Food Technologist

Food Technologist

Job Description

Job ID: 26302
Job Function: Commodity Management
Job Term: Permanent
Job Region: UK & Europe
Posted Date: 1 Sep 2023
Closing Date: 2 Oct 2023

Job Overview

To provide a customer-facing, technical-focused team ensuring food product quality and safety is both maintained and further developed

Job Responsibilities

  • Act as technical expert across the Defence Food Team.
  • Product identification, development and specification.
  • Specify products to meet the customer requirement across multiple suppliers.
  • Ensure products procured are safe, legal and compliant to Defence Food Quality Standards.
  • Liaison with food suppliers to identify common commercial food products.
  • Identify and implement product innovation across the Defence Food contracts.
  • Optimise the Core Ranges for the benefit of the MOD.
  • Manage all product changes and concessions to ensure continuity in the supply chain and to meet customer requirements.
  • Provide assistance to the customer in resolving item queries.
  • Undertake the monthly item and price change process, ensuring it is delivered promptly and accurately
  • Liaise with the Commercial team to ensure that pricing is in line with contractual obligations.
  • Arrange and Manage food selection panels and range reviews with suppliers and customers in accordance with relevant Contract Terms and Conditions in order to taste and select existing and new products for potential inclusion in Core Price List or within Ration Packs.
  • Manage and resolve day to day issues with suppliers timely and effectively.
  • Support the Category team with developing the sourcing strategy to meet business objectives.
  • Support strategic supplier negotiations and contribute to regular contractor reviews.
  • Support the Quality Assurance Manager in tender evaluations and with the development and maintenance of technical documentation.
  • Attend relevant industry meetings and exhibitions and maintain professional memberships to maintain and enhance technical knowledge.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Qualified to HNC or equivalent in a Food Science and Technology discipline.
  • Prior Product Development experience would be beneficial.
  • Has an understanding of and strong ability to lead Food Selection Panels.
  • Ability to evaluate market changes and justify food price fluctuations.
  • Ability to develop and manipulate balanced menu and nutritional requirements within commercial constraints.
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet business critical deadlines through systematic organisation of priorities.
  • Computer literate – experience in using Microsoft Word, Excel and databases.
  • Contract management experience within the food industry sector.
  • A working knowledge of a supply chain end to end process.


In return for your hard work, we offer excellent career progression opportunities and a professional environment where you can acquire, use, and continue developing your skills.

Your package will include:

  • Competitive Salary and pension scheme with life assurance
  • 25 Days Holiday (plus 8 statutory Bank Holidays)
  • Holiday buy-back scheme (5 additional days available)
  • Employee Assistance Programme supporting wellness with immediate access to:
    1. GP consultation and second opinions
    2. Mental health support
    3. Financial and Legal support
    4. Wellbeing and healthy living support
  • Employee referral scheme with financial reward
  • Professional Membership and Study Sponsorship
  • Pass scheme (£100 to undertake training of your choice)


At TVS SCS we encourage and support our employees to realise their potential. They are empowered to take initiative and achieve high impact results that really make a difference to our business and our customers.

Job Location

Bristol - Hybrid

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