Our client is one of the UK’s largest importers and packers of fresh produce supplying the top UK food retailers. They are renowned for importing, packing and selling fresh produce from around the world and have a great rapport with their grower base and customers. Our client is now seeking an Audit & Compliance Manager to join their highly motivated team and to continue to deliver exceptional safe and quality products to their customers.
Reporting to the Group Auditing & Technical Manager, you will be responsible for monitoring and improving the quality & technical standards across a wide range of global suppliers. You will manage and deliver a portfolio of internal supplier facing audits, across various UK retailers standards, while driving improvement, supporting suppliers to achieve optimum food safety standards .
Travel will be required to any sourcing country (global) expect 2-6 overseas trips per month (following lifting of covid restrictions) mainly northern hemisphere, 1-4 nights away in hotels on a weekly basis during peak season (summer) reduced in winter months, however, longer trips may be required of up to 2 weeks to southern hemisphere locations (infrequently)
You will need to have a good technical understanding of the fresh produce quality requirements and accreditation expected by the UK retailers. Ideally you should have at least 5 years experience of working in a similar technical role. You will need to have worked within the production function understanding the pressures on labour and quality as well as utilising your knowledge of BRC, HACCP and leaf marquee standards. Excellent interpersonal skills are vital in order for you to develop and assure a great working relationship with their customers.
Ideally, but NOT a pre-requisite would be the following experience :
- Experience of Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury and ASDA produce, or manufacturing standards
- Familiar with retailer online systems such as TQC or Foods Connected, or Food Experts
- Understanding of root cause analysis
- Familiar with global gap, and / or assured produce
- HACCP qualification
- Field to fork auditing experience
- Spanish, Italian or French speaking
This is a great opportunity not to be missed for someone who gets a real buzz out of driving improvements and wants to join a business that is constantly looking for new challenges.
Location: Kent (preferred), or anywhere in Europe