Specifications Advisor – 12 month maternity cover

KP Snacks
Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire
Circa £35k plus benefits
25 Apr 2018
25 May 2018
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

With increased Government, customer & media focus on health & nutrition and legislative requirements ever increasing, it is vital to understand the implications of legal and policy requirements on our ingredients & product portfolio.



Reporting to the Technical Legislation Manager, the Specifications Advisor must:

  • Ensure the legal & policy compliance of products manufactured or sold by KP Snacks.
  • Manage the process for collection and approval of ingredient specifications for all KP Snacks manufacturing sites.
  • Produce and maintain legally required technical information for the RTB product portfolio.
  • Provide technical support for the timely delivery of projects including new product launches, range redesigns, cost saving initiatives, health & nutrition reformulations and implementation of legislation changes.
  • Also, the Specifications Advisor has specific responsibility for ingredients within the Agile recipe management system.


Key Outputs:

  • Responsible for sign-off (approval or rejection) of ingredient specifications on behalf of KP Snacks.
  • Ensure ingredient specifications meet requirements of appropriate audit standards such as BRC & major customer COP requirements.
  • Manage the internal approval process for ingredient specifications working with Factory Technical teams & Group Vendor Assurance team.
  • Monitor & report on approval status of all specifications. Ensure approvers internally & externally sign off specifications in a timely manner.
  • Manage the generation of UIC numbers for new ingredients introduced to the business liaising with the Master Data team.
  • Advise Procurement on specification requirements during process for introducing new suppliers or materials.
  • Provide support during CIM or food issue alerts e.g. contamination of raw materials.
  • Provide support for factory audits.
  • Act as a super user for the Agile recipe management system and represent the Technical Legislation team at Agile meetings.
  • Produce and maintain RTB product specifications on internal Agile system and RTB customers web portals.
  • Respond to customer queries. Examples include dietary & allergen information, nutrition information, KP Quality Systems, food issues such as acrylamide, GMO or sustainability.
  • Line management & training of direct reports.



  • Knowledge of KP Snacks branded & RTB portfolio.
  • Detailed knowledge of UK & EU legislation.
  • Detailed knowledge of KP Snacks & RTB customer policies & COPs.
  • Knowledge of ingredients, processing methods and factories producing our snacks.
  • Knowledge of nutrition relating to ingredients & products.
  • General awareness of snacks industry & competitor products.



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