Research Assistant

Full Time
ABOUT NATOORA

We are a fast-growing company with a clear mission: to revolutionise the food system.

With hubs in London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, New York and Los Angeles - as well as our own regenerative farm in Cornwall - we’re creating access to consciously-produced and grown food at a scale unparalleled by anyone else in the industry. Since 2004, we have been building a unique supply chain that connects chefs and home cooks alike to an ever-growing community of independent growers, farmers and producers.

At the core of this revolution is education - undoing the systematic damage wrought by half a century of intensive farming and pervasive misinformation regarding the seasonality, flavour and nutrition of food. From Sourcing to Brand to Operations, we’ve spent fifteen years building up a deep, experience-based knowledge of the care, action and instinct required to repair the damage, from seed selection to forging a regenerative farm.

Now with our own dedicated Education team, we’re determined to share that understanding, empowering everyone within our reach to make informed, impactful decisions as to how they feed themselves. From the way food is grown, reared and produced to how it gets into kitchens, we’re breaking down barriers built up by the industrial system and sparking a grassroots movement for a better future of food. This is your chance to be at the forefront of that movement.

ABOUT THE JOB

The role of the Education team is to equip every one of us with the necessary skills and knowledge to drive positive change via our everyday actions. We’re looking for a meticulous, self-starting Research Assistant to bear out our experience of what it takes to repair the broken food system through conscientious, engaging research, engagement and development.

Reporting into the Head of Education, you’ll be responsible for the upkeep and growth of the global Repository, a central pool for our shared knowledge. Working in close collaboration with our Sourcing team, you’ll take every opportunity to learn even more about our farmers and producers, distilling often complex information into readily-accessible content for our entire community - from our own warehouse and retail teams to chefs, home cooks and schoolchildren.

On our core topics of soil health, nutrition and impact, you’ll seek out diverse, authoritative leads and fresh perspectives on an inclusive journey to restoration - feeding into Brand campaigns as well as developing internal training materials. In brief, this role is about laying down irrefutable evidence that food and farming can be part of the solution to the climate crisis. There is no time to waste - we’re looking for someone committed to action, not academics.

Responsibilities
  • Population and development of our internal-only global database, the Repository - covering produce, farms and core topics in detail
  • Creation of engaging learning materials for both internal and external audiences
  • Central involvement in the research and shaping of top level, education-led Brand campaigns
  • Ongoing research and development of Impact Tracking metrics, seeking out new ways to connect people to the consequences of their actions
  • Assistance in the development and rollout of the Earthworks programme of on-farm and cross-disciplinary learning opportunities
You
  • Meticulous and detail-driven, you have experience in both social and ecological fields of research - be it via Food Policy or Systems Masters, or a minimum of two years of experience at a like-minded organisation or farm
  • You have a demonstrated ability to connect top down policy and research with community-based action and results
  • A decisive but approachable communicator, your written English embodies a genuine commitment to transforming the food system through clear, compelling calls to action and the use of solid facts
  • You are equally comfortable with farmers in the field as brand new Retail team members in urban store locations, building on your experience of engaging diverse stakeholders in complex topics
  • A good command of Italian, French or Spanish would be beneficial but not essential
Perks
  • Cost-price fruit & vegetables - we don’t profit from sales to our own team members
  • Your birthday off*
  • Subsidised lunch in the office - made with the same seasonal produce we supply to chefs
  • CODE Hospitality membership, getting you up to 50% off at London and the UK’s leading restaurants*
  • Cycle to Work scheme*
  • Season Ticket Loan*
  • Kitchen stocked from our own growers and producers - including Estate Dairy milk and butter - as well as from our Spa Terminus neighbours Monmouth & Little Bread Pedlar

Email education@natoora.com with your CV and a short cover letter telling us why your experience is what we need to amp up our impact.

*Once you’ve hit the 6 month mark

Our vision for a better food system is built on real human relationships and a diversity of experience, perspective and ideas. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief.

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