We're Hiring: Communications Officer

IFST is hiring! We are looking for a Communications Officer to reach and excite more people about our work to promote food science and technology for the benefit, safety, and health of everyone.

In this role you will be a core member of our Communications team, supporting the Senior Communications Manager and coordinating the Institute’s activities relating to Social Media and Scientific Communications. You will produce and edit communications to our members, our key stakeholders and the wider public on a wide range of topics and through various channels including social media and our website. You will be an inspirational, confident and competent communicator with the ability to get to the core of a topic and explain this clearly to a wider audience.

Experience in creating content for a range of social media platforms and in digital content creation are a must for this role, as well as having attained a BSc or equivalent qualification. We are a small team, so a proactive and can-do attitude is just as important as your communications skills.

This role demands a proactive individual with exceptional interpersonal skills, capable of driving our communications strategy forward. The successful applicant will excel in fostering relationships, delivering impactful messages, and representing IFST with enthusiasm and professionalism. If you are passionate about communication and ready to make a significant contribution to our mission, we invite you to apply.

The post will be office-based (Hammersmith, London), with occasional homeworking in accordance with business needs. Occasional travel will be necessary, such as to IFST and external events.

  • Location: This is a full time role, working 35 hours across a five-day working week (Monday to Friday). We offer an attractive benefits package including 34 days leave (pro rata for part time employees and inclusive of bank holidays) and a team benefits scheme.
  • Salary : £23,320 per annum (plus benefits & performance-related bonus), negotiable depending on experience.

To apply

Please send your CV and a brief cover letter detailing your relevant experience/skills and what attracts you to this role. Please ensure you have read the person specification in full. Please note that any CVs received without an accompanying cover letter will not be considered.

All applications must be emailed to recruitment@ifst.org (preferred) or via LinkedIn. We will look at applications as we receive them, and if we think you could be right for the role, we will ask you to meet us.

Should you have any questions about the role, please contact Robert Edge-Partington, Senior Communications Manager at r.edgepartington@ifst.org.

(No agencies, please)

IFST’s EDI Statement:

The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) recognises that diversity is not only a moral imperative but also a catalyst for innovation and excellence in scientific endeavours. We recognise the importance and benefits of equal opportunities, diversity, inclusion and eliminating discrimination in every aspect of our work. By embracing diverse perspectives, experiences, and talents, IFST aims to drive positive change and advance the field of food science for the benefit of society.

We aim to ensure that no individual or group is treated more or less favourably than others on grounds of sex, gender identity, 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.

We actively encourage applications from individuals who may be underrepresented in our workforce, including those from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, and women.

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