QA Auditor

Title: Quality Assurance Auditor
Salary: up to £24.500 depending on experience Plus £4258 nights shift allowance
Shift: 3's & 2's fixed nights
Benefits Package:
                                 Life Assurance
                                 Flexible Benefits Package
                                 Staff Shop

                                 Free Parking


At Bakkavor we’re proud to offer you a career with real scope for development. To reward your hard work and ambition as a talented QA Auditor with plenty of support and opportunity and empower you to drive your own success and create a career you can be proud of too.

Who are Bakkavor:
Bakkavor is one of the leading providers of fresh prepared food in the UK, with an international presence in the US and China. Our 19,000 employees operate from 39 locations, developing and producing innovative food for a wide variety of occasions and budgets. In the UK, we work with leading grocery retailers, focusing on their own label brands.

Bakkavor Spalding has three factories based on the same site in Spalding, Lincolnshire, employing over 600 people. These production units produce soups, sauces, dips as part of our meals range as well as salad accompaniments such as coleslaw and pasta salads, sandwich wraps and food to go salads.

The role:
Working as part of a wider team of twenty QA Auditors and reporting directly in to our Quality Assurance Supervisors and Quality Assurance Manager, you will play a key role in ensuring that Spalding continues to meet all quality and technical standards set nationally and by our grocery retailer partners.

As one of our QA Auditors, you will audit, monitor, improve and evaluate quality systems and procedures and provide technical support for the operational teams as well as maintaining and promoting technical and quality standards in line with business needs and customer requirements will be a key focus.

In this position you will work on a permanent night shift which will include some weekend working as set by the rota. Once established in your role, you will also move between our salads, soups and sauces production site so that you can broaden your quality assurance across different High Care sectors.

As well as welcoming applications from candidates from a quality or technical background, we would also like to encourage applications from candidates who have operational or line experience within food production/manufacturing who wish to develop their career. If you have excellent attention to detail, are process driven and can use your initiative to prioritise your workload and problem solve we would like to hear from you.

Full training on internal quality processes is provided to the successful candidate.

Day to day duties will be:

  • To audit compliance against Quality Management Systems, GMP and HACCP controls, raising all non-conformances against relevant standards with objective evidence.
  • Effectively communicating to enable the operational teams to take the appropriate and necessary corrective action – then following up and monitoring completion of actions.
  • Suggesting areas of improvement, relating to fabrication and procedures.
  • Understanding the site traceability system to complete audits to demonstrate compliance and retrieve information for investigation purposes.
  • To take samples (micro, nutritional, swab and organoleptic) against specific schedules and communicate the progress in a timely manner.
  • Prepare and facilitate taste panels in accordance with procedure - ensuring that all results are accurately recorded and communicated to site. 
  • Calibration of measurement equipment in accordance with schedules and procedures.
  • To assist the QA Supervisor/Manager in carrying out full investigations on specifications (micro and nutritional), complaints and incidents.  Investigations may take the form of sampling, process reviews, traceability, or audits.
  • To support NPD trials and product launches, assisting in micro testing and product life assessment to ensure products are manufactured to the correct standard as necessary.
  • Providing technical support and advice to the factory team in the event of customer visit or audit.
  • Coordination of day to day activities to deliver improvement of Technical KPIs
  • To operate in a safe working manner and support the site/business on continuous improvement relating to health, safety, and the environment


About You:
Ideally you will have some professional experience within a similar Technical/QA role in a food environment but skills can be taught and if you have the enthusiasm and drive to develop within quality assurance this is an excellent first role.

Understanding the chain of custody within the food environment and a background of working on small to mid-sized quality improvement projects, such as implementing new procedures and defining new supporting documentation - will be key.

You will be an excellent communicator who can work alone with a proactive and innovative approach to problem solving.

You will always adopt a thorough and diligent approach to every task and 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.

What you can expect from us:
When joining us you can expect a highly competitive rewards package including group pension and other flexible benefits - alongside excellent career progression prospects across the Bakkavor group.

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.



Bakkavor is the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, with a growing international presence in the US and China. We are number one in the UK in the four product categories of meals, salads, desserts and pizza & bread, providing high-quality, fresh, healthy and convenient food. Our customers include every major UK grocery retailer, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Waitrose, and some of the world’s best-known food brands. We have over 19,000 employees, our headquarters are in London and we have 23 factories in the UK, 5 in the US and 9 in China.


Category:  Technical

Spalding, GB

Date:  24-Jan-2023