Food Technologists

Salary: Competitive

Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 07/02/2023


Food Technologists

Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

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About the role

We are recruiting for Food Technologists across our Fresh and Packaged foods team, to be based here in our Head Office in Welwyn, Hertfordshire.

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. 

We will be holding an Assessment Centre on site in February where we will be assessing your knowledge, competency, and some practical exercises. This will also give you an opportunity to see our offices and working environment. 

The hiring manager for this vacancy is Claire Costello.

You will be responsible for

  • Ensuring products in area are safe, legal, responsibly sourced and meet the product brief, Tesco rules & policies
  • 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
  • Supporting Suppliers to deliver against our sustainability and health goals
  • Working with supplier to understand and address any human rights risks within their supply chains
  • 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.
  • Relevant product area knowledge/experience of delivering safe, legal, responsibly sourced, quality products to the customer
  • Knowledge of legislation and technical standards
  • 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 are not limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme.
  • Holiday starting at 20 days plus a personal day rising to 22 days after 12 months (plus 8 Bank holidays).
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution.
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay.
  • Great colleague deals and discounts, saving you money on everyday purchases, eating out and utility bills for the home.
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want.

Click here to read more about the benefits we have available for our colleagues.

About us

Our vision at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move. Our core purpose is ‘Serving our customers, communities and planet a little better every day’. Serving means more than a transactional relationship with our customers. It means acting as a responsible and sustainable business for all stakeholders, for the communities we are part of and for the planet.

We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone truly feels able to be themselves. At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings. We're committed to creating a workplace where differences are valued, and make sure that all colleagues are given the same opportunities. We're a big business with diverse working patterns and many business areas which means that we can find something that works for you. Everyone is welcome at Tesco.

We have recently announced that we will be moving towards a more blended working week – combining office and remote working. Our offices will continue to be where we connect, collaborate and innovate. Please talk to us to about how this can work for you.

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

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