Head of Technical: Production and Supply Chain

Jarvis Johnson
London (Greater)
Competitive Salary
Closing date
8 Feb 2021

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Our Client, a well-known UK Restaurant Chain who believe in “People First,” is looking for a Head of Technical: Production & Supply Chain, based at their Central Facility in London. The purpose of this role is to lead, manage and develop the technical, legal, and quality assurance capabilities of the company’s supply base, as well as owning the technical and supplier quality assurance function within the facility.

Reporting to the Head of Risk and Compliance, key accountabilities for the role are:

  • To implement, lead and control the quality management system to ensure compliance with all legislative, regulatory and brand requirements, BRC and Food Hygiene legislation.
  • To set up, own and manage a supplier audit process for all suppliers; according to risk.
  • To redesign the specification format to include all aspects that meet the brands aspirations regarding quality, safety & provenance.
  • To regularly monitor and audit all aspects of the quality management system in production, ensuring non-conformances are addressed in a timely manner and a robust solution implemented to prevent recurrence.
  • To define product and process specifications and to work with line management to ensure compliance with these.
  • To lead the HACCP team, ensuring that HACCP is established, developed, implemented, and maintained to assure the safety and integrity of processes and products.
  • To own and manage all aspects of nutrition and allergen management including supplier specifications & renewal of those, a database and all labelling.
  • To support the NPD process in developing and launching products that meets brand and consumer expectations.
  • To support the manufacturing and process development teams in resolving issues with process variability, raw material changes and other ad hoc projects.

Skills and experience include:

  • Experience working in a complex Food Manufacturing site or within the Hospitality / Foodservice sector
  • Food Science Degree or similar
  • Strong leadership skills and people management experience
  • Fully conversant with BRC accreditation
  • Intermediate / advanced Food Hygiene certificate
  • A sound understanding of HACCP principles
  • Certified auditor training or solid experience in supplier auditing would be an advantage
  • Strong analytical and administrative skills
  • Passionate, self-driven and motivated
  • Sound communication skills and confident representing the brand with suppliers

The Company:

  • A well-known UK Restaurant Chain
  • Driving sales and growth to become Market Leaders within their niche
  • Committed to investment in Quality and Food Safety
  • Non-Hierarchical, Sociable Brand – very People Focussed
  • Award-winning Team Development programme



The working hours for this role are generally Monday – Friday, office hours, however there will be UK and overseas travel involved according to the needs of the business, so flexibility is needed. The role offers a Competitive salary plus benefits.

If you are interested in applying for this Head of Technical: Production & Supply Chain role then please apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE quoting reference number JJ-P4506 with an updated CV, an indication of your current salary and your availability.



Jarvis Johnson is a Specialist Recruitment and Interim Management Agency, set up by Technical Managers and “Placing Technical First” for the Food Manufacturing Industry.

We have a total database of over 6,500 candidates within our specialist areas of Technical, Quality and NPD, built up over the last 20 years.  

We identify candidates with specialist experience, seeking referrals from influential candidates within the market, combined with advertising on Food Industry specific and generalist job boards as well as searching external databases and our very wide LinkedIn Network.

We truly believe in building strong relationships with both our candidates and clients and we go the extra mile to find candidates who really fit in terms of experience, skills and personality/ culture fit.

If you’re an Interim Manager who wants to be notified on upcoming assignments or you are looking for a new permanent role and want to be kept updated on new vacancies then please email an updated CV together with location and remuneration details to enquiries@jarvisjohsnon.co.uk

If you are representing a Food Company and want to find out more about our Recruitment / Interim Management  services then please email enquiries@jarvisjohnson.co.uk  for a copy of our Terms of Business or call 01302 366967 to speak to our ex-Technical Manager Managing Director, Lisa Johnson


Contact Us
  • 70-72 Nottingham Road
  • Mansfield
  • NG18 1BN
  • United Kingdom
  • 01302 366967
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