available from Jen Collins, jcollins@soilassociation.org or 0117 314 5178.

Telephone interviews will take place on 9-10 September. Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter, describing why you are interested in the role and which of the above attributes you would bring to the committee, to reach us by Friday 22 August 2014.

Opportunities on the Processor Standards Committee

Are you an expert in food technology, retail or marketing? Our Processing Standards Committee needs you. The committee is one of eight standards committees at the heart of our standards development, feeding in the practical and technical knowledge to ensure our standards remain relevant, practical and pioneering.

Committee members

We are seeking candidates with skills or expertise – technical, production or academic – in the following sectors:

  • food additives
  • food technology
  • beverages (including alcohol)
  • dairy product manufacturing
  • retail
  • marketing

We are looking for people with:

  • empathy with our aims and objectives
  • excellent experience of the organic food manufacturing sector
  • experience of working to reach collective decisions.

We would welcome applications from people working in all sizes of business – large, small or micro businesses. By becoming involved you will add your voice to the one hundred-plus professionals involved in Soil Association standards development.

The committee meets up to three times a year, usually in Bristol or London. This is a voluntary position, with travel and subsistence costs reimbursed. All standards committee members join as individuals, not as representatives of companies or any commercial interest. For more details please send your CV and covering letter to Isabel Griffiths, Standards Manager at igriffiths@soilassociation.org by Friday 19 September 2014.

Opportunities on the Horticulture Standards Committee

Committee chair

A unique opportunity to lead the development of our standards for organic growers. The Chair is a voluntary position at the heart of our standards development, leading the committee and representing them as a member of our Standards Board.

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • empathy with our aims and objectives
  • in-depth experience of the organic horticulture sector
  • trust and authority within your sector
  • experience of chairing meetings to reach collective decisions.

The committee meets up to three times a year and you will also need to attend the Standards Board meetings three times a year. This is an unpaid post though travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Kathleen Robinson, Standards Project Manager: krobinson@soilassociation.org for more information. Closing date: 20th October 2014.

Opportunities on the Agriculture Standards Committee

Our Agriculture Standards Committee is one of eight standards committees, feeding in the practical and technical knowledge required to ensure our organic standards remain relevant, practical and pioneering.

Committee members

We are currently recruiting members for the Committee. If you have skills or expertise in organic agriculture and are keen to feed into the development of the Soil Association’s standards, please get in touch.

We are looking for candidates with:

  • Excellent experience in organic agriculture and/or the organic feed sector
  • Empathy with our aims and objectives
  • Experience of working to reach collective decisions

Lay member

We are also seeking a lay member to represent consumer interests on our Agriculture Standards Committee.

We’d like to hear from candidates with:

  • The ability to articulate the consumer or citizen perspective from an informed position
  • Empathy with our aims and objectives, and
  • Experience of working to reach collective decisions.

These positions are voluntary, but travel and subsistence expenses are paid, and the committee meets at least once a year, usually in Bristol or London. If you are interested, please contact Louise Hewetson lhewetson@soilassociation.org, 0117 914 2428 by 10 October. Applications must be by CV and covering letter.

 

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