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H051 - Senior Quality Assurance Manager - Poultry/Meat

De Lacy Executive is recruiting for an influential Supply Chain Technical Manager. Our client is highly respected within the Poultry Industry and is now seeking an exceptional candidate for this very important role.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of the supplier assurance function, by ensuring that all suppliers comply with specifications, applicable legislation and specific customer requirements (including animal welfare).

The main responsibilities are:

Supplier Approval - Ensuring that all suppliers are risk-assessed and audited and taking appropriate action to rectify areas of supplier facility non-conformance,

New Supplier Development - Developing and approving new suppliers according to the business procurement strategy and in compliance with customer protocols. Working with suppliers to ensure they comply with the requirements of third-party audits undertaken on behalf of customers and according to the necessary inspection frequency.

Supplier Performance Monitoring - Using the material intake data compiled by internal facilities and suppliers, oversee the quality/food safety/welfare performance of all purchased materials and other services by suppliers. Taking the necessary action to investigate significant quality failures and supplier related food safety/welfare issues.

Supplier Data Management - Ensuring that the supplier assurance function maintains detailed databases for all suppliers to include supplier facility status/audit scores, key performance indicators (including welfare, quality, non-conformance incidences), self-assessments (e.g. sustainability requirements), agricultural practices/feed sourcing details and other information on operational practices of interest to the business and its customers.

Technical Support - Keeping abreast of all relevant legislation (European, National) and emerging issues relating to purchased materials and their respective supply chains. Participating in supply chain related customer technical forums, taking a leadership role to provide support for customers and other stakeholders.

New Product Development - Supporting the business procurement and facility technical teams in the development of new or modified material specifications. Working with suppliers to ensure that new production requirements are implemented successfully to achieve the specified quality, food safety and other agreed performance criteria.

Required Qualifications Experience

Degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent professional qualifications

Detailed knowledge of quality and food safety (HACCP) management systems

Team leadership and coaching skills

Food industry and agriculture auditing experience - ideally with a recognised auditor qualification

Animal husbandry (including welfare) knowledge and experience gained in an agricultural environment (preferably poultry)

Primary processing knowledge and experience (preferably poultry)

Previous experience in a supplier assurance role

Strong customer influencing skills

The companys offices are based in the Midlands but there will be a significant amount of travelling to supplier/customer/industry meetings in Europe, Russia and other locations.


A very attractive remuneration package reflecting the importance of this position will be offered, to include company car and pension, along with continuous training and career development options within a growing and successful organisation.

The next step

If you believe you have the qualities and experience for this demanding opportunity please call Harriet Smith for more information and a confidential discussion on 01885 483440 or e-mail your enquiry or CV to

Please be assured that all contact is treated in complete confidence. None of your details will be passed to a third party without your prior permission.

This is not a job description. Please ensure you obtain full information about the job from De Lacy Executive and at interview with the employer.

De Lacy Executive is an approved member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which promotes high standards in recruitment practice. Registered with the Information Commissioners Office the company complies with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

This job has now been closed.


  • Ref: H051
  • Type: Quality Assurance/Auditor, Supply Chain Manager, Technical Manager
  • Salary: A very attractive remuneration package reflecting the importance of this position will be offered.