Raw Materials Specification Technologist

Job Listing No: 9740000

Raw Materials Specification Technologist



  1. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for the approval of all raw material specifications (with input from other functions as necessary Microbiology, NPD, QA, Production, Health & Safety etc. ), in a timely manner, based on legislation, customer requirements, internal requirements (e.g. Illegal dyes, meat content & species testing etc.) and good practice. They will actively assist in the review of the specification, with attention to detail, offer recommendations, modification, be willing to question & investigate information or progress approval. If, on occasion, an ingredient order is placed prior to full specification approval, the incumbent must highlight the business risk based on the outstanding information to the SMT and purchasing and proactively prioritise the specification approval to minimise business risk. If there are concerns from other functions regarding the raw material specification information, the incumbent must liaise with the function, purchasing, supplier and QA on a continuous basis until resolved satisfactorily

  2. To own and manage the raw material specification system, to ensure all relevant information is available on the specifications drive, up-dated as new information is received and ensure old information is archived. To offer & implement improvements and suggestions to strengthen the raw material specification system. Assistance may be required if some information is transitioned onto Hamilton Grant to aid efficiency in providing information to the customer. In time, packaging specifications may be included under this function.

  3. The Raw Material Specification system must meet BRC, customer and internal requirements. This will include ensuring all raw material specifications are reviewed as per BRC/customer/internal requirements and all amends are communicated effectively. To achieve any departmental KPI e.g. % specifications approved versus unapproved. To represent the company during audits, customer visits. 1st production runs etc.

  4. Open lines of communications and team work between QA, NPD, Purchasing, Supplier Audit, Specifications Manager and the supplier is required. Regular meetings particularly with purchasing to monitor supply issues, new suppliers & changes to raw material specification & E-auctions and NPD for new launches/product changes.

  5.  To prioritise own workload with appropriate time management.

  6. To assist in the support, guidance and documentation to the Technical, NPD and Operational teams

  7. To be responsible for own development with regards to food legislation, nutrition, labelling etc. using the resources offered  e.g. Campden, BFFF, FDII, FSA, FSAI, Europa, E-mail alerts, customer policies etc. Identify and discuss any gaps.

  8. Working knowledge of the finished product specification function and artwork/packaging approval to cover absences with support from QA controller/NPD manager as necessary.

To be considered for this position please send your CV to lyn@bondselection.com or call lyn on 02890 339968

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