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Head of Technical

The People Co.
Newry, Mourne & Down
Up to £80,000
Closing date
10 May 2024

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Contract Type
Quality Assurance
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

The Role:


We are recruiting for a Head of Technical and Compliance position. This candidate would be responsible for the manufacturing sites produce safe, legal, sustainable, authentic and high-quality foods to specification whilst maintaining standards in budget control, H&S and customer satisfaction.


The Head of Technical and Compliance role is a senior leadership role and has the following direct reports; x 2 Quality Managers, Hygiene and Facilities Manager, Technical Services Manager, Health and Safety Manager and Sustainability Manager.


The Head of Technical and Compliance will work closely with other departments including Operations, NPD, Logistics, Procurement and Sales Orders to provide a holistic service to our internal and external customers.


Head of Technical and Compliance Duties:


  • Putting Staff Welfare and Food Safety first in all decisions.
  • Retailer and BRCGS Audit Management                                                                                                            
  • Food Specific Legal compliance.                                                                                                                      
  • Compliance to customer requirements and standards.                                                                                        
  • Service Supplier Management      
  • Maintain a high standard of Health and Safety standards across all sites.                                                                                                         
  • Keeping up to date and Horizon scanning for food safety and legality concerns.                                            
  • Facilitate the day-to-day Technical Management of ingredient approval, food production and distribution.   
  • Lead the HACCP Team.                                                                                                                                     
  • Management of a large multidisciplinary team within the Technical and Compliance Department.                                                
  • Lead the Technical and Compliance Function to ensure they are engaged and high performing with a focus on problem solving and teamwork.
  • Manage and assist the Sustainability and H&S functions on site.
  • Manage the resolution and close out of issues / incidents which have been escalated.
  • Identify and implement Best Practice within the Technical and Compliance function to help facilitate business improvements
  • Accountable for ensuring that new products and processes are introduced to site that are safe, legal and compliant with customer requirements and on time.
  • Develop and maintain a positive proactive relationship with key retail and export customers.                      
  • Chair monthly technical meetings                                                                                                                                               
  • Set and report on relevant KPI's and objectives.                                                                                                          
  • Work closely with the Operations team to achieve best results for food safety and efficiency.
  • Ensure all product specifications are continually reviewed and in line with customer requirements, agreed brand standards, operational capabilities and agreed cost standards. Drive Lean Manufacture, standardisation, and continuous improvement across the Technical and Compliance team. Work closely with and facilitate the Business Support and IT functions of the site to introduce Digital transformation to Technical administration. Contribute to the culture team and help to create an environment where we retain our teams and nurture them to be the best versions of themselves at work. Support projects to meet site Sustainability and H&S Targets



Required Skills and Competencies


  • Demonstrable experience leading multidisciplinary technical teams in a food manufacturing environment
  • Experience in effective BRCGS and Retailer Audit management.
  • Effective and proven project management skills
  • Strong people and time management skills
  • Firm decision making



KPIs – Targets to be reviewed Annually and results reported monthly at the SLT Meeting.


  • Complaints per Hundred Thousand Units External and Internal Audit non conformances Average Wibit Score Technical Monthly Budget. Site Accident levels Recycling levels Carbon Footprint






CPA Recruitment rebrands as The People Co.

CPA Recruitment has rebranded as The People Co., putting people directly at the heart of its brand.

Established in 1987, The People Co. is an expert team of people consultants, focusing on permanent and interim roles in food and consumer goods. We build strong connections and trusted, long-term relationships with all our clients and candidates.

Spanning the UK, Europe and North America, the business works with start-ups through to established multinationals, from graduate and supervisory level to senior management and director-level.

The People Co.’s focus, structure, client base, People and locations remain the same as before.

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Our Story

Resourcing solutions. Sounds a bit impersonal, doesn't it? That's just not how we role; at The People Co., we're all about people!

Can we help our clients fill their job vacancies? Absolutely.

Can we help our job candidates find the right job? You bet we can.

We’re an expert team of people consultants, focusing on permanent and interim roles in food and consumer goods. We build strong connections and trusted, long-term relationships with all our clients and candidates.

From our offices in the UK and North America, we work locally and globally with clients from start-ups to established multinationals. And with candidates from graduate and supervisory level to senior management and director-level. All of this is underpinned by our 36 years’ heritage in providing a flexible, bespoke service.

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From beginning to end, we cover roles across the whole food and consumer goods supply chain. Our team of People - dedicated sector specialists - really know their onions and many have experience of working in the industry themselves.

As well as covering mature areas of the market, we ensure we’re on top of emerging areas, so we can support clients as best we can.


Company info
020 8203 1000
Eclipse House
20 Sandown Road
WD24 7AE

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