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Senior Technical Manager (Runs Making Great Things)

6th February 2017

Location: Near Henley-on-Thames

Reports to: Head of Making Things Right (Technical Director)

Direct Reports: Five

Contract: Full time, 40 hours (Monday to Friday)

Closing Date: 05/03/2017

Purpose of role:

To deliver great new products + maintain collaborative partnerships with co-manufacturers whilst being responsible for driving the following areas:

 Product Development

  • NPD
  • EPD
  • Innovation


Technical Management

  • Systems
  • Specifications


Product Industrialisation (taking products from kitchen samples to full manufacture + technical relationship with co-manufacturers)

  • Trials
  • Co-manufacturer selection/control
  • Productivity

Packaging + Raw Materials

  • Compliance
  • New materials
  • Supplier approval
  • Specifications


Role activities / responsibilities:

  • Managing + motivating a team of 5 people ensuring delivery of objectives
  • Help generate a culture of innovation within the team to create new product ideas + new ways of making things
  • Working cross-functionally to ensure that the business needs are fully understood and implemented.  This includes working with Marketing, Sales, Project Management, Operations + Finance
  • Guide Product Developers with taking NPD concepts from initial kitchen idea to launch
  • Provide guidance on EPD projects
  • Manage + develop the Technical Data Management System
  • Ensure the team complies with the specification approval process
  • Manage + participate in industrial trials
  • To ensure that products are launched on time and to the required quality + cost standards
  • To work with co-manufacturers on 3 year quality + productivity plans
  • Involvement in new co-manufacturer, packaging + raw material supplier selection
  • To drive the technical areas of Ella’s Kitchen Mission + Dream (Sustainability)
  • Working with the Senior Technical Manager – Processing to ensure improvements in product processing and productivity e.g. F0 reduction, line efficiency
  • To identify new packaging materials + new forms of packaging
  • Encourage a process for continually improving current packaging materials
  • Support the compliance to specification of raw materials


What you will need:

  • Significant hands on experience in the food industry, particularly in the development + manufacture of food products + as a result can demonstrate a thorough knowledge of different food production processes + packaging
  • Qualified to degree level (life science or food science) or equivalent is adventageous
  • Significant experience of managing + motivating teams
  • Demonstrate a clear passion for food + have an enquiring mind
  • Be able to demonstrate a practical approach to problems in the factory environment
  • To be creative with innovative solutions
  • Demonstrate ability to live and breathe our values: We Want to Win, We’re Business Minded, We’re Childlike, We Think Differently, We’re Good to Each Other

And what you’ll get in return: 

  • Bucket loads of training + development, supporting your career pathway
  • Competitive salary
  • A Box of Treats, including private medical, dental, pension, life assurance, 25 days holiday + the ability to buy more, high street discounts, a yummy breakfast every morning, pamper days, Give It A Go days… to name but a few!
  • A really awesome place to come to work every day… our beautiful Barns in the Oxfordshire countryside

Want to apply? 

Please go to the Ella’s Kitchen ‘Jobs’ page here to complete our application form. You’ll be asked to upload your CV + a short note all about why Ella’s Kitchen, and this role, is the perfect next step for you. We will be reviewing applications as we receive them so we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible! Good luck!

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