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Head of Food

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The Organisation

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a unique, award-winning organisation that is at an exciting stage of its development.

FareShare fight food poverty by tackling food waste. They source food that is surplus to requirements – from food retailers and manufacturers – and engage many volunteers to help redistribute this to local charities and community groups that provide meals to vulnerable people (individuals who are homeless, unemployed, socially isolated, recovering from addictions).

FareShare now operates 21 Regional Centres around the UK. The majority of these are run by local charitable organisations called Delivery Partners. This enables them to be a UK-wide organisation yet also think and behave with local concerns at the heart of their actions. They support over 7,000 local charities and groups – Community Food Members, and over the past year 13,000 tonnes of food were redistributed by FareShare Regional Centres nationwide, feeding 500,000 people every week. They operate across 1,300 towns, cities and villages and save UK charities and community groups more than £23 million each year.

With hunger a growing issue in the UK, and while there is surplus food that is otherwise going to waste, FareShare believe that this food should be used to feed people first. Demand far outstrips supply.

A dynamic and ambitious organisation, FareShare have realised consistent growth over the last 7 years.

To allow them to continue growing their reach and achieve their vision, they have recently undertaken a restructuring process with the view it will help facilitate moving them from a small organisation structure to one that will give them the capacity to shape and manage ongoing growth in the future, developing a new SMT of 7 to sit under established Directors Now recruiting to 4 of these new roles, FareShare are looking for the highest calibre candidates to join the team, giving them scope to expand further, take on new opportunities and deliver their objectives.

Head of Food

The role:

The core purpose of this role is to secure the right volumes of surplus food needed by both current and future charity customers in an efficient, cost effective and sustainable manner for FareShare. This requires developing strong partnership relationships with all major food retailers, their supply chains, logistics companies and manufacturers, growers and importers. This role will provide external leadership to these relationships and internal line management to the Food team.

You will be responsible for building on and developing a clear and well understood strategy for securing and distributing the food and ensure it is well understood and supported by all parts of the organisation.

The person:

To be successful in the role you will need relevant experience of working in the food industry resulting in a strong understanding of all the core areas where FareShare are likely to secure food. These include supply, distribution, logistics and manufacturing. You will also need experience of leading the development, communication and successful delivery of a strategy and extensive management experience that will get the best from direct reports and strengthen the overall management of the organisation.

You must be confident with financial management (good knowledge and experience of managing large six figure budgets) and have strong commercial acumen either gained in a marketing, account /sales management role.

We will be looking for transferable experience that demonstrates a high likelihood to fit into the management culture of a medium sized voluntary sector organisation that is run on strong business lines and experience of or exposure to operational process development or improvement such as LEAN Management.

To Apply:

To register your interest in this role, please submit your CV via the "Apply Now" Button below.

Please upload your CV in Word format and include a supporting statement in support of your application; this should describe how your experience and skills meet the requirements of the job description and person specification.

A Prospectus consultant will review and assess all submitted CVs in order to determine each applicant's suitability and aptitude for the role. Selected candidates will be contacted to discuss the role in more detail. As part of the selection process, candidates may be invited to meet with a consultant at our offices.


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