The Role

Hain Daniels are currently recruiting for a Quality Manager for our site in Clitheroe (Farm House Fare). In Clitheroe, we manufacture traditional hot puddings under our Farmhouse Fare brand, as well as our own private label puddings.

The QA Manager is responsible for supporting and deputizing for the Site Technical Manager in delivering safety, legality and compliance to technical, divisional and retailer KPI’s

You are expected to manage and support the team that will provide a comprehensive Quality Assurance and Technical service at the Clitheroe Site.  As part of this you will have direct responsibility for the QA team.

You will be ensuring the maintenance and effective delivery of the Quality Management System (QMS), to ensure that the operation complies with all legislative, quality and ethical standards with regard to food hygiene, quality systems, staff management and customer requirements.

In addition, you will be expected to have a collaborative working style to support the technical roadmap, achieve technical KPI’s and continually develop your direct team.  

Key Responsibilities:

Maintaining QMS documents/ Internal Audit Schedule and HACCP
* Support site initiatives to monitor and drive improvements in Food Safety Culture.
* Manage that the quality management system – Quality manual and supporting documentation - is up to date and regularly reviewed and amended to reflect changes within the organisation. To ensure all documents are controlled, updated, and issued to the factory in accordance with the site policy.
* Assist site Technical Manager with the BRC audit, including preparation.
* Have the Quality Management system in a ‘ready to audit’ position to BRC standards.
* Co-ordinate the internal auditing system.
* Work with the Technical Manager and HACCP team to ensure the HACCP is kept up to date and all new products are captured, attend HACCP meetings as required.
* Analyse and interpret the data for site and customer KPI reports is available in a timely manner.
* Drive hygiene standards throughout the site, feedback on micro results and hygiene related audit actions.
* Manage pest control contract on site working with the pest prevention contractor to maintain the integrity of the site

Factory Trails and Quality Standards
* Check that Process trials are on schedule to allow sufficient time for nutritional analysis / Microbiological analysis to take place.
* Have input into the formation of customer specifications.
* Work closely with the NPD and Process departments to ensure all relevant Quality Control

Continuous Improvement (CI) / Lean Manufacturing
* As a member of the Technical Team support site initiatives.
*  Support the site Operations team in site specific projects in line with CI briefs.
* Identify and recommend changes to systems and processes as appropriate.
* To be actively involved in Quality and Product Improvement Projects.
*  Provide Technical expertise in improving the quality of products.
*Carry out project work according to issues currently affecting products produced on site. Recommend and implement actions accordingly. 

Testing and Analysis (Micro, nutritional and allergen)
* Review results and act accordingly instigating investigations and corrective actions as required.
* Checking and reporting daily results to the Technical Manager
* Arrange for samples to be sent for nutritional and shelf life testing as per the annual schedule and also liaise with NPD/Process for additional testing requirements.

What you will need for the role / what it will take:

  • Degree of equivalent in Food Science or related discipline
  • HACCP Level 3
  • Food safety level 3
  • Retailer experience
  • Good knowledge of BRC and quality systems

What can we offer you?

  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holiday
  • Option to purchase additional annual leave
  • Flexible working options
  • Pension
  • Medical benefit
  • And access to a HUB that offers many discounts from a range of suppliers and retailers

About Us

The Hain Daniels Group is one of the UK's leading food companies. We create food and drink products with natural goodness at their core. We're the business behind a host of household brands - Hartley's jams and jellies, Sun-Pat peanut butters, New Covent Garden Soup Co., Linda McCartney's meat free food, and Yorkshire Provender to name a few. Nearly half of our business is private label - we create quality freshly prepared fruit and juices, desserts, soups, sweet spreads and meat free products for our retail partners.

Our Vision

To make it easier for everyone to lead a healthier, balanced lifestyle. Without our great team of people, this vision couldn't be our reality.

Our Business behaviours

As a business we strive to promote from within and our underlying business behaviours really enable us to drive this strategic objective. We believe we can provide an opportunity for all individuals to grow and achieve with Hain Daniels through demonstrating core behaviours such as winning together, owning it, fostering inclusion and being curious. 

If Hain Daniels sounds like the company you'd like to contribute your energy and enthusiasm towards, and come on an exciting journey with us, then we can't wait to hear from you!