We currently have opportonuties on both our Food for Life Catering Mark Standards committee, and our Processor Standards Comittee.

Opportunities on the Food for Life Catering Mark Standards Committee

We are recruiting new Committee members for the Food for Life Catering Mark Standards Committee. Our Food for Life Catering Mark recognises best practice amongst caterers and the food service industry. Over 900,000 accredited meals are served every week day in schools, hospitals, universities, care homes, children’s nurseries and many other settings. The bronze, silver and gold standards encourage and reward the use of fresh, healthy, local and organic food.

The Catering Mark Standards are set by an independent Committee which reports to the Soil Association Standards Board and elected Council. The Standards Committee oversees the development of the Catering Mark standards, through a robust process of public consultation and industry engagement.

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This is an opportunity to support the development of best practice standards for food service.

As the scheme continues to grow very quickly and expand into new sectors, we are keen to ensure the Catering Mark Standards Committee reflects the diversity of organisations serving Catering Mark menus. Our Catering Mark Standards are pioneering and lead the way in improving the food served by caterers.

We are now recruiting for new members of the Catering Mark Standards Committee. Successful candidates will have at least two of the following attributes:

  • Considerable experience of the commercial catering industry, ideally in universities, hospitals or workplaces;
  • An understanding of public health policy and/or experience as a qualified practicing nutritionist;
  • An appreciation of the benefits of using organic, local, fresh and healthy ingredients in the food service industry;
  • An ability to articulate the consumer or citizen perspective from an informed position;
  • Experience of working in committees to achieve consensus.

The Catering Mark Standards Committee meets two to three times a year, usually in Bristol, London or Birmingham. This is a voluntary position with reasonable travel and subsistence expenses reimbursed.

Terms of reference for the Catering Mark Standards Committee and further information about the role are available from Jen Collins, or 0117 314 5178.

Telephone interviews will take place on 9-10 September. Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter, describing why you are interested in the role and which of the above attributes you would bring to the committee, to reach us by Friday 22nd August 2014.

Opportunities on the Processor Standards Committee

Are you an expert in food technology, retail or marketing? Our Processing Standards Committee needs you. The committee is one of eight standards committees at the heart of our standards development, feeding in the practical and technical knowledge to ensure our standards remain relevant, practical and pioneering.

We are seeking candidates with skills or expertise - technical, production or academic - in the following sectors:

  • food additives
  • food technology
  • beverages (including alcohol)
  • dairy product manufacturing
  • retail
  • marketing

We are looking for people with:

  • empathy with our aims and objectives
  • excellent experience of the organic food manufacturing sector
  • experience of working to reach collective decisions.

We would welcome applications from people working in all sizes of business – large, small or micro businesses. By becoming involved you will add your voice to the one hundred-plus professionals involved in Soil Association standards development.

The committee meets up to three times a year, usually in Bristol or London. This is a voluntary position, with travel and subsistence costs reimbursed. All standards committee members join as individuals, not as representatives of companies or any commercial interest. For more details please send your CV and covering letter to Isabel Griffiths, Standards Manager at by Friday 19th September 2014.

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