UK Head of Technical

West Midlands
£50k - 70k per year + Package
16 Nov 2016
14 Dec 2016
Jamie Stevenson
Contract Type
Full Time

This is great opportunity to join one of the leading food manufacturers in their respective category, with high levels of investment and a strategy to grow their unique brand they are looking for a UK Head of Technical who can oversee the Quality and Technical functions across their multiple sites. As UK Head of Technical you will lead the UK Technical department and manage the Quality team. You will ensure that the facilities comply with company standards, applicable certification standards, legal, customer & other requirements, whilst taking responsibility and be accountable for site Quality Control & Assurance, Health & Safety, Sustainability.

Your responsibilities as UK Head of Technical will include:

  • Managing the technical team and technical budget (Quality, Health & Safety, Environment)
  • Ensure ongoing compliance with quality & industry regulatory requirements such as  BRC/AIB/IFS/HACCP/Cert ID/HALAL/GOST-R/GMP+ & pass all customer audits
  • Ensure ongoing compliance to EH&S regulatory requirements and to provide a safe working environment for all employees and contractors
  • To report safety incidents and  be the companies representative to external parties 
  • Plan, conduct & monitor testing & inspection of materials & products to ensure finished product quality
  • Determining, negotiating & agreeing procedures, standards & specifications related to QA, EH&S  & Sustainability
  • To identify training needs & organize training interventions to meet quality standards
  • To coach & develop QA, Technical & Factory teams with regards to compliance to the QA, Food Safety, EH&S  & Sustainability plans
  • To coordinate & support on-site audits conducted by external providers & customers,
  • To plan & coordinate the internal auditing program, assure the timely close out of audit actions
  • To investigate customer complaints & non-conformance issues
  • To evaluate non-compliances, identify root causes, execute appropriate corrective actions & implement effective preventative actions
  • Review the adequacy of the quality management system & inspection systems, prepare management review
  • Maintain approved supplier list. Approve & risk assess new ingredients & primary packaging materials, Coordinate auditing suppliers when needed

What we are looking from our UK Head of Technical

  • A degree in Food Technology, Food Science, Quality Management or equivalent 
  • Previous experience as Technical lead within the food industry
  • Sound knowledge of food standards like IFS, BRC & AIB, UK & EU food legislation
  • Thorough understanding of HACCP principles, Quality Management Systems and a proven track record on implementation of these
  • Familiar with OHSAS 18001 standard
  • Experience with Environmental- & Sustainability management is highly desirable (ISO 14001, ISO 26000)
  • Excellent communication, analytical & problem solving abilities
  • High level of competence in internal & external auditing
  • Computer Literate – Microsoft Word, Excel & Power point, SAP ideally
  • A good standard of both written & oral English

To apply for the UK Head of Technical, please click on the ‘apply now’ button and your CV will be sent directly to the responsible recruiter. We will respond to successful applicants within 7 days, however please feel free to get in touch if you would like any further information about your application.

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