We are the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in all aspects of food science and technology. We are an internationally respected independent membership body, supporting food professionals through knowledge sharing and professional recognition.

Our core aim is the advancement of food science and technology based on impartial science and knowledge sharing.

Our membership comprises individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, from students to experts, working across a wide range of disciplines within the sector.

About the role

Job Title: Operations Manager – Full time, permanent
Location: London (flexible/hybrid – c.2 days remote/3 days Hammersmith)
Salary: £40-45K dependent on experience

We are looking for an Operations Manager to drive forward our work to promote food science and technology for the benefit, safety and health of everyone.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will be a key member of our management team with specific responsibility for managing core business functions such as finance, facilities, IT and digital projects, as well as aspects of governance and HR.  You will play a crucial role supporting our highly engaged and ambitious team, and our vibrant community of members who work right across the food sector.

You will oversee our finances, working with the Honorary Treasurer and Chief Executive, external accountants and auditors, to ensure we continue to be in great financial shape, so practical experience of financial administration and reporting is important.  We are a charity, so an understanding of charity finance (or the aptitude to acquire this) will be invaluable.

As we are a professional membership organisation, you will benefit from having experience of working for a body like us, especially in science or engineering.  An understanding or experience of charity governance will be useful too.

We have initiated an exciting project to update our website and database platforms so you will be accustomed to working with digital partners to deliver requirements on time and on budget.

You will help us create better ways of working (post-COVID) and get the best from our small office in Hammersmith, managing utilities, and being responsible for health and safety.

You will thrive on managing multiple projects and priorities and be able to switch between the detail and big picture in an instant.  You will be a great communicator.

We are a small team so you will also be happy to ‘muck in’ to keep things running smoothly.

Please click here to visit the IFST website and download a full job description

How to apply

Are you ready to help us put our ambitious plans into practise?  Send us your CV and a brief cover letter.  We will look at applications as we receive them.

No agencies please.

Our office is based in Hammersmith, London W6, and regular attendance at the office is envisaged.

We are a registered charity (no 1121681) and a company limited by guarantee (no 930776).

IFST is guided in its decision-making and activities by its five values and through a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.



  • Evidence-based
  • Professional
  • Innovative
  • Independent
  • Food Science Community

IFST’s EDI Statement: We recognise the importance and benefits of equal opportunities, diversity, inclusion and eliminating discrimination in every aspect of our work.

We aim to ensure that no individual or group (including members, employees, job applicants, officeholders, volunteers, consultants, members of committees and panels or participants in research) is treated more or less favourably than others on grounds of gender, age, marital status, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity/paternity or religion.

We work to comply with all the legislation related to equal opportunities to ensure that the culture, philosophy and processes within IFST are free from bias of any kind.