Technical Manager, South East England
Location: South East England
Job type: Permanent
Our client is a successful and well-established Fresh Produce Manufacturer and a market leader based in Kent.
To drive Technical focus and strategy for the site, ensuring effective maintenance of all relevant legal, third party and industry codes of practices and regulations.
Managing the development of the Technical team delivering continuous improvement in products, process and personnel, ensuring successful customer and product management.
• In conjunction with the senior management team, contribute to the formulation of the business strategies for the company/site and deliver customer requirements as necessary to maintain and develop business
• Take an active role in the development and maintenance of the Quality Plan and HACAP documents actively promoting adherence to Quality, Food Safety, GMP and HACCP standards to achieve a finished product within quality control specifications
• Actively promote a safety culture with in the team and factory ensuring all health & safety requirements are met in line with the attached H&S guidelines
• Take ownership for and ensure continuous improvement of the site Food Safety & Quality Management System and Manual
• Provide continual leadership and guidance to team members ensuring they are supported and equipped increasing their effectiveness and establishing good working relationships identifying training and development needs within the team
• Lead on all customer certification and competent authority factory food safety and quality audits, maintain site approvals and certification.
• Manage BRC, customer audits and conduct supplier compliance inspections maintaining strong relationships with the Competent Authorities
• Monitor and ensure all customer complaints are investigated ensuring close out actions and adherence to set targets
• Maintain systems for checking, validating and verifying process compliance
• Ensure that production of product ranges comply with the quality standards and import requirements of relevant markets
• Assist with any trials and projects that take place, liaise closely with research organisations in relevant areas.
• Deliver Technical reports to the business and customers as required in a timely manner.
• Review technical policies, procedures and standards on a regular basis ensuring legislative updates are applied and adhered to
• Manage the technical budget to meet business strategies.
• Must have a proven track record in Food Manufacturing- Exposure to High Risk, Chilled is essential
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to delegate effectively when required
• Proactive, dynamic and motivational with the ability to deliver results in a fast paced, pressurised environment
• Major Retailer experience is essential
• Can provide evidence of experience of third party external audits i.e. BRC and achieving A or A* rating