This job has expired

R&D Specification Technologist

Blue Spark
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

View more

Contract Type
Development, Technical
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

The Company

This is an exciting opportunity to join a much beloved food business, who produce inspirational food creations for UK and global consumers. They have an impressive laundry list of products across the ambient and chilled categories. They are now seeking an experienced R&D Specifications Technologist to join their ‘snacking’ team and help them retain their reputation for excellent food products.

Please note this is a hybrid role with 2 days in the office, and 3 from home, however we do require candidates to live in the South Coast area (ideally Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset) so they can get to site easily.


The Role

As part of a small R&D team, you will report to the R&D Category Manager and take a significant lead in specification project management. This will entail creating, maintaining, and updating product specifications for a number of brands within the category across the UK and global markets.

This is a new role and a focal point will be communication with internal and external stakeholders. You will ensure key information is gained and logged from 3rd party manufacturers and suppliers to certify that raw materials and packaging resources are compliant with company expectations. You’ll work closely with internal teams to ensure that specifications are completed correctly and in a timely manner, ready for approval to guarantee successful product launches.

You will support the development and maintenance of digital systems to effectively manage specifications. You will also coordinate the artwork process and ensure all product information is correctly provided. Ultimately you will lead by example in delivering R&D objectives and implement changes in product, quality and sustainability, ensuring continuous improvement from a product specification standpoint.


The Person

We are looking for a confident and self-motivated specifications food professional with a Food Science or related degree, who has a track record of creating specifications and approving artwork for branded food products in the UK. This is a role where you will have to hit the ground running and rely on your technical competence and strong communication skills to ensure success.

Attention to detail, expert organisational skills and sound technical knowledge are key as you will be liaising with the wider business and global teams to ensure projects, demands and timescales align. You will have a passion for food, the ability to seek alternative solutions and adaptable to change to create improvements. You will use your previous knowledge within R&D/NPD to collaborate with the wider team and support the projects you will be involved with.

If you have the drive and enthusiasm to take on a new challenge and progress your technical career then apply now or contact us for more information on 0345 2600 737.


Ref: F6686


Due to the large number of applications our opportunities attract, it sometimes takes us time to thoroughly review and consider them all. We endeavour to respond to every application within 5 working days, however if you have not heard from us within this timeframe, we are sorry to say your application for the role has not been successful. To support you in showcasing your best self, we make sure that any necessary accommodations, whether physical or non-physical, are provided to assist you throughout the job application and interview process.

Also, please note that we are only able to accept and respond to applications from candidates with eligibility to work in the UK and those who hold valid work visas.



Blue Spark is a boutique recruitment consultancy for the Food and Drinks industry, satisfying a growing appetite for intelligent and ethical recruitment.

Working entirely free of commission, we source high calibre candidates for some of the most exciting organisations in the field.

Our friendly and creative consultants seek the perfect match with every appointment – be it graduate or director level, permanent or interim.

Established by Food professionals in 2006, our vast experience and intuitive grasp of market trends has earned us the superb reputation we enjoy today.

With a particular commitment to openness and innovation, Blue Spark offers a truly comprehensive range of recruitment solutions across all sectors of the Food and Drinks industry.

These include:

• Search and Selection

• Advertised Search

• Executive Search

• Database Search

• Proactive Candidate Generation

So whether you're seeking that dream job in Food and Drink, or the perfect people for your growing business, Blue Spark can deliver.

Company info
0345 2600 737
34 - 36 The Broadway
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 3AL
United Kingdom

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert