We're Hiring: Chief Executive

Chief Executive – full time, permanent, London (flexible/hybrid)

The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) is seeking a new Chief Executive to lead the organisation through the next phase of its growth and development. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for a highly experienced and energetic senior player to lead a small executive team along with many highly dedicated and capable Institute members as it embarks on a number of key development projects which will continue to grow its charitable activities and its influence in the food sector. The role is a key point of contact and ambassador for the Institute with many senior and influential stakeholders within the food sector and governments.

We are looking for a strong strategic and conceptual thinker who can communicate with and influence people at all levels. The individual will have attained a BSc or equivalent level and have demonstrable experience in leadership and people management. They will have a broad understanding of the food (or associated) sector (and preferably experience working in the sector). Ideally, the individual will already have experience managing or running a charity and so, will have a practical understanding of charity governance best practice. 

With multiple activities from publishing through to professional recognition and from scientific and technical events and communication through to supporting the next generation of talent, the Institute is looking for a leader who can work creatively and yet in a focussed way to ensure all these activities are progressed.

Ideally, they will have previously worked for a professional membership body and are likely to have experience in the food sector.


About the role:

Full-time, permanent

London-based (Hammersmith) with some home working – the individual will be required to attend physical meetings – often in London and may include some international travel.

Salary: On application

No agencies please.


About the Institute

IFST is the leading professional body for those involved in all aspects of food science and technology.

As a charity and independent professional body, IFST is in a prime position to provide impartial, science-based information. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed papers, guides, periodicals and reports, we host events, webinars, lectures and conferences throughout the year.

We also aim to be a source of professionalism in our field that reflects the dynamic and innovative nature of food science and technology. We provide independent professional recognition of knowledge and skills. Our professional registers and accreditation schemes are widely recognised and valued throughout the sector as the benchmark for skills and expertise for food technical professionals.

IFST is guided in its decision-making and activities by its five values and through a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.



  • Evidence-based
  • Professional
  • Innovative
  • Independent
  • Food Science Community

IFST’s EDI Statement: We recognise the importance and benefits of equal opportunities, diversity, inclusion and eliminating discrimination in every aspect of our work.

We aim to ensure that no individual or group (including members, employees, job applicants, officeholders, volunteers, consultants, members of committees and panels or participants in research) is treated more or less favourably than others on grounds of gender, age, marital status, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity/paternity or religion.

We work to comply with all the legislation related to equal opportunities to ensure that the culture, philosophy and processes within IFST are free from bias of any kind.


To apply:  Please submit an up-to-date CV and supporting statement by no later than 5:00pm on 20 June by email to: recruitment@ifst.org

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