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Welcome to Scotland Food & Drink

We are the only food and drink body in the world which facilitates and enables government and industry to work side by side. Our commitment to strengthening reputations, developing growth strategies and broadening networks will deliver the competitive edge for our members and continued success for Scotland’s food and drink industry.

Would you like to be part of one of the most exciting and innovative industries in Scotland?
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Scotland is the best country in the world for a climate positive, inclusive and progressive food and drink business.

Our mission

Our mission is to champion our industry, build business skills and capability and drive Scotland’s food and drink reputation to grow our markets both here and around the world.  We will do this through; outstanding leadership of the Partnership, being a catalyst for collaboration, embedding knowledge and insight into our work and delivering tailored business growth programmes. All underpinned through a people-centric approach and the protecting and leveraging of our natural capital.


Head of Insights

We’re looking for a passionate, high-accountability Head of Insights. Your mission will be to lead the team and further develop The Knowledge Bank’s resources, capabilities and delivery activities for our partners, their sectors and the businesses involved in the Scottish food and drink community.

The Knowledge Bank aims to be the recognised ‘oracle’ for all knowledge, insight and data relating to the Scottish Food and Drink industry. Your role will be to manage the team to realise this vision by;

  • Providing insight to wide range of audiences, building valuable consumer, market and supply chain knowledge to support our industry in achieving both resilience and growth.
  • Managing multiple simultaneous research projects commissioned in support of delivering our national Food and Drink strategy, supporting multiple working groups across a wide variety of sectors and research topics.
  • Provide ‘syndicated’ services to the whole of the Scottish Food and Drink industry, regularly providing the industry with insight such as sectoral performance monitoring and future scanning and foresighting, with the aim of supporting sectors and businesses in achieving growth domestically and internationally.
  • Working with partner organisations (e.g. manufacturers, academia and government) to collate and synthesise data and information to create a holistic, full-spectrum view of a complex, £15bn industry.
  • Identify opportunities for the creation of ancillary income for the business through activities such as bespoken insight projects and commissioning original research.
  • Support SF&D’s industry leadership position by proactively creating and communicating commercially valuable and attention-grabbing insight.

This is a new role that would suit an ambitious individual who will be directly responsible for shaping and implementing and then directing our approach to data, insight and knowledge management.

Developing relationships within the team, the Partnership, with stakeholders and external suppliers will be a key and important part of the role and this unique position offers the individual the platform to demonstrate senior influencing skills as well as the opportunity to be a driving force behind the success of our newly-launched national strategy.

This is a new role and for the right individual, it offers the chance to shape and lead a business function that has great potential both impact and growth. Responsibilities might include;

  • Curating the identity of Scotland Food and Drink as the go-to voice of the food and drink industry.
  • Support multiple partners in making informed, insight-driven business and policy decisions.
  • Act as a senior thought leader and deliver authoritative presentations on public platforms.
  • Manage the insights team and their activities ensuring they fit with the priorities of the industry’s growth programme.
  • Grow the commercial impact of the insight team’s activity, creating and maintaining private-sector income for the business.
  • Manage the Community of Practice – the group of practitioners operating across the partnership, ensuring that maximum value is gained from collaboration.
  • Work closely with external data and research providers ensuring they understand our approach and that we maximise their insight, commissioning work as required.
  • At least three years’ senior experience of leading a function delivering research, intelligence gathering and strategic reporting
  • At least three years’ experience of leading and directing a team of professional analysts and/or researchers, with budgetary responsibility.
  • A genuine passion for understanding ‘the story behind the numbers’, the human factors which drive consumer behaviours and market dynamics, and the ability to infect others with your enthusiasm.
  • Ideally, experience of commissioning original qualitative and quantitative research projects
  • Experience of specifying and commissioning insight and data projects delivered by third parties is essential
  • Outstanding written, visual and verbal communication skills, producing impactful, short, simple and easy to read reports.
  • Ability to distil and communicate complex ideas simply.
  • Strong project management and leadership qualities and the ability manage multiple simultaneous workstreams.
  • An understanding of economic development and how insight can complement a growth strategy would be advantageous
  • Genuinely collaborative.
  • Good inter-personal skills and a track record of partnership working as well as the ability to establish and nurture relationships with team and Partnership members, users and suppliers.
  • An understanding of data, research and insight and how it be can best applied within the complexities of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership
  • An understanding of statistics, predictive modelling, multifactorial analysis and of working with big data would be preferable, as would exposure to modern consumer research methodology.
  • Has a passion and an understanding of the Scottish food and drink industry, Scotland Food & Drink, the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership, markets in which our businesses operate.
  • Commercially focused with a strong desire to succeed and to grow a business function

Leading a team, you will be comfortable in a leadership role, inspiring and coaching the team to achieve even greater success. The Strategic Market Intelligence Manager and the UK Market Insight Manager will report to you.

We have work/life balance as one of our core values and we have a benefits package offering a pension scheme, 35 days holiday (plus your birthday), enhanced MAT and Paternity benefits, a hybrid working policy and a cycle-to-work scheme. As well as opportunities to socialise and attend industry events and dinners.

The best things happen when we work together


Working with us

The average person in the western world spends 11,250 days of their life at work. We believe working with us should be some of the best days at work you’ll ever have.

The best things happen when we work together. And we know that our culture and people are core to delivering our diverse and collaborative work. 

So we’re always on the lookout for team players, who are passionate about food and drink to help us deliver the varied projects that support our many stakeholders and partners.

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Our commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

We are an equal opportunity employer. We recognise that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive every day.

Our values

We are passionate about making a difference.

Our impact comes from harnessing the individual strengths of our people and our partners, forging a strong team spirit. We have each other’s backs.

We all set the tone, taking personal responsibility for our actions, embracing empathy and generating a world class external reputation.

Work is important, life is everything. Success is doing both well.


We want to grow together. So we offer plenty of opportunities for our team to develop individually and as a team.


  • Unconscious bias
  • Negotiation and Influencing skills
  • Introduction to menopause awareness
  • Project management training


  • Coaching techniques for Line Managers
  • Individual training plans linked in business objectives

    Join our team

    If you’d like to find out more about this exciting new opportunity at Scotland Food & Drink, please get in touch with Denholm Associates today.


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    Finance Coordinator

    Haider recently graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance and has gathered experience in the finance industry through internships and previous jobs. He will be using all the skills he has acquired through his previous experiences to assist the finance department with gathering data and providing analysis that will help the business expand.

    Our People

    Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!

    We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.

    We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.


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    Communication Lead

    We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management. Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level or above, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

    Your core duties will include:

    • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies 
    • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors 
    • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
    • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
    • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
    • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business 
    • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates.

    You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

    • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
    • Experience in Energy, Renewables, Financial Services or Life Sciences would be very desirable
    • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
    • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth 
    • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
    • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
    • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
    • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance

    Communication Advisors

    We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team. 

    You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients. You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships. Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

    Your key duties will include:

    • Supporting the key account lead with day-to-day client liaison, providing strategic counsel on day-to-day account matters when required
    • Active involvement in planning and delivering global PR, marketing and digital campaigns
    • Managing content programmes, including mapping out content themes, spotting industry trends and story angles, writing copy when required which may include opinion articles, web and social
    • Building strong media relationships, creating pitches based on your story ideas and delivering content in-to suit the client’s target media and securing opportunities
    • Planning and running client’s social media programmes, and management of their channels
    • Continuously identifying opportunities to grow brand awareness and profile our client’s businesses within their target sector through events, webinars, thought leadership
    • Producing comprehensive and timely reports on client activity 
    • Supporting in the development of client proposals to help grow or win parts of the business

    In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

    • Proven background in account handling and direct client liaison – 4 years’ minimum
    • Experience in an agency setting focusing on B2B communication or PR
    • Strong communications skills, verbal and written
    • A background in delivering creative, digitally led B2B communications such as LinkedIn campaigns
    • An innate understanding of earned media, with the ability to create stories and generate coverage across traditional media, digital and social
    • Experience working on content management programmes, with an awareness of the changing way business audiences consume information and an appreciation of search, paid and wider customer marketing activity, and how it all fits together
    • A history of working with clients in a variety of sectors is welcomed but experience in the tech and energy industries is advantageous.







    Our Purpose

    Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.

    Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.

    The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.

    As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.

    And this is what we do, every day.

    Our Environment

    We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.

    Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option. 


    Recruitment AdministratoR

    Zoe joined Denholm in 2022 as Recruitment Administrator, after working in administration roles for nearly a decade. Most recently within the recruitment industry, she joins us with experience of supporting consultants, clients and candidates at all levels. Zoe has a passion for helping people and applies her positive attitude and approachable manner to support our team and deliver the best possible service to our clients and candidates at all times.

    Our Community

    As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.

    Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.



    Having worked in the recruitment industry since 2000, Angela brings a wealth of experience as a Recruitment Professional and a proven track record of delivering a high-quality search and selection service to both public and private companies in the UK and internationally. Angela believes in a partnership approach to recruitment, ensuring a detailed understanding of employer/jobseeker requirements and delivering a bespoke service underpinned by professionalism, pragmatism and strong market knowledge.



    James has a decade of experience within the FMCG sector where he has partnered with a wide range of businesses placing key appointments at all levels including Director/ Board level. Driving growth across our Manufacturing & Engineering function, James specialises in Production, Operations, Engineering, Quality, HSE, Technical, NPD and Supply Chain. With his passion and expertise in these areas, James supports candidates and clients by working closely to understand their needs and wants providing exceptional service.



    Andy has been recruiting in Technology, Change & Transformation since 2001. Delivering tailored resource solutions as trusted advisor to clients ranging from start-ups through to global blue-chip organisations across contract, permanent, fixed term, and managed service/statement of work solutions. He has experience providing candidates for Helpdesk through to CIO and takes great pride in providing excellent customer service and ensuring each candidate journey is a positive one. An expert in his market he can provide guidance across current market trends.



    Scott started his career working for one of the leading Advertising & Comms agencies in Edinburgh where he spent 7 years before moving in to recruitment in 2011. As such, he is well-networked in the Marketing & Comms space across Scotland. With a friendly and consultative approach, Scott is genuinely passionate about providing a positive journey to both candidates and clients alike and believes communication plays a big part in this.  A “thinking-outside-the-box recruiter”, he is known for helping candidates portray the best version of themselves and helping clients find talent for those hard to fill roles.



    David started recruitment at the age of 23 and while it isn’t for everyone, it was for David. What he really enjoys is looking beyond the CV and really getting to know the people sitting across the table, learning all about them and building relationships with new people. And that hasn’t changed to this day. David loves solving the puzzle of balancing the needs and wants clients and candidates to reach a point where everyone is happy. Based in Glasgow, he covers the B2B market for sales and marketing roles across Scotland.



    Liz has over 14 years’ experience in recruitment working across primarily the high-tech, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. She joined Denholm on December 1st 2021 following a relocation from Ireland to focus on Marketing recruitment. Liz’s experience ranges from high volume recruitment to executive search and she prides herself in her ability to fully understand a brief and her accurate matching skills. Frequently praised as being a clear communicator with a strong customer service ethic, Liz is well suited to the culture here at Denholm, where the client and the candidates’ needs are paramount.


    SENIOR CONSULTANT - Technology, Change & Transformation

    Euan has been working in the world of recruitment since 2012, working to deliver bespoke services to both clients and candidates. Prioritising ‘future-fit’ candidates for clients, he works as an extension of his client’s business ensuring great representation in the market. He consults with each client to ensure excellent candidate journeys. Euan works focuses primarily on business analysis, project management and technical support opportunities.



    Callum has been working in recruitment since 2018 where he has solely focussed on the Technology, Change and Transformation market across the UK and ROI. He works closely with his clients and candidates to build long-lasting relationships across several industries, including Technology, Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Education, Public Sector and more. He specialises in engineering roles across Software, Infrastructure, Systems, DevOps and Cloud, along with Software Testing.



    Drew arrived at Denholm as an award-winning creative, having headed content strategy teams for marketing/advertising agencies in the UK/USA before a successful career in HR, people and culture. He has years of marketing experience and building teams on both sides of the Atlantic, priding himself on going the extra mile for clients and candidates alike. Drew always works with passion as our specialist in account management, planning and strategy, digital marketing, full-spectrum creative and traffic/studio management.


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