A newly created advisory role where you'll be seen as the Technical Compliance specialist, how you shape it is up to you.
If you were to think of your next role what shape would it be? What colour would it be? Now hold that thought.
When a new role is created to reflect the changing landscape within a business, quite often discussions around the correct job title can ensue. This is one of those roles, so let's not dwell too much on semantics.
As it's a newly-created role, let's look at the positives for you. You're the first, the trailblazer, the shaper - in other words, you can "boss" this.
Essentially, you'll understand technical compliance and governance in the food industry, if it happens to be in the fresh produce category, even better. No other sector, for example, pharma will translate, your experience must be in food. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be working in an advisory capacity for this premium retailer.
How they source product is changing, as a result, how they gather and manage their due diligence information needs to change with it. Your role will involve the development and improvement of technical compliance, encompassing traceability, pesticide controls, ethical and environmental standards and key technical and quality metrics. You'll achieve this by working closely with the Agronomy team and growers.
You'll also need to be a bit of a data whizz too, with a consistent track record of delivery on data analysis, system improvements and processes. You may have devised and implemented a robust QMS in your past or worked with food Technical System implementation. Either way you'll bring an understanding of food standards compliance and governance to the party.
Ultimately, in this role, you can influence and position this retailer as having the best produce sourcing programme for governance and pick of the crop quality and points of difference year-round.
To put your shape-shifting skills into action, send me your CV and I'll be in touch…