Partnership Director

Who we are

Buckinghamshire Food Partnership CIO (BFP) is a newly established charity based in Buckinghamshire. We believe that all people in Buckinghamshire should have access to healthy, affordable, sustainably produced and culturally appropriate food. The food system is both complex and interconnected, so we convene, support and facilitate local groups to test collaborative initiatives and forge new ways of working. We bring together communities, businesses, charities and local authorities to realise a more sustainable and just local food system across the county.

About the role

This is an exciting time to join Buckinghamshire Food Partnership. Having recently gained charitable status, we now need someone to help us translate our charitable objectives into a bold and actionable strategic plan. You will work collaboratively with our trustees, steering group, and other stakeholders to address some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental issues related to food. Drawing on the Sustainable Food Places model, you will identify and build relationships with local partners across Buckinghamshire who share our vision for a better food system, and put in place innovative pilots and campaigns to make this vision a reality. Thank you to the Rothschild Foundation for providing the initial three-year funding for this role.

What we can offer you

  • Employment type: Three-year contract with annual review of funding.
  • Hours: Part-time, preferably 3-4 days/week. Exact working hours for discussion. Some occasional evening and weekend work will be required.
  • Salary: c.£27-£32k per annum (c.£40-£45k FTE) depending on experience.
  • Reports to: Chair of Trustee Board.
  • Responsible for: No line management responsibility to start, but looking to build a team.
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days plus bank holidays pro rata.
  • Pension: 5% defined benefit plan.
  • Location: Homeworking with some travel across Buckinghamshire for meetings as required. You are also welcome to use the hot desk at our registered office in Chesham.
  • Equipment and expenses: We will provide you with a homeworking setup, including a laptop and mobile phone, and cover any expenses in line with our expenses policy.
  • Paid volunteering days: We encourage community engagement by offering two paid days per year off work to volunteer at a charity or community group.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

We are committed to social and racial justice and believe that diversity, equality and inclusion are central to our ambition to create a better food system for Buckinghamshire. We want to be truly representative of Buckinghamshire society, and to actively remove any barriers to access and opportunity.

What you will be doing

  • Be the face and voice of the charity, raising its profile across the county and maximising its reach.
  • Lead by example, instilling a culture of professionalism, inclusion and equity both across the organisation and with external partners.
  • Work with the Trustee Board to develop the charity’s strategy, policies and budgets and take responsibility for implementing these.
  • Seek out, develop and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant organisations and individuals to promote the work of the charity and facilitate the implementation of its strategic objectives.
  • Maintain effective financial management and control systems, ensuring delivery within budgets and to performance targets. Oversee the production of management accounts, statutory accounts and annual reports.
  • Take responsibility for all the charity’s operational functions, including finance, fundraising, marketing, IT and relationships management.
  • Work towards the achievement of long-term sustainability, developing the charity’s business model and securing sufficient income to enable its charitable objectives.
  • Support the Trustee Board to ensure the charity fulfills its legal, statutory, and regulatory responsibilities.
  • Work with the Trustee Board to develop the charity’s Risk Register and support their work to ensure that major risks are identified and reviewed, and that systems and procedures are in place to mitigate these risks.
  • Attend Board meetings when requested and prepare written reports in advance of each meeting detailing matters of interest and concern regarding the charity’s activities during the previous period; ensuring that the Board is made aware of any matters requiring its attention in a timely manner.
  • Lead, support and motivate any other staff, volunteers or contractors that may be working for the charity.
  • Work collaboratively with the Sustainable Food Places network to share and gain best practice.
  • Carry out any other duties that may be reasonably requested.

Who we are looking for

Essential knowledge and skills

  • Significant senior level experience with a charity or not for profit organisation and an understanding of how to work effectively with volunteers.
  • Experience and success in partnership management including convening, leading and supporting systemic change.
  • Robust approach to governance, controls and implementation of new processes.
  • Experience of business planning, business development and fundraising including financial, risk and project management, with the ability to analyse budgets and manage an annual budget.
  • A commitment to good practice and with a drive for continual improvement.
  • Excellent collaboration, presentation and networking skills with the ability to convene and unite people from diverse backgrounds behind a common objective.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to write clearly and succinctly.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and inclusivity.
  • Interest in the food system and how it links to human and environmental health.

Desirable knowledge and skills

  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the food system from farm to fork, and how it interacts with human and environmental health.
  • Based in Buckinghamshire with experience working with local government, businesses, charities and communities.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience with evidence of continuing commitment to formal or informal learning.
  • Access to car or other reliable transport.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter (of no more than two sides of A4) that explains how your experience, knowledge and skills fulfill the requirements of the role to by 9am Wednesday 27th October.


Depending on restrictions, the interview will take place online or at our office in Chesham. Please let us know if you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments. We will cover transport and childcare costs where appropriate.

Interviews will be held the week of 8th November. If you are invited to interview, we will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time. We will provide you with feedback within two weeks of the interview.

If your application is not successful and you are not invited to interview, we will endeavor to inform you as soon as possible. As we are a small team, we will not be able to provide individual feedback to applicants who we do not invite for interview.

Get in touch

If you would like to have an informal chat about the role before applying or if you have any questions, please email and we will come back to you as soon as possible.