Raw Materials Technologist

Raw Materials Technologist

Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

Contract Type: Permanent
Business Area: Meals
Shift: Monday to Friday – 8.30am to 5.00pm
Salary: £24,000-£26,000 depending on experience

Who are we?

We are 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 43 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.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Raw Materials Technologist to join our Technical Team based in Spalding, who are responsible for ensuring that customer, company and legal requirements for raw materials and supplier quality assurance are achieved.

The role

In this busy and exciting role, your key focus will be to complete food safety risk assessments and specifications for raw materials entering the business. Working cross–functionally to ensure all new raw materials are sourced and purchased from approved suppliers and to acceptable specifications.

Reporting to the Raw Materials Manager, your role will involve working closely with Group Central Technical, Specification, NPD, Buying, Process and Quality departments.

Your day to day responsibilities will be to:

  • Complete food safety risk assessments for raw materials and liaise with suppliers to capture all relevant information
  • Carry out ongoing assessment of ingredients to ensure suitability and compliance
  • Ensure all raw materials have an approved and active specification on our insight system
  • Generate, maintain, and update relevant raw material systems and databases - liaising with Operations, Technical, Buying and NPD as appropriate
  • Work closely with manager to ensure that all suppliers either existing to the business or a new supplier/material to be introduced into the business has full/current approval status
  • Participate in Technical audits including customer and Group Technical
  • Ensure that all information held centrally on supplier approval is reflective of the factories supply base and risk assessment outcome
  • Escalate appropriately internally / externally if discrepancies are found
  • Assist in the capture of information and co-ordination of responses in the event of a food safety alert.  
  • Assess suitability of materials against retailer’s codes of practice
  • Open communication with the procurement, technical and operational teams - where products fall outside the specification into the reject category

About you

Ideally, you will have good knowledge of food safety and previous quality assurance experience in a fast-paced food manufacturing or FMCG environment.

You will need drive and enthusiasm in all aspects of a technical role, a strong understanding of HACCP and the competency to work effectively within a team environment.

Excellent interpersonal, problem solving, decision making and communication skills, alongside the ability to analyse basic information, summarising and reporting this in a clear, competent manner - will all be key to this role.

What you can expect from us

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



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:  01-Sep-2022