Technical Manager

Ref: TM-H-S-31830
City/Region: Suffolk
Salary: Competitive

Forming part of the site leadership team this role will directly manage and lead the technical, quality and hygiene teams. The incumbent will ensure that the vision, execution compliance and development of the technical strategy is ahead of market competition, empowers people to deliver the strategy and ensures that the technical policies and procedures comply with and focus on food safety, legality, quality and hygiene.

Key responsibilities:

  • Overall responsibility for the sites technical objectives with a focus to drive food safety; legality; raw material and product quality; customer, product and hygiene standards. Process improvements and customer technical & associated commercial relationships
  • Providing clear, concise and accurate advise in the areas of food safety, legality and the environment thereby minimising the company's exposure to risk and loss
  • Develop a proactive technical strategy with a focus on excellence in quality, that enthuses the customers and is practical for delivery
  • Ensuring the operation of the technical, quality and hygiene auditing functions attain minimum legislative, business and customer requirements
  • Responsibility in the effective management of site business continuity and crisis management, inclusive of public recall situations
  • Senior technical interface with all customers, government organisations, NGO's and key liaison with business critical raw material suppliers
  • Establish and control departmental KPIs, including consumer complaints, RTM's, microbiological and analytical trends, environmental and overheads
  • Ensuring departmental functions are effective and efficient in their roles, ensuring business and customer requirements are to cease production that is not compliant with technical policies and procedures
  • Responsibility for food safety, quality and technical issues from intake, process, production through to dispatch
  • Supplier approval - co-ordinate the supplier approval system
  • Drive the completion of the site and customer's KPI's
  • Co-ordinate all internal audits in preparation of customer and third party audits
  • Overall responsibility for traceability and documentation control
  • Budget management

Skills and experience:

  • Degree educated, with a sound technical background within the food industry preferably ready to eat cooked products
  • An experienced senior operator who understands the fundamentals of all associated technical disciplines and has experience of engaging and motivating there teams
  • Technical and commercially astute, safety and legality focused, with expertise encompassing technical, quality, new product development and hygiene
  • Detailed understanding of the context of and compliance with UK legislation and EU Directives in relation to areas governing food safety, legality and the environment
  • A character with good inter-personal skills, who will 'sell' technical visions passionately to customers, teams and employees, but who is prepared to concede their position if a better solution is found and will tenaciously support the new way
  • Logical and structured approach to guide and co-ordinate and manage the technical function effectively
  • An ability to communicate effectively and influence at all levels, plus a proactive collaboration with other disciplines within the business
  • A continuous improvement mindset

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • 33 days holiday per year incl public holidays
  • Competitive contributory pension
  • Life assurance scheme funded by Karro

At Karro we are dedicated to rewarding and enriching the careers of the people who work for us. If you are hardworking, willing to get involved and respond well to a challenging and fast-moving environment, then you will find Karro to be a well-matched employer who will support you at every turn and reward your dedication with support, development and long-term career prospects.

About Karro:

Karro Food Group is a major UK food business, employing c. 5,000 people over 14 sites across the UK and Ireland and generating turnover of £1.2bn. Karro is a leading producer of both fresh and cooked meat products, and, following its recent acquisition of Young's Seafood, is now one of the UK's leading multi-protein food businesses. The business supplies to retail, foodservice and manufacturing customers across the UK, as well as export customers globally.

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