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Better Food Traders Data Worker (freelance)

Better Food Traders (BFT) is a traders group and network established to drive change towards sustainability through the food system, making food better for consumers, better for businesses and better for the environment.

As our data worker, you will be demonstrating impact and growth of BFT enterprises by collecting, sorting and aggregating data acquired through our application forms. The data project explores metrics that can best tell the BFT story and drive change in the food system.  

We require a freelance data worker on a flexible and part-time basis, initially from October 2021 to end of March 2022, but with potential to be extended if current funding bid is successful, for 0-7.5 hours per week.

Freelance, working from home.  £18ph/7.5 hours.


  • Manage the back end of the BFT application process and data management systems, currently via Jotforms and Google Sheets.
  • Attend to queries or problems arising during the application process with appropriate solutions.
  • Assist in the development of the application forms where needed.
  • Manage and create assessment reports using our existing templates.
  • Keep data flow documentation up to date and accurate
  • Work closely with the Project Leader and Network Manager to ensure a smooth application experience for applicants.
  • Finalise the legalities of BFTs data collection process, and ensure compliance is up to date.
  • Create and maintain up to date analysis reports, graphic and otherwise.
  • Assist in recruitment, and managing communication with data consultant to upgrade systems if Better Food Traders is successful in achieving funding past March 2022.


Person specification:

  • Has data analysis or equivalent experience, or is a fast and accurate learner and knows their way around online forms and spreadsheets.
  • Has excellent attention to detail.
  • Knows when to consult, make decisions and defer to others. 
  • Has good IT skills. 
  • Has good knowledge of web-based data systems. 
  • Understands and can use Excel to manipulate, analyse and create reports on data. 
  • Experience and familiarity with online communication tools.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UK alternative food retail sector, and issues relating to sustainably produced food.


To apply

Email BFT project leader Natasha Soares with a CV and covering letter by 5pm Monday 27 September. We aim to recruit someone to start as soon as possible; interviews will be held in the first week of October.


Other ways to get involved with GC

We are not currently recruiting for any jobs at Growing Communities.

Check out volunteering page to learn about volunteering on our Hackney market gardens. We are closed for volunteering in Dagenham.

Many of the veg schemes in the Better Food Traders welcome volunteers. Check the Better Food Traders website for details.



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