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Date: 09-Nov-2021

Location: Adbaston, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.

At Premier foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and potential colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome. 



Quality Assurance Assitant

Permanent, full time

Based - Adbaston, Staffordshire

Salary £26,508.88 - £29,454.32


An opportunity has arisen for an experienced QA Assistant who will be responsible for monitoring manufacturing process to ensure product matches reference standards by way of organoleptic, physical, and chemical testing. 


Additionally, the role holder will need to ensure that a high level of technical integrity is maintained with regard to product safety, legality and quality, in keeping with the quality plan, legislative requirements, company expectations and third party accreditations.


What you will be doing:

  • Carry out testing of products including organoleptic evaluation against reference samples, chemical and physical testing e.g. moisture testing, bulk density etc
  • Check factory paperwork to ensure that it is completed and accurate. Highlight any errors or omissions to the relevant QA Manager and Shift Manager
  • Carry out GMP, fabrication, Glass & Hard Plastics, internal audits etc. as per the relevant schedules
  • Assist in the prompt investigation of customer complaints and ensure that all complaints
  • Assist in collating of routine samples for submitting for laboratory analysis
  • Carry out daily roving auditor role to review Goods Inwards, Processing, Blending, and Packing paperwork to identify errors and omissions at the time of occurrence. Complete a non-conformance report and where applicable carry out training as required
  • Assist with process validation studies, including sampling, recording, and compiling reports
  • Compiling and verifying finished goods retained samples


Hours per week: ‘12 hour’ shift pattern, 3 weeks rotating, plus 10 scheduled Saturday shifts throughout the year. An example of the pattern (with the Saturday shift) is shown below:

D = Days, = Nights, R = Rest

Week One =               Mon (D) Tue (D) Wed (N) Thu (N) Fri (N) Sat (R) Sun (R)

Week Two =               Mon (N) Tue (N) Wed (R) Thu (R) Fri (R) Sat (D) Sun (R)

Week Three =            Mon (R) Tue (R) Wed (D) Thu (D) Fri (D) Sat (R) Sun (R)


Length of shift = 12 hours 15 mins (11 hours 45 mins paid time plus 30 mins unpaid break time)

Shift times = 05.45am/pm start and 06.00pm/am finish, with a 15-minute handover period.


What we need from you:

  • Experience in a Technical role working within food manufacturing / Processing
  • Internal Audit training
  • HACCP Level 3
  • Computer literate on MS Word, MS Excel, SAP
  • Awareness of Food legislation and Health & safety
  • Food safety assurance
  • GMP
  • HND or higher (or equivalent)


What we offer you in return:

  • Salary -  £26,508.88 - £29,454.32
  • Pension scheme with contributions of up to 7.5%
  • 24 days holiday (includes Bank holidays)
  • Free parking
  • Life assurance
  • Subisidised canteen