QA Manager

QA Manager

Location:             Bakkavor Bourne, PE10 0AT

Salary:                 circa £36,000 depending on experience + 10% Bonus and single private healthcare

Shift:                    Tuesday -Saturday, 8am – 4.30pm (flexibility required as there is a requirement for nights hygiene audits).


We offer a range of benefits including Life Assurance (2.5 x salary), Bonus scheme, Staff Shop, Stakeholder Pension Scheme, MyBargains Discount Platform, Personal Accident Insurance, Free Independent Mortgage Advice, Employee Assistance Programme, a range of voluntary benefits (holiday purchase scheme, additional life assurance, dental & hospital cash plans), discounted tutoring for children, access to financial learning tools, Private Medical Insurance and more.


Bakkavor Bourne specialises in making prepared fruit, stir fry mixes, leafy and dressed salads. It employs over 1,100 people and forms part of the Bakkavor Meals sector in the UK.


We're the biggest name you've never heard of. You've probably eaten our food - you just didn't realise it. We make innovative fresh products, with around 18,500 colleagues working across the UK, US and China. We’re the market leader in the UK fresh prepared food industry supplying meals, salads, desserts, pizza and bread to leading grocery retailers (including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose). We’re ambitious. We’re full of ideas. And we’re ready for more people who share our values and passion for quality to join us. 


The role
A fantastic opportunity for a QA Manager to join the Bourne team working with multi retailers. You will manage a team of QAs on the 4 on 4 off shift pattern. You will be responsible for leading and motivating the Quality Assurance team in monitoring and evaluating product and processing systems. Your main accountabilities will include understanding and applying relevant standards so that Bakkavor, Customer and Legal requirements are achieved and maintained. This role is key to driving improve GMP standards and audit results across the site. You will influence and work collaboratively with the operational teams and agree solutions together.

What will you do?

  • Understand and apply relevant standards and codes of practice so that Bakkavör, Customer, BRC and legal requirements are achieved and maintained.
  • To ensure that the requirements of HACCP are implemented, maintained and achieved. Involvement in the evaluation of risks and defining controls, prior to the introduction of a new process, product or raw material.
  • Understands, implements and reviews quality management systems associated with the production of food to the agreed safety and quality standards.
  • Implement, maintain and review an audit system to ensure that critical procedures for product safety, legality and quality are in place and complied with. In addition review all internal findings, identify trends and implement appropriate preventative measures.
  • Supports the Technical Manager & the business with management of audits, hosting audits as appropriate. Manages response & close out of non-conformance reports from audits as required.
  • Effectively communicates with internal and external customers suppliers and production teams to ensure all the Technical needs of the business are met.
  • Manages the training & development requirements of the QA team and ensures that direct reports are properly equipped to undertake their roles.
  • Manage the QA team & is responsible for its activity. Recruit and retain the right calibre of people. Lead, motivate and inspire the QA team in line with Bakkavör Values to achieve personal development, continuous improvement
  • Generate technical business KPI information, communicate, trend and highlight issues. Develop and agree action plans and through Continuous Improvement drive the business forward.
  • Provides practical support and drive to promote a Quality Assurance culture in the Business.
  • Ensures that a safe working environment exists for all employees within the QA team and that as a minimum the standards set out in the H&S manual are met.

About you?
You will have previous experience within a Technical functional role within a food manufacturing environment. You will be a great people leader and have experience driving a quality culture. You will be able to demonstrate our key values of customer care, can-do, teamwork and not just getting it right but keeping it right. You will be adaptable and show flexibility for business needs and requirements. You will influence and work collaboratively with the operational teams and agree solutions together.

Proud to be Bakkavor

We’re proud to be the leading UK provider of innovative, high-quality, fresh prepared food. We’re proud to be driven by the hard work and passion of our people. And we’re proud to offer a wide range of careers full of support and opportunity. Join our team and we’ll make you proud too.


Apply now to find out more!





We are the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, and our presence in the US and China positions the Group well in these high-growth markets. We leverage our consumer insight and scale to provide innovative food that offers quality, choice, convenience, and freshness. Around 18,500 colleagues operate from 44 sites across our three markets supplying a portfolio of over 2,900 products across meals, pizza & bread, salads and desserts to leading grocery retailers in the UK and US, and international food brands in China.


Category:  Technical

Bourne, GB

Date:  16 Feb 2024
Req ID:  17790