Quality Manager (Operations)

Bridgwater, Somerset
£30 k to £35 k per annum
22 Aug 2017
22 Sep 2017
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Quality Manager (Operations)

About the Role

You report to the Technical Operations Manager and you play a critical role in delivering the overall site quality agenda and strategy and helping the production teams and our customers to achieve their KPI's and objectives. 

Working with production teams and customers you will ensure that our production practices are compliant with regulations and standards and also that products meet quality standards. 

In addition you will act as the liaison between our site and our customers.

Your 'internal' stakeholders include your technical team colleagues, plus production, demand and supply chain and NPD.

Your 'external' customers are our retail and branded customers quality teams and enforcement authorities.

You will provide information on current customer technical activities such as trials, changes to standards, audit actions and also KPI data such as complaint trends.

In addition you will attend site visits and audits with customers and ensure that corrective actions are validated and improvements made. You will make sure all audit documentation and reports are completed and communicated.

You will also attend review meetings and bench marking exercises with customers providing the necessary technical information and ensure actions are completed.

About You

You will need to have relevant educational and/or professional qualifications in food quality / hygiene disciplines. A food or science related Degree or HND is desirable.

Experience in a technical position in a food & drinks manufacturing or FMCG environment is a distinct advantage . You will need to understand and have a working knowledge of QMS / IMS procedures and processes and BRC and ISO standards and also experience of dealing with customers in and audit setting and presenting technical information to customers.

Refresco is a fast paced, highly automated environment with multiple SKU's and multiple customers and experience of similar will be an advantage. 

This is a role requiring strong influencing and communication skills as you are required to work with multiple internal colleagues. You will need to be computer literate and have good project management skills too.

About Us

Our drinks on every table. That's our vision. So, yes, it's safe to say we're ambitious. We're thirsty for more, constantly looking to the future. To new products, new services, new markets, new customers. Here in the UK, we're well on track to produce one billion litres through our plant annually. Overseas? We already have 30 factories in 10 countries – and we're actively looking to expand our operation. 

Head quartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Refresco is the leading European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and branded customers with production in Benelux, France, Germany, Iberia, Italy, the UK, Poland and Finland. In 2016 the company realized full year volumes and revenue of circa 6.5 billion litres and circa EUR 2.5 billion, respectively. Refresco offers an extensive range of product and packaging combinations from 100% fruit juices to carbonated soft drinks and mineral waters in carton, PET, Aseptic PET, cans and glass. Focused on innovation, Refresco continuously searches for new and alternative ways to improve the quality of its product and packaging combinations in line with consumer and customer demand, environmental responsibilities and market demand. Refresco employs approximately 5,500 staff. 

In the UK, Refresco Beverages UK is based Bridgwater, Somerset, employs 850 people and we run four factories. We produced 750 million litres in 2016. Our target is a billion litres by the end of 2018, and we are well on target to achieve this goal. We work with all the leading UK retailers including Tesco, ASDA, Morrison's and Sainsbury to produce their private labels and with branded customers such as Innocent, Ocean Spray and Um Bongo. 

Refresco floated publicly on the Euronext stock exchange in March 2015. In July 2016 we announced the acquisition of Whitlock Packaging in the US, our first foray in to the US drinks market, adding 900 million litres of drinks per annum to our production.
Salary & Benefits

£30,000 to £35,000 per annum dependent on experience and qualifications, plus competitive bonus, company pension and benefits.


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