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​Better Food Traders: Project Leader


Do you want to help create a better food system?

Come and take the reins of this exciting, expanding project!


Better Food Traders is a UK-wide retailers’ network that drives change towards sustainability through the food system, making food better for citizens, better for businesses and better for the environment.

Leading on the planning, delivery and expansion of the Better Food Traders project over the next three years to March 2025, you will drive the strategic direction and growth of the network and further build its reputation and influence in the food and farming sector while managing a small, friendly and committed team of staff and freelancers.

Growing Communities is looking for a leader to recruit new members and help the network grow into a successful and nationally known scheme – increasing the visibility and impact of the sustainable food sector.

See full job description here (please note this was slightly amended on Monday 9 May, so please make sure you have the correct version): 

BFT Project Leader JD FINAL.docx


About Better Food Traders

Better Food Traders champion farmer-focused retail as a lever for increasing agroecological horticulture in the UK.

All Better Food Traders are governed by a set of key principles that ensure the food traded is farmed sustainably; traded fairly and transparently; and builds community to inspire and drive change in the food system and the wider world.

Established by Growing Communities several years ago, we have recently secured renewed funding from Esmée Fairbairn to take the network to new levels.



  • Fixed term contract until end of March 2025
  • 4 days a week
  • £32,987 p.a. (pro-rata)
  • 33 days' annual leave (pro-rata)
  • Discounted fruit and veg bag (if based in Hackney)
  • 5% Stakeholder pension scheme available
  • Working from home anywhere in the UK with option to hotdesk and hold meetings at Growing Communities’ offices in Stoke Newington, London.


Recruitment process

Applications will be shortlisted against the person specification outlined in the job description. 

This job is open to everyone, regardless of background. We acknowledge that the environmental sector is less accessible to people from minority backgrounds and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that opportunities like this are less available to you, or you don’t see yourself represented very often in the environmental or sustainable food sectors. This role wears many hats as it is a small but ambitious project team, and we recognise that the successful applicant may not have all the skills and experiences listed in the person specification. We welcome an application from you if could see yourself in the role. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • First round interviews: (online via video call) Monday 13 or Tuesday 14 June
  • Second round interviews: (in person in Hackney, London) Wednesday 22 or Thursday 23 June


To apply

Send your CV and a cover letter (each document should be no more than two pages) addressing how you meet the person specification outlined in the job description. Please also complete and return the Recruitment Monitoring Form.

Recruitment Monitoring Form.docx

Email your application to Katy Barker.

Closing date: 9am Monday 6 June 2022

Contact us on 020 7502 7588 if you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process.


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Other ways to get involved with GC

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.

Growing Communities, The Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin Road, London N16 7NX

Better Food Shed, 47 Thames Road, Barking, London, IG11 0HQ