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Specifications Technologist, Harwich, Essex

Surya Foods
Harwich, Essex
From £24,000
Closing date
2 Mar 2024

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Established in the 1980's, Surya, part of Flying Trade Group is a rapidly expanding family owned business with a £168 million annual turnover and 1458 strong employee base. With our flagship Laila brand, 17 quality grains, 200k tones milling capacity and BRC AA grade facility, we are a major Global Foods supplier in the Asian, Oriental, European and Afro-Caribbean sectors. Expanding fast into mainstream FMCG territory.

Surya Foods is expanding its Technical team and is looking for experience Food Quality Managers / Heads.

  • Salary - from £24,000 per annum (DOE)
  • Hours- 8am-5pm
  • Days- Monday to Friday (Flexibility required as per the business needs)

Due to expanding our current Technical function, we are seeking an experienced Specifications Technologist to join our busy manufacturing site in Harwich, Essex. The role will report to our Group Head of Technical with a dotted line into our NPD & Projects Manager.


  • Create and maintain accurate product specifications, including ingredient lists, nutritional information, allergen declarations, and cooking instructions.
  • Ensure that all specifications comply with relevant food regulations, customer requirements, and industry standards.
  • Review and sign-off of all Raw Ingredient Specifications
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including product development, quality control, and production, to gather necessary information and resolve specification-related issues.
  • Conduct regular reviews and updates of product specifications to accommodate changes in ingredients, recipes, and processes.
  • Final label sign-offs for new products
  • Liaise with suppliers to obtain accurate and up-to-date information on raw materials and ingredients.
  • Assist in the development of labelling and packaging materials to meet legal requirements and customer expectations.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with customer-specific requirements


  • Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Food Technology, or a related field.
  • Previous experience in a similar role within the food industry is highly desirable.
  • Strong understanding of food labelling regulations and food safety standards.
  • Excellent attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in using specification management software is a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and collaborative team environment.

Personal Profile:

  • Experience of online retailer specification portals
  • Proven artwork experience (nutritional , ingredient declarations etc)
  • A food related degree ideally or equivalent qualification
  • Strong communication skills for dealing with suppliers and customers
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Strong understanding of the food manufacturing industry

If you have the necessary skills and experience we would love you to apply.



Flying Trade Group is a global business group with significant operations across key UK sectors, including the food, hotel, leisure, investment and construction industries. Established in 1988, the group has quickly evolved into one of the UK's leading business groups with remarkable year on year growth, and we continue to strive to drive our business even further. The group has ambitions to become a brand portfolio which is recognised and respected the world over.

Surya Foods

Surya Foods is one of the largest suppliers of authentic world foods to the UK food sector. Its unrivalled, extensive world food ranges has seen it become the biggest supplier of world food lines into supermarket giants Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, with extensive independent retail accounts across the UK. Surya owns three rice brands listed in the UK top ten according to 2014 Nielsen data. (Laila, Salaam & Apna). With 2,000 products available, Surya represents over 50 agency lines from some of the world’s leading companies as well as its own popular house-brands, including Laila, Salaam, Apna, Jamaica’s Pride and Island Sun.

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