Vacancy details

Watergrasshill, Co. Cork

The Kepak Foods Division are looking to recruit the right person for a permanent Assistant Technical Manager's role within the Slow Cooked Technical Department to cover our Slow Cooked facility at Kepak Watergrasshill in Cork.  This is an excellent position for an individual looking for an exciting role within a very supportive environment.

Reports to: Technical Manager Slow Cooked

Key Responsibilities 

  • Manage and implement Policy and Technical standards according to regulatory and customer requirements to ensure that the Quality Management System is regularly reviewed and is subject to continual improvement.
  • Responsible for putting in the necessary systems and procedures to monitor, validate, and ensure integrity, quality, consistency, and compliance.
  • Provide leadership direction to the team on problem-solving and process improvements, address obstacles, and provide resources to help the team overcome problems and streamline the work process.
  • Ensure the company is kept aware of legislative and customer constraints on the business.
  • Ensure all products produced are of the highest Safety and Quality standards and according to agreed customer specifications and policies. 
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the operation through the analysis of customer complaints, accreditation status, microbial monitoring performance, supplier appraisal, contractor's reports etc.
  • Plan, conduct and monitor the testing and inspection of materials and products to ensure finished product quality.
  • Develop, recommend, and monitor corrective and preventative actions.
  • Prepare reports to communicate outcomes of quality activities.
  • Assist with all finished product specifications to ensure that they are completed according to both customer requirements and legislative guidelines and updated onto the relevant customer's specification web site.
  • Assist and support Internal and External Audits across all shifts.
  • Assist with all new NPD / EPD projects, ensuring that timelines and critical paths are adhered to by all stakeholders.
  • Management of all customer Websites and ensuring information on the databases are accurate and up to date and where there are updated policies communicated to all stakeholders.
  • Interaction with customers and ensuring queries, complaints and other information are provided in a timely fashion.
  • Participate in ensuring the site is always audit-ready.

Education and Experience

  • Food Science/Food Technology qualification or related would be a distinct advantage
  • 3 + years' post-graduate experience in the FMCG sector with exhibited knowledge and proficiency working with internal and external stakeholders
  • A strong technical background and knowledge of Industry Food Standards, i.e. GFSI (BRC, IFS, ISO) and Food Service and Retailer Codes of Practices.
  • Certifications an advantage including Internal Auditing, Lead Auditor, Train the Trainer. 

Essential Skills and Core Competencies

  • Passion for working in the food industry
  • Organisational skills with the ability to effectively plan, schedule, execute and track projects
  • Ability to speak, present data, and defend approaches in front of audiences and inspectors
  • Experience with cross-functional project management
  • Experience working in diverse manufacturing settings
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements
  • Written and spoken English fluency
  • Advanced working knowledge of the Microsoft Office. 

Personal attributes and Core Behaviours

  • Creating Positive Relationships and building High-performance Teams
  • Fostering Innovation
  • Be results and performance-driven
  • Be able to multitask and prioritise tasks
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Must be highly motivated, flexible and the ability to work on own initiative.