Business Unit:
Group Services
Location:
Group Role - All sites
Salary Details:
£40,196 FTE per annum
Hours Per Week:
37
Weeks Per Year:
52
Annual Leave:
29 days FTE per annum
Proposed Interview Date:
07/08/2024
Advertising End Date:
28/07/2024

About The Role

Are you the secret ingredient to Food Innovation for East Kent Colleges Group?

Joining our team as a sector specialist, you’ll leverage your expertise in food technology and product development to guide small and micro food businesses as they develop and launch innovative food products.

You’ll be the first point of contact for food businesses looking to innovate with East Kent Colleges Group, developing bespoke packages of practical support, specialist advice and training based on your own sector experience and expertise. You will oversee our Food Innovation Hub, launching in 2025, and work with sector partners to help shape our offer to food businesses in East Kent.

Please note this is a fixed term position for 12 months with potential of future opportunities. 

The role will be based in our Broadstairs College, with a brand-new food innovation hub launching in 2025. This Group role requires travel to our other colleges and to visit businesses and other stakeholders when required. 

Working at EKC Group is extremely rewarding with excellent benefits:
 
  • Competitive salary and holiday entitlements
  • Access to 100's of online discounts via our Rewards Scheme (Inc. Restaurant, Grocery, Retail, Gym, Holidays)
  • Access to cycle to work, car leasing and tech purchasing schemes
  • Generous pension scheme - 18% employer contribution
  • Being part of a company with a Eco-Sustainability focus of being Net-Zero
  • Time off for your child's first day at school, moving home and for interviews
  • My 10 Days initiative - bid for up-to 10 days off work to pursue voluntary work
  • Being part of Community Days and Annual Staff Celebration Day 

About You

You are motivated and entrepreneurial with deep-rooted food production and/or technology knowledge. You are committed to sharing your experience, developing new resources, and mentoring micro and small businesses to innovate and succeed. With a strong commercial sense, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to quality, you’re ready to play your part in developing EKC’s Food Innovation offer, and to make a positive impact on the food sector in East Kent.

What we are looking for?

  • Someone who can draw on their deep technical expertise to mentor food businesses looking to innovate.
  • Someone who can take the initiative to develop new sector relationships, resources and initiatives as we launch and scale up our Food Innovation offer from our brand-new hub in Broadstairs (launching 2025).
  • Someone highly organised, who can successfully manage multiple priorities and stakeholders.

About Us

Outstanding Ofsted Provider

East Kent Colleges Group is an Ofsted Outstanding rated provider. It is proud to be the first General Further Education college organisation in the country to have received the Outstanding grade against each of the strands under the new Ofsted inspection framework. An inclusive provider, our colleagues place our students and the communities we serve at the heart of everything they do across EKC Group and this is illustrated in our ‘Strong’ skills grading by Ofsted.

Commitment to Safeguarding

EKC Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and we ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities for upholding these principles. The Group’s designation as a ‘designated establishment’ means that all posts within EKC Group are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. We therefore have an obligation to carry out robust checks to ensure that staff are suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults; applicants are therefore advised that appropriate safeguarding checks (including an enhanced DBS check) will be undertaken on all successful applicants; job offers will be made on the basis of satisfactory DBS and other checks, including the receipt of two references. If you are successful in obtaining an interview, your suitability to work with children and vulnerable adults will be explored as part of the interview process. Applicants should note that it is a criminal offence to apply for a post which involves engaging in regulated activity relevant to children if you are barred from doing so. All applicants are required to complete and submit a self-declaration of their criminal record or information that would make them unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults.

Commitment to Equal Opportunities

EKC Group is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all members of our communities. We are particularly keen to increase the diversity of our staff body and encourage applications from candidates where there is underrepresentation in our workforce. We are proud to hold the Positive About Disability Award; this confirms our commitment to interviewing all applicants who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria outlined in the person specification. Similarly, our commitment to Care Leavers means that we will interview applicants who meet the minimum criteria and who have declared on their application that they are a Care Leaver.

We welcome applications from anyone wishing to work flexibly and those considering a return to work from a career break.

We do not engage with agencies for permanent staff and have an in-house recruitment team.

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