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Specifications Technologist

Cargill Plc
Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Competitive + pension scheme
Closing date
7 Mar 2019
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The Specifications Technologist is a key member of the customer focused Innovation team delivering innovative products to Multichannel (retail and foodservice) customers. The position holder will be responsible for reviewing, maintaining and approving all ingredient and customer specifications. The specifications are maintained on a database and the Specifications Technologist is responsible for ensuring functionality of the database and specifications are reviewed and updated. Work will include but not be limited to; completing primary customer specifications, approving cutting guidelines and artwork for new products. This position provides an exciting opportunity to engage with and influence other NPD team members and become a subject matter expert on specifications and how they related to customer requirements.

Main Tasks:

  • Completion of customer specifications for the business, ensuring all information meets customer policies and regulatory guidelines
  • Collection of information from customers and completing specifications in line with Cargill procedures
  • Maintaining the formulation management and SAP (ingredient and finished product) database for NPD projects
  • Ensuring specifications are correctly uploaded to the data base and meet all requirements
  • Proactively communicate any potential material specification changes to the relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure a timely response to internal or external queries relating to specifications
  • Support the rest of the NPD team relating to specification requirements


  • A Degree or foundation in Food Technology or a relevant Science or applied Science subject is preferred
  • Previous demonstrated experience in the food industry in a specifications writing position
  • Experience in gathering and agreeing technical standards, demonstrating knowledge of regulatory requirements for food safety and labelling
  • Experience in creating and completing different customer specification, including web based systems
  • Knowledge of processing Poultry/ Meat would be highly preferred, including specifications for fully cooked ready to eat products
  • Effective communication skills, both spoken and written in English
  • The ability to work collaboratively with the wider NPD team and build effective working relationships
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Excel and Word and customer specification databases
  • The ability to prioritise competing demands and work to tight deadlines


Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, our privately held company employs 138,000 people in 67 countries.


We help customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and are committed to sharing our global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges.


We are grains and oilseeds – sugar – chocolate – sweeteners and starches.

We are meats, eggs and poultry – salt – cotton – dressings, sauces and oils.

We are animal nutrition – health and nutrition – ferrous, petroleum and fuels.

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