Technologist - Produce (Prepared Fruit)

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire al7 1ga

United Kingdom

Apply by: 26/12/2019

Technologist - Produce (Prepared Fruit)

Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire al7 1ga

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About the role

Working as a Technologist you will be responsible for the product safety, quality & legality in your own product area as well as managing a wide breadth of product suppliers, located across the country and sourcing from around the globe.

As well as your own product area you will support your Technical Manager to deliver the category plans and KPIs

For this role, we are looking for a Technologist with a strong food manufacturing background, preferably with experience in chilled

You will be the ambassador for sustainability in your area, cover both product and packaging.

Note: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details before your agreed start date

You will be responsible for

  • Ensuring products in area are safe, legal, responsibly sourced and meet the product brief, Tesco rules & policies
  • Delivering sustainability commitments, covering the sourcing of products and packaging.
  • Being the expert in your field, achieving KPIs and supporting development of policy/protocol in your category
  • Minimising cost and risk throughout the supply chain and product range, ensuring appropriate controls are in place for consistency, legality and quality of products & packaging and signing off products at appropriate milestones
  • Ensuring required Due Diligence documents are in place. Ensuring labelling is legal and factually correct
  • Monitoring all quality and customer feedback and implementing actions to resolve issues raised
  • Management & reduction of customer complaints, incidents (EPWs,recalls) and enforcement challenges in my area
  • Inputting product, process and improvement ideas into the New Product Development plan
  • The technical critical path for new products/product changes, working with suppliers and flagging risks 
  • Developing the strategy with Category teams, identifying and developing the best suppliers & sources
  • Ensuring suppliers have Technical and ethical audits as required, agreeing action plans to drive improvement
  • Managing and developing long term partnerships with suppliers, improving processes, quality and value
  • Coordinating your team on a day-to-day basis, escalating concerns/specific issues to my line manager (if applicable)
  • Developing and leading a high performing team, giving them the opportunities to be their best (if applicable)
  • Following our Business Code of Conduct and always acting with integrity and due diligence

You will need

  • Relevant experience/qualification(s) in food safety /manufacturing. ( chilled experience an advantage)
  • Understanding of HACCP and the CCPs required for washing in a high care prepared fruit environment
  • Relevant product area knowledge/experience of delivering safe, legal, responsibly sourced, quality products to the customer
  • Knowledge of legislation and technical standards, including pesticides.
  • Understanding of risk and risk assessment
  • Understanding of end to end Incident Management process
  • Customer focused
  • Strong Initiative with proactive ways of working
  • Personable and able build strong relationship and collaborate with all stakeholders and suppliers
  • Analytical; able to interpret data and make decisions; even if all facts are not available
  • Able to multitask and prioritise effectively
  • Agile and open minded in approach
  • Work well under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office packages
  • Previous relevant experience and a proven, successful track record of delivering safe, legal and ethical products to the customer is essential

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:

  • An annual bonus scheme which you can achieve up to 3.5% of base salary
  • Privilegecard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 6 months service with 10% off most purchases at Tesco
  • Holiday starting at 20 days plus a personal day
  • A retirement savings plan - 4%-7.5% contribution rate
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Buy As You Earn Scheme
  • Save As You Earn Scheme
  • Deals & Discounts through Tesco including Tesco Mobile & Tesco Bank
  • Deals and Discounts through many other external businesses

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home, out shopping, on the move, anywhere in the world.

We want our customers to be inspired and whatever they are looking for, we’re finding bigger and better ways to provide it.

Everything is underpinned by our continuous drive for the best tools and technology to deliver our vision. We’re driving innovation and transforming our Technology to become the world’s leading retailer.

We need people who share our ambition to deliver for our customers; Passionate and confident people willing to take the initiative and drive us forwards. In return we offer excitement, a great team, an excellent benefit package, and significant career development opportunities.

Joining us means playing a part in defining; building and launching an ambitious roadmap of digital products that could affect the lives of millions of people over the years to come.

If that sounds exciting, then we'd love to hear from you!

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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