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Food Technologist

  • Sector: Engineering
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  • Job Ref: 22640

Delighted to be working with a renowned Food Manufacturing company based in Naas, Kildare who are currently looking to hire a Supplier Auditor / Food Technologist on a permanent basis.

The Role:

The role is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Food Technologist. You will need a strong background in Technical Management, with experience and exposure across a variety of food industries with a preference for meat industry experience. You will be part of a core Audit team focusing on the supplier base for the business

Capable of working on your own initiative, you’ll audit a comprehensive range vendor sites. Educated to degree level in a Food Science or appropriate discipline, ideally backed by Lead Assessor training and HACCP experience/certificate, you should be a food committed professional, with a good level of factory technical management and quality systems experience, who can work proactively with suppliers to add value, whilst optimising quality and continuous improvement. Added to this, we're looking for strong influencing, organisation and communication skills, plus plenty of self-motivation and personal ambition, with flexibility and enthusiasm to travel and a full driving license.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Audit suppliers against the company’s requirements, verifying their facilities, procedures and systems, according to the agreed audit schedule

  • Audit suppliers to verify compliance with the requirements of the company, and thus the overall food safety and quality of the supply chain.

  • Audit all supply commodities e.g. meat, dry ingredients, packaging, services and consumables.

  • Prepare audit reports, issue non-conformances to suppliers, and track timely corrective action. Report the results back to the Technical and Purchasing teams, and work with them to support the suppliers in correcting deficiencies in practice and performance

  • Responsibility to Approve, De-List or otherwise grade a supplier in line with company standards, and in consultation with the Technical Team

  • Support the Technical and Purchasing Teams in developing the vendor management programme to assure quality and safety in the supply base, and to maintain a risk-based supplier audit programme

  • As a supplier-facing company representative, maintain a professional conduct and outlook in all dealings with suppliers and customers

  • In conjunction with the technical team, keep abreast of system changes and developments e.g. new products, customer policies, procedures, legislation, guidelines, regulations etc. and incorporate change into the audit programme and standard as agreed with the Technical Team

  • Ensure all documents required are in place for presentation to the Technical Manager for review.

  • Develop and maintain a positive, proactive relationship with relevant internal and external stakeholders.

  • Maintain current knowledge of industry standards and regulatory requirements for products developed or manufactured by suppliers

  • Provide cover as appropriate for other Team members for absences, holidays etc.

  • Planning and conducting food audits on vendors in regards to HACCP, BRC, and Customer Requirements

  • Report writing and maintaining and updating relevant customer information

  • Extensive travel both within Europe and some travel outside Europe. The scope of the travel requirements is global and the employee will travel up to 70% of their time in the role

  • Other activities as specified by the manager

Health & Safety Responsibilities

Health and safety as a member of the team, including: understanding and communicating the General Statement of Policy toward safety; maintaining risk assessments; ensuring that contractors and visitors comply with company policy; ensuring that appropriate PPE is available and used; and promoting a high standard of approach to personal safety and loss control

Qualifications, Skills, Education and Experience

  • Third-level qualification in food or agricultural science discipline

  • 5 years+ relevant industry experience in an auditing role or high level quality assurance within the food industry. Essential for this role will be supplier auditing experience.

  • Current certification in at least one of the following: Lead Food Auditor, HACCP

  • Meat experience a definite plus

  • Lead Auditor or equivalent qualification

  • Knowledge of BRC, IFS and ISO 9001/22000

  • Excellent report writing skills

  • Full drivers licence

  • Team player but able to travel to foreign countries and work alone.

What's on offer?

  • Pension Contribution

  • Subsidised healthcare

  • Competitive salary

  • 22 days AL

  • Opportunity to travel

  • Permanent role with well established company in business 40 years and growing

For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Sarra Hadi