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Raw Materials Technologist and Specification Technologist

Jarvis Johnson
up to £30k per annum
Closing date
28 Feb 2021

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Our client, a Prepared Foods Manufacturer based in Nottinghamshire, is looking to appoint two Technologists.  A Raw Materials Technologist, to ensure all incoming materials are in line with internal and customer standards and come from approved sources and a Specifications Technologist, to collate information from supplier and internal sources preparing accurate finished product customer and internal specifications.

Key responsibilities for the Raw Material Technologist role include:

  • Ensuring inspections are undertaken based on risk assessment and that appropriate actions are communicated to suppliers or internally
  • Driving supplier performance along with supply chain team
  • Management of the Raw Material Management System for the site
  • Managing all raw material testing schedules e.g. allergens, speciation etc.
  • Requesting, uploading, checking, processing, approving and maintaining raw material specifications in conjunction with internal teams and suppliers
  • Playing an active part of the HACCP team
  • Completing full traceability exercises for customer and internal traces
  • VACCP and TACCP risk assessment of raw materials. Supply chain mapping.



Key responsibilities for the Specifications Technologist role will include:



  • Managing the preparation, amendments and archiving of product specifications for customers via ‘on-line’ specification platforms
  • Sourcing relevant raw material information which will then be used for risk assessments and preparation of finished product specifications
  • Collating, reviewing and approving raw material specifications along with relevant validations where applicable, conducting risk assessments where required
  • Supporting the Process Team following process trials, analysing trial data and recipe / nutritional information to prepare internal and Customer Quality Attribute Sheets
  • Supporting new product launches through the preparation of launch related documents, evaluation of trial nutritional data and origination of artwork, linking to the preparation of product specifications and being the main artwork approver

Essential / Desirable skills for both roles include:

  • Experience in a similar Technical role within a complex Food Manufacturing business
  • Ideally qualified to degree equivalent level in a food related discipline or through accredited industry training courses relating to topics such as food composition, microbiology, HACCP and food processing
  • Demonstrable raw material knowledge
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work within a small team also able to work on own initiative
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Use of computer systems to analyse data, collate information and prepare factory / customer documentation

Additional skills for the Raw Materials Technologist role include:

  • An in-depth understanding of BRC & HACCP
  • Understanding of supply chain
  • Understanding of relevant customer codes of practice
  • Good processing knowledge e.g. thermal processing, chilling etc.
  • Understanding of legislation e.g. food contact materials, food hygiene, labelling of foods, FIR

Additional skills for the Specifications Technologist role include:

  • A thorough knowledge of customer specifications systems, including online specifications platforms.  Tesco and Asda online portal experience would be an advantage

The Company:

  • Food is the Company’s passion
  • They are always on the lookout for pure and natural ingredients, they strongly believe in ‘less is more’
  • A fun and positive environment which spills over into the products they make, the way they work and the way they interact with each other
  • Leaving the planet a better place for generations to come is core to their beliefs and they  play their part towards sustainable living

The roles offer a salary of up to £30k, dependent on experience with 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays. The working hours are Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm & Friday 8.30am – 4pm.

If you are interested, please email AS SOON AS POSSIBLE quoting reference number JJ-P4500 01 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

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


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01302 366967
70-72 Nottingham Road
NG18 1BN
United Kingdom
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