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Executive Assistant

  • Part time
  • £27,356 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 11th February 2019

  • Advertised from 23rd January 2019
  • 4 or 5 days per week (80-100% FTE). Fixed term 2-year contract which may be extended. Job share and flexible working options available.


About us

At Soil Association Scotland, we work across the whole farming and food system: from the farmer in the field, to the food on your plate. We are working to deliver real, on the ground solutions to the challenges that our food system faces both now, and in the future. We’re dedicated to making positive change happen.

About the opportunity

This role will involve working closely with the senior leadership team in Scotland and provides the chance to help shape the organisation. There will be opportunities to learn more about our food and farming system, and by working to support the whole team you will play your part in increasing our impact and influence on the world.

Your role

Your role is to support the senior leadership team in the delivery of SA Scotland’s strategic objectives, by providing high level PA support and project co-ordination for cross-organisational projects. You will also ensure that the whole Soil Association Scotland team operates with effective and efficient systems to deliver programmes and core activities in order to transform the way we eat, farm and care for the natural world.

About you

You will have:

  • Experience of effective project management and supporting senior teams to successfully roll-out change initiatives across an organization
  • Substantial PA experience to an Executive Assistant level with experience of leading on project coordination and monitoring budgets.
  • Some experience of office management, delegating tasks and helping others to prioritise effectively
  • Experience of working unsupervised in key role maintaining confidentiality and discretion

You will be:

  • Diplomatic and assertive with the ability to engage others positively in work activity and change
  • Flexible in response to changing priorities and needs
  • An excellent relationship builder with a professional presentation
  • Empathetic with aims and objectives of the Soil Association and a positive ambassador

For more information, please read the Job Description below.

Our Benefits

We offer a range of financial and lifestyle benefits to all our employees, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays pro rata increasing to 30 days
  • Pension scheme with ethical investment options and employer contribution
  • Free membership of the Soil Association and discounts on organic produce
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies, flexible working and childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work
  • Sociable and engaging workplace of professionals that share a passion for healthy, sustainable lifestyle and produce

At the Soil Association we are committed to ensuring diversity, inclusion and accessibility within our organisation. We therefore welcome applications from all regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion/belief and sexual orientation.

Application notes

Closing date for applications: Monday 11th February

Interviews are expected to take place: Tuesday 19th February

Further details about the post can be found on our website.

Please submit your CV with a covering letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role to Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname).

For more details or for a discussion about the role please contact Aoife Behan,