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Better Food Shed - Manager/Co-founder


Better Food Shed is a new organic, not-for-profit, wholesale buying group being launched by Growing Communities in London. We are looking for a Manager/Co-founder to plan, launch and run Better Food Shed. This is a really exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about food and improving the local food system to shape a new type of wholesaler. BFS is focused on giving local, organic farmers efficient access to the London consumer market, predominantly via community-led box schemes. Our aims are to support regional growers and the independent organic movement.


About the role

As a key member of the founding team you will lead the planning and launch of Better Food Shed with operations due to start in January 2019. 

  • Lead the Better Food Shed project, from concept through detailed planning to launch
  • Develop a fully costed business and operating plan including operating procedures and policies
  • Lead on stakeholder management, including BFS Board, Growing Communities, suppliers, customers, staff, investors and regulators (eg Soil Association) 
  • Lead on the sales process for identifying and signing up new customers and suppliers 
  • Establish a hub (including finding a site, negotiating with landlord and purchasing necessary equipment, vehicles etc)
  • Manage the operations of BFS when it is launched – including ordering, technology, customer management, food safety 
  • Recruit and manage a small team


  • A proven leader who has experience of food wholesale and working with producers 
  • Drive and ambition to launch a new business from scratch
  • Able to work autonomously, reporting to a newly created management board
  • Have proven experience in developing and maintaining new and existing customer relationships
  • Proven financial and business acumen 
  • Organised and methodical 
  • A passion for food and improving the local food system



  • Autonomy to launch and build a truly innovative not-for-profit business 
  • An opportunity to change the food system for the better
  • Salary: Around £30,000 (pro rata)



Flexible: We are offering a fixed fee up to launch (expected to be January 2019). After that the role is likely to develop, but there is flexibility to shape this role. As a guide we expect the pre-launch phase to be c.20 hours a week. We are also open to this being a shared role between two people.



Applications will close at 5pm on 4 May 2018. Please email your CV along with a short covering letter outlining why you would like to apply for this role and how you will contribute to the success of Better Food Shed. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to have an initial meeting with two members of the Better Food Shed project board in the week starting 14 May 2018. The final round is expected to take place in the week starting 21 May and will include a short pitch to the BFS Project Board on the vision for Better Food Shed.

A more detailed briefing document will be provided to candidates during the shortlisting process.