Vacancy details

Merthyr Tydfil, Wales


Lead the Auditing team to ensure they are engaged and high performing, focusing on problem solving and teamwork.


Technical Director Kepak Foods Division Ireland


  • Lead the Auditing team to ensure they are engaged and high performing, focusing on problem solving and teamwork.
  • Responsible for the strategic direction and results of the technical supply chain function within Kepak Foods Business.
  • Lead and execute all projects relating to the Supply Chain Technical Function.
  • External and Internal auditing of suppliers/vendors and third parties for materials or services contracted by the company’s internal manufacturing/Agent and Broker sites.
  • Development, revision, maintenance and implementation of quality auditing procedures, including auditing techniques for data integrity assessments, policies, technical papers, risk assessments, business continuity plans (TACCP/VACCP) and quality agreements.
  • Responsible for communication with stakeholders within the business unit and the various manufacturing sites.
  • Authors, reviews, and approves new procedures and/or revision of current procedures relevant to the Technical supply chain department.
  • Ensures audits are performed against the Kepak standards
  • Ensures the audit program is compliant with current regulations, internal procedures, requirements and timelines
  • Responsible for the harmonisation of auditing systems and processes to integrate the various Kepak sites
  • Provide Quality Assurance review and/or approval for supplier-related activities impacting the Kepak Foods Business, including but not limited to Changes/Deviations and Technical Agreements.
  • Ensures timely and accurate communication, escalation of critical audit observations to managers, partners, stakeholders and staff
  • Collection, collation and reporting of applicable Technical/Quality auditing Performance metrics
  • Ensure continuous development, coaching and cross-training of staff
  • Oversee the establishment of the enhanced auditing training program, auditing standards and auditing development plans
  • Lead and participate in cross-functional Supplier Technical Meetings.
  • Develop and maintain a positive proactive relationship with relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  • Represent the Technical Supply Chain team in multi-departmental meetings and project teams.
  • Maintain current knowledge of industry standards and regulatory requirements for products developed or manufactured for supplier-related approached utilised by Kepak.



  • Food Science/ Agricultural Science degree or similar discipline is essential
  • Lead auditor training a must (ISO 9001, ISO 22000, BRC, IFS etc.)
  • 8 + years’ post graduate experience in the FMCG sector with exhibited knowledge and proficiency working with internal and external stakeholders
  • 2+ years in a leadership position, with direct experience overseeing Supplier Quality Systems preferred
  • Organisational skills with the ability to effectively plan, schedule, execute and track complex 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



  • People Management
  • Building High-Performance Teams
  • Creating Positive Relationships
  • Service Driven
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Fostering Innovation
  • Influencing


Note: as with all positions, due to the nature of the business, key responsibilities will evolve and change over time.  Travel within Ireland and the UK will be necessary along with possible international travel.


Kepak is an equal opportunities employer.