Biodynamic Association Certification & Demeter UK are looking for production & processing inspectors to join our team.

Full time positiion at Hungary Lane Farm, Leicestershire
15th November 2019
Experienced Grower needed at Fern Verrow…..
11th December 2019

We provide Organic and Biodynamic (Demeter) certification for over 270 licensees in the UK.

Inspectors are responsible for visiting licensees across the UK for the purpose of assessing their operation for conformity to Demeter and or Organic Standards.

Key tasks are as follows

  • Annually organise a tour of Inspections, as allocated by the Certification Office
  • Assess operations for conformity to EU Organic Standards and Demeter standards.
  • Obtain from the licensee all relevant evidence in support of compliance required by the Certification Programme.
  • Identify any Non-Conformities to the Standards.
  • Conduct inspections in a professional & impartial manor.
  • Effectively communicate any non-conformities to the licensees at the conclusion of the Assessment.
  • Complete a timely, clear and concise inspection report for the Certification Officer which:
    • details all relevant information collected at the assessment visit
    • Identifies any non-conformity to the Standards.
  • Participate in work reviews and annual training days.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

Inspectors must have knowledge of the principles underpinning organic production and an understanding of Demeter and Organic Standards and have the ability to communicate clearly and write clear, concise reports.

To be an effective Inspector, an applicant needs to demonstrate both academic ability and practical experience. He or she must have sufficient maturity to enable them to handle potentially difficult situations and to make important decisions relating both to the integrity of Demeter and Organic Standards and the effect on individual businesses. They should be able to maintain the confidence of the licensees at all times.

Applicants will have a degree in agriculture or other relevant field. Alternatively, it may be allowable to demonstrate satisfactory ability without such qualification if other aspects are fully met. This might be, for example, where an applicant can demonstrate relevant experience in an appropriate area of work or satisfactory service as an Inspector in a related field.

  • Producer (Agricultural and Horticultural) Inspectors should possess a relevant qualification in Agriculture or Horticulture or similar subject. Producer Inspectors may also inspect Simple Processing, as defined in the DEFRA Processing Definitions.
  • A Producer Inspector who wishes to undertake Simple Processing will need to demonstrate familiarity with those parts of the Standards relevant to such inspections, e.g. labelling, etc.
  • Processing Inspectors (Complex) should possess a degree or equivalent in Food Processing / Technology. They should also have extensive relevant experience in the food processing industry in particular where the degree or equivalent is not in Food Processing / Technology.

The applicant will have obtained relevant work experience either during or after qualification. They will have obtained five years general work experience of which two should be directly relevant to the sector they wish to inspect. Producer Inspectors should have experience of a wide range of crop production and of livestock husbandry.


All Approved BDA Certification Inspectors will receive an initial training and subsequently have a working knowledge of:

  • Environmental auditing systems as specified in ISO /IEC 19011
  • Conformity assessment requirements for bodies certifying processes and services ISO /IEC 17065
  • BDA Certification Quality Manual
  • Demeter and Organic Standards as specified in the respective Standards

Upon initial commencement of employment with BDA Certification, Inspectors will receive at least two accompanied Assessments which will be carried out with the Managing Director, a senior Inspector, Technical or Certification Officer.

On-going training consists of annual Inspector Training Days with all inspectors, the Managing Director, Technical Officers and other members of staff (Administrator, Certification and Project Officers) as required.  In addition, on-going feedback is given by Certification and Project Officers to inspectors. 

Employment Particulars:
Inspectors are deployed under a self-employed contract.

Inspections are paid on a flat rate per inspection basis according to the annually issued Inspector Fees document.

For more information see

If you are interested in applying please email with a covering letter, CV and contact details no later than Tuesday 14th January.

Stuart Cragg

Certification manager