Raw Materials Manager

Raw Materials Manager

  • Bakkavor Meals Spalding
  • Very competitive salary based on experience
  • Access to MyRewards (Company scheme offering local and national benefits & discounts)
  • Group Pension (including employer contributions)
  • First class training and fast-moving environment

The role

We have a unique opportunity for a Raw Materials Manager to join the technical team at our Spalding site. You will be managing a small team and reporting into the Process Development Manager. You will be a people person and be able to lead, motivate and develop others. Your role will be varied and give you exposure to all aspects of raw materials, supplier, customer, and finished product specification management. You will be the site technical lead for supplier management and all food & packaging raw materials used on site.
You will develop robust supplier relationships, establish clear, agreed specifications, and ensure all standards and KPIs are met. 

What will you do?

  • Will manage all aspects of the supplier approval process, considering both Bakkavor and Customer requirements
  • Work closely with the Central Technical Raw Materials Team as part of supplier and raw material approval and management.
  • Responsible for the safe introduction of new raw materials into the business and work with both NPD and Procurement teams to support business initiatives involving raw materials
  • Undertake audits of existing and prospective new suppliers ensuring all Bakkavor and customer technical requirements are in place and met
  • Will be able to identify emerging risks at site (be that through retailer notification, supplier communication or testing results) and react accordingly
  • To ensure all retailer online systems are reviewed and the housekeeping of site details are kept up to date and accurate
  • Ensure the raw material details entered on the finished product spec are the most up to date and applicable for the launch of the product. Tracking any changes to raw material supply and updating finished product specs accordingly
  • Provide technical and raw material expertise to site and the business
  • Respond to customer queries knowledgeably and promptly
  • Assess vegan suitability of raw materials
  • Maintain the nutritional testing schedule, interpret results, and take action where required

About you

  • Experience as a Specifications Technologist or in Specification Writing is desirable but not essential
  • Be a confident and articulate communicator
  • Have excellent computer skills, in particular excel
  • Be meticulous with attention to detail
  • Good knowledge of legal standards relating to raw materials and packaging and customer codes of practice
  • HACCP/Food Hygiene at minimum level 3 desirable
  • Be able to build strong relationships with others including internal and external customer

About us

Bakkavor is the leading provider 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 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:  26-Jul-2022