The Textile Institute

Certification & Business Development Officer

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Posted: 06/05/2021
Deadline: 11/06/2021

About our organisation 

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity which works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That’s because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, we support farming innovation, we serve healthy food in communities, we support and grow the organic market and we protect forests. We couldn’t do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it’s needed the most.

Soil Association Certification is the UK’s largest organic certification body, responsible for certifying over 70% of all organic products sold in the country. We certify organic food and farming, organic textiles and organic beauty products. Since 1973 our team has built up extensive practical experience and provide unrivalled support before, during and after certification.

About the opportunity

The role is focused on managing the organic certification of our clients, reviewing inspection outcomes, product information and labelling, and answering any general queries. Alongside that, you’ll be working with new business making sure we support them in becoming organic and in supporting their supply chains.   A broad-based role, this will include some presentations, being at shows and account visits alongside supporting businesses with getting the organic textiles message across to their customers.

Based in the Soil Association office in Bristol, with some travel expected to conduct account visits, accompany inspections, and attend events.

About you

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to work across the processor and business development teams. This role will be specifically working within the textiles sector and will see you working with businesses right across the supply chain from importing, manufacturing, wholesaling, storage and retail.

You will have with experience in a quality or technical role within the textiles industry or be a graduate from a textiles/clothing bachelor’s degree, with excellent organizational and administrative skills. Ideally, we’re looking for someone who has already worked in a textiles business, be that retail or manufacturing and has a good knowledge of supply chains.  You’ll have a keen interest in sustainable sourcing.   The ability to provide solutions within tight deadlines are essential as is the ability to prioritise your own workload. Good customer service skills are essential.

Important dates

Interviews are expected to take place: online, Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May 2021

To Apply

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