Specialist - Technologist


Job Details


Normanton - Commercial

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive Salary and Package

Closing Date

15/06/2022 22:45

About IPL

At IPL our role is to improve the shopping experience of the Asda customer by driving great value, quality and availability of our products to ensure that we are Asda’s lowest cost, and sustainable supply chain partner. Our sustainable sourcing model supports Asda’s mission to help their customers to save money and live better lives. We are one of the largest privately-owned food processing businesses in the UK with an annual turnover in excess of £1.6b and we have over 4,000 colleagues based across multiple sites.

About the site

Normanton is home to our head office and is also the largest of our operational sites where we pack fresh fruit, and salads. Several of our Group support functions are headquartered in Normanton which include Commercial, IT, Finance, People Team and our Planning Teams.

About the role

Reporting to the category technical manager, we are looking for a Specialist – Technologist, focussing on ensuring we deliver the best quality fresh produce to our customers.

Working closely with the ASDA retail team you will define the quality attributes of the produce range. You will ensure finished goods specifications are benchmarked against the competitors, identifying and implementing improvements where required.

You will provide information to our Procurement teams that gives a balanced technical view of supplier’s ability to meet the specification. You will ensure products and suppliers meet all relevant legislative, food safety and quality standards via visits, auditing and quality checks, and where required ensure root cause and preventative actions plans are in place.

You will ensure continuous improvements plans are in place with suppliers. Identifying innovation opportunities to fix repeated quality problems or improve the overall customer experience through better varieties or improvements in the supply chain is key.

You will also provide advice and support to suppliers to ensure knowledge of required product standards and work with supplier on improving their compliance.

This is a Monday - Friday role with working hours of 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Skills and experience required

This role would suit a candidate with a Quality Assurance/Product Manager background looking to further their career in the Technical function and should have relevant qualifications in agriculture, food or science.

With Relevant experience in fresh produce or Horticulture you should have HACCP level 2 and be a BRC Lead Assessor (for Produce & Food role)

With in-depth produce knowledge of specific category your analysis, judgement and concise report writing will be an asset to the role

Whats in it for you?

We are a rapidly growing and exciting business, dedicated to the development of our colleagues and committed to creating a great place to work. In order to grow we need to find people already living our Values – Supportive, Trailblazing, Engaging and Principled.

In return we will offer you development, a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of:

· 33 days paid annual leave (including bank holidays)

· Private Health Care

· Annual bonus scheme

· Enhanced pension scheme

· 10% Asda Discount (terms and conditions apply)

· Life assurance (4x base salary)

· Health and wellbeing assistance programme

· Free Parking