Bristol, City of Bristol
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Contract: Initial 12 month fixed term contract with possibility for extension.
Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Location: Home or Office based (Bristol) with regular and flexible travel (up to 10 days a month) required throughout the UK

About us

Food for Life (FFL) is an exciting and fast-growing programme that bring schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, and their surrounding communities, together around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and sustainable food.

Our programme is about making good food the easy choice for everyone, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, and championing the importance of well-sourced and sustainable ingredients.

Our ‘whole setting approach’ means we look beyond the food on plates to help build knowledge and skills to embed and maintain a positive food culture. Food for Life engages children and parents, staff, patients and visitors, caterers, carers and the wider community to create a powerful voice for long-term change.

Food for Life is a Soil Association programme – find out more about who we are on our Food for Life website.

About the opportunity

This is a unique opportunity to help shape and lead our Business Development Team for Food For Life. This role comes at an exciting time in the development of our new and ambitious ten year strategy at The Soil Association and we are looking for someone to develop and secure our portfolio of income generation to ensure a sustainable future for the Food for Life Programme and meets its ambitions for impact on Climate, Nature and Health.

Your role

As our Head of Business Development, you will work throughout the UK across a range of programmes and products to generate a portfolio of earned income for the Food for Life programme, including the management of public sector commissions and Food for Life Served Here accredited schemes, as well as working with the fundraising team to support other income streams such as Trusts and Foundations, philanthropy and grant funding

This is a busy, fast paced role, which requires an innovative mindset, to help shape and position our approach to income generation, including leading on innovative and responsive products and services that fit funders’ needs and generate future income streams.

You will enjoy building relationships, spotting opportunities and managing a small, dynamic and high-performing team to deliver a sustainable business model for the FFL programme.

About you

You’ll thrive in this role if you are an innovative business development leader, commercially-minded and committed to making a difference in the world. We are looking for a passionate senior leader, with the following skills and experience to make a real impact:

• Proven track record of securing relationships and income from public, private and charity sectors, with track record of delivering 7 figure sum income portfolio
• Substantial programme development experience across multiple range of settings and sectors
• Substantial experience of delivering and reporting in a multi-agency partnership, preferably in education, community development or public health.
• Experienced relationship builder across multiple stakeholder types
• Experience managing and motivating a team
• Proven experience of managing 6 figure cost budgets and achieving commercial outcomes
• Bid/tender writing with demonstrable success rate
• Experience of successfully positioning programmes as a means to help stakeholders/other organisations achieve their targets
• Sound knowledge of programme delivery mechanisms and the results of the evaluation

Our Benefits

Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service (pro rata for part-time). For more information on our benefits please visit our website.

Important dates

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 9th March 2020

Interviews are expected to take place: During week commencing 16th March

To Apply

Please note that a full driving license is required for this role due to the significant travel involved. Your CV or cover letter will need to clearly state that you have a full driving license.

Please read the full job description for the role.

Please submit your CV with a covering letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role. Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname). Failure to submit a covering letter may mean your application is removed from the shortlisting process.. Please also complete our equalities monitoring form and submit this along with your CV and cover letter.

Thank you for your interest in Food for Life and our job opportunities.

Additional documents
Head of Business Development JD (.pdf)
Equalities monitoring form (.doc)
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Posted on: 14 February 2020
Closing date: 09 March 2020
Tags: Business Development

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