Skills Executive

  • Job Reference: AWDO-C6422
  • Date Posted: 20 May 2021
  • Recruiter: The Food and Drink Federation
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Salary: £30,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: pro rata + Benefits
  • Sector: Consulting & Corporate Strategy, Education, Executive and Management
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: CV Response Team

Job Description

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Skills Executive who has a broad understanding of the wider Scottish Education system with the ability to engage with the food and drink industry, employers and a wide range of stakeholders to promote the Food and Drink Industry as a ‘Career Destination of Choice’ is required for the Food & Drink Federation, based in Edinburgh, Scotland.


SALARY: up to £30,000 pro rata (up to £18,000 per annum Actual Salary) + Benefits

LOCATION: Edinburgh, Scotland

JOB TYPE: Part-Time, Fixed Term Contract until the end of March 2022

WORKING HOURS: 3 Days per Week


The Organisation

We’re the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) - the voice of the UK food and drink industry: the largest manufacturing sector in the country. We help our members operate in a highly regulated marketplace to maximise their competitiveness and profitability. Our job is to communicate our industry's values and concerns to Government, regulators, consumers and the media. We also work in partnership with key players in the food supply chain to ensure our food is safe, affordable and nutritious.


The Role

The Food and Drink Federation Scotland manages a Scottish Government funded initiative ‘A Future in Food’ to make the food and drink industry a ‘Career Destination of Choice’.  This initiative supports delivery of the Scotland Food and Drink Recovery Plan, that amplifies and accelerates the core work of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership in delivering Ambition 2030.

The food and drink industry experiences skills shortages and gaps with STEM skills in great demand.  The long-term shift across the industry is towards occupations requiring higher-level technical skills and qualifications (SCQF level 7 and above), this trend is set to continue and the impact of COVID has accelerated the demand for these skills in our sector.  There is a pressing need to attract the best talent to our industry through a pipeline of new recruits and the provision of progression routes and pathways, like apprenticeships and FE and HE courses.  Alongside this need to attract talent there is a requirement by educators and career influencers to fully understand the skills needs of the industry following the impact of COVID and in line with the principles of Fair Work.

The Skills Executive will work with the Skills Manager to support delivery of the overall aims of ‘A Future in Food’ by:

  • Engaging with industry to encourage industry engagement with the skills activity through our work.
  • Engage with industry to ensure their skills needs are being accurately reflected.
  • Work with stakeholders and the wider skills partnership to develop resources and support promotion of careers in the industry.
  • Attend careers events and related activities to promote careers in food and drink.
  • Engage with Food Education Partners to identify and map food education resources to build and maintain the online hosting platform
  • Identify examples of good practice, collate and disseminate these examples and any associated materials


The project will deliver:

Short term impacts – more industry representatives engaging with schools, colleges and higher education establishments which will increase understanding of the career opportunities available in the industry, the skills attributes and qualifications required by employers

Long-term impacts – Potential to answer some of the challenges set out in the SF&D Recovery Plan and Ambition 2030 to cement Scotland’s reputation as a Good Food Nation and deliver an increase in home grown talent that chose the food and drink industry as a career destination of choice.


The Team

FDF Scotland is an integrated team that works closely together from the Edinburgh office with seven officials: Chief Executive, Head of Policy, Skills Manager, Communications Executive, Reformulation Manager, Reformulation Intern and Administrator. The team in Scotland leads the focus on devolved policy areas, Scottish specific issues and initiatives, works with the whole of FDF collaboratively as one team on joint projects.



As the Skills Executive you will have experience of working with education to promote skills required by employers, experience of engaging employers and individuals to support education and preferably a good understanding of the food & drink landscape in Scotland. We are keen to recruit someone who can demonstrate the following:

  • A broad understanding of the wider Scottish education system and its key stakeholders, like, Skills Development Scotland and Developing Young Workforce
  • Ability to engage with personnel from all levels of industry and education
  • Ability to provide support to employers wishing to engage with education in the form of identifying and developing suitable resources and accessing information
  • An understanding of the broader food and drink industry and the skills and recruitment issues facing the industry
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Ability to work on their own and take the initiative


As a Skills Executive desirable skills will include:

  • Able to motivate and enthuse industry to encourage involvement
  • Experience of delivering similar education programmes
  • Confident talking to a range of different people
  • Experience of developing online resources
  • Driving licence


Our Benefits

FDF is a great place to work where we take wellbeing seriously and have a great benefits package to match, offering a pension scheme, life insurance, 25 days holiday, private healthcare, leisure travel insurance, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan and cycle-to-work scheme.

Our Workplace

We're based in the historic West End of Edinburgh. We have a friendly work culture, collaborating closely with our London colleagues to deliver great value for our members.




HOW TO APPLY - Skills Executive

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV, Covering Letter and Salary Expectations to our Recruitment Team who will review your details. CV’s of Job Applicants meeting this requirement will be submitted to our Client for consideration. By submitting your job application to us you are hereby giving us your express consent to submit your details to our Client for this purpose.


This job is being advertised by AWD online on behalf of the Food & Drink Federation.