Project Lead at East Lothian Food & Drink Ltd


Location: Home-based working
£8.45 per hour
Part time for 3 months, 25 hours per week, potential for extension
Immediate start
Closing date: 5 May 2017, noon.

About the Company

East Lothian Food & Drink Ltd (ELFD) aims to work in partnership with, and in support of businesses to help deliver change and improvement to the food and drink sector in the local area. It is a Business Improvement District (BID) organisation. As such it will provide a structure and finance to benefit food and drink businesses in East Lothian.

The organisation works within a strong local partnership with East Lothian Council, Scottish Enterprise and other bodies, such as Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society to deliver improvement, working together to find solutions, with each understanding the priorities and concerns of the other.

ELFD BID can help address problems and issues identified by local businesses with solutions developed at that local level so that they are relevant and appropriate.

Some examples of the types of activity undertaken might be collaborative research on and signposting to extra business support, facilitation of collective transport and distribution processes, events and exhibitions and collective umbrella marketing.

The Role

ELFD now seek an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to work as a part-time Project Lead for the BID's work. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the post holder will take a leading role in growing a vibrant successful company.

This is a development role including internal process development around budgetary control, marketing and sustainability. The post also has an outward facing focus including the following tasks:

• Development and implementation of routes to market including sales and distribution channels for East Lothian Food and Drink Ltd produce, locally and Scotland/UK wide
• Development of membership benefits for East Lothian Food & Drink Ltd
• Creation and maintenance of effective relationships with all the member companies of East Lothian Food & Drink Ltd
• Support of a culture of continuous improvement amongst members using management information and customer feedback.


The ideal candidate will be driven, flexible, able to work independently and will have strong time-management skills. They will be educated to Degree level in a relevant discipline such as management, sales and marketing, business studies relating to the food & drink industry and/or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and competencies gained through relevant experience in the industry. This would ideally include experience in sales and engaging with SMEs, buyers and distributors.

An excellent communicator, the successful candidate will have demonstrable skills in influencing and motivating others. This post would be perfect for a candidate with a more mature attitude. Previous experience of responsibility across a range of business functions would be advantageous. Fully IT literate with an understanding of how social media can be used to aid partnership working and the promotion of services and products, they will be enthusiastic about using a range of means to drive progress.


Closing date for applications is 5 May 2017, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the AAI online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by noon on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.


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