Change Agents UK

Ethical Sourcing Assistant

Project Ethical Sourcing Assistant
Employer AB Agri
Job Description


AB Agri is a unique community of leading agricultural businesses with a vision to improve the sustainability of food production. It has an exciting growth plan to double the size of the business within the next 5 years and substantially broaden its geographic footprint.

As part of a FTSE 25 business, Associated British Foods plc, it is already a highly responsible business, but to support its vision it is seeking to better evidence and grow its reputation to ensure that it can support its farmer and producer customers as demands on their businesses evolve.

Formula 24 (F24) is the AB Agri ‘recipe for responsible agriculture.’ It is a 10 year programme that comprises three pillars and six aspirations and is steered by a cross functional business group. This role reports to the AB Agri Group Risk Manager and exists to support the development of our F24 ethical sourcing programme, one of the six aspirations, and to work with our divisional raw material teams to increase visibility of issues within their supply chains.


The objective of the role is to move us forward in our understanding of potential issues within our raw material supply chains and in designing activities to mitigate the risks they pose. Success will be evidenced by reporting and evidencing of progress to our Formula 24 Board.

Benefits of this opportunity

Ethical sourcing in agri-food production is a major global challenge for everyone involved in the supply chains which are often multi-tiered and complex. This role provides an insight into how large businesses are approaching this and the methods being used to identify and reduce risk and increase standards. We operate as a highly collaborative business and the role will offer an insight into all of our businesses and provide interface with a range of people from different functions and with different levels of seniority. They will be working with some of the leading supply chain software tools and have the opportunity to build presentation, communication, team-working and influencing skills.

Future employment potential

We are a fast growing business and are employing across a broad range of functions based both in Peterborough other UK and overseas sites. In addition our work on ethical sourcing is likely to expand and may lead into a more permanent role.

Benefits of working with Change Agents UK

Change Agents UK is a not-for-profit organisation which enables students and recent graduates to work with businesses, local authorities and community groups to learn about and implement sustainable development, and become more employable. With this service Change Agents UK will provide:

• Enrolment onto our Skills Development Programme, utilising bespoke exercises to increase skill set and employability through self-evaluation, learning and the Change Agents Academy.

• Management support and networking opportunities.

• A monthly Change Agents UK Newsletter informing you of current sustainability news topics, up and coming events and workshops and a network of other change agents.

• Inclusion in the Change Agents staff and alumni networks: socials, networking opportunities, etc.

• Support in an organisation whose ethos is one of positive personal and professional development.

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

Location Peterborough

Outputs and Key Tasks


  1. 100% of raw material (RM) suppliers to have signed our supplier code of conduct

  2. Signed documents to be uploaded into our assurance system Authenticate.

  3. Risk evaluation of RM suppliers to have been updated using Verisk Maplecroft risk metrics

  4. Evaluation (RAG) status to be flagged within Authenticate

  5. Plan exists to move all reds to a minimum of amber

  6. Progress report developed and routinely produced to evidence progress

Key Tasks

  1. Develop efficient mechanism to manage collection of signed supplier codes.

  2. Design and develop dashboard approach within Authenticate software to report status of suppliers.

  3. Research and refine existing risk assessment using Verisk Maplecroft metrics to update current risk status of both materials and suppliers.

  4. Develop engaging and accurate reporting to evidence progress.

  5. Engage with suppliers to encourage them to share information to reduce our perceived risk status.


  1. A high level of computer literacy with experience in creating and managing data an advantage.

  2. Good communication skills both written and verbal.

  3. Team player.

  4. Organisational skills with proven ability to meet deadlines.

  5. Able to report accurately evidencing a high level of attention to detail and evaluate current and potential issues in the supply chain .

  6. Experience of engaging with a range of stakeholders to complete a project.

  7. Open and collaborative working style – happy to assist others and ask for help as needed.


  1. Some knowledge of specific sustainability issues in both UK and global agri food production.

  2. Interest in ethical sourcing / agri food production.

  3. Graduate in a sustainability-related subject.

  4. Exposure to supplier ethics procedures and mechanisms.

  5. Knowledge of risk metrics and their importance.

  6. The ability to tailor reporting to a specific audience.

Position Details

Employer: AB Agri Ltd

Salary (per annum pro rata): £23,000

Closing Date: 25th September

Please be available for Telephone Interview week commencing 26th September

Interview Date: 4th October

Preferred Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: 6 months

Hours/Week: 37.5

Work outside normal hours: Minimal

Annual leave: 25 days per annum

Probation period: 1 month

Base: Peterborough

Salary £23,000
Application Deadline 2016-09-25
Interview Date 2016-10-04
Hours Per Week 37.50
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted