Our client is a leading player in the fresh produce industry, specializing in sourcing, processing, and distributing high-quality vegetables to UK retailers. They are committed to delivering the freshest produce to customers while maintaining the highest standards of quality and food safety. As they continue to expand operations, they are seeking a skilled and experienced Fresh Produce Technical Manager to join their dynamic team with a prime focus on Marks & Spencer’s.
As a Fresh Produce Technical Manager, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the quality, safety, and compliance of fresh produce products. You will be responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the production process, from sourcing to distribution. Your expertise in fresh produce standards, food safety regulations, and quality control will be essential in maintaining reputation for excellence.
- Develop and implement quality control processes and procedures for all stages of the fresh produce supply chain, including farming, harvesting, packing, and transportation.
- Ensure compliance with relevant food safety regulations, industry standards, and customer requirements.
- Conduct regular inspections and audits of suppliers and facilities to ensure adherence to quality and safety standards.
- Identify and resolve any quality issues or non-compliance incidents promptly and effectively.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including procurement, operations, and sales, to develop and maintain strong supplier relationships.
- Stay up-to-date with industry trends, emerging technologies, and regulatory changes to drive continuous improvement in fresh produce operations.
- Train and educate staff on quality control protocols, food safety practices, and relevant industry standards.
- Maintain accurate records and documentation related to quality control, inspections, and audits.
- Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Agricultural Science, or a related field. A master’s degree is preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in fresh produce quality control or a similar role.
- Strong knowledge of fresh produce industry standards, food safety regulations, and quality control methodologies.
- Familiarity with certifications such as Global GAP, HACCP, and BRC is highly desirable.
- Excellent attention to detail and a keen eye for identifying quality issues.
- Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to make sound decisions under pressure.
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with internal teams and external stakeholders.
- Proven leadership abilities and the capacity to motivate and train a team.
- Ability to travel domestically and internationally, as required.
As a Fresh Produce Technical Manager, you will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on operations and contribute to their ongoing success. They offer a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package, and a supportive work environment that fosters professional growth and development.
To apply, please submit your CV via this website.