CSF Business Project Coordinator Job Description

Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) is a network of public, private and community organizations working to promote food that is good for people and good for the planet (healthy, environmentally friendly, fair and accessible to all). On the CSF committee are representatives from Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and the Cambridge University Colleges’ Catering Managers’ Committee, as well as dieticians and representatives from local businesses and community organizations. CSF works with Cambridge residents (stalls, cookery workshops) and businesses (Sustainable Food Pledge), as well as organizing the annual Cambridge Pumpkin Festival, which includes a pop-up farmers’ market. You can visit our website and look at our food charter to understand more about our aims and activities. CSF is a member of the national Sustainable Food Cities Network and holds their Bronze Award.

CSF’s work with businesses

CSF has run a Sustainable Food Pledge and Award Scheme for Businesses since January 2016 and now has 19 businesses signed up. The scheme is for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and is funded until the end of March 2018 by Cambridge City Council’s Sustainable City funding. You can read the Guidance Booklet here. CSF has also just been awarded money by Sainsbury’s for work on food waste; this will fund the OLIO work described below.

CSF is looking for a person with food business experience who is committed to food sustainability to work with us on a freelance contract over a period of nine months (546 hours, equivalent to 14 hours per week for 39 weeks) for £8,190 (£15 per hour). The successful applicant will [1]:

  • work with local food businesses to sign them up to the pledge/award scheme (15-24 businesses to be signed up by the end of March 2018, with a further 30 expressing an interest)
  • recruit 6 local food businesses to sign up to the OLIO scheme (regularly donating surplus food via the OLIO app) and monitoring this
  • create set of model policies for businesses on:

food sustainability

food waste reduction

local sourcing

  • work 1-1 with 2-5 local food businesses on WRAP’s ‘Your business is food, don’t throw it away” campaign, measuring and reducing food waste
  • organise 2 food waste events:
  • best practice event
  • public event to promote/showcase success of pledge scheme
  • produce 4-6 newsletters for food businesses
  • ensure that CSF promotes locally sourced, sustainably produced food to Cambridge residents, including through the Sustainable Food Directory[2]

CSF is looking for someone with the following qualities and experience:

  • experience of work with a food business/businesses
  • a commitment to food sustainability
  • knowledge of local food businesses and the local food scene
  • good written and verbal skills
  • a good standard of education
  • good interpersonal skills
  • a positive and creative approach to tackling tasks
  • networking and negotiating skills/confidence in approaching and liaising with food businesses
  • good time-management/ ability to prioritise and manage own work
  • eligibility to work in the UK
  • experience of managing a project (desirable)

The business coordinator will work closely with and report to Sam Dyer, the CSF coordinator, who has done this work up to now. Please email a letter of application to bev@cambridgesustainablefood.org by 12 noon on Monday 5th June 2017. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 14th June. The letter of application should explain why you would like the job and why you are a good candidate for it. Please attach a CV. (CVs alone will not be accepted.)





[1] All the following are deliverables from the funders, written into the funding agreements.

[2] This work is done by volunteer interns, who are not the responsibility of the business coordinator. The reason it is mentioned here is that it is important for the worker/manager to liaise to ensure that opportunities to promote newly signed-up businesses are taken up.