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Contract Officer

Posted 26 January by The Forest Trust Ended

TFT is seeking a Contract Officer based in Southampton, England for a newly created position to work within our legal team, supporting our global operations.

About The Forest Trust (TFT)

TFT is a global non-profit organisation that helps companies source their products responsibly. TFT was formed in 1999 and today our supply chain, social and environmental experts work in over 25 countries to ensure that commodities like cocoa, palm oil, pulp and paper and timber are sourced with respect for people and nature. Because the needs of the planet are so urgent, with climate change, population growth and food security becoming priority issues, we collaborate with companies and communities on initiatives that can be replicated at scale. Our members include Nestlé, Wilmar International, Golden Agri-Resources, Cargill, Ferrero, Mars, ADM, 3M, Asia Pulp and Paper, B&Q and Lindt. We are on the ground in forests, farms, quarries and factories and are active at key stages of the supply chain, providing unrivalled technical, traceability, transformation and communications support. We currently have offices in 16 countries and employ more than 260 people worldwide.

Responsibilities and Scope

The Contract Officer will be part of a small legal team, providing professional commercial support to members of staff throughout the organisation and working with a range of external legal advisers, counterparties and regulatory agencies. The Contract Officer will be involved in day to day contractual, legal and compliance operations, involving all of TFT’s offices and therefore working within numerous different jurisdictions and legal systems.

The primary task of the Contract Officer will be to draft, review and amend a range of legal documents including non-disclosure agreements and service contracts. In addition, the Contract Officer will also be required to create and update internal legal procedures and documentation; assist with compliance and intellectual property queries; update and maintain legal records; provide administrative support to the legal team and assist with ad hoc research, new projects and other duties as required.

The position is full-time/37.5 hours per week for an initial contract period of 12 months, but applications from those seeking part-time work (70-90% FTE) will be considered.

The position will suit a recent graduate, or someone with recent paralgal/contracts experience.

Qualifications and Attributes


  • Bachelor or Master Degree in law or relevant legal experience.
  • Advanced English language skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and organisational skills with strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently, working both autonomously and within a team.
  • Flexibility to work outside of normal office hours on occasion to participate in work calls in other time zones.
  • Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

Highly beneficial:

  • Good understanding of French, Spanish or an additional language a considerable asset.
  • Exposure or understanding of cross-border operations a considerable advantage (USA, Switzerland, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia).
  • Good understanding and high interest in environmental and social responsibility issues, and/or experience working for a NGO or international organisation.

What we offer

  • A unique work experience in an international non-profit, directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equality through supply chains.
  • A dynamic work environment with the change to work as part of a multi-cultural team.
  • Salary dependent on experience and pension contributions.
  • 25 days paid leave per year pro rata (plus bank holidays).

Reference: 34327767

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