Technologist - Horticulture

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 28/09/2023

Technologist - Horticulture

Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 1GA

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About the role

This role is a fantastic opportunity to work as a valued colleague in a hard-working team within the Horticulture category looking after Plants!

You will support the delivery of our stringent quality & safety policies and standard, ensuring our products are safe, legal and responsibly sourced, through proactive management of our suppliers and supply chains.

If you have Horticultural industry experience this would be beneficial.

You will be responsible for

  • Risk assessing products to be safe, legal, responsibly sourced and meet the Tesco rules & policies.
  • Supporting the product development process with your Natural Work Team & suppliers, ensuring quality for customers and that our products are formulated in line with our product rules, corporate initiatives & brand guidelines.
  • Supporting the delivery of our health and responsible sourcing agenda across your supply base.
  • Managing products to always be great quality through on-going monitoring and improvements.
  • Supporting the management of risk in our supply chains, from source, ingredients and raw materials, processing, manufacturing and Tesco routes to market. (safety, business & reputational risks)
  • Supporting the supplier strategy for your area, ensuring we use the best suppliers & sources.
  • Supporting the development of supplier capability through collaborative engagement, setting clear goals and measuring progress, by having Joint Quality Plans (JQPs) in place with all relevant suppliers.
  • Responding to complaints and incidents quickly and effectively, ensuring stakeholders are aware and relevant action is taken to protect customers and Tesco.
  • Challenge yourself to learn new skills and keep abreast of the latest thinking in the industry to help drive innovation.
  • Developing and mentoring direct reports, supporting them to be their best.
  • Following our Business Code of Conduct, acting with integrity and due diligence. Speaking up if something isn't right.

You will need

Operational Skills:

  • Project and critical path management
  • Data Analysis and decision making
  • Good IT & Systems skills


  • Relevant degree/qualifications in related area - essential
  • Experience of working in the food/GNF industry
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes
  • End to end product and proposition development



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 proud to have been accredited Disability Confident Leader and we’re committed to providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process. For further information on the accessibility support we can offer, please click here.

We’re a big business and we can offer a range of diverse full-time & part-time working patterns across our many business areas, which means that we can find something that works for you.  We work in a more blended pattern - combining office and remote working. Our offices will continue to be where we connect, collaborate and innovate. Please talk to us about how this can work for you - Everyone is welcome at Tesco.

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