Job Title

Group Technical Supplier Auditor

Company:

Greencore Group

Professional Qualification(s):

  • BSc Food Technology (2:1 ) from University of Reading
  • A-Levels in Biology, Home Economics & Environmental Science
  • 8 GCSE’s including Science, Maths & English.

Brief overview of your job:

Visiting raw material suppliers to assess their level of food safety and to decide whether they can supply Greencore manufacturing sites with ingredients.

What does your job involve?

  • Travelling around the UK & abroad to audit suppliers, looking at their factory processes with regard to Food Safety issues. Based on my audit I make a decision whether or not the factory can supply products to any Greencore site.
  • Trouble shooting in factories where issues have been found. Helping identify the cause of the issues & resolving them.
  • Auditing of other Greencore sites to ensure best practises are followed throughout the company.

What do you most like about your job?

  • No two days ever the same.
  • Fast paced industry requiring on the spot decisions
  • Travelling around seeing all sorts of different manufacturing facilities such as bakeries, meat processors, produce growers & packaging suppliers

What skills are required in your job?

  • Good organisational skills, in order to manage workload & to produce the necessary paperwork following each visit.
  • Technical background regarding food safety issues in manufacturing environment
  • Good people skills to ensure you get the co-operation from the people at each site to obtain the information you require.

What is your advice to people looking for a career in the food & grocery industry?

  • People will always need food, so there will always be food manufacturing facilities to work in.
  • Dynamic industry with fast pace, providing lots of leadership opportunities
  • Huge range of product areas to choose from e.g. ambient, chilled, grocery etc etc; as well as many job roles within those areas e.g. Technical, NPD, Buying, Commercial etc etc.

Career so far:

  • Group Supplier Auditor – Greencore Group plc
  • Technical Manager – Greencore Sandwiches (formerly Hazlewood Sandwiches)
  • Raw Material Section Manager – Hazlewood Sandwiches
  • Technical Graduate Trainee – Hazlewood Sandwiches

Did you complete an industrial placement as part of your degree?

  • Business Placement Person (Technical) – Marks & Spencer plc
  • Quality Assurance Technologist – Thorntons plc