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Environment and Energy


Sustainable Food Assistant


The University Catering Service (UCS) provides catering through outlets and cafes across the University’s estate and through a delivery service to University departments ranging from casual lunches through to formal receptions. The UCS is a key part of the University’s service provision to its staff, students and visitors. The UCS prides itself on being customer-facing, responsive to requests, flexible in its approach, innovative and collaborative in its nature, and a major contributor to the University’s sustainability efforts. The UCS works closely with academics at the University, and the University's Environment & Energy Section, to improve its sustainability performance, including through an ambitous Sustainable Food Policy. Thanks to the work taking place under this policy, we've won two sector awards; a winning entry to the Green Gown Awards 2017 and Sustainability award from The Universities Catering Organisation in 2018. We've also recently been shortlisted as a top 10 entrant to a global solution search designed to identify, reward, and spotlight innovative solutions for addressing climate change.

About this assignment

You will contribute to these underpinning values by working with the University Catering Service and the University’s Environment and Energy Section to analyse the impact of the University’s Sustainable Food Policy, and look to build on the policy’s success to date through a programme of marketing and communications. Specific tasks will include:

  • Managing and analysing procurement and sales data to establish changes to the environmental impact of food provision (such as through changes in carbon footprint) since the University’s Sustainable Food Policy was launched. 
  • Drafting a report on the impact of the policy since its launch, including information on how this was implemented, interviews with key stakeholders, and data, information and graphics showing its impact.
  • Creating a refreshed version of the Policy for the next two year period, which reflects changes in best practice and focus.
  • Providing ad hoc marketing and communications support as required, in order to inform customers, staff, students and the wider public about the purpose and impact of the Sustainable Food Policy.  
  • Working in conjunction with staff across all UCS outlets, drawing on customer opinion, and collaborating with other teams within the University.

Should project timescales allow, there will be opportunity and scope for developing the role in more strategic directions. This could involve enhancing the UCS’ unique selling points, and testing and iterating more innovative marketing and merchandising techniques that contribute to UCS’ efforts to further improve its environmental sustainability efforts.

About the assignment

This is a temporary assignment on a full-time basis for 4 months at Grade 5, and will be administered through the University's Temporary Employment Service. It will run from Winter to Spring 2019, with precise dates to be agreed with the successful candidate.


Essential skills & experience:

  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental sustainability issues.
  • Data management and analysis using appropriate statistical software e.g. R.
  • Awareness of carbon footprinting and/or lifecycle analysis approaches.
  • Ability to clearly communicate messages to varied audiences using a variety of media.
  • A proactive approach and ability to effectively manage own time in delivery of projects.

Desirable skills & experience:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of sustainable food issues.
  • Demonstrated experience of analysing operational data
  • Demonstrated experience of applying carbon footprinting or lifecycle analysis techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of marketing and communications.
  • Understanding of organisational policy and strategy.
  • An ability to influence others.

How to Apply

To apply please send a cover letter, outlining your motivations and experience and a CV to by midnight on 1st January.

Interviews will take place in the week beginning the 14th January.