Senior Food Industry & Retail Consultant

Permanent employee, Full-time · Remote

About us
ProVeg is an international food awareness organisation working to transform the global food system by replacing conventional animal products with plant-based and cultivated alternatives. ProVeg works with companies, governments, public institutions, medical professionals, the media, and the public to help the world transition to a society and economy that are less dependent on animal agriculture and more sustainable for humans, animals, and our planet.

We base our strategy on empirically-based evidence whenever possible. We seek to stay abreast of the latest research to inform our strategic considerations and outreach materials. We evaluate all of our programs to make sure we are allocating our resources in the best way to reach our goal.

ProVeg fosters a culture in which challenges become opportunities to learn and thrive. Because changing the global food system is a huge undertaking, we are looking for new team members who are pragmatic and professional and who are willing to step out of their comfort zone when needed. Critical problem-solving skills, team spirit, and creativity are all vital to accomplishing our ambitious goals.

DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) Statement

ProVeg is committed to assessing applicants equitably, regardless of race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, refugee background, genetic information, neurodiversity, disability, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, HIV status, gender identity, or gender expression. People of colour, women, people with disabilities, people from LGBTQIA+ communities, elderly people, refugees and people living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.

Role Summary
By supporting companies in the international food sector, you will play a crucial role in the global transition towards a more sustainable and healthier food system. As an expert in the food industry with an engaging personality, you will build relationships with important stakeholders along and beyond the supply chain. Based on your knowledge and familiarity with the most promising products and companies in the plant-based space, you will be able to provide effective support in expanding and improving major retailers’ and manufacturers’ plant-based offerings in terms of product, promotion, placement, price, and target group, while emphasising quality, taste, and acceptance of plant-based products
Responsibilities
  • Identify potential consulting clients and develop high-impact consulting packages that generate income for ProVeg.
  • Actively engage and consult with retailers, manufacturers, and ingredient suppliers in order to increase both the quality and quantity of plant-based options.
  • Connect stakeholders in the supply chain as well as experts who support product development.
  • Work with ProVeg Incubator to update companies on recent innovations in the plant-based sector.
  • Give advice in terms of the 4 Ps of marketing in relation to plant-based products.
  • Carry out market and company analyses.
  • Closely collaborate with ProVeg’s Senior Consumer Research Scientist to support market research and apply findings of consumers’ needs and demands for plant-based products, in a consultancy setting.
  • Conduct onsite and virtual consulting sessions and workshops with clients.
  • Support ProVeg’s country offices in engaging with local companies, as well as expanding partnerships with branches in other countries.
  • Represent the ProVeg Food Industry & Retail Department at food-industry conferences and events, and deliver compelling presentations. 
  • Monitor progress and evaluation of impact.
Qualifications
Required
       
  • Proven experience, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the food industry and/or on the agency side.
  • Relevant bachelor’s or master’s degree in business, marketing, communications or other relevant fields.
  • A strong interest in food trends and food innovation.
  • A proven ability to influence corporate decision-makers.
  • Persuasive and engaging interpersonal skills, as well as a sales mentality.
  • Consulting and project management skills.
  • Analytical, conceptual, and teamwork skills.
  • Outstanding presentation skills in English.
  • The ability to work well under pressure and manage time effectively.
  • Willingness to take on additional tasks as and when they arise.
  • Passion for ProVeg International’s mission.
  • The successful applicant will be a pragmatic go-getter who is flexible and loves taking on challenges in a fast-paced working environment.
 
Preferred
  • Additional language skills such as German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Polish, or other.
Benefits of working with us
  • A strong organisational focus on personal development and designated training budget
  • Flexibility around working arrangements
  • And last but not least: Become part of a great team and work with us towards a world where everyone chooses delicious and healthy food that is good for all humans, animals, and our planet
When?
Application deadline: 02 October 2020
Phone interviews: First week of October
Face to face interviews: Mid of October
Start date: Last week of October
Further information
Our Application Procedure

Your application should include a cover letter and CV. Please tell us how you found this job ad. Please submit your application using our online form. (https://proveg.com/jobs/) Thank you!

If you have successfully made it to the long list of applicants, you will be invited for a phone interview, usually within two weeks of the application deadline. Should you be shortlisted, the next steps will be:
  1. An online task.
  2. A virtual face-to-face interview.
  3. If applicable, an optional ‘trial day”, that includes the handling of tasks that are typical for the role you are applying for. This step helps us to get to know you and your way of working better and gives you a chance to get a full picture of the job and our organisation. 
  4. The final decision may require an additional interview, usually with Senior Management.
Job Details
Reports to: International Head of Food Industry & Retail
Department: Food Industry & Retail
Location: Remote, ideally within Europe, in one of the countries where ProVeg is currently active
Hours: 32-40 hours per week
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Your application

We are happy about your interest in ProVeg. Please send us your application only by using the following form.

The application process takes between four and eight weeks and includes the following steps:

  • Screening by the HR department
  • Screening by the respective department
  • Processing of trial tasks
  • First Interview
  • Possibly second interview
  • Confirmation
For federal voluntary services and internships, the process is shortened slightly and usually only one interview is conducted. In these cases, the trial tasks are usually carried out in the form of a trial day at our Berlin office.

Please submit your application including a cover letter, CV and references in one PDF document (max. 3 MB) and answer the questions in our general questionnaire for all applicants. Your contact person is Nora Winter, Head of HR.
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