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Advert for Red Tractor Assurance Chair

Red Tractor Assurance is seeking to appoint a new Chair to provide input and guidance to the leadership and direction of the company. The Chair is a pivotal role within UK food and farming; it interacts with Government, customers, farmers and growers and all major food retailers and food service operators.

Red Tractor Assurance was established in 2000 and has grown to become the UK’s biggest farm and food standards scheme, covering animal welfare, food safety, traceability and environmental protection. Red Tractor Assurance is a not for profit company, developed by the food industry to ensure food is safe, responsibly produced and traceable.

A key objective for the Red Tractor team is to develop Red Tractor Assurance from a ‘kitemark’ into the “Flagship for British Food & Farming”, using the high standards of British Agriculture, independent auditing and robust compliance as the core of the brand.

The successful candidate must understand the food supply chain and demonstrate how they can command the confidence of the companies and organisations within it. Having empathy and respect within the farming community and a knowledge of the workings of Government would be particular advantages. The role demands close working relationships with diverse stakeholders, however, the candidate must also demonstrate the ability to ensure sufficient detachment to be seen as independent and driving standards within the industry.

The Chair will assist the directors and senior management team to develop strategic plans and policies for the company, consistent with the objectives set by the ownership body. The Chair will also chair the ownership body and board to ensure open and balanced discussion of issues enabling members of the ownership body and board to make a full contribution to decisions about the organisations affairs whilst giving due consideration to the interest of all stakeholders of the Red Tractor business.

The Chair will understand corporate governance including risk management and financial control as well as having excellent experience of leading the development of strategy and policy.

There is a degree of flexibility in the role but in order to meet the demand of the business the Chair is expected to spend approximately 30 days a year on company business.

This is a part time appointment for an initial term of three years with the option, with the agreement of both parties, for a second term of three years.

The rate at appointment will be £21,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience.
Closing date for applications is Friday 21st July 2017
Please submit your CV and a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role to Catherine.cooper@nfu.org.uk
For RTA Chair Job Description Click here

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