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Specifications Technologist (Food Manufacturing)

Burtons Biscuits Company
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19 Jan 2021

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Development, Production
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Food Manufacturing
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Specifications Technologist (Food Manufacturing)

Location: Dorset Village Bakery (Thomas Fudges), Stalbridge
Job type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30 – 17.00 however flexibility is required as the role covers QT Holidays and Absence so will be required to work variable shifts including Nights when needed.
Salary: £Competitive

Who Are We?

We are the home of Jammie Dodgers, Paterson Shortbread, Maryland Cookies and Wagon Wheels to name just a few! We are incredibly lucky to work in the world of making delicious biscuits!

‘We are a more successful and fun place to work when people feel free to be themselves’

At Burton’s we believe in the power of being authentic and being able to ‘Be Yourself’.

Understanding our customers is crucial to our success, so having a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers is vital.

As a business we are committed to the continuous improvement of diversity and equality in the workplace and we welcome talented individuals from all backgrounds who share our Pride and Passion for Baking Great Biscuits and snacks.

Along with having amazing brands, we have secured long term agreements to allow us to manufacture a number of sweet & savoury snacks across Mars, Cathedral City & Marmite branded products. We also have several key strategic partnerships within the Retailer Private Label sector and our proud of the amazing biscuits we bake for our customers and consumers.

Burton’s Biscuits are owned by a Private Equity Owned business Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP or Teachers for short) and form part of their c.$200 B Net Assets portfolio. Working in partnership with Teachers, has allowed Burtons Biscuits to become a forward thinking and progressive business.

In order to ensure we can continue to make fantastic biscuits, and to help us on this amazing journey, we are proud to announce that in 2019 we completed the acquisition of a premium sweet and savoury biscuit manufacturer Thomas Fudge’s, also in 2019 we acquired Scottish bakers Paterson Arran. This increases our baking capabilities across a number of new sweet and savoury categories.

As a result, we now have 6 bakery sites across the UK, located in Blackpool, Livingston, Edinburgh, Dorset, Isle of Arran and Llantarnam, with our head office in St Albans. In total we employ circa 2,000 people around across our locations.

We don’t want to bore you with just a Job description - we want to tell you what it’s really like to work for us?

What are we all about?

Here at Burton’s Biscuit Company we pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. Our goal is to support our team in achieving their career goals. We do this by providing a working environment that offers opportunity, support, scope and pace of change. Our culture is the foundation of our business. We are fast paced, agile and fun.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a talented individual to join us at our Bakery in Dorset, this role could suit an individual who is already working in Quality Assurance or a Food Safety related role looking to take the next step in their career.

We don’t want to bore you with just a Job description about the role we want to tell you what it’s really like to work for us?

So, let’s start with ….…

Why work for Quality and Food Safety?

Everyone across Burtons Biscuits, takes a sense of pride in their baking, which means you’ll get to work with some fantastic people. In this role you will be responsible for maintaining the technical specification systems and co-ordinate supplier approval program. Co-ordinate technical activities relating to specification revisions or new product launches including production documentation. To assist in the launch process from concept hand-over to full factory launch in line with agreed time-lines and costs. To work effectively and ensure that Food Safety, Integrity, Quality and Legality are maintained within the business.

What does your typical day look like?

You will get a lot of variety in this role and everyday will be different, one day you might be aiding customers with completing new line forms, assisting with launch paths & reviewing specifications, through to management of artwork approval and revisions, pack copy review, label checks and origination to be conducted as required and to set deadlines.

Next you might be supporting complaint investigations, managing product data spreadsheets and be part of the traceability team.

What are the key ingredients needed for the role?

All you need is previous experience in an administrative role and a technical or QA role, Level 2 Food safety for Manufacturing Certificate and a willingness to learn and work to best practices.

Final part of the mix.

You will need to be able to work on your own initiative, have strong communication skills, excellent attention to detail and be flexible & adaptable in your approach. Resilient with the ability to challenge if the right process isn’t been followed.

This role will be based out of our bakery in Stalbridge, Dorset

You may have had experience or be looking for the following: QA Technician, Food Technologist, Quality Assurance, Food Manufacturing, Production Operation, Machine Operator, Line Lead, etc.


Ask anyone here at Burton’s Biscuit Company what we’re most passionate about and you’ll get the same answer from everyone – the baking of quality biscuits for the whole family to enjoy.

We’re the only major biscuit manufacturer in the UK to focus solely on biscuits and this dedication has helped us become one of the key players in the market.  We employ over 2,000 people around the UK, in three main manufacturing facilities in Llantarnam, Edinburgh and Blackpool, a chocolate refinery in Moreton and a central distribution hub in Liverpool.  Our head office is based in St. Albans and a subsidiary office is located in Blackpool.

Our forward-thinking strategy historically led to some impressive results with Burton’s Biscuit Company transforming its portfolio shape and profitability since 2009.

This led to the company being acquired by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in November 2013, as we continue to adapt to the demands of a challenging economic climate to become a more efficient and agile organisation.

We hope to accelerate our portfolio transformation and growth further by expanding into adjacent categories, new geographic territories and through synergistic bolt-on M&A.


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  • Burtons Biscuit Company
  • Cwmbran
  • NP44 3YL
  • United Kingdom
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