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Regional Food Waste Development Officer

Fri 14 Sep 18

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) is Scotland’s circular economy expert. We believe that moving to a more circular economy, where we minimise waste and make things last for longer, has the potential to transform our economy and sustain our natural environment.

Food waste is one of our key organisational priorities and Zero Waste Scotland is leading work on the Scottish Government target to reduce Scotland’s food waste by 33% by 2025.

To help achieve this target, Zero Waste Scotland is piloting a two-year food waste campaign in Dundee and the surrounding areas. By focusing activity in this region, the project aims to prove whether a concentrated campaign will drive greater results in food waste reduction.

The ideal candidate

We are seeking an enthusiastic and confident individual to lead our regional activity for this campaign. The individual needs to be passionate about making a positive change on the way we value food and excellent at encouraging behaviour change. The role of the Regional Food Waste Development Officer will be to drive awareness of food waste prevention, facilitate action to address avoidable food waste and to identify and develop waste reduction collaboration opportunities. By acting as our ‘feet on the ground’ in Dundee, Angus and Fife, the officer will be embedded into the region and will gain excellent insight into the challenges and opportunities of reducing food waste.

The key accountabilities

The appointed individual will work with primary and secondary schools to raise awareness of food waste and support them to create change within the school setting. They will engage pupils, teachers, and catering staff on the ‘true cost’ of food and the full implications and impacts of wasting food.

The officer will also work with small and micro businesses to identify and act upon opportunities for change. They will carry out initial food waste monitoring and measuring activities with businesses, followed by a range of hands-on support to help make food waste prevention a reality.

The officer will be expected to engage with wider community, public sector and business stakeholders in order to roll out the food waste message to a broad range of audiences and ensure that there are a series of touchpoints through which engagement can occur. This will include attendance at events, linking into third party campaigns and programmes, and ensuring that all agencies are coordinated in their efforts to reduce regional food waste.

This role is based in Zero Waste Scotland’s Stirling office located next to Stirling railway station, however a large proportion of the day to day activity will involve travel throughout Dundee, Fife and Angus, so the candidate must be willing and capable of travelling on a regular basis.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

Salary and benefits

£27,920 (pay range is £27,920 - £30,349 and the successful candidate will be appointed to the starting point).

Full time 2 year fixed term contract.  35 hour working week – Monday to Friday, with flexibility for evening and weekend work where required.

Immediate start.

We offer excellent benefits including a contributory pension scheme, private healthcare, life assurance, employee welfare assistance, generous holidays and childcare vouchers.

Our organisation

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our work is becoming ever more critical against a global backdrop of rising population, climate change and unprecedented pressure on the world’s land, water, energy and raw materials.

We’re working to create a more circular economy where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible. A large part of our work is helping individuals and businesses to become more resource efficient. This all contributes to the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU’s Europe 2020 growth strategy.

The closing date for applications is the 12 Noon on Tuesday 25th September 2018.

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