Head of Technical – Forestry

Soil Association


About our Organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of
human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues
in isolation.

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we
support and grow the organic market, and we protect forests. We couldn’t do any of this without
our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world
where it’s needed the most.

Soil Association Certification offers a huge range of organic and sustainable certification
schemes across food, farming, catering, health and beauty, textiles and forestry which are
recognised and trusted by consumers and businesses around the world. We’re the UK’s leading
organic certifier – you’ll find our symbol on over 70% of organic products.

About the Opportunity

An opportunity to work at a senior level internationally in our growing Forestry team to have
global impact. We work mainly with FSC and PEFC forest management and chain of custody
certification schemes, delivering support to the wider team and our worldwide network, covering
about 60 countries. This position leads on technical and accreditation, as well as development
and delivery of a well-respected training programme. Every day is different, and challenging,
and you will be working with a fantastic group of people to ensure we deliver with the highest
integrity and credibility.

About You

You will bring extensive practical experience of forest management, environmental management,
the wood industry or similar, with a strong knowledge of the how standards in the forestry
sector work and ideally significant experience leading audits for FSC and/or PEFC
certification. You understand Quality Management Systems and their importance, and how
accreditation works. You have experience managing a small – medium-sized team and working
internationally, and bring experience as a trainer.

Our Benefits

We offer a range of financial and lifestyle benefits to all our employees, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days with length of service plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme with ethical investment options and employer contribution increasing with
    length of service
  • Free membership of the Soil Association and discounts on organic produce
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies and flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy,
    sustainable lifestyle and produce


37.5 hours per week (Some flexibility possible, 30/33.75 hours per week considered)



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