Technical ManagerName: Sally Bavin
Company: Northern Foods – Evesham Foods
Degree studied at
Sheffield Hallam UniversityBrief job description
Responsible for product and process development, Quality Assurance and for ensuring that the correct standards of Hygiene and Good Manufacturing Practices are achieved within current legislation, also Northern Foods and Marks & Spencer Codes of Practice. Responsible for customer contact regarding all technical matters.
My career so far…
Process Development Technologist at Pennine Foods – Sept 1995 to March 1998.
What does your job involve in a typical day?
I talk to numerous external contacts on a day to day basis from M&S; technologists and selectors (discussing NPD, complaints, codes of practices), raw material suppliers (non conformances), packaging artwork houses (ensuring the critical path is being adhered to), NF technical Services, Pest Controllers, Environmental Health and Trading Standard officers.
A typical day will involve lots of meetings either based on production issues, launches of new products, hygiene issues and technical audits either by our customer and by NF technical Services. I will ensure that all the relevant codes of practices (from NF and M&S;) are being adhered to. I get heavily involved with all audits and customer visits. I am responsible for drawing up all technical reponses for the site and ensuring that the corrective action plans are completed against the timescales
Other, not so technical aspects are also considered throughout the day. These include completing managers’ personal development reviews, organizing training, meetings with managers to ensure they are informed of all relevant site -wide issues. I am responsible for the technical budget, ensuring that the weekly spends are in line what was budgeted for and to make decisions on exceptions as required.
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