Food Technologist


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Salary / Hourly Rate

£25k - £30k.p.a.



Purpose of the job

Our client is a highly successful and fast-growing business, specializing in the import and distribution of avocados throughout the UK.

They have an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and experienced food technologist to join their dynamic team.

Main Role

To ensure that our client can demonstrate proactive compliance with our customer requirements for product safety, quality, authenticity and legality.

Proactive supplier development to meet with key protocols and quality expectations.

You will work closely with the Technical Managers and other internal teams to ensure customer specific and internal department KPI’s are met in full.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Maintain our client’s  supplier risk assessments
    • Update supplier risk scores following pesticide, micro and authenticity results
  1. Manage a sampling and analysis programme – Pesticide, Microbiology and authenticity
  2. Ensure all customers have their due diligence demands met
  3. Ensure that suppliers have up to date certification and due diligence documentation:
    • Agricultural systems – Global Gap, F2F, TN, LEAF, Organic
    • Packhouse – BRC & equivalent where necessary
    • Due diligence will include – Warranty statements, pre- and post-harvest records, food contact packaging certification or migration results, Approved PPPL’s, Actual spray records
  1. Maintain an up to date supplier approval list (growers and packhouses)
  2. Ensure suppliers are kept up to date with legislation and MRL changes and customer requirements
  3. Review grower spray programmes against retailer and banned/restricted lists and assist growers in identifying alternative / softer programs.
  4. Ensure all suppliers have appropriate SEDEX registrations.
  5. Understand customer requirements, protocols, policies and practices
  6. Complete internal audits as per the internal audit schedule
  7. Partake in 3rd party site audits including customer, BRC and Organic.
  8. Update weekly customer complaint databases
  9. Update Internal specifications and packaging control documentation
  10. Complete Monthly Benchmarking
  11. Review weekly shelf-life performance by customer and report to the business
  12. Help collate data for End of season supplier summaries
  13. Assist the technical team in all other activities as required
  14. Overseas visits including supplier auditing and supplier development.


Skills and experience required:

Key Attributes

  • Well organized and thorough with a concern for detail
  • Able to prioritise and respond quickly to customer demands and supplier requests
  • Good communication skills
  • Proactive
  • Strong IT competency
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Passion for all aspects of technical / quality and product management
  • Team player

Desirable Attributes

  • Ability to speak Spanish –  preferred, but not essential
  • Open to UK and global travel dependant on business needs
  • Understanding of the importance of product testing – pesticide, microbiology and authenticity
  • Retailer and industry software systems experience
  • Internal auditor trained

This is a welcoming and friendly business to work for and will offer excellent opportunities to the successful candidate.


Working Hours:

Hours: Day shift, 40 hours/week

Days: Monday to Friday

Pay Details:

Salary: £25k – £30k.p.a.

Permanent position

Start Date

As soon as possible

To apply, please email both your CV and cover letter to

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Lionel Sheffield