Who is our client?

Our client is a leading food manufacturing business supplying a range of innovative products to major retailer customers. This role is based at one of their main production sites and they're now looking for a Raw Materials / Ingredients specialist to join their Technical team.

The role requirements

Reporting to the Technical Manager, you will lead a Quality Assurance team and be responsible for ensuring all raw materials coming into the site meet all appropriate standards and are in line with company and customer specifications.

In this varied, challenging role your responsibilities will include team management, maintaining and improving technical/quality systems, working with NPD to source new ingredients, allergen management, investigating complaints and the risk assessment or all materials.

Supplier assurance is a key part of this role so you will be working closely with suppliers, carrying out audits and working closely with them to address any issues regarding quality and ensuring any complaints are acted on and remedied.

You will also provide ongoing training and coaching to your team, working closely with them to ensure all departmental objectives and KPIs are achieved.

What sort of people are we looking for?

You will ideally be educated to HND or above in Food Science, or similar, with previous experience of working in Quality or Technical roles in the food industry with a background in chilled foods being advantageous.

Proactive in your approach, you will look for new and improved ways of working and will also be able to influence and, if necessary, challenge colleagues at all levels.

You will have customer facing experience and previous experience of working closely with suppliers.

You will have a thorough knowledge of current food legislation and retailer standards and will preferably be trained to HACCP Level 3 and Food Safety Level 3.