Food Safety Certification Officer, North Oxfordshire

Food Safety Certification Officer, North Oxfordshire

SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) is a nationally-recognised food safety certification scheme for the UK’s smaller food & drink producers.  Due to continuing growth, an opportunity has become available to join our Certification team. 

Working as part of a close team to support SALSA’s wider operational functions, the prime role is to review and follow up on audit reports, make decisions on awarding certification and actions for compliance.  Further responsibilities include:  

  • Liaison: receiving and handling member, auditor, trainer and mentor queries
  • Responding to and resolving enquiries regarding audits, certification and membership
  • Maintaining standards; balancing quality of decision-making, output and timeliness
  • Preparation and organisation of SALSA training courses, seminars and webinars
  • Preparing documentation to support governance and technical advisory meetings

Qualifications & Experience:  The successful candidate will hold a food-related degree, and have at least five years’ experience in a food technical role with compliance, risk or audit experience.  Applicants with an enforcement background also welcomed.  

Skills:  Good office software skills are essential, together with excellent organisational, decision-making, verbal and written communication skills.  Presentation of work, an agile mind and attention to detail are key personal attributes we are looking for.

Terms:  The position holder will report to the SALSA Certification Manager.  The position is full-time (Monday-Friday) but flexible; part-time hours will be considered to accommodate the right candidate.  Salary: in the region of £25-30K FTE, commensurate with hours, skills and experience.  Benefits:  include an optional company medical insurance scheme, company pension scheme, an excellent working environment with on-site gym, cafeteria, ample free parking, and 32 days’ annual leave (incl. BHs).

To apply, please contact enclosing a full CV and covering letter to explain your interest and suitability for the role and duties detailed.

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