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Technical Manager

Bourne, Lincolnshire
Highly Competitive + fantastic benefits package including 20% bonus...
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

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Contract Type
Development, Technical
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing

Job Details

Technical Manager
We thrive on challenge and change. We rise to challenges together. 


Location: Bourne  
Contract Type: Permanent 
Business Area: Technical  
Salary: Highly Competitive + fantastic benefits package including 20% bonus, £8,400 car allowance and Private Medical Insurance for you and your family.

About the role 
This is a Technical Manager role in our Bakkavor Bourne site which specialises in making prepared fruit, stir fry mixes, leafy and dressed salads. It employs over 1,200 people and forms part of the Bakkavor Meals sector in the UK.  
The main focus of the role is to drive the delivery of Technical Standards across the sites Operations. 
The role will ensure that the correct standards are understood by all relevant persons and effectively challenged, by way of Audit. This will underpin the sites Food Safety, Product Quality and Integrity – and hence demonstrate our leading standards.

About you 
Ideally, food related degree qualified, you will have significant experience within a Chilled Food environment – and a good understanding of High Care, High Risk, RTE, RtRH and RTC disciplines. 
You will be a clear and effective communicator – able to ‘frame’ situations / incidents etc – to a wide range of stakeholders – to gain their understanding and commitment.  
A calm logical thinker – an evidence based decision maker, who when challenged can demonstrate rationale of thought.
Thorough, tenacious and resilient – an individual who will use these attributes to understand and address the root cause of Complaint issues, adverse micro results etc.
If you are IT literate, quick and agile in processing data (eg KPI’s), have solid leadership skills and experience of managing food safety risks – this could be the perfect role for you. 

•             Ensure there is clarity of Technical Standards – which are effectively Communicated, Understood and Applied.
•             Ensure that the Business develops an ‘Audit Ready’ Culture – to consistently deliver successful audit outcomes. 
•             Ensure relevant standards, HACCP based as appropriate, are communicated, understood and applied to meet Food Safety, Quality and Legality, and customer specified requirements. The standards must be documented and maintained within a recognised system.
•             Provides leadership and ownership for the implementation of the quality management systems associated with the production of food to the agreed safety, legal and quality standards.
•             Support the business with management of technical audits, hosting audits as appropriate. Drives a culture of “fit to manufacture every day” readiness through the daily operational teams. Manages response & close out of non-conformance reports from audits as required.
•             Lead, motivate and inspire the technical team in line with Bakkavor Values to achieve personal development and continuous improvement.
•             Develop and implement effective KPIs that measure, trend and identify issues to be communicated both internally and with customers. Develop and agree action plans using root
cause analysis to deliver continuous improvement. 
•             Provides practical support and drive to promote a Quality Assurance culture in the Business.  Provides specialist technical knowledge to enable the Business Unit to exploit manufacturing, NPD and commercial advantage whilst ensuring the required standards of Food Safety, Quality and Legality are met. As part of the site leadership team, ensures operational team promotion of a Quality Assurance culture within the factory environment.
•             Ensures that a safe working environment exists for all employees within the technical function, and that as a minimum, the standards set out in the site processes for Health and Safety.

Why join us?
We’re proud to offer you a career with options to explore and pursue. Where you’ll be supported to work hard, push further and show resilience. As a valued Technical Manager, we’ll support your ambition, reward your resilience, and encourage you to rise to challenges and create a career you can be proud of too.
What we do

We’re the market leader in the UK fresh prepared food industry - supplying meals, salads, desserts, pizza and bread to leading grocery retailers including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.   

In this busy and exciting role, you will be accountable for auditing and supporting technical compliance and integrity against legal requirements and good manufacturing standards. 

What you’ll receive
As an equal opportunity employer, we’re committed to providing a safe and rewarding environment for you to thrive in. This is why we work hard to deliver benefits, rewards and wellbeing offerings that are important to you. 

You’ll enjoy:

•             Competitive Salary
•             Bonus up to 20%
•             Car Allowance £8,400
•             A stakeholder pension scheme
•             Personal accident Insurance
•             Private Medical for yourself and family.
•             Free independent mortgage advice
•             Employee assistance programme
•             A range of voluntary benefits 
•             Holiday purchase scheme
•             Additional life assurance
•             Dental & hospital cash plans
•             Discounted tutoring for children
•             Access to financial learning tools
•             Affordable loans via your salary
•             Proud to be and loyal service awards.  
•             Plus, a commitment to your wellbeing that includes emotional, physical and financial support services delivered by our fantastic team of wellbeing champions.

Proud to be Bakkavor
We’re proud to be the market leader in the UK fresh prepared food industry. We’re proud to supply meals, salads, desserts, pizza and bread to leading grocery retailers including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. We’re driven by the hard work and passion of our people and are delighted to offer a wide range of careers across our business – come and join our dedicated Bakkavor team!



We’re the biggest name you’ve never heard of. You’ve probably eaten our food. You just didn’t realise it. Because as global leaders in the fresh prepared food industry, we create innovative products, including meals, soups, dips, salads, desserts, pizzas and breads for Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose in the UK. In the US our customers include Harris Teeter and Home Chef and in China, we make food for Starbucks, Yum! and Pret.

We’re ambitious. We’re full of ideas and we’re ready for more people to join us who share our passion for quality.


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