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Supplier Technical Manager

Jarvis Johnson
North Yorkshire
£40-£45k per annum
Closing date
2 Jan 2022

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Our client, based in North Yorkshire, is looking for an ambitious Supplier Development and Sustainability Manager to be responsible for the Supplier Management System as well as the  governance and coordination of the Sustainability Agenda. Candidates will need to be willing and able to travel in UK & Worldwide.

Reporting to the Technical Manager, responsibilities for the role will include:

  • Leading the management, review/upgrade & control of the supplier approval process covering new & existing raw materials & packaging suppliers
  • Being a lead auditor in the formal auditing of suppliers from both a quality & sustainable development perspective
  • Prioritising auditing in line with risk assessment & evaluation, following up on improvement action plans and providing coaching as required
  • Keeping the wider Technical, Procurement and Sales teams informed of developments with suppliers & product supply chains
  • Teaming up with Procurement to identify potential suppliers, ensuring contingency plans are in place & supporting strategic sourcing decisions
  • Coordinating the sustainability action plan, answering customer requests and reporting data in line with legal requirements and strategic priorities
  • Ensuring & facilitating thorough communication with the wider business, to add maximum value to customer service
  • Providing provenance and product facts for sales documentation, marketing material creation and digital communication

Essential / Desirable skills include:

  • Able to demonstrate successful previous experience in a Supplier Management role including Supplier Auditing, preferably in the Food / Drink or Personal Care Industry
  • Knowledge of Sustainability / CSR
  • Understanding of the regulated environment & compliance needs
  • Knowledge of responsible sourcing initiatives & standards, for example RSPO, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance standards
  • Ideally, knowledge of Quality Management & Food Safety standards
  • Autonomy in establishing and managing priorities
  • Excellent networking, interpersonal & relationship building skills, able to communicate successfully and influence both cross-functionally and vertically
  • Proactive & pragmatic approach, curious and enthusiastic with a can-do attitude
  • Confident IT skills, proven record of using all Microsoft programmes
  • Driving licence essential

The Company:

  • Their vision is to be the preferred supply partner in their market, providing best in class quality and service
  • Fantastic Health and Safety Values
  • Culture that encourages ethical conduct
  • Expects employees to commit to delivering excellence in all areas of the business
  • Encourages individuals to stand up with confidence for what they believe in, dare to challenge and be open to new ideas

The salary for this role is £40k - £45k per annum, working a 40-hour week, with typical working hours of Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (with some flexibility required to meet the needs of the business). 

If you have exemplary organisational skills, project management knowledge and are able to meet tight deadlines and prioritise your workload then this could be the job for you. The client is looking for a creative thinker, able to challenge established ways of doing things with a continuous improvement attitude.

Please email AS SOON AS POSSIBLE quoting reference number JJ- P4594 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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