Degree Apprenticeship Food Industry Technical Professional

Avara Foods
Grandstand Road, Hereford, HR4 9PB
To be agreed upon appointment
08 Jul 2019
21 Aug 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Avara Foods is one of the UK's leading food companies, a joint venture between Cargill and Faccenda. We are a leading supplier of chicken, turkey and duck products into an impressive range of customers in the UK retail and food service sectors. We are a fully integrated business controlling the whole product supply chain.

The growth of our business is based on providing high quality, affordable products and delivering great service to our customers. We achieve this by investing in people, utilising the latest technology and being uncompromising in our commitment to high quality and food standards.

We currently have opportunities at ourHerefordsiteto start in September 2019 to support our Chicken operations. You will be released on week block residentials for each module to study at Harper Adams University, near Telford. While you will initially be based at Hereford, there may be a requirement to support other sites during your apprenticeship with us and therefore a valid UK driving licence is essential.

Emphasis for thisrole is on food safety, legal procedures, compliance and food quality. Working closely with the Technical, production and NPD teams, this role will offer exposure to work in the following:
  • Supporting the technical team to monitor and ensure compliance with Food Safety and Quality Procedures in accordance with Legislation, internal Quality Management Systems, BRC requirements, and Customer requirements
  • Involvement in the risk assessment of processes and/or product changes
  • Supporting organisation of microbiological and organoleptic sampling and report findings
  • Internal taste panels including shelf life assessment, customer panels and benchmarking
  • Origination of quality standards
  • Customer Specifications (shelf life, nutritional, ingredient declarations)
  • Working with Auditors / supporting during audits, and auctioning outcome reports accordingly to drive GMP standards up
  • BRC audit & Retailer audit preparation
  • Validation of HACCP CCP's.
  • Participating in project work, as appropriate, to help drive continuous improvement.

This apprenticeship is a full-time permanent role from day one along with a competitive startingsalary. Study part-time for your degree through Harper Adams University - whilst being able to put your new skills into practice in your day to day role in asupportive environment, with flexibility for study leave.We're sponsoring the costs of your degree - You'll get the best of both worlds - with all the benefits of a job with an industry leading company, and a University education.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Excellent communication skills are essential, as is the ability to think logically and to work both independently and as part of a team.

Personal qualities

  • To be successful you will need to be enthusiastic and well-disciplined as our degree apprenticeship is heavily focused on attitude and behaviour
  • In addition, you will need to exhibit initiative, be reliable and conscientious
  • The ability and willingness to travel to different offices and client sites is required, and you will have a passion for product development and technology

Desired qualifications

To become a Food Industry Technical Professional apprenticeyou will need:
  • 7 GCSE's A*-C (9-4) or equivalents including maths and English
  • A Minimum of 88 UCAS points at A Levels (ideally a science or food related subject)
  • Or an equivalent BTEC / City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent qualification at MMM grade/level 3 apprenticeship in Food technology

Applicants that do not have the below qualifications may still meet the entry requirements based on their work experience and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.Describe your experience in your application.

Future prospects

We are committed to making sure our employees reap rewards of commitment and great performance. You will enjoy a secure, supportive and progressive working environment, where your contribution and achievements will be recognised and rewarded. We offer comprehensive training as well as development and career progression opportunities.

Things to consider

You can also look forward to several benefits including Private Healthcare, a generous pension scheme, group income protection, lifestyle benefits such as Cycle to Work scheme and discounted shopping vouchers and subsided gym membership.

The Company is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week), For more information please visit:

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