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Technical Manager

Hobbs House Bakery
Chipping Sodbury, Bristol
Pay negotiable
Closing date
3 Aug 2024

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You will be working in our small technical team, in our bakery, initially as Maternity cover but we'd love you to stay and help develop the role further. You'd be responsible for food safety compliance and ensuring the safety of the bakery.

We bake a wide range of handmade products in our Chipping Sodbury bakery, which are sold locally in our shops and other outlets, and also used nationwide.

The role is part time, we're happy to talk about what hours suit you (and us).

Fitting into our family run B Corp Business is really important to us, so if you have the technical knowledge but are also a great communicator and team player, then let us know. We'd love to hear from you.

Specific Responsibilities

Job role foundations:

  • HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point)
  • Food Safety Manual

Food Safety:

  • Managing and overseeing a team of 3: Specifications Technologist (legal labelling compliance - artwork approval; specification management; supplier approval; internal audits; TACCP/VACCP), Technical Assistant (ensuring paperwork completion, calibration of scales and probes, shelf life testing), Quality Assurance Technician (newly created role).
  • HACCP Team Leader.
  • Horizon scanning - for new and upcoming risks and legislation.
  • Management and continuous improvement of the food safety manual in compliance with legal requirements and SALSA standards.
  • Leading SALSA, Soil Association, customer and EHO audits.
  • Overseeing pest control contractors.
  • Ensuring the satisfactory investigation and close out of food safety related customer complaints.
  • Conducting 6 monthly retail audits in preparation for EHO visits.
  • Overseeing product sampling and testing programme - including shelf-life testing, yeast and mould, gluten free.
  • Identifying training needs and communicating with the People Development Manager.
  • Supporting all building developments from a food safety perspective.
  • Any other task that may be reasonably required from time to time.

Key Skills:

  • BSc(Hons) degree in a food related subject.
  • HACCP level 4 desirable, minimum level 3.
  • Food safety level 3.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Effective communication with all areas and levels of the business.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Knowledge of MS office.
  • Basic knowledge of specification systems.
  • Minimum of 3 years in a food manufacturing environment managing within the Technical function.

What you'll love about working with us

We strive to be a brilliant place to work. We are proud of the fact that in our last staff survey 95% of employees said that they felt satisfied with their job. Being a certified B Corp means that we are committed to ensuring our staff feel valued, our communities feel supported and our planet is protected.

Some of our benefits include:

  • Free lunch with fruit and hot drinks
  • A loaf of bread to take home each day
  • Free tickets to local attractions and days out
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous staff discount to use across our shops
  • An extra day's holiday for your birthday
  • A wellbeing team to support each other, including a wellbeing focused month each year packed full of team activities.

Who we are

We are a fifth generation family business that has been baking the finest bread, cakes and pastries since 1920. Throughout the last 100 years we have been committed to being the very best for our people, communities and the environment. We were the first British bakery to be a certified B Corp, which means that we use our business as a force for good. B Corps are a global community that put people and the planet first.

Our delicious, handmade products are enjoyed in our four shops and right across the South West and beyond. Find the in farm shops, delis, restaurants and cafes. We are proud to work with many customers that share our values of sustainability and quality such as the National Trust, Boston Tea Party, and Gloucester Services.

Our bakery

We are a friendly and busy bakery making a wide range of artisan sourdoughs, overnight doughs, rolls, and speciality bread; many of which are award winning. Our confectionery team make a wide range of delicious loaf cakes, tray bakes and pastries.

Our shops

We have four thriving shops which aim to be the beating heart of our communities. They are renowned for their excellent customer service, quality bread, tasty coffee and tempting cakes and pastries.





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