Technical Manager - Soil Association

13 January 2020

 ***Please note the Technical Manager role is being recruited for in conjunction with the Senior Technical Officer role. Due to the specific nature of the roles and the structure of the team we are advertising for both of these roles but will only appoint one candidate who will be offered either the Technical Manager or the Senior Technical Officer role. Please ensure you clearly state in your application which role you are applying for.***

Technical Manager - Forestry:

Salary: £30,549 (0.8 FTE £38,187)
Contract: Permanent
Hours: 4 days per week
Location: Bristol, with some international travel

Senior Technical Officer - Forestry:

Salary: £27,761
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Location: Bristol, with some international travel

About our organisation

Soil Association Certification Limited (SACL) is a leading certification body for forestry worldwide and organic food and farming in the UK. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Soil Association, a leading environmental charity working for positive change in nature, our climate and health.

The Forestry department has offered certification to FSC® and PEFC™ schemes for sustainable forest management and chain of custody globally for over 20 years. We are also active in providing a number of other certification schemes and training programmes in the forestry sector.

About the opportunity

We have a growing team of forestry staff, including a team delivering training internationally, and a global network of auditors and certificate holders. We are now recruiting and welcome interest from highly motivated individuals with suitable qualifications and experience to join the Technical team.

The Technical team provide an essential technical service to employees, auditors and customers of Soil Association Certification for all its forestry schemes world-wide, providing guidance to certification staff and auditors in operational delivery, and working with key external stakeholders on technical issues. The Team supports delivery of our accreditation requirements and includes an element of training to staff and auditors.

About you

The successful candidate will have degree in forestry, wood science, ecology, environment or a related discipline and/or considerable practical experience in one or more of these fields. Knowledge of certification, quality systems and accreditation, and knowledge of the content and implementation of standards in the forestry sector/experience leading audits are an advantage, as is experience in training delivery.

Our employee benefits

Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service (pro rata for part-time). For more information on our benefits please visit our website.

Important dates

Closing date for applications: 9am, Friday 31st Jan 2020

Interviews are expected to take place: 19th February 2020, Bristol

Please note we will look at applications on arrival and reserve the right to bring the closing date forward at any time.

To Apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter (both in Microsoft Word format). Your covering letter must cover the “essential” criteria listed in the Job Description, and which job you are applying for. Failure to submit a covering letter may mean your application is removed from the shortlisting process. Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname).

For more information and to read the full Job Descriptions please visit our website.

Thank you for your interest in supporting our work at the Soil Association