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Regional Sourcing Manager

FareShare UK
United Kingdom
Closing date
15 Oct 2021

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Job Details

Reporting to:          Head of Food Industry

Location:               Flexible, with frequent travel across UK.

Contract:               Permanent

Hours:                    Full Time 35 Hours

Salary:                   £35,000

The role  

The Regional Sourcing Manager co-ordinates and oversee local sourcing activities, including supporting the development of strategies to drive local volume growth, sharing of best practice in pipeline development and account management. FareShare has a strategic objective to be the food redistribution partner of choice, it is important that approaches to local sourcing are consistent with this and that we remain at all times easy for the food industry to deal with and do not add complexity or confusion through the development of local approaches but in fact use them to complement our national approaches.

This role has been created to support the coordination and development of our approach to local sourcing together with our collaboration partners. Delivery of the FareShare strategy over the next three years includes ambitious targets to double our food volumes by 2024. Local sourcing can make an important contribution to achieving this growth.       

Where Devolved Nations’ Governments are funding posts and activities this role will support the locally based teams providing information, support and advice as appropriate.  This post will line manage the Food Team Commercial Officer post that is based in Scotland.

Main areas of responsibility

Local Sourcing Strategy

  • Develop our approach to local sourcing, defining how it sits within the wider FareShare strategy to ensure that it supports the sustainable development of FareShare as the UK’s largest food redistribution organisation
  • Ensure that local approaches to the food industry complement the work of the FareShare UK Food Team and support national food sourcing strategies especially where Network Partners have existing relationships with national partners as is the case with Felix
  • Support the development of food sourcing strategies in Scotland and Wales in line with to any locally agreed targets
  • Ensure that the local strategies and collaboration partner’s longer term visions are consistent with the national food team strategy
  • Measure impact of local sourcing resource to support assessment of best use of Network and FareShare UK resource



Relationship Management

  • Develop good working relationships with local sourcing roles and at a more senior level with Network Partners through regular contact, meetings and visits
  • Work closely with the Network Development Team to share understanding and escalate any concerns or issues as they arise
  • Ensure that the Food Team of Commercial Managers and Officers are kept informed of relevant local approaches to food companies identifying any potential sensitivities in advance and resolving or escalating as appropriate
  • Coordinate communication and best practice sharing between the various local sourcing roles 

Ways of working – local sourcing and industry engagement

  • Ensure appropriate ways of working between local sourcing roles and food coordination team
  • Support induction of new local sourcing roles so that FareShare UK processes are understood including awareness of appropriate standards of food partner management for local accounts
  • Ensure local sourcing teams are regularly updated with relevant information from the Food Team including industry facing initiatives that they can support
  • Support development of a suite of resources to support local sourcing including building on the existing assets
  • Ensure processes are in place to prevent duplication of national account management by locally based resource
  • Develop ways of working with our newest partner Felix to ensure that our relationships with food partners are optimised and work efficiently for food partners

Measurement, Data and Reporting

  • Ensure processes are in place to record local sourcing volumes accurately to support evaluation of use of resource and measure progress
  • Work with Food Services Manager and Info Centre to develop reporting and measurement as required
  • Provide Food Team with adequate information to keep food partners informed of our local sourcing resource and progress for impact reports where appropriate and include in food partner briefing packs etc. as appropriate
  • Lead and develop our strategy for engagement with any regional bodies, chambers of commerce, devolved nations, trade bodies. To support local sourcing engagement

People and Culture

  • Line manage Food Commercial Officer Scotland
  • Support effective working with colleagues across the organisation including Food Team, Marketing, Fund Raising, Volunteering and Network Development Manager and Operations Teams to support an atmosphere of collaboration and trust consistent with FareShare’s values



Person Specification

As an employer committed to Equal Opportunities, we will assess applications in line with these criteria that we consider either as being essential or desirable in this role.

Essential Experience

  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships at a range of levels and across multiple functions with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Successful track record of managing cross-functional projects ensuring involvement of all key stakeholders
  • Track record of supporting new business and/or managing partnerships
  • Experience in sales or customer relationship management
  • Ability to develop solutions to problems arising from competing priorities
  • Experience of project management
  • Must have a Driving Licence and access to own car.


  • Good working knowledge of the key players in the food industry
  • Experience of the ways of working in the food industry supply chain
  • Understanding of the barriers to accessing surplus food
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, FareShare’s mission
  • Awareness of UK and global initiatives to reduce food waste
  • Experience of managing direct reports

Competencies and behaviours


  • Demonstrable ability as a strong communicator, negotiator and influencer
  • Pro-active, organised and able to use own initiative working independently and responsibly sometimes under pressure
  • Ability to prioritise effectively with strong time management skills to ensure effective allocation of FareShare resources to cope with competing demands
  • Resourceful innovative problem solver
  • Good numeracy skills with excellent attention to detail 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication with effective presentation skills
  • Good team player able to work collaboratively across teams with competing priorities
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Offices packages


FareShare is the UK's largest food redistribution charity, fighting hunger and food waste. We redistribute good food that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline charities and community groups that support vulnerable people in over 1,500 towns and cities, providing food for over 36.7 million meals a year and supporting 772,000 people every week. For nearly 25 years, FareShare has been working with the food industry to identify in date, surplus food that can be redistributed to charities to feed people in need.

By ensuring good food is not wasted, we turn an environmental problem into a social solution.  FareShare redistributes food to more than 9,653 charities and community groups including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs and domestic violence refuges, so they can provide nutritious meals alongside life-changing support.

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