Specifications Technologist

Walkers Deli & Sausage Co

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm

We are currently recruiting for a Specification Technologist within the Technical Department to be based at our Walkers Deli & Sausage site at Cobden Street, Leicester.

Walkers Deli & Sausage is part of the Samworth Brothers Group, a 4th generation family business that prides itself on looking after its people and producing high quality products. We are always looking for outstanding people, with great attitudes and an openness to learning to join our family. The size of our business enables us to support career development and progression that will help our people fulfil their potential.

Job Opportunity

Reporting into the Quality Systems Manager, the Specification Technologist will have project management responsibility for specifications for major retail customers to enable products to be launched on time into the market place and ensure product labelling across the range of products meets food safety, quality and legal standards.

  • Managing, completing and maintaining branded and own label product specifications for major retail customers using their web-based systems.
  • Co-managing the artwork process, ensuring that the information on the packaging is correct and meets customers codes of practice and legal requirements.
  • Checking raw material specifications for compliance with Customer’s Codes of Practice
  • Working with the Process Development Manager and the wider business on the formulation of Critical paths and ensuring these are adhered to.
  • Attending customer pre-artwork meetings
  • Supporting the product substitution process – advising the business and what substitutions can and cannot be allowed and providing the detail surrounding this.

The Right Person

You will be someone who is self-motivated and focussed on the customer. You will demonstrate initiative and ownership. You value others and their contribution and enjoy working collaboratively with colleagues. You will be flexible and adaptable to change. In addition, you will have the following skills:

  • Degree qualified or equivalent, in a relevant discipline – Desirable
  • At least one years’ experience within a related technical role – Essential
  • Experience in working within a manufacturing process development role, preferably within chilled food – Essential
  • Excellent understanding of food manufacturing processes and development from concept approval through to launch – Essential
  • Must have experience of working closely with individuals external to the business e.g. suppliers and customers – Essential
  • Ability to demonstrate on going personal development, and evidence of ensuring that they remain up to date with all advances within their field. – Essential
  • Strong communication skills – Essential
  • Able to deal with employees at all levels within the organisation – Essential
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office – Word / Excel / PowerPoint – Essential
  • Web based specification experience – Essential
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including both written and verbal communication – Essential
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects to a successful conclusion before the deadline set. – Essential
  • Ability to work flexibly within a 24/7 manufacturing operation and to allow completion of projects to set deadlines. – Essential

What We Have To Offer

We provide a terrific range of benefits including great facilities with onsite parking and subsidised restaurants, as well as an excellent retirement savings plan (pension), private health cover (subject to terms and conditions) and a discount scheme ‘Quality Life’ that provides savings at supermarkets, high street retailers and a host of leisure outlets.

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