Quality Assistant

Job description

Our client, one of Northern Ireland's leading chilled & frozen food producers, are seeking a Quality Assistant to join their team. This position will be based in Castlewellan. Liaise with the production team to achieve the highest possible standards of product quality, safety and hygiene. Follow SOPs and Risk Assessments as best practice at all times .


  • Ensure that products despatched from the company meet company and customer standards and statutory regulations ensuring food safety and legality
  • Monitor production and packaging processes, raising problem areas with production staff in the first instance and if the problem is not resolved promptly, inform the Factory/Quality Managers of any areas requiring attention
  • Ensure performance of critical tasks to maintain product quality (eg. calibration, temperature monitoring, etc.)
  • Ensure production and packing staff accurately complete all agreed Quality records
  • Carry out spot checks to verify accuracy of these records
  • Monitor and compile accurate records of; weights of products produced on a daily basis, area temperatures of chills and freezers throughout the factory, metal detectors, glass audits
  • Ensure inspection of incoming and outgoing goods and investigation of all customer complaints and supplier deficiencies
  • Conduct daily cook ups of products being manufactured and maintain accurate records of all tastings
  • Complete a weekly and monthly quality check summary
  • Keep database of non conforming products and supplies
  • Update and maintain the following information as required; Supplier reports, BRC Certificates & Stock of dry materials
  • Download and record information from Data loggers on a daily basis
  • Conduct Traceability and mass balance exercises periodically
  • Ensure Document control is kept up to date for all records
  • Apply attention to detail and accuracy when data handling
  • Ensure any failure of a CCP, or any incident involving food safety / compromise of quality is escalated immediately to the Quality Manager

Skills and Qualifications

Essential Skills

  • Food/Quality qualification
  • Experience in food preparation in a commercial environment
  • Experience in producing and maintaining accurate records
  • Experience of working in a busy and demanding environment
  • Good interpersonal/ communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Evidence of good planning, organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work as part of a cohesive team
  • Evidence of the ability to apply a logical and methodical approach to work
  • Good numeracy skills

Desirable Skills

  • Experience within the food industry
  • Awareness of quality management systems (eg. BRC)
  • Evidence of excellent analytical and problem solving abilities

Further Information

For more information about this role please call our Lisburn office at 028 9260 5155 and ask for Jo-Anne. Work time: Monday to Friday (Seasonal Flexibility regarding Evening Shifts)

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Food Production
Co Down
£10.09 per hour
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Work Time: Monday to Friday (Seasonal Flexibility regarding Evening Shifts)

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