Supply Chain Researcher at Feedback

About Us

Feedback is an environmental organisation that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food system. We catalyse action on eliminating food waste globally, working with governments, international institutions, businesses, NGOs, grassroots organisations and the public to change society’s attitude toward wasting food.

Through its ongoing research into domestic and export horticultural supply chains, Feedback has uncovered systemic issues relating to imbalances of power and unfair trading practices that have a significant impact on food waste levels, as well as farmer livelihoods and by extension global food security. Last minute alteration or cancellation of demand forecasts, unnecessarily strict cosmetic specifications and unpredictable fluctuations in demand and price from supermarket buyers often mean that farmers are left with large amounts of produce that they cannot sell. Whilst some of this surplus is fed to livestock the majority of the food is simply dumped or at best composted.

About the role

Feedback is continuing its research activities in 2016 and is recruiting a Supply Chain Researcher to deliver support to the campaign and research team.  The position is offered on a fixed basis of three days a week for six months. The successful candidate is expected to begin work at Feedback in late April 2016.

Three international investigations will take place alongside an ongoing piece of research into the UK food supply chain. The Supply Chain Researcher will play a key role in developing and executing this research as well as developing Feedback’s policy and campaign materials based on the results of these investigations.

Job Description

  • Work closely with the Campaign and Research Manager to design and carry out research on overseas and domestic supply chains
  • Produce high quality reports based on Feedback’s research findings
  • Make a significant contribution to the development and execution of Feedback’s campaign strategy
  • Build relations with UK and EU policy makers
  • Develop internal and external policy documents
  • Attend and where needed speak at public events on behalf of Feedback
  • Help develop and manage a broad coalition of partner organisations across the EU on the issue of unfair trading practices
  • Carry out other research and campaigning tasks as needed and appropriate

Person Specification

Essential knowledge, skills and attributes

  • A minimum of 2 years demonstrable experience carrying out research and producing high quality reports
  • Experience of working in trade and/or food issues
  • A strong understanding of global supply chains / food and trade systems
  • Demonstrable commitment to Feedback’s organizational aims and values
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong diplomacy skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel abroad
  • A can-do, proactive and flexible attitude
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to multi-task and cope with a varied workload in a fast paced environment

Desirable

  • Experience of political lobbying and a good knowledge of the European political system
  • Experience in investigative research / investigative journalism
  • Fluency in written/spoken Spanish (preferable) and/or French
  • Experience of developing and executing effective campaign strategies
  • Previous experience within the food retail / trade  industry
  • Knowledge of key contacts relating to the food retail industry
  • Experience of building partnerships with organisations working in the Global South

Job title: Supply Chain Researcher

Location: London

Closing date: 14 March 2016