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Technical Manager

Anikin Ltd
Haverhill, Suffolk
Up to 50,000
Closing date
11 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Development, Quality Assurance, Technical, Scientist
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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Job Details

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement the technical strategy on a day-to-day basis ensuring that all technical standard customer codes of practice and food legislation are consistently adhered to.
  • To be a first point of contact for factory technical personnel ensuring that site  technical policies and quality standards are maintained, and requests for information are responded to in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Ensure that HACCP is maintained within the factory and reflects best practice at all times.
  • Ensure the QA department is run effectively and adequate technical resources are available.
  • Ensure that all areas have adequate pest control mechanisms in place to limit the threat to food safety.
  • Carry out trend analysis of quality issues e.g. customer complaints and TVC counts. Monitor, review and communicate where necessary.
  • Manage and coordinate internal audits by;
    • 1) Implementing audits ensuring scope is applicable,
    • 2) Planning and scheduling internal audits to the required frequency, and
    • 3) Following up on issues raised and implementing relevant corrective action.
  • General support and guidance of the management team with regard to technical issues as required.
  • Ensure appropriate intervention/action takes place as required when a failure occurs in any areas ensuring action points are taken and results communicated to relevant areas.
  • Ensure all raw materials meet specifications and requirements.
  • Create an environment of acceptance to change by promoting pro-activeness and adjustment.
  • Develop a culture of teamwork and cooperation throughout the site and  through your own influence and guidance.
  • Engage in ad hoc project work that will strengthen and develop the Technical Department.
  • Advise and provide information to site Management, ensuring compliance with statutory requirements by fully understanding company policy and procedures, current and future technical legislation and its implications on the business.
  • Liaise with an Environmental Agency, and APHA where necessary, whilst establishing a good working relationship and providing timely statutory reports as and when required.

Person Specification:

  • Degree level qualification in a food or a science related subject or a minimum of 5 years experience in a Technical / Quality Assurance food manufacturing role.
  • High care experience 
  • Food Safety Level 3 minimum
  • HACCP Level 3 minimum
  • Lead Auditor Trained a distinct advantage
  • First hand experience of driving, managing and delivering projects to demanding deadlines is a distinct advantage.
  • First hand experience of team management.


KatKin’s Opportunity 
Cats are undeniably champions of the Internet. They're cute, hilarious, and can be jerks, so honestly what's not to love? But, while they've been getting the recognition they deserve online, they've been left by the wayside in the pet food industry, with legacy FMCG companies opting to offer variations of dog food for them rather than providing food formulated for their dietary needs – did you know they're obligate carnivores, so a high meat diet is a biological necessity? 

Why you’ll love working with us
Simply put, we're putting cats and their people first.
Giving cats the best possible Fresh cat food, as well as world-first personalised health and wellness initiatives, we're dedicated to helping all cats live their best nine lives. 
We aim to give cat people a seamless and engaging online experience, balancing Fresh branded content and functional messaging, backed by science. We take world-class scientific knowledge from our board certified vet nutritionist, a nutrition scientist, a couple of in-house vets, and turn it all into bite-sized and delightful content that people can’t get enough of … a bit like our meals for cats. We’re a small team of cat enthusiasts that celebrates both wins and losses equally (we’re only human), our open office allows for ease of communication and collaboration, our popcorn machine is our current hot topic of discussion, we can guarantee there will be a cat on your desk at some point, and we all genuinely love what we do.

Find Us
Floor 2, 4 Hardwick St
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