Closing date for applications: August 26, 2022

ABOUT THE BRC

As the go-to trade association for UK retail businesses, our purpose is to make a positive difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves, today and in the future.

We tell the story of retail, work with our members to drive positive change and use our expertise and influence to create an economic and policy environment that enables retail businesses to thrive and consumers to benefit.

We do this in a way that delivers value back to our members, justifying their investment in the BRC. This membership comprises over 200 major retailers - whether operating physical stores, multichannel or pureplay online - plus thousands of smaller, independent retailers through a number of niche retail Trade Associations that are themselves members of BRC. 

Retail is an exciting, dynamic and diverse industry. It is a driving force in our economy, a hotbed of innovation and the UK’s largest private sector employer. Retailers touch the lives of millions of people every day, supporting the vibrancy of the communities they operate in.

However, the industry is going through a period of profound change, with technology transforming how people shop, costs increasing, and growth in consumer spending slowing.

Retailing will continue to evolve and advance. Online retail will continue to grow as retailers invest in new emerging technologies; there will be fewer stores and those stores remaining will offer new experiences; there will be fewer, but better jobs and a career in retail in the future will be very different to today.

We are committed to ensuring the industry thrives through this period of transformation.

THE ROLE

You will be a key member of the policy team working in this specialist role. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong technical expertise and experience, with excellent knowledge of food safety across a range of products and issues impacting the retail sector.

The key accountabilities of the role will include:

To take the lead on developing BRC positions and representing those with Government and its agencies, including the FSA on:

    • Food safety legislation and enforcement
    • Risk management and horizon scanning
    • Managing food incidents on behalf of members
  • Working alongside colleagues to manage and develop our Food Community group for members covering all food legislation, sourcing and policy issues
  • Manage technical working groups within the Food Community to address member issues on microbiology, contamination and horizon scanning
  • Communications – to keep BRC members up to date on food safety issues through email, website and dedicated webinars
  • To maintain an effective network of key officials and stakeholders within the UK to strengthen our lobbying positions and identify issues of interest to members
  • To work with the Membership Team, and BRC Learning to identify commercial opportunities in member recruitment, sponsorship, and training
  • To be a pro-active, supportive member of the Food & Sustainability team and wider BRC teams.

EXPERIENCE

  • Degree in food science or related subject
  • Previous experience working in the food industry, ideally within a production or retail environment
  • Good understanding of the UK food regulatory system
  • Good understanding of the operation of risk management in the food supply chain
  • An experienced and confident professional, with a thorough understanding and knowledge of the key issues and stakeholders impacting food safety issues likely to affect members.
  • Able to demonstrate both the ability and credibility to work alongside senior management and to represent the business to external contacts.

PAY & BENEFITS

We are offering a competitive salary with an excellent range of employee benefits, including a medical cash plan, private medical insurance, bike scheme & exercise allowance and investment in your professional development as well as a range of health & wellbeing programmes.

WAYS OF WORKING

The BRC has a very flexible hybrid working policy based on trust and respecting work life balance that will allow colleagues to shape their work week with blend of remote and office working.  We have a fantastic new office in the Seven Dials area near Covent Garden for when you need it. We will be happy to discuss your preferences during the recruitment process.

TO APPLY

PLease email an up-to-date CV to hrteam@brc.org.uk 

Appication closing date: Friday 26th August 2022.

For external candidates: If you have not received any feedback within 14 days of your application, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. May we thank you for your interest and wish you every success in your ongoing job search.

The BRC encourages applications from all backgrounds and communities and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all our team. If you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements for the recruitment process or the role please let us know and we will be happy to discuss. 

BRC VALUES:

Our values represent the spirit and ethos of our business.  They drive actions and behaviours and encompass how we go about our engaging with each other: 

WELCOMING

We are open, approachable, respectful and responsive.

COLLABORATIVE

We communicate openly and work together effectively with members and colleagues.

PASSIONATE

We are proud to represent the retail industry and consistently strive to improve.

VISIONARY

We look forward, adapt, and continually seek new opportunities and ideas.

TRUSTED

We constantly deliver value to our industry and make things happen in the right way.


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