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Jobs at ORC

Working with us

There are lots of ways to get involved with the Organic Research Centre. We look for trustees, partner organisations, postgraduate researchers and also farmers and businesses to take part in our research programmes. Find out how you can work with us.

Staff vacancies

Part-time Head of Finance (G8)
Salary range: £40k- £47k FTE per annum depending on experience
REF: ADM2001

We are looking to appoint a full-time Head of Finance (G8) to provide full accounting support to the Chief Executive Officer, Council of Management and Finance Committee. The role will also have responsibility to manage and develop the finance function, including staff, procedures, and policies; to lead the monthly and annual accounts cycles including external audits and budgets; to be part of the Senior Management Team and advise on finance related issues, and to occasionally deputise for the CEO.

As leader of a small team this is a hands on role.  In addition as a small charity, we have to be able to adapt and change in order to capitalize on every opportunity, so the successful applicant must be able to cope with this whilst working at pace.

Candidates must be CIMA/ACCA/ACA/QBE qualified. At least three years’ finance experience, experience managing a team and accounting within the charity sector including an understanding of FRS102 and Charity SORP are essential. The successful candidate must be computer literate including experience of computer-based finance systems (knowledge of Exchequer software would be an advantage) and MS suite, particularly Excel. Good communication skills written and oral in a variety of styles, good organisational skills, the ability to work alone and within a team, to provide leadership and to methodically organise, with the ability to prioritise appropriately, achieve targets and deliver to deadlines are also essential to this role. An interest in organic food and farming, food systems, agroecology and the environment is desirable but not essential, training is available. Applications must be on an ORC application form. Please download the full application pack (zip file) or individual components below:

The closing date for applications is Friday 8th January 2021.  Interviews will be held via MS Teams Wednesday 20th January 2021. With a view to start week commencing 8th February 2021.

Charity trustees

If you would be interested in being a Trustee of the Charity, please get in contact with the Director, Lucy MacLennan.


Our internship programme is closed until further notice.

Postgraduate research

Opportunities may exist for MSc and PhD research projects linked to our current research areas. Contact the relevant team leader for further information.

Participatory research

Much of our research involves participatory engagement of farmers, producers and other businesses. We currently have over 50 businesses working with us and have now established a Participatory Research Network to develop this work.

If you are a producer, farmer, processor or other business interested in getting involved with research, please get in touch.

Partner organisations

ORC works collaboratively on projects and in its dissemination of results with a number of UK and European partners. If you are interested in partnering with us, please do get in touch.

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