Circa £100,000 + Benefits
A unique and exciting opportunity to use your commercial skills to make a tangible impact on climate change, human health, sustainability, ethical production and biodiversity within a dynamic, high growth, high integrity social enterprise.
Soil Association Certification Ltd is the UK's leading organic and ethical certification body, offering a wide range of integrity-based certification schemes across food, farming, catering, health and beauty, textiles and forestry. We are also responsible for working with the public, our clients, and retailers to grow the demand for these organic and ethically certified products and menus. We have over 6,000 clients across 60 countries who are approved to use and market the Soil Association organic symbol and other industry leading marks to help demonstrate and promote how their products have been grown, reared, managed, made, and traded. A wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the Soil Association charity, we are a not-for-profit enterprise with a turnover of £9m and 140 staff. The financial surplus from our work is ploughed back into transforming the way society produces and consumes to benefit human health, animal welfare, and our natural world.
Demand for our services is growing rapidly. Consumers are more interested than ever in assured products that meet high levels of sustainability, quality, welfare, and ethical production and we are exploring exciting new areas of development – including the growing need for Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) data in financial services.
As Chief Executive, you will report to the Chair of Soil Association Certification Ltd as a member of the Board and work closely with the Group Chief Executive of the wider Soil Association Group.
Your role will be rewarding and varied, with scope for real impact. As well as delivering robust and respected certification schemes, you’ll work with a wide range of stakeholders across business, government and the NGO sector to develop the market for ethical and organic produce. You’ll raise awareness, stimulate consumer demand, develop supply chains and generally offer first class support to our clients who range from FTSE 100 companies to small family businesses. Leading a highly committed team, you’ll also ensure that our organisation is run effectively - developing strategy, delivering our business plans, championing digital innovation, managing finance, risk and governance.
To succeed, you’ll need excellent leadership skills and the breadth of experience to manage an autonomous business. You’ll lead with high integrity, inspiring your team to achieve their best whilst being supportive, collegiate, and progressive. You’ll excel at stakeholder engagement and have strong strategic planning, communication, commercial and financial management skills. You’ll also need a deep commitment to our values and mission and be passionate about the difference we can make.
In return, we offer you a new career chapter; one where you can dedicate your leadership and business skills to a greater purpose, whilst still working within a dynamic commercial setting,
For a recruitment pack with additional information, please contact James Stephens at Morgan Law by emailing email@example.com or telephone 0207 747 4931. Application is by CV and covering letter. Closing date is 11pm on Tuesday 4th January
Soil Association Certification Ltd is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity, and enabling inclusion. We welcome applications from people from all parts of the community. We are a Disability Confident employer and a signatory to the Bristol Equality Charter.